Summary: We can not throw in the towel and cry: NO MAS! NO MAS! God has a plan and purpose for us to ACHIEVE and PREVAIL!
NO MAS! NO MAS! THE TEN COUNT? VS ACHIEVE? PREVAIL?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.
If you do this in one lesson, you must move quickly.
I start with a towel, and throw the towel on the floor?
What could this mean?
I. CAN WE HEAR THE CRY OF THE FLEEING SPIRIT, I SHALL FLEE, NO MAS! NO MAS? GOD HELP US TO SEE SACRIFICE IS NEVER SACRIFICE WHERE THERE IS LOVE.
Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great
army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Joel 2:25 "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten -- the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm-- my great army that I sent among you.
26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.
27 Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.
28 "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions
A. I woke up the other morning with one word in my heart. The word was simple, I turned on the light and wrote it on paper.
I have pondered several days ACHIEVE and what ACHIEVE COULD MEAN TO US? ACHIEVE--- PREVAIL!
B. The next morning I looked up ACHIEVE.
To carry out successfully.
A gradual increase.
To exert self and attain the results desired.
To attain an end or aim.
To manage to arrive at a goal.
TO RISE ABOVE DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES AND ACHIEVE SUCCESS.
To gain ascendancy through power or strength, TRIUMPH.
TO BECOME EFFECTIVE.
To be victorious.
D. As I pondered: I recalled many years ago a great billed BOXING MATCH!
The great SUGAR RAY LEONARD was fighting ROBERTO DURAN.
DURAN was a great Mexican fighter.
The match began --- Sugar Ray landed some powerful blows to Duran!
DURAN THREW UP HIS HANDS AND STARTED CRYING OUT:
In Spanish: NO MAS! NO MAS!
NO MORE! NO MORE! I QUIT.
The great fight was over in seconds, and what was billed as a great fight
flopped as Duran quit!
DURAN NEVER ACHIEVED HIS GREAT FAME IN THE BOXING RING.
Sugar Ray is still known as one of the greatest boxers of his day!
Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
II. BY BIBICIAL HISTORY IT SEEMS ISREAL HAS NEVER ACHIEVED WHAT GOD HAD PLANNED FOR THIS LITTLE NATION!
A. I had many great questions about ACHIEVEMENT in my life about ministry and the many insecurities that ministering in small places may cost? I considered
returning to the "real world" to find something with a greater sense of security and retirement. I had for a long time pondered ACHIEVEMENT?
I had not verbalized this to anyone.
Maybe in a time of discouragement I had mentioned this to my wife?
B. My Dad and Mom came to visit me. My Dad has pastored small churches all of my life. I will forever respect and love him for his sacrifice for people.
As I questioned my self I wanted to talk to Dad, but I could never find a place to discuss this without sounding defeated?
C. My Dad and I loaded up and went to visit an old man that had chased several rainbows in life and had ACHIEVED. The man was sitting out in his yard swinging and my Dad and I pulled in the yard. The man dropped
some big names, and produced pictures to prove of his ACHIEVEMENT.
The old man said, I HAVE MUCH MORE THAN SIX FIGURES IN THE BANK. He told my Dad the house was paid for and he wanted for nothing. The old man was crying very hard... AND WAS SHEDDING MANY BITTER TEARS.