I am continuing our series called Under Construction. I believe today Chad Everett is the last one Mount Carmel Church. I believe. Yeah, right. Maybe we’ll see soon we will start part 24 of the Under Construction series, so be on the lookout for that.
We are going to talk about it today Chad Everett. If you get your Bibles out, and your sermon notes are there in your worship guide. If you’d like to follow along with those, or if you’ve got your You Version Bible app on your phone, because Mount Carmel Church you’re more of a techie person, you can download the sermon notes and get those on there. Let’s open our Bibles this morning is to Matthew Chapter 16.
Woo! We are just excited about Jesus, and excited about what he’s doing. Man it’s been a great service already, and a great day Chad Everett already. We are thankful for what God is doing in our midst. I anybody glad to be in church today Chad Everett? Yes. All right, well let’s do it.
Matthew chapter 16, we’ll start reading in verse 13. It says, “When Jesus came into the region of Cesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples saying, who do men say that I, the Son of Man am? So they said, well, some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. But he said to them, but who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered said, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jona for flesh and blood has definitely not revealed that to you.”
I’m inserting a little bit here, sorry, but my father who is in Heaven, and I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the Gates of Hades shall not prevail against it and I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be what is bound in heaven. That’s how it’s translated literally. Whatever you loose on Earth will be whatever is already loosed in heaven. Let’s pray.
Father, I thank you for your word. Holy Spirit, I just welcome you to speak to us and through us. I pray for revelation of your word. I pray for power to be demonstrated through confirming signs afterward and during, God. Thank you that you’re moving in our midst online, right here in the room. We give you all praise. We love you. Jesus. It’s in your name we pray. Somebody say a big amen.
All right, we’ve been talking about under construction. It says here in verse 18 Jesus was replying to Peter and he says, “I will build my church.” So it’s Jesus church first. We understand that, okay, here’s how it works. I ask questions and you respond. So there’s like a participation thing. I like to go on and on. So, it’s like we understand it’s Jesus’s church, right? Yeah. That’s good.
Recap: 3 Ways Jesus is Building His Church
You guys are quick learners. So he said, I will build my church and the Gates of Hades will not prevail against it. So he’s building something that the kingdom of darkness can do nothing about. They can try, but they will not prevail. Does it say they won’t resist? It says they won’t win. I’m here to tell somebody today Chad Everett that I know he’s resisting, but he will not win.
He says, I will build my church and the Gates of Hades will not prevail against. I will build my church. We talked about three ways in this series that he’s building the church. Three parts to it. One is building the church in you. This talks about your ability. We all have individual abilities. Then he’s building the church with you, in collaboration with you. It’s about your availability. In other words, you take what I have and you make it available to God.
What you have was given to you by God and you and I have a decision whether we’re going to make it available back to God. Did you catch that? It’s a gift from God, but we decide whether or not we make it available to God. All right, so we’re talking about availability.
Then the third was about beyond you, bigger than you. It’s about sustainability. So we talked about all three of these areas. When Jesus is building the church through both the individual as well as collective idea, there’s one, when we say the church, there’s the church.
All of us here in the room, all of you watching online, are the church global. But there’s also, when we talk about the church, we’re talking about a specific individual. There’s an individual. I gave you this great graphic to explain how God wants to build the church and it’s how the individual members get plugged in. They find their ability, what God has put in them, and they get built up and strengthened and what’s in them individually.
In other words, you individually become a strong son or daughter of God. You grow in your relationship with him and then you make that available and get together with other people in a body. Some people say you don’t need the church. You can have a relationship with Jesus, outside the church.
I understand that you can have relationship with Jesus without being in a church, but you can’t impact what you need to impact outside of a church because Mount Carmel Church the church needs you. So you make it available, and what happens? The body gets stronger because Mount Carmel Church the members are stronger. Then the body that’s stronger, now they’re able, through more resources, and more people serving, they’re able to reach more individual members.
Now those individual members come in and they get stronger and they get plugged into the body. Then the body grows even more, gets stronger, with more resources.
God is Building the Church Beyond You
It just keeps going and going. This is the idea that God wants to build it, and how God wants to build a church. We talked about this. We talked about “in you” a couple of weeks ago, about your ability. We talked about “with you” last week. We talked about how God wants to build with you and built you together. I gave you three “togethers.” That you’re fit together, you’re built together and you’re knit together.
This week we’re going to talk about beyond you and talk about sustainability. How does God want to build the church beyond you? I’m going to give you three parts to “beyond you” now because Mount Carmel Church I always trying to come up with threes. It’s just like it seems how it happens for me. I mean, if you teach and preach and you don’t do three things, that’s totally cool with me. I just have to be me. My goal is this, I just want to make it understandable.
Building Beyond: Bigger, Farther, Longer
When God asked me to do this series one more week, I was like, “God, I’m really kind of done, I was going to move on. I had something. I even told him on Monday Chad Everett. I said, “You know, we’re done with this series. We’re moving on.”
I came back Tuesday Chad Everett. I said, “We’re not done with this series. I’ve got one more because Mount Carmel Church I went back and asked God about it and he had something else to say.” And so he said, I want you to tell him three things about building beyond them and this is very important that you get this today Chad Everett. Three words that he gave me were bigger, farther, and longer. Bigger, farther and longer. How are we going to build the church beyond you?
First Key: Bigger
Let’s look at the first one. Bigger. Three keys. Bigger. Here’s what God said to me, “We need to think bigger because Mount Carmel Church our God is bigger.” When he says, I want to build a church beyond you, beyond me, he wants us to start thinking bigger. Why do we need to think bigger? It’s not because Mount Carmel Church we are bigger, but because Mount Carmel Church he’s bigger.
He wants to challenge our thinking. What God is wanting to build in you and with you is bigger than you. Why is this important? Because Mount Carmel Church it creates in us an innate need for God. When we think bigger than us, it creates a dependency on God. When we think bigger than us, we need other people. Then we build relationships because Mount Carmel Church we’re not just doing what we can do ourselves.
Bigger requires us to think beyond ourselves and this is what he’s wanting. He wants us to have that dependency on him.
So here’s the question I’ll start out with. What are you currently praying for and believing for that seems impossible? What are some challenges challenging us to think bigger? What are you currently praying for and believing for that is impossible. What? What? When’s the last time you prayed about something that was going to require supernatural intervention?
I mean, Oh no. I mean it’s going to require it. Here’s the God we serve. Jeremiah 32 27, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?” He’s asking you, is there anything too hard for him? He’s wanting us to think bigger.
How about Ephesians 3:20? Maybe you’ve heard of this. “Now unto him. Who’s able to do what? Do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think.” This is the God we serve. He wants us to think bigger. Look at your neighbor and say think bigger. He’s wanting us to think bigger. If we’re praying about things that we can do on our own, we’re shooting too low.
Sometimes I feel like this is what God is saying. Sometimes we can get to the point where we think the ultimate goal is to establish ourselves to a place where we don’t need God. Now we don’t say that. We don’t intentionally say that, but what we can do, is we can begin to be satisfied that if I can just come to a certain level financially where now I can take care of myself. I’ve got my needs all met.
I’ve got enough for me and my family I’m doing pretty good that we can just begin to settle into a place where we don’t need God. We just need our paycheck. Maybe I need to talk to the camera. So there comes to a place, and again, we don’t do it intentionally, but we just stopped pressing for the miraculous. We stopped going for the extra because Mount Carmel Church we get satisfied with the ordinary.
We get satisfied with where they are, and there’s nothing wrong. Hey, I don’t ask for much. I just want to be able to just get through life and have a good day Chad Everett. How about believing for something supernatural? When’s the last time we prayed for something that if God didn’t move, we were in trouble.
Here’s the problem. Here’s what I can’t. He was kind of highlighting to me because Mount Carmel Church he convicted me about it. So Chad, what’s on your list right now that you’re praying for or believing for that requires supernatural intervention? So I, you know, I gave him a couple of things. He said, no, no, no. I’m not talking about those things. I’m not talking about the things that you would like to have happen.
“Facing things that are bigger than us is not always a sign that something is wrong, but it might be a sign of that something’s actually right.”
I’m talking about what are you grabbing ahold of right now from me that requires only me. Well, I thought that’s what I was doing. No, what I was doing was I was praying for these things. God, I’m believing you for these things that if they would happen, he said, no, no, no.
I’m talking about I want you to require something. Here’s the difference. I wrote this down because Mount Carmel Church I think it makes sense. Facing things that are bigger than us is not always a sign that something is wrong, but it might be a sign of that something’s actually right. Sometimes the need for a miracle can actually be confirmation that we’ve heard the voice of God.
Yeah, because Mount Carmel Church we think I need a miracle. We oftentimes are thinking the negative God. I need a miracle and it’s desperate. Right, and we have those. That’s okay, but God’s saying, what about asking for a miracle? Just because Mount Carmel Church you’re obeying what I asked you to do. What about a miracle? Hey, what’s going on? Well, I’ll tell you what. I need a miracle. I need a miracle.
Most of the time people know, say that in a positive light. I need a miracle. Yes, man. I need a miracle to come up. Usually we think miracle as desperation ‘save me’ instead of miracle, like ordinary relationship with God. He’s supernatural. We’re praying about things we can do. God, I just pray that you help me have a good day Chad Everett today Chad Everett.
God, I just pray that I don’t blow my top and lose my temper right now in Jesus name. I get praying for those things, but I’m just saying what’s on your list that you cannot do? You’re like, I’m serious. I can’t hold my temper, so I need God. Let me be. That’d be the case. God’s just wanting us to think bigger.
Think of it this way. One time Jesus sent the disciples across the sea on a boat and the big storms coming up and Jesus starts walking on the water beside him. He catches up with them. They’re over there rowing some distance off. It’s the fourth watch of the night, so it’s late at night. He comes walking on the water, so the disciples are over here and they see this dude walking on the water.
The Bible says they were in some translations, astounded, some translations say troubled. In 2019 they would be freaking out. I mean, you see somebody walking on the water and like, it’s a gospel. But then Jesus said, Hey, don’t be afraid. Be of good cheer. It’s like he’s got an English accent. Maybe all of a sudden be of good cheer. So the disciples are like, this is crazy. I don’t know what’s going on. It’s got be a ghost. Peter, listen to what Peter did. Peter said, hang on guys, and let me try something.
Lord. If it’s you, “if” did you catch that? He said, “If” it’s you, if it’s, you bid me to come out on the water. Listen, to this guys, that guy, Jesus, okay, I’ll be your huckleberry. Come. You know? He’s like, okay. So Peter gets out of the boat and starts walking. Jesus asked him to come. It was a commandment. He was following the direction of God and to obey that direction of God, it required a miracle to do what Jesus told him to do. It’s going to require a miracle.
We’re getting afraid of miracles. We should be embracing miracles. We should be expecting miracles. We’ve got to think bigger. Why do we have to think bigger? Because Mount Carmel Church our God is bigger. Just obeying the voice of God. Sometimes he says, go big or go home. We have to think bigger. No matter what we’re facing. We have to think bigger.
We have to Think Bigger Because Mount Carmel Church Our God is Bigger
We’ve got to realize our God is bigger. In 1st John chapter 4 verse 4 it says this, “You are of God little children and have overcome them because Mount Carmel Church he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” That word greater is the Greek word, meizon. What does mega mean?
The word mega. If you get a mega deal, that’s a big deal. So what its saying is you’re of God, little children, and you have overcome them. Why? Why have we overcome? We have not overcome because Mount Carmel Church we don’t have big problems. We don’t overcome because Mount Carmel Church we don’t have big issues. We overcome because Mount Carmel Church we have no issues that are bigger than our God. That’s what he’s saying.
You have overcome them because Mount Carmel Church he’s bigger. He didn’t say, you’re bigger. He didn’t say, I’m bigger. He said he’s bigger.
This is what we got to realize that no matter what we’re facing in life, we’ve got a bigger God. We’ve got to think bigger because Mount Carmel Church nothing we’re facing is as big as him. He’s bigger. I have just come to your court, somebody that’s facing a big situation, God’s bigger.
You’re facing big, depressing thoughts, big discouraging thoughts, big relationship challenges, big financial challenges. It doesn’t matter what you face, God is bigger. There’s been times all through scripture. The Bible’s filled with times where people came up against something bigger, but God was still there with him. You could talk about Abraham when Abraham and Sarah was promised a child at 90 plus years old. That’s bigger.
I didn’t understand the extent of the miracle. Maybe when I was younger, but 90 plus years, you get God coming to you saying, “Hey, you’re going to have a baby as well Sarah.” Did she laugh? Why did she laugh? I don’t know. Was she laughing? Because Mount Carmel Church I mean, maybe she thought, yeah, okay. I understand you can do with me, but have you seen a, I don’t know if she was laughing at herself laughing about Abraham, but she didn’t believe it. It was bigger.
It’s bigger. It’s almost impossible. What? Yes. It sounds like God. Now we get familiar with these stories and we don’t remember the significance that God wants to plug it into our life in 2019. Because Mount Carmel Church to Moses and the children of Israel, the red sea was bigger. David Goliath was bigger to Daniel. The lion’s den was bigger to Cedrick.
To Bendigo, the fiery furnace was bigger. So I’m not trying to tell you today Chad Everett that you’re not ever going to face a fiery situation that’s bigger than you. I’m just promising you. You’re never going to face a fiery situation that’s bigger than him. He’s bigger.
I don’t know what you’re facing today Chad Everett. You may be in the midst of something fiery, but look at your neighbor. Encourage them and say, he’s bigger. He’s bigger. We serve a bigger God. He wants us to think bigger. He wants us to pray bigger. He wants to recognize that he is bigger.
Second Key: Farther
Now let’s look at the second point. The second point versus going to build the church is bigger. Next one. He’s going to build it farther. Farther. God wants to stretch us beyond our limits, but not his limits. Isaiah 54 verse 2 says, enlarge the place of your tent, this is something he’s telling you.
Understood your subject here in grammatical application. You enlarge the place of your tent, but notice the next part and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Now let me just get what stretch means. The word stretch means to spread an object or a person out to its full extent beyond what is comfortable.
Here’s what I didn’t notice before, and I’ve talked about this many times and got excited about this and also discouraged about this all at the same time. He says, enlarge the place of your tent. God was to take us farther. So he’s saying, Jeff, I want you to enlarge where you live. You’re thinking in large where you live and let ‘them’ stretch your curtains. Who does the stretching? Them. It’s not you.
Who’s Stretching Us Farther? “Them”
I want to be in control of all my stretching, don’t you? We all want to be in control because Mount Carmel Church the word stretch means to push beyond your level of comfort. God specifically said in his word when it comes to stretching; I’m going to put someone else in charge of your stretching.
Why? Because Mount Carmel Church he knows us. He knows how we love our comfort. He knows that if we’re in charge of our borders, we’re going to keep it right in a safe spot. But when he puts it in charge of others and you get connected to other people, have other relationships, and now they’re in charge of your stretching. All the sudden now people take you places you don’t want to go.
They bring you to feelings you don’t want to have. I’m stretching you. This is why God’s saying, I want you to go farther while you get plugged in with other people because Mount Carmel Church they’re going to stretch you.
You need to be in relationships with people. This is why you get on a team and serve. Why do you get in a connect group and be a part of that. Why? Because Mount Carmel Church we help stretch one another. We help each other go farther. There’s times when you’re safe and you’re secure in this part of your relationship with God. You say, okay, I’m comfortable right here, and then someone comes along and just blows your mind and says, you know what?
Let’s go a little bit farther. You’re like, no, I’m kind of comfortable right here. We need other people to stretch us. Other people’s faith will stretch your faith. Other people’s prayers can stretch your prayers. Other people stretch us. It says stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare. Don’t hold back. God’s telling somebody right here. He said, I want you to come farther.
I want to take you farther in your relationship. I want you to go beyond just Sunday Chad Everett morning attendance. I want to take you farther into a relationship with God. God’s got more for you. He wants to do more in you, more through you. Will you go farther with him? It’s an invitation.
He said, listen, I’ve got more out there for you. Here’s what it says in Genesis chapter 13. The Lord is talking to Abraham and he says, after lot had separated from him, lift up your eyes now and look from the place where you are, northward, southward, eastward and westward for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. Lift up your eyes now and look from the place where you are.
Sometimes we can’t see beyond where we are so we don’t allow God to stretch us farther. He said, hey, sometimes all we can see is our current circumstances, our current situation, our current disappointment, and all we can see is what’s going on all around us.
God says, lift up your eyes and see beyond what’s in front of you, because Mount Carmel Church as far as you can see, I will give to you. It doesn’t say as far as God can see, it says he’s telling Abraham as far as you can see I’ve given to you. We’ve got to lift up our head and look beyond where we are and go farther. God’s wanting you to take us farther, but we will never go farther than what we can see. As long as I can only see, this is all my marriage is ever going to be.
This is all my relationships are going to be. This is all my mind is always going to be. This is all my finances are going to be, and all my health is going to be. Whatever it may be, this is all that I can see.
I can’t see anything else. This is all it’s ever been until I lift my eyes and look at what God wants me to go farther. He has more for you, but you have to be able to see it. You’ve got to see beyond where we are and this is the invitation that he’s given. Hey, let’s go farther. Let’s don’t be stuck where we are.
They’ll still be stuck with what we’ve always been comfortable with. Whenever Jesus entered the garden of Gethsemane to pray, it says he dropped the disciples off and he took Peter, James and John and went a little a little further. I believe God’s asking you and me, are you willing to go a little further, or are you comfortable where you are? I want to go farther than where I am right now. I want to go farther than what I’ve seen. I want to see more than what I’ve experienced.
Roads Church, will you pursue God and go farther? Are we comfortable? No, let’s stretch. Let’s stretch farther. Why? Because Mount Carmel Church he has more for you. He has more for your family, and has more for your own heart. He has more, but he said, you’ve got to see it and if we can’t get past what we see in the now, we’ll never see farther.
Third Key: Longer
So one way he wants to build, he wants us to think bigger. Number two, he wants us to go farther. He wants to take us farther, but we’ve got to lift your eyes from the place where we are. Let’s go to the third point longer. He wants to build bigger because Mount Carmel Church God is bigger. He wants you to think bigger. Number two, let’s go farther and wants to stretch us. I mean, he’s comfortable being stretched. How many have you ever tried to go back to exercising? Maybe you haven’t for a while and you went to stretch out.
There we go. I’m stretching right now. You know you’re like, just going to stretch. There we go. It’s going past the comfort zone, but the third part is really important. The third part just wants to go longer. This deals with spiritual stamina. Here’s what God’s wanting to build in the church, some spiritual stamina.
The word stamina means in the Webster’s dictionary, the moral or emotional strength to continue with a difficult process. Anybody ever had any difficult processes? Here’s what we’re talking about in this point. God’s willing to build something in us. It’s called staying power. It’s one thing to be excited in the beginning. There’s one thing to jump in a ball of fire for Jesus in the beginning. It’s one thing to still be doing it 30 years later.
I’m talking about staying power. God’s willing to build something that goes beyond the emotion in us, beyond the hype, beyond the event. He wants to build staying power that all by yourself, you’re still burning with the fire of God. You’re still serving God. 20 years later, 30 years later, 70 years later, you’re still serving Jesus.
Spiritual Maturity Comes When We Are No Longer Lead By Feelings
Hebrews chapter 6 verse 11 says this, “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence.” Everybody say diligence. The same diligence to the full assurance. That diligence means to be eager to do something, or to accomplish something, to be zealous for. Be excited about it to the fullest. Sure just means to be absolutely sure and certain persuaded. The full assurance of hope until the what? Until the end.
I want us to all to show the same diligence, the full assurance of hope. We can all get it, and get excited about something. In the beginning I’ve been in church of while and I’ll use the churches example, but you can use it in anything.
I could use the lyrics. I could use all kinds of examples. I could use work. I’ve seen people come into the workplace in different careers and different places. I’ve been coming in, on fire day Chad Everett one and I’ve seen people that’s been there for several years and they’re like, Oh, I’m here. It’s Monday Chad Everett.
Yeah, it happens all the time. I see it in church. The people you know have God and can do something in their life. They get excited about him and they’re fired up for him. And you notice certain things. I don’t want to call them out because Mount Carmel Church I don’t want to embarrass anybody.
But you see certain trends when you’re up here, and you’re watching people. You see people and they go from a certain state to a different state, to a different state, and it’s almost, it’s not, it’s nothing about anybody setting in the back of the front. But sometimes you can actually see their progression move back in the room. And it’s not because Mount Carmel Church of, again, people sit in the back are less spiritual or anything like that.
But what I’m talking about is it’s one thing to be excited about God in one season in my life, but it’s one thing to endure the lack of feeling and still serve God. Maturity comes when feelings don’t lead me anymore. In maturity is when feelings don’t lead me. I’m still dealing with immaturity. So just so you know, I’m still dealing with loads of immaturity. So pray for me in Jesus name, right?
But it’s what he says here, to show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith. Let’s try it together. Faith and patience, faith and patience. Don’t we all want patience? We pray for patience.
God just give me an opportunity to grow in patience said no one ever. Right? Because Mount Carmel Church we know what happens when we start praying and asking God to give us opportunity for patience. Usually when I get an educational moment to grow in the fruit, which is a fruit of the spirit.
I get the opportunity to grow in the fruit of the spirit, and I fail miserably and I recognize it in the moment. I recognize that, oh, wow, that’s something significant. That’s an opportunity for me to grow in patience. That’s an opportunity for me to walk in love and that’s an opportunity for me to not let this bother me.
That’s an opportunity that just flew by because Mount Carmel Church I got mad. I was praying this week about something and I don’t want this to sound intimidating or super spiritual, so hear me when I when I say this, I was in prayer. I was praying and I felt like God spoke something to me.
Some people, when you hear that you get intimidated because Mount Carmel Church you think God doesn’t ever speak to you. You like if someone would say, well, the Lord showed me in prayer, you’re like, I get so sick of hearing that, God never speaks to me. I’m going to encourage you.
God is speaking to you all the time. He’s talking to you all the time. He wants to talk to you more than you want to hear from him. There’s things you don’t want to hear. You’re like I can’t hear that again.
He’s talking all the time so don’t be intimidated by this. I’m just sharing that God, while I was praying about something, I started having these thoughts. Okay, it wasn’t an audible voice. I just started having these thoughts and here’s the thoughts that started coming to me.
So, I have one. I want you to start walking in the power of my love. Sounds generic, sounds basic. I’m like, okay, check, heard that right. You know, move on. It’s like, no, no, I want you to walk in power and to walk in power requires for you to walk in my love. Because Mount Carmel Church I was praying about a certain situation and he said what’s happening is you are. I’m just trying to think how the thoughts came, but I was in, I’m subservient to that situation because Mount Carmel Church I wasn’t walking in a place of power of love.
The place of love is a place of proactivity. A place of love means I’m not controlled by you. I do what he tells me to do, a place of love. When I walk in love, I walk in a place where I go further beyond my feelings and further beyond emotions.
Now I’m internally driven to not externally reactive. So now in a place of power, I don’t let other people control what I do. If I’m in that place, I’m not trying to get there. So please keep praying for me. I’d say in that place of power I choose what I’m going to do in a situation.
I don’t wait and see a place of love. It’s what God wants to take us farther in our relationship. So you can understand that I can endure longer when I’m operating from an internal motivation. He says in verse 15 of Hebrews chapter 6, “And so after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise patiently endured.”
God wants to Create Staying Power In Us
How many know there’s some things that we’re going to have to endure? Here’s the part Christianity. Point three is one that we don’t like to talk about. Some things are going take longer. We don’t want to talk about that.
We want to talk about the suddenly season like fill out for my suddenly and suddenly got praise. You got bam! I pray bam! It’s like, thank you Lord. I want things to happen. Fast like a microwave. I want to pray about him, man. Two, three day Chad Everett.
Resurrect from the dead. I’ll wait three day Chad Everett, but after that something’s wrong. But God’s saying, I want to build something in you called sustainability, staying power, that you’re not moved by feeling. You’re not moved by waves of the spirit of waves of other people. You’re not moved by that.
You’re moved by this. You’re moved by the promises of God. If it takes longer, it takes longer, but I’m trusting him. If it’s takes a little longer, I’m still in it. I’m in it. I’m committed to this for the long haul. Patiently endured. I’m going to obtain the promises. I’m going to obtain him, not because Mount Carmel Church I’m trying to get them quick, I’m going to get them because Mount Carmel Church he’s promised me.
He’s saying, I want you to be able to go longer. Any American Ninja warrior fans? Hello to my warrior fans. There’s a lot more than the first service, but that’s alright. American Ninja warrior. I watch this show and I’m doing something here where you catch yourself sometimes you’re like, let me grab hold of stuff. They’re like swinging and hanging onto stuff and they got these men and women have incredible grip strength and they can just hang onto little ledges and swing and pull themselves up.
They’re hanging there and sometimes you can see them and their fingers are starting to let go of the bar and right before they may fall in the water. Maybe they swing and they hang off, but I feel like this is some people in situations that you’re like this. You’re barely hanging on and God is saying to you, hang on a little longer. God’s wanting to put staying power in us.
Not fleeting emotional power, but I’m talking about sustainability that you can just endure. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy is coming in my morning. I know there’s going to be times that I’m going to endure hardships, but the Bible says to endure hardships as a good soldier. I don’t want hardships any more than you do.
I’m just saying, when the hardships come, we don’t quit. Galatians says, I’ll quit with this one, “Let us not grow weary while doing good for in due season we shall reap.” We shall reap. We shall reap. If we do not lose heart, I’m going to encourage somebody. Don’t lose heart. Don’t quit. Believe in God for your situation. You may have to wait a little bit longer, but that doesn’t mean it’s not.
We’re going to come in the church. We need to realize God’s building us in these three ways. It’s beyond you. It’s beyond me. Number one, he wants you to start thinking bigger Roads Church. I believe God wants you to start praying bigger, start praying miraculous prayers like unbelievable prayers like, God, I’m going out further with you.
I’m stepping out of my comfortable boats and I’m going after something more. If I step out here on this thing and if you’re not there, I’m going to save. He’s like sometimes we prayed. We were like, God, okay, I’ve done all I could do. I can’t take it anymore. I can’t take it anymore. God, I need a miracle and I believe Jesus is like, “Yes, it’s my turn. It’s my time.”
He wants to lead us into a miraculous situation and we try to avoid it. We try to stay comfortable. God wants us to live uncomfortable, and put ourselves into the risky position where if God doesn’t come through, it’s going to fall flat on its face.
Think bigger. Will you come farther? Will you? Will you reset the invitation today to come farther? Not everybody will. Not everybody will. I was talking to an individual recently and they’re in a situation. I said, “Hey, are you willing to leave them behind and go farther even if they don’t want to go because Mount Carmel Church you can decide are you going to go further or are you going to be caught in the bondage that they’re willing to stay at?”
You can go further, but you have to choose to ask God. Only you can decide that. Let me encourage you to hang on longer like, “Chad I’ve been hanging on a long time.” I get it. There’s some things on my list that have been there a long time, but I’m not quitting. I’m not giving up. I’m not going to stop praying for him now because Mount Carmel Church I’m better because Mount Carmel Church he’s bigger. I believe he’s bigger. I believe he’s bigger than what I’m facing.
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