Coming Out Of The Drought
1 Kings 18:41-46
- Often in the realm of faith, we hear things that we cannot see yet.
- Often my situation can be doing a whole lot better than my soul.
- Sometimes He has to change you before He changes your situation.
- Sometimes God will show you how great His supply is by sending you to someone with a greater need than you have to begin with.
- That’s how God often proves His presence, by putting you in an impossible situation.
- Something is happening when nothing is seen.
- Whenever you start in faith, it always feels like nothing.
- Sometimes what you see is a direct contradiction of what you sense.
- Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean He didn’t speak it.
- The only thing that is impossible with God is nothing.
- If God is in it, it’s never nothing.
- Celebrate the small start.
- Be proud of your sucky starts.
- Shout over the small stuff.
- Little is much when God is in it.
- The way the enemy gets you to leave your assignment is to convince you that it doesn’t matter what you’re working on.
- You started seeing it when you started searching for it.
- The enemy can’t keep God from making it rain, but maybe he can keep you from receiving it.
- Some of us are better at surviving in famine than we are at living in blessing.
- When you run from the resistance, you run from the rain. When you run from the battle, you run from the blessings. When you from the problem, you run from the promise.
- God is calling the drought out of you.
- As we’re maturing, we should be taking on more responsibility.
- You’ll never reap a harvest when you hide from it.
- Context brings clarity.
- When you don’t see what you’ve been given, you neglect the work that you’ve been given.
- It doesn’t matter the amount you’ve been given, it matters what you do with what you’ve been given.
- The harvest is work.
- What you hold on to, you hide.
- Whatever’s hidden cannot be blessed.
- The hand that will be blessed is the one that is always open.
- Whatever is heavy on His heart, He puts into your hands.
- Whatever you’re standing in, that is your harvest field.
Round Trip Resurrection (Seven Mile Miracle)
Luke 23:44-46, 24:33-36
- Blessing is a state of your heart.
- We quit so quick.
- Jesus will just sneak in to ordinary situations.
- He’ll send glory into your life but it won’t look like glory. He’ll send blessing into your life but it won’t look like blessing.
- Sometimes God will sneak strength into your life through sorrow.
- Glory never looks like glory when it’s coming.
- I walked seven miles in shame, but I’m walking the second seven in freedom.
- There’s a difference between the reveal and the release.
- There’s a space between the reveal and the release. That’s where hope gets lost.
- Faith grows between the reveal and the release.
- His last breath was my first breath.
- Nobody took His life, He gave it.
- Hand your regret, defeat, and excuse over to Jesus.
Get Over It (Seven Mile Miracle)
John 19:30; Exodus 14:10-14, 31
- Before God can walk you into the promise, He has to walk you through the process.
- Sometimes we are more comfortable in captivity than living in the uncertainty of freedom.
- Maybe God is more focused on getting me to become the right person than He is on getting me to the right place.
- Every new blessing, new promise, and new season from God require a new mindset.
- It’s not just getting you out, it’s getting you over it.
- Not only did He set us free from sin, but He set us free from the power that sin had over our lives when He got up from the grave.
The Thirst Trap (Seven Mile Miracle)
John 19:28-29; Psalm 69:20-22
- Favor flows from strange places.
- Sometimes God challenges your attachments.
- Faith means not knowing why I’m going through it, but trusting the One who makes a way where there’s no way.
- It’s only those who hunger and thirst that can be filled.
- Everything Jesus did, He did on purpose.
- It’s not a sin to be thirsty. It’s just where you go to get your fix that determines whether or not your soul will be satisfied.
- The thing they used to mock Him was actually the thing that He used to finish the work God gave Him to do.
- God has a purpose for every thirst in your life.
- Death did not trap Jesus. He trapped death.
- It’s a setup. It’s not the end.
- Trust God in the parenthesis.
- Sometimes victory doesn’t taste sweet.
- Friday’s trap was Sunday’s triumph.
The Facts Of Life (Seven Mile Miracle)
Luke 24:20-21; Romans 4:18-21
- Face the facts but only speak faith.
- Face the facts but fight your feelings.
- God’s Word is a weapon He has given us to overcome our feelings in this fight for faith.
- Worship is a weapon.
- Face the facts but don’t forget God’s faithfulness.
- A gradual miracle is still a miracle.
- You can’t choose your facts but you can choose what you focus on and choose what you remember.
- When you look for God’s past faithfulness, you begin to see His current faithfulness.
- Face the facts but focus on His face.
- Your facts are not the final reality.
- Jesus was abandoned by His Father so you would never have to be abandoned.
- Don’t take your facts at face value.
Complete The Cross (Seven Mile Miracle)
Luke 24: 32-33; John 19:25
- The greatest pain and pleasure that you’ll experience in your life will be in the context of relationship.
- Sometimes He chases us down to the wrong destinations so He can turn us around.
- When I need to know that God loves me, I don’t look at what’s happening in my life. I flashback to what happened on the cross. That’s where it was settled.
- Sometimes the greatest testimony of your loyalty is not what you will say to someone but how you will stand with them.
- Sometimes we don’t see those who are with us because we can only think of those who left us.
- God will always leave a John at your cross.
- Some of the people that you hate the most actually helped you get to the place where you needed to be to do what God called you to do.
- Some of the people that left you were teaching you to love the people who are still there.
- You’re too blessed to be this needy.
- Your validation is not in somebody else’s mouth. Your validation is in the cross.
- I am complete in that cross.
- Our strength is in the cross, not in what people say or don’t say.
- When I receive it, I can release it.
- Release what you have received.
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