"Although success in life is not guaranteed, Jesus makes victory a most certain possibility" - Pastor Sabra I love the story of Meg. F. Quijano's daughters open-mindedness of thought. Meg was returning from a motivational session held by the National Organization for Women preceding a most routine conversation on purpose with her young daughter.
Her five-year-old daughter, Lisa, greeted her with the news that when she grew up she wanted to be a nurse. As you may recall, there was a time (and still true to some extent today) when nursing was women's work while being a MD was a man's work. Desiring to fuel her daughter with limitless thinking, Meg told her daughter Lisa she could be anything she wanted to be. "You can be a lawyer, a surgeon, a banker, President of the United States -- you can be anything." Lisa looked a little dubious.
"Anything? Anything at all?" She thought about it, and then her face lit up with ambition. "All right," she said. "I'll be a horse."
Well, I am not certain God will allow you or I to become a horse. I am certain that He has the means and capacity to instantly make such a notion happen. No, this lesson is not about becoming a horse. This lesson is about the possibility power released in the mind acquainted with Jesus.
Jesus brings infinite and limitless possibilities. Jesus- the Man, the Messenger, the Messiah and even as a metaphorical representation of "goodness"- exudes contagious possibility in one's heart to believe the impossible. Jesus gives us the ability to Believe in all things. Humanity has limitations yet God through Jesus reaches beyond the barriers of the body. Do you desire to traverse beyond life's roadblocks? Are you ready to live life in its fullness? Then try Jesus!
John Maxwell in "The Success Journey " says:
"A dream without a positive attitude produces a daydreamer. A positive attitude without a dream produces a pleasant person who can't progress. A dream together with a positive attitude produces a person with unlimited possibilities and potential."
Jesus gives the dreamer the dream and its fulfillment the foundation of possibility. I want to succeed in every area of life. I want you to succeed in every area of life. I have tried many humanistic efforts and read countless "success" and "self" help books in hopes of reaching the utopian place of victory, yet they all fall short. Jesus and His book are the greatest nuggets of wisdom and truth unlocking success.
Over the course of 2014, I will teach your secrets of success as gleamed from the recorded miracles of Jesus Christ. Join me in a study of the world. Allow the power of the Holy Spirit to serve as your personal life coach in 2014. Studying the bible is an awesome opportunity to be coached by God to reach your next level of spiritual growth.
In this article, we study the miracle of The Nameless Man From Nain. The life application theme for this lesson is "Possibility".
We will study the back story, the life significance and then be guided in the art of victorious prayer.
First, The Back Story-
There are three instances of miracles involving literal death associated with the work of Jesus. This story is the first of these three resurrections recorded as Acts attributed to the miracle work of Jesus.
In this miracle of awakening, we find Jesus nearing the town of Nain. Jesus encounters a mother heart-broken over the departure of her only son.
The sight of a dead son and a crying mother compelled Jesus into action. Jesus told the widowed woman to be calm. Then the master of life and death, touched the bier and said "Young man, I say to you, rise!"
The sleeping son sat up and began to speak. The Lord gave the son back to the weeping mother. The people seeing this, glorified God, and the word about Jesus and this miracle spread throughout Judea, and all the surrounding country. This miracle is recorded as one of the seven signs in the book of John.
Second, The Life Application:
God is more than able to restore what you have lost. As the bible tells us, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Be encouraged, whatever you have lost, our God is a God of restoration, of life, of redemption.
Today, is your day of restoration. Now, is your moment of manifested hope. You can wait for tomorrow or you can chose to seize the blessings of today. Today, you rise again. Today you are called sit-up. Today you are called to stand. Today your destiny of success is on display. Today is your day!
Third, The Miracle Prayer of Possibility:
"And the children of Israel went into the midst of the Sea upon the dry ground, and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left." Exodus 14:22 KJV
"So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies." Joshua 10:13 NKJV
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20 NIV
Today's Miracle Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I thank you that the joy of the Lord is my strength. I thank you that today is the day that you have made and I will rejoice in it. Amen.
To Your Resurrection!
- Sabra Johnson "Pastor Sabra"
City of Faith Church of Houston Texas
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