Prayer Is The Window Through "Impossible!"

Prayer is the window

Too often we confuse magic with prayer. Magic is instant. Magic is showy, we just kind of wave a wand and it happens -but that's not supernatural!

Prayer is for THROUGH and not around!

Prayer is the window through, but we want around! So many of us, on our journey, have been stopped by Satan because we prayed about something and God didn't lead us around. I gotta tell you, God rarely does around!

God does through, and this is what we see in all of the life of Jesus!

Have we missed the heart of how God works? God is not an around God, He's a through God! Go back and read Luke 22:39-46, and look how Jesus had to go through every moment of the crucifixion.

You can't get to the resurrection without going through the cross!

You can't get to heaven without going through the hardship of a broken world!

And the truth is, we need to come back to through and understand that Daniel had to go through being dropped into rocks in a stinking cave in Daniel verse 6:16. And I know that because in the end, it tells us they had to lift him up out of the cave!

Daniel prays: and God's salvation and deliverance is not to have the king change his mind or to have Daniel avoid being dropped in a hole! Daniel's prayer didn't resolve impossible before he faced it, but as the clock ticked, moment by moment, through, through, through -Daniel prayed!

Then after all of this comes the question of the ages: “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel 6:20

Guys, at some point and 100 times over, you're going to have to decide in your life -Is God able? Is my God able? Will I trust him and will I pray "through?"

Will I believe that the impossible isn't?
No matter how things look to my eyes?
No matter how things sound to my ears?
No matter how things feel to my senses?

No matter how huge the storm is on my emotions, I will open the window of prayer and see through it all and see my Savior, Jesus Christ, who showed that the way through impossible is to a resurrection! -Dr. Drew Shofner

If Any of You Lacks Wisdom You Should Ask God

ames 1:5

When bad things happen to me, I feel sorry for myself. I interpret it as evidence of God's absence. His lack of favor, my inadequacy, and being cursed really. But when I read what God says to do, it reframes the bad with the good. 

James 1:2-6 says, "2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything..."

How could any of us with our three pounds of grey matter approach the decisions of the complexity of life confident in and of ourselves that we've got it right?

Humility says I do need wisdom. 

Here's the great news of going to the good of God with the bad of not knowing: "5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God..." -It's prayer! "...who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you..."

If we have the humility to ask, God gives generously and abundantly. He gives wisdom to everyone who just dares to ask! 

Now the believing part, is that we have to do it with confidence in God's present response. 

"6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."

So when we read, we read believing in the presence of 'the presence.' And when we pray, we pray believing in hearing the Father confidently and we trust that the good of God is actually bigger than the bad of the world!

I'm just telling you, something super natural happens in our lives as the good of God answers the pain of life...overwhelms it...then the good of God pours out of us in authentic, life-changing ways for us and the people in our path! -Dr. Drew Shofner

The resurrection story- it is the story we're all looking for, even when we're not!

Revelation 3:20

I want to remind you today that you and I have the opportunity to make a choice that changes everything -in Jesus! The Bible says in Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone opens the door," (if anyone will admit their need and acknowledge their sin, if anyone will welcome a savior into their life), the Bible says "I will come in and have fellowship with them and they with me.

Guys, I'm telling you when we listen to the resurrection story, and when we let it matter most - all of life changes forever!

Wherever you are in your own journey, however hard things are, I'm telling you all you have to do is call out to Jesus and everything will begin to change! When you dial 911, you're going to get a response - the police or somebody is going to show up at your house! 

And when you call upon Jesus, when you dare to believe that this whole amazing story is actually true, when you choose not to be indifferent to the suffering of God and the passion of Christ! If we say yes and if we believe and allow Jesus to come and live in us, then He is going to do in us what He did on the third day! 

He is going to resurrect our dead lives-- redeem them, turn them around--and take us home! And that my friends, is the great "Good News" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The resurrection story- it is the story we're all looking for, even when we're not!  -Dr. Drew Shofner

It's time for us to trust God and to believe the impossible again!

Severn Run Wooden cross

Seventeen and a half years ago when God let me have the privilege of becoming the lead pastor at The Church at Severn Run, we had a real decision to make. The decision to make was to stay where we are and ignore the need of the world around us and pretend like somebody else will reach those people, or continue the tradition of this amazing church and attempt the impossible for God. We wanted to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel, so we began a journey to say, "We believe that nothing is impossible with God!" We believe that God's supply will always meet our need and we are going to give our all to trust God!

It really is a big decision to decide whether you're going to trust God with the impossible or whether you're going to pull back and just exist. I can't tell you all the times that we stood in places of great need and made the decision--do we trust the supply of God or do we not? When we stood at places perhaps where we got a little comfortable and then looked around at our world and said, "Are we going to answer the need of the broken world and take the gospel to it, or are we going to act like it's not there and somebody else would do it?" This (church) property was somebody else's property and we had looked for land for years. Our own realtor quit and would not look at this property because they already had a two million dollar contract on it. The truth was, there was no hope of us buying this property...but we know God!

After he left, I went back to my desk and I wrote a letter casting a vision of a church that could change the world in this area. Of a church having a generational impact on the lives of men and women and boys and girls. Of a church that would take the gospel message of Jesus that answers the brokenness of the world, that puts marriages back together, that gives the hopeless hope, that helps young people in middle school and high school find a reason to live, and journey toward their purpose instead of deeper brokenness! And casting the vision of a church that could do that, the owners of this property said, "We want to talk to you!"

So we gathered and we prayed. The only thing that was on this property at one point was a wooden cross and we gathered and prayed and saw something where there was NOTHING! It's time for us to trust God and to believe the impossible again! -Dr. Drew Shofner

What will you give? (The Road Ahead)

what will you give

The truth is, God gives everything to those who give everything to Him. The church at Severn Run has to get on the road to impossible in order to live the future of God! We have to make 'impossible' our regular way of living. I'm telling you, 17 years ago when God called me to this church, God put in my heart and in the heart of others--the impossible. I believe with all my heart that He whispered and said, "I want you to lead 1,000 disciples toward me." When we were small and didn't have much of anything, this impossible task was what God called us to and now we're a community of 1,200 disciples! Guys, we have to live toward the impossible all the time, or we're not living in faith!

When Jesus said "Come and follow me," He said "I will send you out!" So you and I know that it is impossible to be a follower of Jesus without being sent out 'on the road' to change the world! I want you and I to be a people who live believing the impossible from God, in all of our heartache and all of our circumstances; I'm not minimizing any of that. I cannot imagine all of the fiery furnaces and giants that you're facing, the red seas in front of you and the armies behind you! I cannot imagine the situation of lack and need, where you have two loaves with 5,000 mouths to feed, but I'm just telling you that God has given us an answer and His name is Jesus! 

And when we give ourselves away completely for Jesus, we live believing nothing's impossible and then we attempt the impossible for God! I want you to live from this day forward believing the impossible 'from' God and then Iive attempting the impossible 'for' God; in your life, in your marriage and as a church community! God will fill everything with His infinite provision as far as your faith allows! What will you give?- Dr. Drew Shofner

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