Summary: The Power of "Where?"
The Abundant Life of Jesus:
Part V: The Power of Where!
Abundant Life Questions:
Who does What, When, Why, Where, How, and How Lord!
Today, Where? Where do we need to apply the principles of
positive, God-Directed action? James 1:2, right where it hurts;
exactly where the trials, pains, struggles, tragedies and troubles of
Today, also we want to deal with probably the second biggest
sabotaging pattern of thinking (Procrastination is the first), and that
is the belief that "I can’t!" We believe our most fundamental
problem and obstacle to living the Abundant Life of Jesus is
WEAKNESS, but, as someone once said, "Miracles come in
CANS!" And God says, I CAN do all things through Christ,
Who Strengthens me!"
Some years ago I heard about a man who was called to be a
minister among American Indians out westa hundred years ago, or
This man was a good, sincere, dedicated man who loved the
Indians. He learned a lot from them and was always fascinated at
their ability to put their ears to the ground and tell who, and how
many horses, or wagons were coming. The minister would try,
putting his ear to the ground and always come up wrong, but, it
seemed, every time the Indians saw him, he was practicing.
One day they came and found him with his ear to the ground. He
said in stilted tones, "Two wagons, one with 4 horses, one with 2;
one horse brown, two white, the rest black; two men in first wagon,
woman and dog in second."
"Wow," the Indians said, "we’ve never been able to do THAT, how
can you tell all that?"
"Not tell," minister said, "wagons-run-over-me-20-minutes-ago!"
When it comes to the Abundant Life of Jesus, we need to realize the
most amazing truth: We can, CAN, REALLY WE CAN, live this
life, exactly where we need it most: In the hard times, trials,
tragedies, sorrows, griefs, etc. of life.
Paul makes this clear in Phil. 4:4, the famous, "Rejoice in the Lord
Always, Again, I say Rejoice."
He doesn’t say, "when you feel like it, rejoice," nor, "when
everything’s going well, rejoice," nor, "grit your teeth and smile,"
which is not rejoicing but running away from the pain.
He says, in effect, "Look your pain, sorrow, tragedy, failure, etc.
right in the eye, and, with tears and a sigh, perhaps, rejoice in the
The word, "Rejoice," can be translated, "Do the things that resemble
Joy!" "Repeat, the joyful pattern!"
Of course, if you’re human and honest, you looks at this and say,
"Sounds good, but nobody can to that." "I would LOVE to, but I
Why can’t we; inevitably we say, "I’m just too weak!"
But, according to the Bible, we’re not weak, we’re rebels. It’s not
that we "can’t" it is that we won’t. We take our strength and yield it
to sin, self, and situations outside of the will of God and we CAN
yield our strength to God, but we don’t.
NO MATTER HOW GOOD THINGS ARE WE OFTEN
FIND A REASON TO COMPLAIN!" Reverse this. No matter
how bad things are, find a reason to rejoice!
We’re not weak, we’re rebels! It’s often our very strength,
stubborness, pride, arrogance, that gets us in the biggest trouble.
Illus. 1978, I was called to a situation in which a married couple
was threatening each other with violence. I came into a situation of
yelling and broken pieces of plates and things on the floor. I sat
there and tried to reason, calm, comfort, and generally diffuse the
situation, to no avail. It seemed out of control and I thought the
police would have to be called.
Then, the telephone rang. A TELEPHONE. They’re in the midst of
SEEMINGLY UNCONTROLABLE rage and shouting, when the
telephone rang, THEY BOTH STOPPED! Aburptly. The silence
was deafening. The lady answered the phone, while her husband
waited, politely, said something like "I can’t talk right now." Hung
up and went right back to yelling.
"Wait," I said, "do you see what just happened?" They both looked
surprised when I pointed out that they both calmed down enough
for the phone, how about for some real communication.
They are still together, by the way.
But I learned something, they (and we) were not weak, nor out of
control, they had control, and they had strength; it’s just how they
were CHOOSING TO USE IT, that made it such a bad scene.
Now, if you’ve ever said "No!" to something bad, food when
you’re dieting, a bad TV program, etc. you exercised your
STRENGTH in that situation, then you CAN do that more often!
You already know how, you just need to do what you already know