A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Today I’m not going to preach a sermon rather I wnat to share my heart with you because I want all of you to know and feel my heartbeat.
Lately the Lord have been stirring me up. I’m getting tired of “church”, I mean I’m getting tired of the way we do church. SOmething needs to change. I want the Power of God, I wnat to experience it and not just read about it.
The question I want to ask you today is, “How Desperate are we”
Desperation only comes when there is a recognized need that is beyond our own ability to meet.
(1) Recklessness brought on by great urgency and anxiety
(2) Showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken as a last resort
(3) Showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire
Recklessness is marked by a lack of thought about danger or possible undesirable consequences;
Desperation causes people to do things, that in ordinary circumstances they would not do;
Desperation moves me out of my comfort zone, into a reckless zone, where nothing matters, except the task at hand;
Contrary to the way we view things, desperation is not a bad thing.
We have let the world define things for us, and by the worlds definition desperation is a condition to be avoided at all costs.
But from a Divine perspective there are many blessings and even promises of God that cannot be obtained apart from being desperate.
When we see in the word the life that is available to us, and we see in our own lives and churches the low level of spiritual life and the absence of spiritual power It should create a sense of emptiness within us.
It should serve to stir in us a sense of desperation.
Desperation because we have recognized the need of spiritual power to reach the lost, to heal the hurting and to deliver the oppressed. and because we know that only God can give us what we’re lacking.
Scripture says, “That four men were carrying a cripple to Jesus;”
But when they got to the house, they could not get to Jesus because of the multitude
The door was blocked, and the windows were jammed, because of the multitude;
Do not allow the obstacle to send you home frustrated;
There will always be obstacles to overcome;
• People who are desperate will not allow obstacles to stop them;
• Obstacles are just something else I must overcome in the process of doing what needs to be done;
It may be family or friends; It may be my job; BUT…The biggest obstacle is yourself;
It’s always too tired to pray; To hungry to fast; I got to get the kids in the bed, they have school; I’m too broke to give anymore to God; I’ve got to do this or that;
Desperation will always find a way, even if it means tearing a roof off;
Desperate people will push through the crowd
They will break barriors (lepers and women with issue of blood)
They will climb a tree and gladly give up dignity for an encounter with deity, (Zacchaeus
in the sycamore tree)
We need something that will cause us to become reckless in our walk with God
The one thing we are lacking is “Desperation;”
Desperation, comes when you’ve run out of options;
As long as I have other options, Desperation will never reach me;
You got to become so desperate with your present situation that something fuels your soul and sets passion on fire and than we say, “I Must;”
The problem is, most people are satisfied, not desperate;
Once a person becomes desperate, nothing can stop them;
• The leper broke the law by coming to Jesus in a crowd of people;
• The woman with an issue of blood for 12 years came in the multitude of people, which was against the law, and touched Him;
German philosopher Arthur Schopenhaur made this statement;
“The greatest accomplishments are only achieved through a vehement, violent, passionate will. It’s called desperation. It is what separates the contender from the champion, the winner form the loser, the fulfilled from the frustrated.”
It’s the desperate one who goes and acts beyond the boundary of the normal and usual.
Look at a drug user, and what they will do to get another fix, another dose
It’s sad that a drug user will be more desperate than a disciple;
The church needs to become so desperate,
We’re not lacking desire, we got it, we’re not lacking God’s will, we
• What we’re lacking is a real desperation that says, “I must touch God!”
So the drug user and the alcoholic puts the church to shame;
Desperate people don’t care what others think or say
They won’t let anything stop them, They will do desperate things,
Let someone that is desperate sit on your pew, and they will embarrass you if your are satisfied and content;
While you’re trying to have a cute service, that desperate one, begins to cry out;
Because they have reached a place of desperation;
As they tore the roof off that day, Jesus saw their faith
This act of desperation, was the unveiling of their faith;
No one else in this drama was healed or delivered;
Why, because everyone there was satisfied, with the exception of the four;
Be careful who you hang with, satisfied people never receive miracles;
Let me give you an idea to start implementing here at our Church: If you are desperate when you come to church, ask the one you’re going to sit by, “Are Your Desperate;”
Satisfied people never change, never move, and they never worship;
• They sit through every service untouched by His presence;
• They can talk, play with kids while God is passing by and performing miracles;
• And if you’re in a desperate situation, you don’t need to sit beside someone who is satisfied and doesn’t care;
Blessed are the desperate for if it was not for them the presence and the Power of God would never be manifested in our churches at all.
It’s not religion, or ceremony, or tradition, or methods or programs, or preaching or singing that brings the power of God into a church (It’s desperation).
Your situation demands a reckless action in spite of the critics;
1. This means you may have to act outside your normal self, to get what you need;
But when your desperate, you become reckless in your faith;
2. And like blind Bartimaeus, having been blind for so long;
Heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out for mercy;
While others were telling him to hold his peace;
He cried out the more, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me;”
Desperation ignores the one who says, “you don’t have to act that way, be that way;”
But when your desperate, you become reckless, careless; Amen?
I Believe the divine will of God would be that this morning everyone of us would become desperate for an encounter with the power of the almighty God.
Desperate beyond comfort, desperate beyond reputation, desperate beyond tradition, desperate beyond emotions, desperate beyond reason, desperate beyond the good fellowship of friends and family who are satisfied to stay in the boat.
Desperate enough to risk ridicule, desperate enough to risk failure,
If you haven’t risked anything then you have never become desperate
When you become desperate people will criticize you
You will be looked at as extreme, unusual, weird,
People will try to hold you down, shut you up, You may get your fingers stepped on =(woman with the issue of blood)
You for sure will get your feelings stepped on.
But the bottom line is this, If you truly become desperate then you will get what you are asking for. What are you asking for? What are you seeking? What do you want on your life?
Blessed are the desperate for they will do whatever it takes to get what God has promised them.