God Did It

  • God has been so good to us as a Church! Can we just praise the Lord and testify to what he has done?!?!
  • A Church is a magnificent thing! It’s powerful to see what God can do with a bunch of people who are fully submitted and fully committed to a Church.
  • We’re not exceptional. There’s thousands of Churches out there that probably have great Churches with Great people. But this is us. This is we. This is our Church.
  • The verse tonight we’re going to jump off of is
  • Colossians 1:11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
  • That verse speaks so much to where we are at, where we’ve been, and where we’re going
  • I’m already excited about 20. Tonight tho, we celebrate the last year of being a teenager
  • Everything we’ve done is because of his might, His power, and His patience and ours
  • I will always say this- I always knew that God could do it, I just often wasn’t sure if we could do it.
  • Churches close all the time. Many of them closed during covid. This will not be us. The gates of Hell shall not prevail.
  1. God will do it if we are Strengthened with all might
  2. 2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
  3. From the first service of Jun 22nd 2003, this has been the only way that we could have made it- It’s only through the Lord. In our own strength, we can’t do it. Only in HIM
  4. Early in those years, we wanted to quit. If it wasn’t for his strength, no way.
  5. The nature of strength, is that it is only built through destruction.
  6. When you build a muscle, you must tear it down. Muscles, on a person, are an indication that they have been tearing down their muscles. When you tear down, they build back up, harder and firmer than they were before.
  7. When you see someone with a bicep, its an indication, that they have been physically been tearing down their muscles. Most people wont achieve what body builders do because they don’t like the pain- they don’t want to endure the pain to get the strength
  8. Spiritual bodies are the same way- our church is strengthened because of how we’ve been torn down throughout the years. No tearing, no building, no building no strength
  9. We have learned to lean on God MORE in HIS might not our own! And we have been STRENGTHENED in HIM. Not our own strength in HIM.
  10. With all MIGHT- put some oompf behind it- get into it- give it more than nothing.
  11. And because we are strong- we can endure- we can lift more, and do more, and handle more.
  12. Psalm 28:8 The Lord is their strength, And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
  13. And I can say that- through what we’ve been through, and what we have done, it has ONLY been through his strength. We couldn’t have done it on our own
  14. This is why we must continue to rest in HIS strength and HIS power- only Through HIM
  15. That’s how we stay strong- in HIM. We MUST be strong.
  16. Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
  17. Throughout the years, We’ve had many plans. Some have come to pass and some have not- but here’s what we’ve learned- we need to be strong in his power not our own.
  18. People ask what the future holds- idk. I didn’t know we’d have a school 2 years ago. I didn’t know we’d have LRY 5 years ago. I didn’t know we’d have the SPOT or Victory Moms or ManUp or anything of that matter- I didn’t know- but God knew
  19. New building, new location, new church, new staff, new people, I don’t know.
  20. Hebrews 12:1-2 Looking unto Jesus
  21. We are going to look unto Jesus- we are going to remember why we do this.
  22. What is your role? Stay strengthened in HIM. Keep looking to HIM. Grow in HIM.
  23. Here’s the thing about strength- you never know when you are going to need it
  24. John didn’t think- I better be strong- I know I’m going to need a heart. BEFORE
  25. Pastor John- kidneys don’t work bc it knows the heart aint working- we need all of us.
  26. But we can never make it be about us, or for us, it is for him and because of him and ONLY in his HIS strength. (returning water heater- big dude- one arm- oh his strength- I was weak)
  27. 2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
  • According to His glorious power
  • This imputation of power is supernatural. It comes through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that is it possible.
  • Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,
  • This power- from the Lord- only comes through the Lord- he grants it to us because of who HE is not because of who WE are-
  • If you find yourself weak, and unable to endure- unable to have the strength, you might be doing it according to your own power- and not his glorious power.
  • God never asks us to do it alone- It is through his power and his power alone.
  • Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
  • Ask for the Holy Spirit- pray – Holy Spirit come inside of me- give me your power- give me your might. Do what only you can do. I know you can do it Jesus.
  • The Bible promises that the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit will rest inside its saints- we must ask for it.
  • And that Holy Spirit power- it SUSTAINS- It grows us. It keeps us. In HIM.
  • Ephesians 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
  • But it will be GOD who does it- not us- we just receive what he does-
  • Zechariah 10:12 “So I will strengthen them in the Lord, And they shall walk up and down in His name,” Says the Lord.
  • Gas prices- On everyone’s mind- whats interesting- is that I have some running shoes they run out- have to replace them every few months- they wear out- $160 dollars. I scoff at the price
  • Gas- spend more than that in a month- why- I need to power of that Gas- It runs out- I have to constantly be filling up on it- I can’t go anywhere without it
  • The Holy Spirit is like that- you have all you need- but you have to stay full of it-
  • Are you staying strengthened in Him? Are you staying strong? Are you building up?
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
  • Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
  • For all patience and longsuffering
    • Patience is not a virtue that I possessed in large measure- some people would say that I am impatient- but I am way better than I used to be
    • Why? I have learned to wait. I have learned that God will do it in his timing- not on mine
    • From 16 to 23 waiting on a wife from 16 to 28 waiting on being a pastor, waiting on going full time, waiting on a man I can depend on to help full time, waiting on a building, waiting on provision. Waiting waiting waiting
    • God has taught me that he will do it on HIS TIME
    • Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
    • I know many pastors who have quit the ministry- I know many who have given up
    • I am not more skilled than these pastors. My wife and I just didn’t give up
    • Many of you didn’t give up either. Waiting on me to grow, the church to grow. God to show up.
    • Romans 5:3-5 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
    • Now- we know- God will do it. Not sure what, but he will do it. He will show up in due season when we least expect it because that’s what he does- eventually.
    • How do we do that?
    • Ephesians 4:2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
    • Waiting is hard- but we have to do it in love. We have to wait on him and be loving while we are waiting for him to show up. We have to.
    • James 5:7-8 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
    • When you establish your heart- you know that no matter what comes around, you will be ok- you don’t worry. You stay in love. You establish your heart and just wait.
    • Notice this in  Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
  • That’s what we have to have- Patience for what he will do next. Patience as we wait for his return. Knowing that he will do it when HE wants to do it
  • Lets stay in love and wait on God and see what he does!

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