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The Pharisees were pretty lowdown. Let’s face it. As we read through the Bible, we pretty much get the feel that they were ridiculous. They were supposed to be upstanding citizens, yet they made it harder for everyone else. They were supposed to know the Scriptures, but didn’t recognize the Scriptures in human form. And they were supposed to be looking forward to the promised Messiah, but instead challenged Him.
At every turn they worked against Jesus, who was supposed to be the very being they were living for. And what’s crazy is that they did even worse things than what they accused Him of.
Mark 3:1-6 (NLT)
Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.
Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him.
He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.
It wasn’t OK for Jesus to heal on the Sabbath, but it was OK for them to plot to kill on the Sabbath? It wasn’t OK for Jesus to give life, but it was OK for them to take it? Somewhere in their minds, this made sense.
And still today, somewhere in our minds it still makes sense. We may not plot to kill, but we do plan on getting drunk this weekend (Ephesians 5:18). We may not work on the Sabbath, but we do plan on sleeping with our boyfriend (1 Corinthians 6:18). We may tithe our 10%, but we certainly won’t give to the poor (Proverbs 28:27). Better yet, we may respect God, but we wont respect the government He has put in place (Romans 13:1).
We may not plot to kill Jesus, but we may plan to kill our own testimony.
Satan has a mission. It’s to make you feel as bad as he can, and to make sure you never see yourself as anything worthwhile. He wants you to believe a sinner can never be good enough. You’ve not smart enough, pretty enough, interesting enough, or pure enough. Whatever is enough, you aren’t it.
If he can get you to think impurely, he’s good with that. Because if you’re thoughts are impure, you probably are, and certainly too impure to work for God. And you must be bad, because if you weren’t, why would that thought come to mind? If you think like that, you won’t be thinking about God using you.
Matter of fact, if he can just get you to think enough shame, you’ll be too ashamed to act. If you can think you’re not good enough, then you’re never try to be better.
Mission: Think Bad is always in place. Mission: Think Bad Enough is Plan B. They are ongoing. As Joyce Meyer would say, it’s a battlefield of the mind. And if Satan can get you to feel like you’re losing there, he can get you to think you’re losing everywhere. In essence, if he can get you to think unworthily, you won’t try to do anything worthwhile.
Dream big they say
But what if my dreams don’t go my way?
No dream is too big, but some are too small
Are there rules to it all?
I dream realistic
The kind that are easy to pick.
But that’s not dreaming I think
Because there is no risk that I might actually sink.
A dream should be bigger than you
Something that isn’t easy to do.
A dream that reminds you every day
That you accomplished something somehow, someway.
The best dreams are in God’s hands.
See, He actually knows the best plan.
And when I dream too small I see
How much of my dream depends on me.
Dream big, I now understand why it’s what they say
Because when I dream small, I get in my own way.
When I dream big, I have no other choice but to see
What only God can do through me.
4) Gain (personal gain) – Read Genesis 11:4-6 and 1 Samuel 15:12
* I believe a goal can have eternal value and result in personal gain, but not that a motive of personal gain can result in eternal value.
* God created us to be great, but He created us to be great for His glory and honor, not our own.
5) Excuses – Exodus 3:11-14, 4:10-15
* There is not an excuse good enough for not doing what God called you to do.
* Is anything truly stopping you from your calling or just inconvenient for you?
* God nearly bent over backwards accommodating Moses for a task He had already chosen him for.
Question: Are we asking God to move mountains and pebbles too?
6) Troubles – Genesis 50:20
* God always has a perfect plan.
* Joseph dreamt he would be great. If he gave up every time he experienced trouble he might have missed out on seeing how greatly God can turn a situation around.
* Troubles aren’t excuses because we should expect them regardless.
The Main point to Remember: Jesus beat all the odds.
He never feared what God had already put into place. He didn’t let others’ opinions stop Him, not even family. The Pharisees reaction was that He was powerful because Satan empowered him (Matthew 12:24). Jesus had no desire for personal gain (John 10:18; 1 John 3:16). He didn’t use being human as an excuse to not do God’s work, and He experienced more troubles than we could imagine.
The Main Question: How do I truly produce something everlasting?
Stay connected to Jesus, the Vine (John 15:5 Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit…). Stay connected through study, through prayer, through worship, etc. Stay connected simply by depending on God to meet your needs as you do His will.
Everlasting Gobstopper Video
We were once poor and deprived without Christ. Then we got a taste. And we saw how good He is (Psalm 34:8). And with that taste, we wanted more and more. And the beauty in wanting more of God is that He will always have more. God never loses power by our request. He never grows weary when we need His strengthening. No matter how much I need to pull from God, He never lacks.
He never shrinks, He never depletes, and He never loses flavor.
God is truly our Everlasting Gobstopper and the only way to everlasting success is to remember to stay connected to Him so we can forget about the rest.
Eventually, we have to get tired of talking about all the plans we’re making, and start putting them into action. At some point, a plan needs to stop being a plan and it needs to start being an act.
I’ve done a lot of planning. I plan, it’s what I do. But even I’m sick of it. I’m sick of all these anticipatory things on the horizon. I’m tired of talking about them and I’m ready not only to do them, but for them to be done.
Great ideas will forever only be that. Ideas. Great memories, great opportunities, great moments happen when ideas move out of the idea phase. I have plenty of great ideas and unfortunately that’s all they have ever been because I haven’t done anything with them. I don’t like that. I’m tired of doing that. I’m ready to move forward.
If we only accepted ideas as nothing more than that, we would have nothing accomplished. If there was only an idea of freedom, there would still be a need for it. If women’s equality was nothing more than an idea, there would still be a need for such.
There’s nothing like a good idea. It starts in the mind. But what makes an idea effective is when the thought inevitably becomes an action. Something powerful happens when a thought becomes an action.