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Summary: Sameness is killing us. We need a season of transition. Mary said: DO IT... Do what Jesus says: CHANGE WILL COME. Quit making excuses... God needs YOUR HANDS.

MY HANDS, HIS HEART… TRANSITION?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

***TRANSITION: abrupt change, to make a difference, radical change, new direction, movement from one place to another, change, passage, go from one stage to another, To shift gears, to prepare for a new thing…

WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU? WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO? WHY DON’T YOU DO WHAT YOU DON’T DO? HOW GOOD ARE WE AT MAKING EXCUSES? IS LIFE ABOUT YOUR OPINION OR IS IT ABOUT ETERNAL VALUES?

For many years I have sought a Biblical definition to WHAT IS SUCCESS? I have never found how to define spiritual success. Is success how many square feet in your home? Is success how much money is in your back account?

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

LIFE IS BUT A TEST. We can tend to always stay the same. Where would you like to be in a year from now? What you are doing? HOW WELL ARE YOU DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING? Your attitudes, you words, and your deeds will dictate THE JOY, PEACE AND HOPE that you will be daily exercising.

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO HAVE A GOOD DAY? Maybe your ATTITUDES could make this a good day to have a GREAT DAY. MAYBE THE LACK OF A PLAN WILL LEAD YOU TO BEING FOREVER TRAPPED. People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan and thus THE SAME OLD SAME OLD…

Do we think we are FOREVER TRAPPED to doom and gloom, or can GOD CAUSE US TO SEE WE HAVE A GREATER POTENTIAL IF WE WOULD SUBMIT TO CHANGE? What would happen if we OFFERED OUR HANDS TO THE HEART OF GOD…???

LET US MAKE THE DECISION: IS IT I CAN’T OR IS IT I DON’T WANT TO…?

*POTENTIAL: possible, something that can happen, existing in possibility, capable of developing,

THERE ARE NO SADDER WORDS OF PEN OR TONGUE THAN THE WORDS: WHAT MIGHT HAVR BEEN.

Mary must have understood the differences between WHAT I WANT vs WHAT I NEED? Mary had compassion on this young couple. Mary simply states to Jesus … This wedding is in trouble, THE WINE IS GONE… Mary must have known in her heart it is TIME FOR JESUS TO START HIS MINISTRY.

Mary lovingly tells Jesus of the problem. WHATSOEVER JESUS TELLS YOU TO DO --- DO IT…

John 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

SOME OF THE BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN WAS BY MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS. Mary was a good teacher and she SPOKE POWERFUL WORDS… not negative, hopelessness.

There are some disagreements of what a FIRKIN IS… but we do know there were SIX WATER POTS. So let us say there were 120 TO 150 GALLONS OF STONE WATER POTS…

There is water but it is in a well? Where are the hoses and running water? 120 to 150 gallons of water would be A LOT OF EFFORT. Jesus can’t you just fill it up with wine?

Wait, ponder this we don’t need water, we need FRUIT OF THE VINE. We have 150 gallons of water, we need 150 gallons of grape juice… WHAT ON EARTH IS WATER GOING TO HELP US? The Governor is here! We will be the talk of the town, WE DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH FOR OUR GUEST? WE HAVE OFFERED OUR HANDS… NOW WE NEED THE HEART OF JESUS TO BRING TRANSITION OF THE WATER TO WINE.

MY HANDS? WITH GOD’S HEART. THAT IS WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD. MARY’S WORDS MAY HAVE STARTED THE MIRACLE, BUT NEVER FORGET IT REQUIRED 100 TRIPS TO THE WELL TO GET WATER? WHAT NOT ONLY WAS GREAT EFFORT REQUIRED, THOSE CARRYING THE 150 GALLONS OF WATER REQUIRED MUCH WORK. THESE USED THEIR HANDS WELL AND DID THEIR JOB RIGHT… THEY GAVE THEIR BEST EFFORT… THEY WERE NOT HALF-HEARTED …

** One gallon of water weighs 8.3 gallons. 8.3 times 150 equals: 1,245 pounds… 1,245 pounds lifted out of the well? 1,245 pounds carried to the pots. 1,245 pounds poured into the pots. NOW WHAT DO WE HAVE 1,245 POUNDS OF “WATER.” 150 GALLONS OF WATER. NO WINE!

John 2:7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

WATER? WATER? WATER? WHAT DO WE WANT: WATER? NO, WE WANT WINE? FRUIT OF THE VINE?

JOHN 2:8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

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