The Miracle Jesus Would Not Perform

The Miracle Jesus Would Not Perform

PT 2

Throughout His life on earth Jesus performed many miracles: ministering to the hurting, the hungry, and the hopeless.  While He was hanging on the cross, the onlookers taunted and provoked Him to perform yet one more miracle.

He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

Matthew 27:42

They all watched and waited with anticipation to witness some magic.  But kingdoms aren’t built on sensationalism.  Kingdoms are built on sacrifice! What are you willing to sacrifice for the Kingdom of God?  Are you afraid of what God will ask you to do?  Much like Jesus, Nehemiah knew what had to be done.  When Nehemiah heard that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down after the Babylonian Captivity, he responded to God’s call.

And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.

We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

Nehemiah 1:4-7

Nehemiah mourned and was burdened for the condition of His homeland.  Notice how he not only fasted and prayed, but repented, not just for his sin, but for the sin of the whole nation.

God called Nehemiah to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem.  From the very start of the project, Nehemiah met opposition.  If you serve God with any diligence, then you will certainly encounter opposition as well.

Nehemiah and the workers toiled in the hot sun building a wall, brick by brick.  It was hard, back breaking labor, but they were committed.  All the while, Sanballat “…took great indignation, and mocked the Jews” (Nehemiah 4:1), along with Tobiah taunting “…if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall” (Nehemiah 4:3).  Nobody likes to be made fun of!  However, Nehemiah suppressed his feelings and refused to come down and compromise the work God called him to do.

Sanballat and Tobiah were angry when they saw the worker’s determination and the wall progressing, so they changed their tactics.  Their mockery turned to terrorism!  Nehemiah and all the workers were in constant fear of an ambush.  Has satan ever tried to paralyze you with a spirit of fear?

Despite the distraction, Nehemiah and the workers prayed and “…set a watch against them day and night…” (Nehemiah 4:9).  Nevertheless, Nehemiah refused to step off the wall, and the people worked as a team; half of the people worked, while the other half watched with weapons in hand ready to defend against an attack.

When the work was on the verge of completion, and all the breaches in the wall were closed, Sanballat and Tobiah employed a whole different strategy.  Knowing Nehemiah was a diplomat and involved with political affairs, Sanballat repeatedly insisted Nehemiah join in a very important meeting.  Sanballat continued attempts to manipulate Nehemiah into a compromise by slandering Nehemiah’s name and even hiring a false prophet to prophesy gloom and doom over him.

It would’ve been easy for Nehemiah to justify leaving the wall to right the wrong committed against him.   The devil wants us to come off of the wall for just a little while.  He knows once you start coming down, there’s nowhere to stop. Many people compromise the call of Christ (or put it on hold, if that’s even possible) for a “good” cause.  However, there isn’t a cause great enough to abandon God’s will.

There are many examples in the Bible of those who didn’t stay the course, compromised their calling, and eventually left God’s will completely.  Samson left his work and went down to Gaza, and eventually met Delilah.  Jonah left the call and went to Tarshish, and from there down to the belly of a fish.  … You can’t run from God’s will. He will win out in the end!

The devil will use whatever means necessary to distract you from carrying out God’s plan for your life.  When God calls you to start a work, no matter how small or great it may seem, no matter how far-fetched or ridiculous it is to others, you must follow through and keep your focus on building the Kingdom for Christ.

Just like Jesus upon the cross, Nehemiah’s mind was made up to stay on the wall because if he compromised, the project would have never been completed.  But it was completed! The wall was finished in 52 days because Nehemiah refused to come down.

What is your why?

Why are you serving God? Are you in it for the many blessings and benefits it brings?

Is it because you were raised as a Christian and it’s all you know?  Do you fear letting your parents down?  Do you serve God as your insurance to escape hell?  Whatever your reason, if it’s not to bring glory and honor to God,  if it’s not to spread the gospel and build Christ’s kingdom for eternity, then it will all be in vain.

When your why is bigger than your what, then you will accomplish something for God!

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018: Escaping the Vulture’s Eye Part 1

Escaping The Vulture's Eye - Sun Oct 25

It’s no use anymore! No matter how hard I try, the devil still seems to find me! Do you ever feel like the devil just has your number, that no matter where you go, or what you do, he always shows up to torment you? Yes, the devil is working overtime to attack God’s children. Whether it’s through condemnation, manipulation, or deception, regardless the tactic, he won’t rest until he has destroyed every Christian he possibly can. But there is a refuge, “…a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen:” (Job 28:7). When the buzzards are circling above, you know there is something dead or on the verge of death. These birds feed on rotting, decaying flesh, or anything that is just too weak to fight back. As blood bought children of the Most High God, we don’t have to be prey for the devil! If you are tired of feeding the devil, then tune in to this podcast episode to find out how to fight back.

The Miracle Jesus Would Not Perform

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The Miracle Jesus Would Not Perform


Have you ever wondered if all the effort and sacrifices you make as a Christian are really worth it?  Are you tempted to give up, slow down, or just take a short break thinking it won’t matter?  Jesus faced this same temptation to do His own thing, to satisfy His own flesh and desires, and abandon the will of His Father.

Throughout His life on this earth, Jesus was moved with compassion and performed many miracles. From calming storms to casting out demons, from healing sickness and disease to raising the dead, there was no question He had authority over everything.  However, there was a miracle Jesus didn’t perform. A miracle that would have relieved His own suffering, yet He chose not to do it.

While Jesus agonized on the cross,

39…they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

40and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself.  If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 

Matthew 27:39-40 (emphasis mine)

Could Jesus have come down from the cross?  Absolutely! It would have been the easy thing to do!  Think for a moment, if you were hanging on that cross.  The physical agony alone would have been unbearable.  Add to that, the condemnation, the shame, the ridicule…

41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

Matthew 27:41-43(emphasis mine)

While Jesus hung on the cross the devil in desperation used every force in his power to tempt Jesus to compromise the mission.  You see the devil knew Jesus was so close to fulfilling the Father’s perfect plan for His life.  Like Jesus, God has a perfect plan for your life, and satan will do everything he can to distract you from following it.   The devil’s tactics haven’t changed.  He will discourage you, mock you, and even slander your name.  He will do whatever it takes to get your focus off of building the kingdom of Christ.

If Jesus had come down from the cross and not fulfilled His Father’s will, then the whole plan of salvation would have been jeopardized. Instead, He declared “…not as I will, but as thou will” (Matthew 26:39). Jesus stayed on the cross so you and I would not be condemned to death and eternal suffering in a devil’s hell.  But more importantly, Jesus refused to come down from the cross so He could fully keep His word in fulfilling the will of The Father!

And [Jesus] said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Luke 9:23

Jesus was saying, you can’t be my disciples unless you stay latched to your cross.  You may find yourself struggling to stay committed and focused on your walk with Christ, but if you come down from your cross, there is a great work that will suffer.  If you quit now, you might be on the brink of a major breakthrough for the kingdom.

In the end, all that is going to matter is what’s done for Christ! It’s not about me and my comfort level.  It’s not about getting out of an uncomfortable situation, but about whether or not I am going to stay the course and be faithful to Christ.

Jesus could’ve performed the miracle of His own deliverance, but He refused. In doing so, He accomplished so much more for His Father and for us!

What about you? Are you willing to follow Christ everyday when it means staying committed to the cross?

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017: East or West

Is something missing in your life? Have you tried everything possible in this world to fill an indescribable void, yet you still aren’t satisfied? Are you haunted and condemned by your past? Until you realize that what you need can’t be found in this world, nor can it be fixed by this world, there will be an emptiness inside. All the fame, fortune, and pleasures this world has to offer can’t fix your problems. The fix is really very simple: it’s called amazing grace! Sin is the only thing standing between you and God. No matter how hard we try on our own to get back to God, we will fail because our sin creates a gulf as wide as the east is from the west between us and God. But God has mercifully made a way for us to get back to Him through His Son, Jesus. If you feel like you’ve gone too far from God to turn back now, then you need to tune into this podcast episode to discover just how far God is willing to go to get you back in a right relationship with Him.  Listen! Jesus is calling whosoever will come.

East or West - Sun Sept 27

016: The Offering Place

Okay, I’ve got to change this! My life seems to be spinning out of control! Does this sound familiar? If I could just get this taken care of, then I will be a better person. Maybe I should join a support group, or go through counseling. I will do whatever I need to do to make this right!

By our own choices and oftentimes as victims of the choices of others, we all have been wounded and devastated by the consequences of sin. Regardless of the circumstance, sin is sin in the eyes of a holy God. Whether we like it or not, we all are born in sin and our natural tendency is to sin, creating a divide between us and God. No matter how hard we try, there is nothing we can do on our own to make things right. Sometimes we think we’ve got to clean up our act, wait for our wounds to heal, or even cover up scars before we can measure up and be worthy enough to come to God. But that’s the heart of the matter, we will never be good enough on our own. It’s only through the blood of Jesus that we are able to approach God. If you are tired of trying to make things right on your own, then tune in to this podcast episode for an in depth study on the sacrifice Jesus made for you and me to make things right. As you tune in realize what it really means to surrender your life as a sacrifice to God.

The Offering Place - Sun Sept 20pm

Love of Truth

Perilous Times Shall Come

It’s not hard to see that our nation is in chaos. It can be depressing and downright frightening to tune into the news these days. Common sense has been thrown out the window. What’s right is called wrong, and what’s wrong is called right. Actions that are blatant sins are being dubbed by behavior experts as disorders or alternative lifestyles. Pleasure is the ruling god of the day and many times it’s obtained at the expense of the weakest and most vulnerable. The madness doesn’t stop here. Racial tensions and violence are at an all-time high. Our economy is at risk as well, with experts predicting gloom and doom. The federal government operates daily in a deficit of trillions of dollars, not to mention the national debt is also in the trillions. Politicians make promises knowing full well this economic disaster will take more than several lifetimes to correct. If all this isn’t enough to shake your faith, adding the threat of terrorism to the mix will make anyone cave in fear wondering what we and our loved ones will have to endure. America’s social, political, and economic foundations have been shaky for some time, but can it get any worse? According to II Tim 3:1, “…in the last days perilous times shall come.”

Perilous Times Shall Come

But what you see, good or bad, should never dictate your faith. If our eyes are on anything but Jesus, we will be discouraged in this hour. For those that are walking in covenant with Christ, this podcast episode should encourage you to “…look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). However, if there is any doubt about your relationship with Christ, or if you know for a fact you have no relationship with Jesus, then take this as a warning. Stop playing games and get serious with God because time is running out!


015: What Do I Do With What I Have?

We are such a blessed, or better yet, spoiled people. We take for granted God’s provision of basic necessities like food, clothing, and shelter, not to mention all the materialistic stuff that we think we can’t live without. God blesses us with so many things, and maybe we utilize them and are satisfied for a short time, but not for long. We want the latest and greatest that’s available. We crave newer, nicer, faster, better! The same could be said for our spiritual experience. We claim we want more of God; we want to draw closer to Him; we want revival! It all sounds good. We all should hunger to be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19), but why? God’s Holy Spirit doesn’t reside in us to make us look better, feel better, or fit in better. Neither does He come to make our church the most exciting or entertaining around. Whatever we ask of God, if it’s not to bring glory to His Name that souls be saved, that the Kingdom of Heaven be blessed, then why? We need to examine our hearts and motives so that we are found faithful, good stewards with what God has blessed us with, including spiritual blessings. All the preaching and teaching, all the praise and worship, the outpourings, the healings, the deliverances, it all must be focused on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. Hopefully, this podcast episode about the demon possessed man in Mark 5 will challenge you to do what you can to spread the gospel of Christ. No more excuses! Just do what you can with what you have!

What Do I Do With What I Have - Aug 9pm


But Do I Really Mean It?


Yes Lord


We sing a song in our church titled “Yes, Lord, Yes” (written by Lynn Keesecker). The chorus goes like this:

I’ll say yes, Lord, yes
To your will and to your way
I’ll say yes, Lord, yes
I will trust you and obey
When your Spirit speaks to me
With my whole heart I’ll agree
And my answer will be yes, Lord, yes

It’s a wonderful chorus—but much easier to sing than to live out!

There are some key occurrences in Scripture where someone replied to Jesus with “yes, Lord”,  but what exactly were they saying yes to? I want to share with you 4 thoughts on saying yes to Jesus.



“She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”

– John 11:27 KJV

This deals with the PERSON of Christ.

In this text we are witnessing the conversation between Martha and Jesus after her brother has died. He asks her to believe that He is the resurrection and the life even in the wake of her brother’s death. Her response? “Yes, Lord: I believe…”

Believe what?

This is the foundation of any relationship with Christ. Do we truly believe that He is both Lord and Savior? Do we believe everything the Bible says about Him? We must respond with, “Yes, Lord”.



“And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, [Thou] Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.”

– Mat 9:27-28 KJV

Now we move to the POWER of Christ.

Here two blind men followed Him asking for mercy. What was the prerequisite for their healing? “Do you believe that I can?”

Do we believe He has all power to work in our lives? Do we believe He can handle the problems and circumstances we find ourselves in? Maybe more importantly, are we willing to trust Him with our needs?



“Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.”

– Mat 13:51 KJV

This brings us to the PURPOSE of Christ.

What do I mean by purpose? I mean the will of God. What is His will for me personally? Jesus has a perfectly planned will for my life. The question is do I trust His will? Do I truly believe that He knows best?



“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

– Jhn 21:15-17 KJV

Now we conclude with the PRIORITY of Christ.

What is Christ’s priority for you? I can tell you–to love Him with all you heart, soul, mind, & strength.

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.”

– Mark 12:30 KJV

Do you love the Lord more than anything else? Is He the priority of your life? The true essence of love isn’t a feeling–it’s an action verb! It’s a choice we make! Jesus made a choice to love us, to die for us, and to take care of us, even while we were sinners! Will you choose to love Him today? Right now?

Say: “Yes, Lord…


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