What to do when the answer is no?

Lately, I have had many of my family and friends dealing with difficult situations in their lives come to me for prayer. We prayed over them and their health, yet the healing did not come. We prayed for a breakthrough, yet the breakthrough did not come. We prayed for their finances, yet the resources were not released. As a believer, these can be troubling times for our faith. We know that God is good and that He can work anything out for our good, but what happens when we feel like that “good” is not coming. What do we do when that silver lining that we hear the pastor preaching about does not shine over our lives? What do we do when God’s answer is no? This question is the question that I want to answer in this message here today. This answer is not one the alludes humanity because the Bible is full of situations just like ours. How our Christian forefathers handled this simple, yet the profound question is what strengthens them and allowed them to be who God needed them to be. They became a beacon of light and hope through their sacrifice, through their struggles, and through their hardships.It is through their actions that we will find our answers.
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Live in your now

Lately, the Lord has been having me ministering to many Christians that have been struggling with past temptations and sins. It has been hindering their spiritual growth and their very identity in Christ. When this happens, a Christian can find themselves off-balanced spiritually and the enemy can and will start to cast doubt into our minds. For this very reason, I am writing this short message to help any Christians that are facing this same problem. God’s solution is revealed to us in the book of Colossians.
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A Transformed Life

When we come to Christ, we are not only entering a new birth but a new transformed life. No one could understand this “transformed life” more than the Apostle Paul. As a man who switched from a persecutor of Christ to a proclaimer of Christ (Acts 9:5, 20-22). He highlighted this transition as being “in Christ” in his epistles. Paul wanted to speak to a believer’s spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. Since Paul had the first-hand experience in this “transformed life,” he wanted not only the early church to understand it but us today. This is the purpose of this message being written today. I want to explain three simple truths to you and their applications to your life today. The first truth I want to share is that when we come to Christ we are a new creation. Our old sin nature died on the cross and being a new creation means that we must have a new life devoted to Jesus. The second truth I want to share is what a transformed life looks like.Lastly, I want to share what should drive us to live a transformed life.
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Learning from Nathan

It is written, “The Lord sent Nathan to David.

When he came to him, he said, ‘There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’”.2 Samuel 12:1-10 NIV

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A viper’s strike


When reading Acts 28, I am reminded of when my family and I lived in Malta for a month. In Acts 28, we find that Paul was shipwrecked in Malta. As he was getting a bundle of wood for the fire, a viper bit him and the locals said that if he was evil he would die. They all watched him and nothing happened. In fact, he ended up healing the father of Publius who was sick. Then, after that, they brought all their sick to Paul to be healed and he healed them.
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Never too far gone


For today’s message, I just want to encourage everyone to understand that you can never be too far gone for Christ to forgive and redeem you. You see, Jesus does not hold grudges or withholds His salvation from anyone. He gives it freely to whoever comes to the foot of the cross willing to repent of their sins against Him. It does not matter where you are in life, or even who you used to be. The Bible is full of examples of people transformed by the love and grace that can only come through Jesus Christ. A perfect example of this is the Apostle Peter. In the Gospel of John, we find out that Peter denied knowing Jesus and being His follower three times before the rooster crowed (John 18:17, 25, 27). In fact, the last time Peter denied Christ he was warming himself near a fire publically. Out of anyone in the world, Jesus could have separated himself from his disciple but Jesus chose to deal with him in a manner. We find out exactly how in the Scripture below.
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Every cloud has a silver lining!


For today’s message, I wanted to share some good news with everyone. This news is that every dark cloud has a silver lining. During our lives, we will encounter many different circumstances that will challenge not only our faith but our identity in Christ. It is during these difficult times that we need to grab hold onto God’s word and trust in His promises. This leads me to share the 21st chapter of the book of Luke with you all. In this chapter, Jesus is telling His disciples about the dark times to come before He comes back. From this dialogue, there are three important truths that we must recognize to help us survive our darkest times.
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Salvation is easy, trusting is what is hard


It is written, “But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name – 13 who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birt – they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified],” (John 1:12-14, AMP).
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Healing through acknowledgment


For today’s message, I want to focus on helping everyone understand that no one can be healed unless they can recognize Jesus for who He really is, and for who we really are without Him. It is on this humbling understanding that we can understand the fullness of the cross and the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice for our transgressions. A perfect example of this is found in Luke 18:35-43. It is with this scripture that I will be able to share some wisdom about our walk with Christ. Then, I will share three important things that we can learn and apply from this piece of Scripture in our daily walk with Christ.
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How do you treat your Samaritans?


How we treat the lost is a direct reflection of our spiritual maturity and our character. I have experienced too many times how a “saved” person treats an “unsaved” person. They were treated as they were a second-hand citizen. At the core of sharing the gospel with someone is to do so with a heart of humility and peace. Isn’t this what Jesus did? Are we not supposed to emulate Christ since His Spirit lives within us? We are taught how to act towards an unbeliever in the fourth chapter of John. In this chapter, Jesus went to Samaria and arrived in a town called Sychar. He was exhausted and rested at Jacob’s well. Then, Jesus saw a Samarian woman come along and draw some water. He then asked her for a drink of water. He was alone because His disciples went off into the town to buy food and their dialogue began.
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