There is a solution! Whatever situation you are facing today, God will use it for His Glory. In John 9, as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 'And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.' Doubt is one of the enemy's biggest weapons against the believer: in the Old Testament he said to Eve, "Did God say...?" The devil destroys faith by replacing absolute trust with doubt; this is still the biggest problem in people's lives today. Faith only exists through trust in God and His Word.
God promises from Scripture that He would give us health and healing. How wonderful it is to be healed, but the bigger miracle is to enjoy health. In 2002, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. God said to me, ‘David, you’ve got a mountain in your life that you’ve got to move, and that mountain is to get that cancer out from your lung. If you can believe that without an operation you can be completely healed, then nothing will be impossible from there on.’
In your adversity, when you are facing hardship, if you will seek the Lord with all your heart, you will find Him. My whole message to you is: wherever you are; whether you are lonely; a single parent; living in isolation; in despair; if you, in the midst of your adversity, will seek the Lord, you will find Him! People are always asking, ‘how do I find God; where is He?’ God is right where you are! God has promised to give you rest in your times of adversity; His mercy will hold you up; in the multitude of your anxieties, His comforts will delight your soul’ (Psalm 94.13; 8-19).
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So many think God is ‘nowhere’, but I want to tell you, God is ‘now here’. He is in the midst of your tribulations. ‘For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not forsake you, nor forget the covenant He made to your fathers’ (Deut 4:31). God is faithful to His promises! We have a covenant relationship with God! The New Testament is literally a new covenant between God and man, typified by the very name Jesus was given, ‘Emmanuel, God with us.’ The wonderful truth of this covenant is: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ Jesus lived and worked with us; the thing I love about Jesus is that He spent 33 years living like us. So many think that up until the age of 30, Jesus did nothing; but that is not true: for 30 years He was here; He went to school, He had a job, He paid taxes; He lived as we live today, in the routine and drudgery of life. The ministry of Jesus began after He had lived amongst us for 30 years. That is why Jesus cares for us and understands our lives.
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We are living through a very critical time but let me encourage you: the more difficult the situation, the greater the Power of God! In Deuteronomy 4, the Lord says to the Israelites that they will be scattered among the nations and be left few in number (v27) – isn’t that the situation we are in today? The church has been scattered; we are unable to fellowship like we did at the beginning of the year; we now worship alone at home; for the churches that have reopened, the attendance is few in number. But God says in v29, ‘If from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.’
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We must come to God with a positive expectation of faith, believing that when we pray according to His Will, not only does He hear us, but He will answer! God rewards faith! Far too many people pray without any real belief that God will answer them. I want to remind you, even when we pray the sinner’s prayer, we must believe that God has heard and answered us. The writer to the Hebrews said, ‘He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him’ (11.6).
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When there is a crisis in our lives our only hope is Christ. You - we - have to get an answer from God! When Jesus was on earth, people asked Him direct for what they wanted. We have to do the same, but through prayer. I want to teach you three keys to receiving a miracle: Prayer, Faith & Relationship.
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Prayer and faith are inextricably linked: one cannot function without the other. Mark 11 is so revolutionary, so powerful, it has changed my life! In v22, Jesus says, “Have faith in God!” – Faith in God is the key to receiving every miracle. Then He says, “Truly I say to you, whoever you are, look up, see the mountain over there – if you have got faith in God, you will say to that mountain ‘be cast down into the sea’ and if you don’t doubt in your heart but believe that what you say will happen, you shall have whatever you say!” Wow! If you really believe what you say, you will speak – and the mountain will move! Whatever you say, if you speak with faith and authority, and don’t doubt, you will be healed, your family will be blessed, your financial burden will move – even if these things are mountains in your life!
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We all need the healing power of Jesus; it doesn’t matter who we are, we all experience powerful storms in our lives. One of the interesting aspects of the coronavirus is how it has affected and infected people of all wealth and social position: whether Prime Minister, heir to the Throne, or isolated pensioner. In Luke 7&8, there are three different people who come to Jesus in their desperation: Roman Centurion, religious leader, and an unnamed woman. For the centurion, no amount of military power can solve his problem; for Jairus, religion and ceremony couldn’t prevent his crises; and for the unnamed woman, she spent all her money on doctors, but had only gotten worse. Each were drawn to Jesus by their need – and each received the miracle they so desperately desired. Jesus says to you, as He said to them, “Fear not, only believe!” Come to Jesus. It is the only way to be set free and experience the release you so desperately desire.
We all have problems we need Jesus to resolve; healing, deliverance, forgiveness… stop struggling and come into His open arms. So many have secret problems, too deep, too hurtful, you cannot open up. Talk to Jesus. It is the only way to be set free and experience the release you so desperately desire. We all need to be loved: God so loved you that He gave His only Son. – Receive these words deep within your heart: you are loved by God. Jesus promises: “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”