Summary: Every person on the face of the earth will get to a place sometime in life where they will say, "I can’t take it anymore." What do you do when you get o the junction? Jesus was there in Luke 22, what did He do? Let’s find out.
I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!
Jamie Wright • Maranatha Fellowship Church
I can’t take it anymore. Have you ever heard anybody say that? Have you ever said that? This is the only way I know how to say it. It’s that point that you get to when you feel like you are going crazy. People come up to me and say I’m going nuts, I’m going crazy. I’m flipping out. I’ve been there recently myself. Today’s message title comes from my own life and my experiences this week. And I am totally preaching this message to myself, because I can’t take it anymore. Most of the time when we say we can’t take it anymore, the main problem lies within ourselves.
So say this with me: I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!
LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING?
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You can proclaim from the housetops that you can’t take it anymore. You can fume and fuss and say your fed up. You can say I am at the end of my rope. You can say you are at your wits end. You can say you’re going nuts, you’re cracking up, and you’ve reached your boiling point and you’re going to explode. This is the straw that broke the camel’s back. I am at rock bottom. Does anybody know what I am talking about? You would be hard press to find anybody on God’s green earth that has not come to the point where they’ve said I can’t take it anymore! Even Jesus.
In Luke 22 you will read where the sweet was coming off of him like drops of blood. And he got to the point where he said I can’t take it anymore; Father, not my will but your will be done.
Here is what happens to us when we get to the point where we can’t take it anymore! We have desperate circumstances that lead to a dangerous situation where we have to make a decision that will get us to our destiny or not. Did you get that?
Let us look together at this outline through the lives of several individuals in the Bible that just couldn’t take it anymore!
Old Testament Example is JONAH!
Jonah is one who is at his wits end. Jonah 1 says this:
“Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah, arise go to Nineveh, that great city and cry against it for their wickedness has come up before me.”
Now what is so difficult to understand about that? Wal-Mart or K-mart.
God was saying get up and go to Nineveh. Jonah got a word from God a clear word from God. He disobeyed. He disobeyed a direct word from God. When you disobey, you are setting your self up friend.
Jonah 1:3 says,
“But Jonah… rose up to flee unto Tar shish from the presence of the Lord.”
He went that opposite direction. This is the life of Jonah he goes the wrong way. He gets on a boat with some merchants that are minding their own business. They cast off and before too long they all find themselves surrounded by desperate circumstances. They are in a storm. Jonah1: 5 (NLT) say that even they were desperate for help. They cast lots and found out that Jonah was at fault for the storm. They take him and throw him over board, because they don’t all want to perish. Verse 15 says,
“So they took up Jonah and cast him into the sea. And the sea ceased from its raging.”
Jonah at the end of chapter 1 is swallowed by a big fish (Free Willy)
So Jonah is inside the fish and the Bible says in verse 7 of chapter 2:
“When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord.”
Desperation: I can’t take it anymore is a place of desperation. Jonah had reached a place of desperation. He had gotten a direct word from the Lord. He disobeyed that word. By the way disobedience is as the sin of witchcraft. When you disobey you move into some serious territory. He is now in the belly of the whale and will be there for 3 days and three nights. Chapter 2 tells us that Jonah says he has been cast out of the sight of God. And in his affliction, in his desperation he cried out unto the Lord. Out of the belly of hell as Jonah describes it (now that’s desperate circumstances) he cries out. He was in one miserable condition friend, in a place of desperation.