As always I have to remind you that we have a choice in this challenge. We can yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit or we can continue in our own efforts. Remember the branch has to give way for the fruit to come forth.
Okay are you ready? This week we will challenge ourselves in the fruit of meekness.
Many times when we think of someone being meek we think of someone who is weak and passive but that’s not how Jesus refers to Himself in Matthew 11:29 when He says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Jesus was referring to Himself as someone who is all power and someone who knows the power of his strength. He is gentle and mild because He knows that we are fragile in His hands. For example, you wouldn’t squeeze an egg in your hands unless you wanted to crush it. You are restrained in how tight you hold it because you know its frailty. Likewise, Christ is meek and lowly with us because of His love for us. It’s not just what He does but it’s who He is, He’s love and He knows we are but dust.
Matthew 5:5 says, “Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.” It is those that fear and reference God that will inherit the earth. It’s impossible to be meek or lowly without the fear of God. It’s our knowledge of who Christ is and who we are in Christ that empowers us to be meek, gentle and mild to the poor, weak, and the fragile. Meekness is not something that we can do it’s what the Holy Spirit does through us as we give way to His leading.
Therefore, I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to give you a fresh reference and fear of God this week which will enable you to see how frail you are and how strong He is in you.
“For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, they are entangled in the land the wilderness hath shut them in.”
Nothing can shut the people of God in. Pharaoh thought he had Israel between a rock and a hard place But God let Pharaoh know that His people are uncontainable because He is uncontainable.
The night before Israel came out of Egypt God instructed them to take a lamb without blemish and take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of their houses because He would pass through the land of Egypt that night and smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt both man and beast. The blood would be a token upon their houses and when He saw the blood He would pass over them (Exd. 12:1-13). When Pharaoh and all of Egypt rose up in the night and found all their firstborn dead he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said “rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said” (Exd. 12:31). It was the blood of the Lamb that opened the doors of Egypt and set the people of God free and it was the blood of the Lamb that made a way for them in the wilderness. When you are covered in the blood nothing can shut you in because the blood of Jesus is uncontainable.
When Peter was thrown in jail by Herod he was bound in chains between two soldiers and there were soldiers outside his cell. The enemy thought he had Peter shut in but Peter was covered in the blood. The angel of the Lord came and led Peter out of that jail, right from between the soldiers pass the soldiers on the outside of his cell and out the front doors of the prison (Acts 12:1-19). Peter couldn’t be contained because the blood of Jesus is uncontainable.
Where are you today, do you feel like you’re between a rock and a hard place? Are you feeling like you’re shut in? Does your situation look like there is no way out? The blood of Jesus opens doors the blood of Jesus makes ways out of no way. Don’t be distracted by the enemy, he can’t hold you in because he can’t hold the blood of Jesus in. He tried and failed. Jesus rose up with the keys of hell and death (Rev. 1:18).
Child of God you’re not just coming out, you’re coming out with power and substance. You’re coming out with a high hand!
1 Corinthians 1:24
“But unto them which are called both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
Did you know that everything in life requires power? Whether it’s power in the sense of authority or power in the sense of force everything in life requires power to operate.
Did you know that for God to create the world He had to use power? And did you know that there is no other power above the power of God? But do you realize that the same power that God used to create the world is living in you?
The power of God is a person and that person is Jesus Christ and He has a voice. Hebrews 1:3 says “Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when he had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Therefore, the power of God speaks. All things are upheld by the word of His power or all things are upheld by Christ the power of God because He is the Word of God.
Why did God give us His power? He gave us His power so that we can reign in life. “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Through Christ God has given us power in authority and in force to subdue and dominate on earth. Christ being the power of God is above every other power and He never stops working. 1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Greater is the power of God working for you than the power of the enemy working against you.
Now for my final question, what are you doing with all this power? There are no limits.
“And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.”
Everywhere Jesus went there was someone pressing upon Him to receive something from Him and Bartimaeus, was no different.
As Jesus was leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus was sitting by the highway begging as he usually did every day he had no idea that that day would forever change his life.
When Bartimaeus heard the noise of the crowd he asked the reason for the noise and when they told him it was Jesus he began to do something that turned heads, he cried out. Mark 10:47 “And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.” The scripture says that many told him to hold his peace but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me (Mark 10:48). His cries didn’t go out in vain it got Jesus attention. “And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called…” (Mark 10:49). When Bartimaeus was told he got Jesus attention, he cast away his garment, got up and went to Jesus. And Jesus said unto him “what wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” Bartimaeus received his sight because he called upon the one who was passing by.
Today, Jesus is not just passing by but He lives in you. He walks with you and talks with you. He’s given us His word that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5). But like Bartimaeus we have to cast away our garments, our righteousness, our way, our works, our life and receive what He came to give us, His righteousness, His way, His works, His life.
When we cry out to Him, He gives us the same answer He gave Bartimaeus, “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” The one whose sole purpose is to bless you is asking you today What do you want me to do for you? There were many in Bartimaeus’s day that had needs but they didn’t cry out, to draw out what was in Jesus to give.
Beloved, you are not alone on this journey, Jesus is with you. Whatever you need today cry out to Him and He will pour out to you whatever you ask of Him.
“And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.”
The greatest demonstration of the power of God was when God raised Jesus from the dead and although all hell was against Him Jesus rose victorious!
Now the same measure of power that God used when raising Jesus from the dead (which was the greatest demonstration of His power) is working in you. No wonder the gates of hell can’t prevail against us (Matt. 16:18). The power that lifted Jesus up from the dead is the same power that lifts us up from among the dead. The power of resurrection is present in us to lift us up and cause us to live!
Therefore, no matter what you’re going through right now, boldly declare “I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord (Psa. 118:17)” because the power of resurrection is lifting you up. Remember all hell was against God but all hell couldn’t keep Jesus down and nothing that hell brings your way can keep you down. There is too much power at work in you for you to die. Romans 8:36-27 says, “…For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” No matter what we live and we live victoriously!
2 Corinthians 4:10
“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”
When we receive Christ we receive His death for our life and we receive His Spirit into our reborn spirits. And His life is there in us in for us to use to live. We don’t just receive His life for our salvation and then put Him on the shelf in our hearts, behind glass doors and keep Him clean and dusted off as we would a trophy. No, His life is for us to live! The life of Christ is power! 1 Corinthians 1:24 says “…Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” Power is the ability to act, it’s God’s supernatural, miracle working ability. It’s the same power that God used when He raised Jesus from the dead (Eph.1:19-20). His life is power to live!
Likewise the same way His life is power to live, His death is power to destroy. In His death He destroyed principalities and powers and made a show of them openly triumphing over them in it (Col. 2:14-15). In His death He destroyed the body of sin that we should no longer be servants to sin (Rom. 6:6). In His death He redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (Gal. 3:13). And in His death He took all of our sicknesses and diseases and by His stripes we were healed (1 Pet. 2:24). We received His death before we received His life.
Therefore, it is the revelation of the cross in us, what was accomplished for us through the dying of our Lord Jesus that releases the life of our Lord Jesus in us. Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Now, that my friends is Power!
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if thy drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
A sign is something that distinguishes a person or thing from others. The signs that distinguishes us as believers are casting out devils; speaking with new tongues; taking up serpents; laying hands on the sick and seeing them recover. And you don’t have to have been a believer for many years to have these signs follow you. All you need is to be a believer.
A young woman in our church testified that her husband had been complaining of chest pains. When they went to bed that night she laid her hands on his chest and prayed for his healing. He woke up the next morning feeling fine and never complained of chest pains again, he was completely healed.
However, many believers are reluctant to lay hands on the sick because they are afraid that the person won’t be healed. Listen believers, the power to heal isn’t us it’s Christ in us. The hands are ours but the power is His. Therefore, stretch forth your hands and let His power flow through you. Go ahead “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils; freely ye have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8).
1 Peter 1:5
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
The devil is always setting up traps and snares for the people of God. He seeks to kill and destroy us. I Peter 5:8 says “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
David said in Psalms 27:1-3, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” Jesus experienced this in the garden of Gethsemane.
When Judas and the officers of the chief priests came to apprehend Jesus He asked “Whom seek ye?” They answered Him Jesus of Narazeth, when Jesus said “I am He” they all went backward and fell to the ground (John 18:2-6). Listen, this is what we experience everytime the enemy comes to lay hold on us, he stumbles and fall under the power of God.
We are kept, guarded by the power of God through faith unto salvation. This means that God’s power is there for those who believe. We can resist the devil and all his traps and snares by our faith in Jesus Christ. Your faith in Jesus Christ is the power of God in your life to not only keep you safe from harm but to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy (Jude vs. 24).
No matter what the enemy uses to try and lay hold on you, if you believe on Jesus Christ it will fall backward to the ground in surrender to the power of God.
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Whosoever means anyone, everyone, anywhere and salvation is that all inclusive word for the acts and processes of redemption. The word that connects these two words is Jesus.Therefore, when we connect these three words here is what we get (since I am included in that whosoever I will use the first person singular) I + Jesus = healed; I+Jesus=delivered; I+Jesus= prospered; I+Jesus=forgiven; I+Jesus=sanctified; I+Jesus=justified and on and on and on the possibilities are endless. When I call upon Jesus I am healed; when I call upon Jesus I am delivered; when I call upon Jesus I prosper, when I call upon the name of Jesus I am saved.
Acts 4:12 says, “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” The name of Jesus is the power that you need to live. He is His name. Call upon Him today and be saved.