of The Message
I am continuing the series of messages entitled, "Crafting
Your Future." As I have said previously, I use the
word crafting because it is an art form and the art form
begins by painting a picture in our mind of what we want
our future to hold. We use oils not watercolors because
you cannot change watercolors. Oils can be manipulated and
changed, we can continue to do things so that the hand of
God can direct and guide and move us in the direction that
He has for our lives. The power of God becomes displayed
in a powerful and dramatic way that begins with the vision
and then we paint the picture. From there we take that vision
and we begin writing it down; we begin developing a plan
with which we can craft the future that God has planned
for our lives.
would like to share a bible verse with you. The verse was
given to me when I was ordained in 1980.
"Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown
of life." (Revelations 2:10).
is a tremendous promise, but with it comes an unbelievable
responsibility, "be faithful to the point of death."
To me it almost sounds like there is a requirement for perfection,
or a desire to go to the nth degree. I ask the question,
"how is it possible to be faithful even to the point
I received another verse:
"Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, says the
Lord." (Zechariah 4:6)
the Bible we see the incredible power of God at work. When
Moses saw the burning bush, God gave him a rod. Moses took
the rod to Pharaoh and threw it at the feet of Pharaoh and
the rod turned into a serpent. Moses took that same rod
and he struck the Red Sea and the sea parted. Moses took
that same rod and he hit the rocks in the desert and water
Spurgeon's sermon entitled "Independence of Christianity"
which he delivered on August 31, 1857 at the Music Hall
at the Royal Surrey Garden, said: "Glory was not to
the rod of Moses, but to the Almighty power which made the
rod so powerful." We must realize and understand that
our power does not come from the rod that God places in
our hand, but through the power that God places in it. So
the words of Zechariah 4:6 become true and meaningful to
us, "not by might, not by power, but by My spirit says
the Lord." So it is with you and me. The power of God
flows through us, not our might, not our power, but the
spirit of God at work through us. It is in this way and
only in this way that we have the ability to fulfill the
calling that God has given to us to be faithful, even to
the point of death. Is this even remotely possible? By the
Holy Spirit of God, everything is possible!
Guinness book of world records lists the strongest man as
Paul Anderson. On June 12, 1957 he lifted 6,270 pounds!
He won a gold medal in the 1956 Olympics. One day he was
speaking to a group of youth, and he grabbed a nail, and
to make a point of his strength, he simply took that nail
and he thrust it through a 2 X 4 with his bare hands. Getting
the attention of the youth, he looked at them and he said,
"As strong as this body is, I need Christ for my day
to day living."
we continue through the Bible, we read about David and Goliath. David was sent by his father to bring
lunch to his brothers. His three older brothers were in
war, and it wasn't far from where they lived. David being
the youngest of eight, his father made him stay home and
take care of the sheep, and bring lunch to his brothers.
David brought lunch to his brothers, and as he sat around
the campfire listening to them talk about the news of the
day, he heard them talking about Goliath. That really caught
his attention! He heard them say, "Did you hear that
the king will give great wealth to the man who kills Goliath?
He will also give his daughter in marriage and will exempt
his father's family from taxes in Israel?" David wanted
to be sure he heard correctly so he asked the man standing
near him, "now what will be done for the man who kills
this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel?"
And the man said, "the king will give great wealth
to the man who kills him. He will also give his daughter
in marriage, and will exempt his father's family from taxes
in Israel." David thought to himself, "I've killed
lions and bears. This guy can't be that big and that tough."
So David went to King Saul and said, "I’m your man. I have heard
this rumor and I want to make sure I have the vision correct
in my mind. What happens to the man who kills Goliath?"
The king replied, "I'll give great wealth to the man
who kills Goliath, I will also give him my daughter in marriage,
and I will exempt his father's family from taxes in Israel."
David heard the declaration. The picture began to come clear
in his mind. He heard it a second time, and he started to
visualize it in color. He then began to put together a plan
of action to make it happen. Then he asked the king a third
time. The king said, "You are not able to go against
the Philistine and fight him. You are only a boy and he
has been a fighting man from his youth." David replied,
"The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion,
and the paw of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of
by might, not by power, but by my spirit says the Lord."
We do not slay our Goliaths with our might. We do not slay
our Goliaths with our power. There is only one thing that
we can do to succeed in life and that is to allow the power
of the Holy Spirit to come through our lives and flow through
our souls, and allow that power to make a difference.
have to start somewhere. We have to start simply by saying
what can I do today? We look at the vision that we have
in our minds and it might be grand and glorious, far too
grand and glorious for us to even begin to think about doing
anything. All we can see is everything we cannot do, and
there are a billion things I cannot do. But maybe there
is one tiny little thing I can do. Start small, think tall
and simply ask the question, "What can I do?"
the 1800's there was a vision and an idea to build a bridge
across the Niagara River by the falls. It seemed impossible.
They wanted to have a suspension bridge, but how in the
world could they possibly get the cables across this incredible
river? The only thing they could think of was possibly flying
a kite with a string across the river. So they came up with
an idea, a contest. A contest was held with a five dollar
prize being offered to the person who could fly a kite across
the Niagara Gorge. A young American boy named Homan Walsh
won the contest flying his kite from the Canadian shoreline.
The string of his kite was fastened to a tree on the American
shoreline and a light cord attached to it pulled across.
Next came a heavier cord, then a rope and finally a wire
cable composed of a number of strands of number ten wire
which was the beginning of the new bridge. The first trip
was made on May 12, 1848. It started from a kite string.
Don’t think about what you cannot do; rather, ask "what can I do?"
Surely there is something you can do today to begin to make
the vision God has given to you for your future a reality.
As you take that tiny step, you may feel as though you are
out there flying a kite, but at least it is a beginning.
From small beginnings come the great bridges of the world.
by faith, not by power, but by My spirit says the Lord."
Day by day we live today, and we say thank You God for today.
God will guide and God will lead, and our future is crafted,
in not our power but in God’s power.
Heavenly Father, we thank You that You are a God who continues
to touch the minds and the hearts of your people. You reach
out and You gather your people together, as the good shepherd
gathers His sheep. Please help us to hear your voice today,
to respond with a positive affirmation of, yes Lord, where
You guide I will follow. So give me the faith, Lord, to
follow You today, tomorrow, and always. Amen.