1. Ask What You Will
John 15: 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want and it will be granted. When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
- Produce much fruit
- Prove you are my true disciples
- This brings great glory to the Father.
2. Forget all of that
Isaiah 43: 1, 2, 7 reminding people what a good God he is
A couple of Battles in our lives
- Deep waters.
- Rivers of difficulty
- Fire of oppression Fires used for trials.
Vs 16 – 17 Red Sea one of the most monumental events in the Bible mentioned in 16 different books of the Bible.
“Forget all of that”
I am about to do something new.
3. A turned around life
Acts 3 Acts has 28 chapters that cover 40 years and yet Luke decided to spend a whole chapter on this one story where he doesn’t even name the person.
3: 2 Lame man by the Beautiful gate
- lame (broken by life)
- By Temple and beautiful gate which is religion. It could do nothing to help this man.
- Sustain his brokenness
- Give him a few dollars to keep going
We don’t always get what we ask for but we get what we need.
- I need money
- God has something bigger for us.
- Forget all that I am going to do something bigger.
- We have to have something to offer to people.
- Burns so important because this is all we can offer to God
Acts 3: 7 ankles popping and feet strengthened.
Sociologist Mex Weber “disenchantment of the world” Because the advance of technology and scientific theories individuals from the West no longer possess a pervading sense of Awe. We no longer live in the world of spirits, demons, and moral forces at work. We have abandoned the supernatural and have bred an age of skeptics that are proud of it.
George Otis Junior 800 Awakenings in the past 20 years, only two of them have been in the west.
EXAMPLE: Senator and Third Great awakening. How do we turn our country around? Very simple: If every Bible-believing Christian simply showed up in 2016 and votes our values, we don’t just win, we win overwhelmingly. The mainstream media are astonished, are befuddled, are confused, and we turn the country around by getting back to those values, and nothing matters more than that awakening.
5. Once again people with nothing but the ability to abide in Jesus
- produce fruit
- Prove my disciples,
- Bring glory to our father.
Religion can be nasty, weak, and ineffective.
- People defined by their divorce
- Financial mess up
- Anger and bitterness.
Vs 12 Peter saw his opportunity, We need to be able to see opportunity
church doubled because of the miracle of this man.
Brokenness into wholeness
Broken people all around the temple. Uneducated people going to prayer meeting and are used.
Forget all that, I am going to do something new
Faith to work, Repentance to destroy skepticism and ineffectiveness.