10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.(KJV)
John 1:1“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Isaiah 9:6“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
John 14:13“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son”
Luke 10:17“The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”
Jeremiah 10:6“There is none like you, O Lord; You are great, and Your name is great in might.”
Acts 3:6“But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
Proverbs 18:10“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”
John 1:29“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
Revelation 22:16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
Lord Jesus, we take full authority over sickness, disease and anything that is not like you, we cast it out of our lives and send it back to the sender…By your stripes we are healed…in the name of Jesus we call those things that be not as though they were…and stand on your word that all of your promises are yes and Amen.
28:18 “Where there is no vision, the people
perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he”.
One of Webster’s definitions of vision is; the act
or power of sensing with the eyes; sight
Vision can also be something perceived in a dream,
something supernaturally revealed in a prophecy, or something that is imagined.
3:13 “Brethren, I do not count myself
to have apprehended; but one thing I
do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to
those things which are ahead” (NKJV)
A car has:
A windshield that is in front of the car so that you see clearly or
have a clear vision of what is in front of you. The person driving the car has
to be able to see where they are going.
Two side view mirrors. These mirrors assist the driver with seeing what
is on the side of them before they make a turn left or right.
A rearview mirror that usually is mounted on the front windshield. This
mirror assists the driver with seeing what is behind them.
The windshield gives
vision—the mirrors give reflections. On some mirrors there is wording saying
“objects in this mirror are closer than they appear”. The driver of the car has
to notice what appears in the mirrors, but keep their main focus on what is in
front of them. If a driver pays more attention to what is seen in the rear view
or side view mirrors, it won’t take long before the driver will run into
something or cause an accident. So something that can be a help, can also be a
distraction if it is focused on at the wrong time.
A person must refuse to rely on past virtuous deeds and achievements, or to dwell on sins and failures. When a person is driving, they occasionally look into the rear view mirror, or the side view mirrors. It is ok to remember past failures or negative experiences, if you are using them as learning experiences to help you with your forward vision.
Habakkuk 2:2 “And
the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run
that readeth it”.
Road maps give a person direction on how to
get to a destination, and some vehicles have been equipped with a GPS that
gives directions verbally. The bible is
a believer’s road map, and the Holy Spirit is our GPS. When we read the word of
God, it will give the reader vision and clear directions. When we listen to the voice of the
Holy Spirit, we receive verbal instructions and information.
Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path”
When a person is driving at night, additional
assistance is needed to help the driver to see where they are going, and to
keep them from going off the road. The driver uses the vehicles headlights to
assist with having clear vision of the road ahead. Depending on the type of
road the person is traveling, the driver may use the low or high beam to give
the driver better vision. Overhead Street lights, lane dividers and center
lines also help the driver with staying on the right side of the road, staying
in the proper lane, and not running off of the road into a ditch.
“Therefore we also, since we
are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which so easily ensnares us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” (NKJV)
Being successful is a Vision that many people have. On many occasions there will people, places and things that individuals will have to leave alone, in order to obtain that person’s Vision of being successful. When a person associates with the wrong crowd, or wrong things, they are not laying every “weight aside”.
wear eyeglasses. Wearing eyeglasses help with compensating a person seeing
clearly that has defective vision. The
eyeglasses help a person see clearer than they would if they were not wearing
them. Depending on the type of eyeglasses a person is wearing, the eyeglasses
can also protect the eyes from blowing dust or bright light.
Just as eyeglasses
help with a person seeing, there are also things that can hinder a person’s
vision. A couple of them are:
A cataract which is an eye disease in
which the crystalline lens or its capsule becomes opaque causing partial or
A blindfold that can be anything that
hinders the sight.
Sin can be a believer’s “cataract” or “blindfold”,
hindering a person’s vision. But because of God’s grace and mercy, believers
have a Savior that will remove “cataracts” and “blindfolds”.
John 1:29“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”!
“Lord Jesus, thank you for removing anything that will hinder a person from having clear vision, that we may be able to see clearly, and not perish. In Jesus name”. Amen!
VS 39 “Then one of the criminals who were
hanged blasphemed Him, saying “If you are the Christ, save Yourself and us”. VS 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him
saying “do you not even fear God, seeing that you are under the same
condemnation? VS 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive
the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing wrong.VS 42 “Then he said to Jesus, “Lord remember
me when you come into Your Kingdom” [NKJV]
Brokenness can be many
properly; out of working order
someone that has been interrupted, disrupted or disconnected
To be weakened in
strength or spirit
The word “broken” is a verb meaning an action
The word “brokenness”is a noun meaning the name of something and typically refers to persons, places, animals, things, states or qualities.
In today’s world many times
broken things are despised and discarded or thrown out. Anything that has been
broken or we no longer need, we throw away. It is not uncommon for damaged or
broken goods to be rejected, and that includes people. The world is full of people
with broken hearts, broken spirits and broken relationships. Fortunately, we
serve a God that is in the recycling business, and God’s people are recyclable.
Believers can experience two kinds of
brokenness. The 1st is because of their own actions:
You break on your own by sin or sinning
Here are some things in our lives that need to be broken
The desire to do it our way and not God’s way
The 2nd kind of brokenness a believer can experience is to be broken by God.
The Apostle Paul
– on the road to Damascus
The nation of
Israel – 40 years in the wilderness
Jonah in the
belly of a fish – trying to flee from going to Nineveh
When God puts a call on your
life to serve Him, you either do it willingly, or God breaks you, and you still
wind up doing what he has called you to do. Jonah had to experience brokenness,
and then he did what God had called him to do
Make no mistake about it, God
has the ability to take that which has been broken and make it whole again. God
is able to, Re-make, Re-new, Re-store,
Re-cycle and Re-member. God can put back together that which has been
broken. Not only can God make you whole from experiencing brokenness, God can
remake (re-member to put back together)
you into something better that He can use for His Kingdom and His glory.
There is something about
reaching a breaking point that causes some of us to seek the Lord with a sense
of urgency. King David was once a broken vessel and he prayed to God “create in me a clean heart, O God andrenew (re-member) a steadfast spirit within me”.Psalm 51:10 [NKJV]
to me the joy of your salivation. And uphold me by your generous spirit.”
Vs. 17“the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a repentant heart-these,
O God you will not despise.”
Often time’s people who are in the same situation that you are in will
try to or make suggestions to you to get both of you out of that situation.
They got themselves in but will give you a solution to get them out.
Philippians 3:18 and
describes one of the thieves that was crucified with Jesus
Vs. 18“For many walk, of who I have told you often, and now tell you even
weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ.
Vs. 19whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is
in their shame – who set their mind on earthly things”.
Notice what the thief says to Jesus in Luke 23 vs 39“then one of
the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him saying, “If you are the Christ,
save yourself and us.”
Not only does this thief question Jesus’s deity, power and authority, he
attempts to temp or use Jesus to get him out of his situation.
Philippians 3:20 and
describes the other thief that was crucified with Jesus
Vs. 20“for our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for
the savior, the Lord Jesus Christ
Vs. 21who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed (re- membered) to his glorious body, according to
the working by which he is able to subdue all things (putting back together) to
Notice what this thief says to Jesus “Lord remember me when you come into your Kingdom”
He acknowledges Jesus as Lord
He asks for salvation
He acknowledges that there is a kingdom
He also is asking to be remembered! He is asking that Jesus
take all that brokenness that he has experienced in life and re-members that brokenness (put
back together) with a glorious body like Christ’s
1st Corth 15 Vs. 42,43 and 44
We as believers can take two steps to have brokenness re-membered
Matt 6:33“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
John 14:14“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it”
As followers of Christ, the reality of experiencing brokenness can
sometimes happen on a daily basis. Because of our inclination to sin, sinning
can assume a false authority over brokenness in a believer’s life. If we allow
sin to dominate ours hearts and mind, brokenness will drain the joy of having a
relationship with our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
While brokenness is very real, through the grace of Jesus Christ, brokenness will no longer be our boss or have dominion in a believer’s life.
Jesus has the power and authority to “re-member” us.
Matt 28:18 “and Jesus spoke to
them saying all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth”.
Go to Jesus with brokenness, He has the power to “re-member” you…
“Lord Jesus, I believe that You have the power to re-member anything that is broken and heal brokenness. Thank you for putting back together that which has been broken. Thank you for sewing, mending and “re-membering”…in Jesus name…Amen!
9 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.
Many times when we pray, we put God in a box by what we ask for in prayer. When we take a look at the prayer of Jabez, one of the first things we notice is that Jabez did not put a limit on what he was asking God for. Jabez asked God to enlarge his territory, but did not ask for a specific amount. “And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying“Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory”.This kind of praying will take the limits off of what God can do for us.
thought life can have an effect on our prayer life. If we think small or
continue to have small thoughts, then we will continue to pray small prayers. Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his
heart, so is he” (NKJV)
Instead of praying and asking God
for a new car, we can pray and ask God for a car dealership. This way when the
prayer is answered, we not only receive a blessing for ourselves, but will be
in a position to bless others also. We have enlarged our territory and have not
put God “in a box”.
This kind of praying will require faith and believing, without having any doubt. Matthew 21:21-22“21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you,if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (NKJV)
We serve a God that has no
limits; He is bigger than big and larger than large. God can do anything but
fail. So when we come to him asking, we must believe that He hears and will
answer our prayer. Mark 11:24“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (NKJV)
Jabez also reached out to God for guidance in receiving the enlarged territory. Receiving “enlarged territory” comes with having “enlarged responsibilities”, and a person has to be very careful with what God has blessed them with. Jabez wanted to be sure that he was being led by God in making the right decisions“that Your hand would be with me”, and also not to become greedy or hurt others with the blessing he received “andthat You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” God heard the petition from Jabez and granted everything that was asked for “So God granted him what he requested”
The prayer of Jabez is a powerful example of
the kind of prayer that not only will take the limits off of God, but also will
not put “God in a box”.
“God I thank you for not being a God of limits.
From this day forward, let the prayers of the righteous be without limits, and
outside of the box. “Now to Him who is able to do
exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power
that works in us” In Jesus name, Amen!
Continuing in His service…Rev
Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.