Summary: Don’t just pray and expect God to do something, show God your serious in your prayer and give it all you got.
Sunday February 17th, 2008
Series: the Fight part 7
Scripture: Mark 11:22-24
Sermon: Making Your Faith Visible
Speaker: Pastor Michael West
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.
I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ just ’Go, fall into the sea and it will happen.
If you have no doubts in your mind and believe that what you say will happen, God will do it for you. It will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours! believe that you have received the things you ask for in prayer, and God will give them to you.
Listen, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!
God has called us to be prayer warriors. The Jesus in you lives to make intercession for you and all you have to do is open your heart to Him. Don’t just pray and expect God to do something, show God your serious in your prayer and give it all you got. Hang in there, get serious. Look around the landscape of life that surrounds you and your everyday living. It is continually changing and God wants you through prayer to release His future, what He desires, to meet every need.
Why do you thing you see things that are wrong? Through prayer they can be made right. What is crooked in your sight is crooked in God’s sight and He can make them straight again through you by prayer.
Stop criticizing what is wrong in life and put your prayers to work to change what’s wrong, to conquer what is out of place, to bind up what is running amuck. To loose those held in Satan’s grip—it’s done by our words, by the words in our prayers.
The Lord our God in the midst of us is mighty! He is powerful!
Our weapons are mighty to pull down strongholds. Stop thinking you’re unable to pray—that is a lie from hell—you are a warrior of the most High God—you are a prayer warrior!
Stop judging and pray. Stop trying to figure it all out and quit
praying what you think and pray what you know.
You might not start out strong, but you will finish strong.
We are the enemy hell was warned about. We scare the demon forces that dare to rise up against God. In this fight of faith, it’s time to make your faith visible. We need to ask ourselves; Does Jesus see my faith in action? Or am I all talk?
The real Jesus is our Savior, true, but He is also the perfecter of our faith. —Hebrews 12:2
Get a hold of this, the faith He started in you, He has been trying to
perfect it. It is because of this that when we move in prayer and spiritual authority, fearlessly continuing to persevere, moving forward-not back, with motives purified by love, backed by love, inspired by love, it is that power of faith that Jesus gave us and is working to perfect us, it is the power of faith that undergirds it all.
Like the little boy and girl, each had five pennies and they were counting them out… the girl said five, the boy said ten, she said no, I have five and you have five that makes ten, he said no, I have ten, little girl asked how could that be? The boy said that when his dad got home tonight, he was going to give him five more and that makes ten.
Sounds good for doctrine, but in the outworking of our lives, we tend to resist it, because we know full well that in order for us to be perfected we must be tested.
Now to speak of faith, I’m not talking about getting all the facts of the
Bible and memorizing every verse because our need for salvation, of course those are elements of our spirituality, but not the substance. To gain knowledge takes time, to possess true saving faith, takes courage. Jesus wants us to trust in Him, to obtain the trust in Him that can actually overcome terrible storms of life—faith that brings the reality of heaven to earth.
Faith is more than head knowledge. It is the thing what pleases God and locks us into the position of His goodness and power so that no matter what the circumstance reveals outwardly, we are not moved inwardly. It’s this faith that changes us. It is the source behind the power that will potentially transform any situation—faith.
My faith. Your faith. Our faith together. Hebrews 11 shows us and makes very clear, all those who possessed this faith changed the world around them.