This broadcaster has 207 podcast archives available on-demand.
Keep up-to-date with this broadcaster on social media and their website.
December 31, 2021 6:57 am
Have you ever had to push through a painful problem? All of us will have to walk through tough times, but Jesus uses the example of childbirth to show us that if we push through the pain, we can find joy on the other side. Part 2.
Our Savior lives in us and we live in him, and that victory is ours and therefore we have joy and peace calls were how to push through the pain and genomics of helpless in the 16th chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us to rejoice in our tribulations is not possible. Well, it's because he has overcome the world.
And since humans and I we overcome our problems with his presence here stated, with part two of pushing through pain to join press on through sinew to believe your morning can turn into joy and use prayer as one of those instruments that will allow that joy to come into your hearts look when you go to church and lots of people, it shows how popular the preacher is when there's a prayer time this call that shows how popular goddess because at that moment you know you're depending upon him and him alone for every sufficiency in our church this past week we had one of our members, Keith Bridges, who was facing potential amputation because of an infection that he got into his leg.
The doctor were counseling with Kathy. The wife and saying we don't know what to do. It looks terribly probably should amputate and we just kept praying we just kept praying. We kept pushing through. We kept believing that God is able and folks bottom line. This week we got the news that amazingly suddenly that infections are starting to heal.
Keith is walking in the name of Jesus.
There's something in the power that name and when you continue to pray in the power that name your sorrow and turn to joy. That's what Jesus says ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full, that it may be complete, that you can experience all that God wants to give you.
Don't forget to ask, seek and dock in the name of Jesus. Keep praying. Don't give up. There's that illustration in Luke 18 with the persistent widow. It had some kind of unjust thing done to her in the parable begins with these words from Jesus. I'm teaching you this parable so that you won't give up and you will continue to pray and he tells the parable about the unjust judge at TC keeps banging on his door over and over and over again until finally the unjust judge relents and gives her the request of her heart.
It just shows again what Jesus meant to tell us in that parable. Don't give up keep praying keep persisting your joy can come you can receive even justice through faith because in verse eight. In the parable Jesus is when I come back again and he's coming back. Our Lord is coming back again.
He asked the question, will I find faith on life find faith on earth as we persist in prayer, believing, believing we've received understanding his power, we can see him work in magnificent ways. Now how does that work with the illustration I gave you earlier about Jesus submitting himself and saying, not my will but yours. I think you'll know if God's will is not what you particularly want me there. Sometimes God doesn't give us what he wants.
And as you look back over your life. As followers of Jesus, you should say many times more.
Thank you for not giving me that thing I persistent in prayer over never while you showed me that was not your will and you opened up yet another door for me and that's where the joy came so you do submit to the father but the last thing you do is submit to the father after you have persisted in prayer and his close that door. You know what he wants you to go don't make it the first thing you do what we do. Too often, as Christians, as we just kind pray an impotent prayer attached Jesus name and then say your will, not mine. When there is no real heartfelt questing for whatever it is the God they will. Don't give up on the power of prayer is a way to turn your sorrow to joy. Let's continue. Verse 25 Jesus said, I have said these things to you and figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the father before Jesus would tell about the kingdom by using parables and the disciples had to work hard to understand them. They were figures of speech. But Jesus said after my resurrection, I'm gonna speak more plainly to you. One example is Luke 24 on the road to Emmaus. He's with two disciples they don't recognize Jesus in his resurrected form and he takes all of them through the entire Old Testament and shows how all of the Old Testament pointed to him in the six-hour walk he showed how all of the Old Testament pointed to him and by the way. January 9 were to begin our trek to the Old Testament.
I'm to show you in the weeks and months to come. How it all points to Jesus. Every single bit of it by the kids books that we are presenting to you. Make sure you parents teach your kids this as well and all those books are available online or at our worship services so that you can have them again beginning on January 9. But Jesus said, it's been kind of difficult right now because I've been speaking to you less plainly, figuratively, but now you're going to hear in plain language what I wanted you to hear in that day you will ask in my name and I do not say to you that I will ask the father on your behalf for the father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God, so that the day is coming when you really understand the resurrection power. Jesus.
Jesus isn't going to be necessarily needing to be praying for them at that point they'll have the power within them. Now you need to know that aromas the eighth chapter. It's very clear that the Holy Spirit is inside of us and when we don't know how to pray the Holy Spirit is praying to the father on our behalf, asking for the father's will to be done.
So if you don't know what to pray for you can simply say, Holy Spirit, keep praying for me. But in Romans 836.
Jesus himself says I regularly make intercession for you as well.
So you need to know right now if you love Jesus and his Holy Spirit lives within you.
Jesus is in you as well and he is regularly interceding for every need, that you may have even especially if you don't know what those needs may be in Jesus that this is reality because I came from the father.
It all began with the incarnation.
It all began with the Christmas season celebration.
All of this power.
All of this present all of this prayer, this given to us is given to us because it began with the incarnation of God being birth in a stable in Bethlehem and folks you need to know that all the people out there who want to say happy holidays. Let them say happy holidays, but the Christmas season was formed by people who wanted America to remember the incarnation of God in human flesh in Jesus because that began the whole availability for all of us to have the presence and power of Jesus himself.
Don't ever forget that verse 28 I came from the father. There it is again the incarnation I came from the father and have come into the world and now I'm leaving the world and going back to the father. That's the ascension.
Verse 29 his disciples that now you are speaking plainly, Mallory did it and not using figurative speech. Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you. This is why we believe that you came from God.
Jesus answered them, do you now believe folks may ask you to you now believe that the father sent his son into the world to die on the cross to take your sins upon himself so that you can have the Holy Spirit dwell in your heart, which is now holy and forgiven and stunned by grace through faith not of works, you believe that that's what Jesus is asking here. Do you now believe behold, the hour is coming. Indeed, it has come when you will be scattered each up to his own home and will leave me alone. The hours come within the next few hours when Jesus is arrested and then taken before Pilate nailed on the cross there scattering in fulfillment of a prophecy in the Old Testament where it says the shepherd will be struck and the sheep will be scattered all of them runaway except Johnny stays at the foot of the cross, but were not sure all that he's thinking even, but all the other disciples ran away and Jesus said to them, you know, go to Galilee said through an angel to the women tell the disciples go to Galilee and there'll meet them, especially till Peter because Peter will have denied me three times. His heart going to be so filled with sorrow I'm going to especially meet him and show him I love grace and forgiveness is going to be sorrow to be scattered you go to be left alone, yet I am not alone, for the father is with me.
You see again of the plurality of the Godhead, one God, but the father and son are together here and in the silent sovereign, who only wants to glorify Jesus. We look at that last week he just what's the point people to Jesus but the father the son and the Holy Spirit all dwell in this intimate relationship so that Jesus said Juergen to be alone but I'll never be alone because the father and I dwell so closely and intimately with one another and then verse 33.
I have said these things to you that in me you may have peace. I'm telling you these things so that in me you may have peace.
So if you invite Jesus into your heart. That means that he lives in you.
But another amazing supernatural phenomenon occurs, you live in Jesus. It is a strange, mystical, unexplainable reality, but you live in Jesus and he lives in you and you are inextricably intertwined and interconnected with one another and Jesus says as you are rooted in me. In this way you're going to have joy which he just talked about your also going to have peace that were to shallow means the full blessing of God.
It means the tranquility of knowing that you are being taken care of, no matter what. Look at it this way our world defines peace is the absence of conflict I we signed and Abraham peace accord between Israel and the Saudi's, for example, and are supposedly now going have peace between them.
But those peace accords on this side of eternity can be so quickly broken, but the peace we have with Jesus is rooted in his present state again. His peace is rooted in his presence, so that Christmas is far more about God's presence in Jesus PRESENCE then giving presents PRESENTS to one another in actual and what gives us peace. It is the reality that we have lighting personal, intimate and eternal relationship with Jesus, who is in us and we are in him. The result of that is peace because we know there's nothing we face that he isn't with us and giving us the strength to overcome and that's why Jesus ends the section in this way and that the world as you live on this side of eternity you will have tribulation you disciples will again the whole lie of the prosperity gospel he is you believe in Jesus you never have tribulation.
It's just not true. Those preaching it are false teachers are going to have tribulation again. We live in broken bodies and broken relationships with in a broken world were just going to have tribulation, but then Jesus continues and says to all of us.
But take heart of that word means take courage, we work out what is deep within us. So Jesus is saying let me take over your complete life and I'll fill you with the power of the Holy Spirit and you will have courage in your heart, take heart.
Be courageous. I have overcome the world. He has folks he has. Why are you worried, why are you fearful Jesus has overcome all the brokenness that is around us. Do we live in broken bodies absolutely with Jesus in us.
The moment these bodies die and every single one will.
It is the proof of the doctrine of original sin, we all die when these bodies die for those of us who believe in Jesus, we simply take this one off like I take off his coat and put on a new resurrection, eternal body that never cries. Never has tears. Never has pain. It is perfect in every way.
He has overcome this world. So we live in a broken world with hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. what is going to come back again and is going to remake restore this world to original intent to the Garden of Eden in Genesis 1 to one day when Jesus returns everything in this broken world's going to be fixed and this is where were going to left when we go to heaven but we come back to live here with Jesus.
This is going to be our eternal home after he restores all things this creation under himself and broken relationships.
There are going to be haters in heaven. There are many critics in heaven, not to be Cenex in heaven. Luckily victims in heaven.
We live in a culture folks that exalts victimhood right now and people find their identity in the bad thing that's happened to them. So intersection analogy allows all people who had micro aggressions or macro aggressions against them to come together in their victimhood and to be a strength if you will identity those not found in what's happened to us. Our identity is found in Jesus and Jesus alone. He enters our hearts and therefore blood bought believers and we only have brothers and sisters in the family of God call the church and in the new creation only brothers and sisters in Christ will be here and they will operate as I will operate perfectly in relationship with one another. Jesus said, rejoice. Don't let the brokenness of this world overcome you. Don't be a victim be a Victoire understand Romans 837 were more than conquerors through Christ who loves us that word more than conquerors who bear Nikkei bear hyper the Greek who bear means hyper Nikkei is the word in the Greek the word which Nike gets conquerors. Victoire's we Christians are super Nikkei were more than conquerors because of the love of Jesus and that love folks conquerors all so is as we live in him and he lives in us. We rejoice because we know will one day have a perfect body. We know when they will live in a perfect world we know will have perfect relationships around us and we look forward to that day and nothing, nothing can ever take that away from so live in that victory live in the power the resurrection know that Jesus has one. But he concluded this ulceration. Some of you know that I'm a big baseball fan.
I love the Atlanta Braves baseball problem because I went to games with my dad way back when little boy. We just love watching baseball together for many years until he passed away.
Love the Atlanta Braves because went to seminary in Atlanta and started watching games they're going to games and they just became a team what they last won a world chairmanship in 1995 that had a couple of close tries but no cigar. But this year, something seemed different and they kept getting better and getting better and getting better and they won the National League championship series and then they went to the World Series and what it but in this national chairmanship series against the LA Dodgers. There was this moment where it was tense.
Nobody knew what was going to happen. Dodgers were really really good. It looked like the brace could maybe finally breakthrough in defeating the Dodgers with a had many will do for almost a decade and interestingly, at one point in one of the key games. The Dodgers had runners on second and third with nobody out in the brace for apply to nothing when it came to get to control the series and here's what I did. I got afraid. I turned off the TV and refuse to watch as I can do too much. My sons texting me and going on second and third nobody out what he thinks going to happen and I didn't want him to know that I cowered out so I just text back. I'm not sure hope it ends well and then about 10 minutes later I get a text or him ago. Wow can you believe that old boat, so I quickly turned back on to find out. Tyler not sick, the Braves Latina reliever struck out three straight Dodgers on 12 pitches not of them strike struck them all out in the Braves went on to win the game and then women in LCS and the series now here's what I just love occasionally to type in on my Google Tyler met sick Dodgers strikeouts and in three minutes. I can watch what happened during that moment it was different than when it was live. I was a coward. I was fearful, I will turn it off was going to happen, but now I know what really happened. The victory occurred, the resurrection happened in the Braves won the game and I can watch now those three minutes and every time I watch at my watch it like 10 or 15 times I get jealous I get joy.
Why, because I know who won.
I know what happened to your friends you follow somebody who has struck out. The devil you have somebody who has defeated him. The resurrection proves that his ascension to glory proves it. His second coming. A promise yet to be proved, but our Savior wins and he lives in us and we live in him, and that victory is ours and therefore we have joy and peace because we've learned how to push through the pain. We learned how to push through the tribulation, now push can't you just hear Jesus saying that to you.
Don't give up keep pushing. Keep praying and believing plush plush, and one day babies late in our arms and all all the joy and listening to moments of thanks for listening.
Dana joins me in the studio. In a conversation about how to approach this need here with Damon I am Tony Marciano residence in Europe. Charlotte rescue mission ask you a question will you do when you stand at the intersection of homelessness and addiction in the person's shoes for just the second one is that you really need. You probably been one of the individuals who stood at the end of interesting ramp holding the sign just said hungry will work for food, whichever use the money for food and booze and drugs with it most likely you hate your life you addiction has stolen every aspect of hope. You want to be part of the fabric of society, but every morning you addiction screams and you surrender to it.
There is one thing you do need and that is transformation the place to go to Charlotte rescue Mission Charlotte rescue mission works from the inside out to address the root cause of someone at the crossroads of addiction and homelessness. The rescue Mission provides free Christian residential high quality substance abuse recovery programs to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford such services with a passion for holistic transformation and a love for Christ missions 120 day program has transformed the lives of thousands of men and women in our community.
Charlotte rescue mission is grateful for the financial partnership. James Easton thanks for listening today. Joining STM is our Pastor David blank David, thank you so much for joining us today. Hello Jan and happy new year to you and the Houston family a happy New Year's and it's lengthening my well what rate readings for both of us today to one another and to all our listeners. Happy new year tomorrow and we want it to be the greatest new year your life. The first we want to emphasize today as we move into 2022, is Revelation chapter 21 verse five, where God says behold I make all things new. I looked up the word all in the dictionary this week. Jan guess what it means all all means exactly that Jesus makes all things new. As we trust him. You note that verse is on the outside of the dove's nest, which is a women's facility here in the city of Charlotte that helps homeless or addicted women get back on their feet. My dear friend Tony Marciano made sure that verse was on the outside because he wanted every woman who enters to read it.
Behold I make all things new, giving them new Hope new life and new purpose, but that verse isn't just for those women that verses for every single one of us who entrust our lives to Jesus. Think about this Jan, how often in the Bible God says I want to give you a new song I want to give you a new place.
Behold, I'm doing a new thing just how often God wants to do that the greatest of which is you are a new creation in Jesus.
The old has passed away and the new has come.
So this day you and I Jan wanted to give our listeners a special hope to believe that God is able to take your past and to bury it deep into the heart of the sea that he does not remember your sins anymore and he wants to do a new thing in your life. Create a new hope in your heart and when you realize that you can face today and tomorrow and all of your life knowing that the one who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in your heart, and he wants to give you that same power and you hope today and forever. This is so encouraging and I now I hope this isn't too much of a spoiler alert that I know you have some Revelation that you have learned about being a new creation and that you will be speaking on this this coming year yet if anybody would like to come to moments of hope church on January 2, I'll do it through the Bible sermon that ties the Bible together, from Genesis to Revelation. In 35 to 40 minutes.
Then on January 9 were going to march through the Bible and were going to show how God created this world perfect how it fell and then the redemptive story beginning with Abraham to Jesus and into his second coming. That is the Bible's message and I look forward to sharing with that because that's what the Bible is all about is to give us that hope yes I love that sound nice and asked now being new creations and what that really means gin were new creations of the oldest passed away. The new has come. Therefore we should live in this great hope so again. Everyone bury your problems your sins in the heart of the sea, they can't be seen receive the grace, love, and Jesus a new preach the gospel to yourself every morning of this next year.
Know that God loves you more than you can ever hope for, or imagine he will give you that.
Hope that you need to make it through this day and always remember if the sun comes up in the morning, there's always hope. Guess what happened this morning.
Folks, the sun came up.
There's always hope. Happy 2022 moments of helpless Danish senior pastor as moments of hope church. We'd love to have you join us for where sent Sunday morning we meet at prominent state school located at 5800 Sardis Rd. in South Charlotte 10 AM. You can find more information on our website. Moments of hope church toddler and liner online for gated daily moment of hope delivered every morning tear in there both free and email@example.com for any entire moments of hope church missing here