The Naked Eye

Seeing the invisible you can do the impossible. If we only look at what we can see with the naked eye, we will lose heart. But if we believe not just what we can see is there, but what God says is there: we will receive incredible power.

What are you going to look at when you see problems in life? You’re going to look at these problems, and you’re going to remember: God has a plan. You’re going to look at your problems and automatically believe and assume that He is working things together for your good. When you look at things with the naked eye, not so much. But when you look at things through the lens of faith you won’t be discouraged because you’ll remember that He has a plan.

How about when you experience pain? When you experience pain, you’re going to believe that God is going to give you great power because it is a grace to suffer. Along with suffering comes the grace to go through it and to get something out of it. God is going to do great things through the pain you’ve experienced. You’re not alone in the midst of it. The same God who walked with Adam in the cool of the day, is the same God that will walk you through what you’re going through. You can say, “I know that you’re with me. I am not alone and I will fear no evil, even here in the valley of the shadow of death.”


Strength in the Midst of Battle

By faith you can trust God for the power to get through what you’re going through. By faith you won’t just endure the pain, but you will get something powerful out of it.

That’s our testimony. That’s our report. In the darkest day of our life, when we went through something that we would have never even thought to be our worst nightmare, we chose to believe God & not just look at what was there, but hear what God was saying about it.

We didn’t lose heart; we were able to take heart. We were able to run toward the roar & do the impossible, because we endured seeing Him who is invisible and He gave us peace that passes understanding. He gave us strength in the midst of the battle of our lives. He gave us joy unspeakable. We had an anchor for our soul.

Click here to hear more from this teaching, “Hidden In Plain Sight” from the #eyesofalion series.
You can also find this content in Levi Lusko’s best selling book, “Through the Eyes of a Lion” available here.


Put Your Label Maker Down


We like to label things. (Some more than others. We all know that one guy in the office that’s a label making nazi… Settle down!) I wonder, though, if we don’t at times over-label things. We immediately rush to say ‘bad’, ‘good’, ‘hard’, ‘horrible’, and ‘unfair’- when God might just be letting you go to that hard place so that He can move in power and do the unimaginable.

Take Joseph for example: Went to prison and came out exalted as the prime minister of all of Egypt. So when it feels like God has lost control in your life- put the label maker down, and just say “God I trust you. This is hard, but I trust you. This is rough, but I believe You have a plan. I believe You have a purpose.”


Your Problems Serve a Purpose

It was C.S. Lewis who said that “pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

I want you to know that your problems serve a purpose. I want to encourage somebody who’s got some problem going on, some difficulty that you can’t control… Your problem will serve a purpose. 

Naaman, who was second in command under king of Aram had everything he ever wanted: money & power. Yet, his riches could not stop leprosy from spreading throughout his body like wildfire. And if he could sit down with you today he’d say “I know this sounds unbelievable, but that leprosy was the best thing that ever happened to me. I don’t know that I ever would have called upon God, I don’t know that I ever would have looked to Him, I don’t know that I ever would have had the bandwidth to hear His voice had it not been for the death of my dreams and for this difficulty.”

Your problems serve a purpose.


The Problem with Excuses

Excuses are dangerous. It’s all to easy to sit back and say, “well I am this, because of that” or “I am the way I am because of what they did to me”.

If you’ve allowed your past to define your future by saying “I wouldn’t be so bitter and unpleasant… but you don’t know what’s been done to me”:  My advice to you, and what I believe God would have me say to you is this: quit putting your progress in the hands of other people. Live your own life. Run your own race. Don’t let them be the boss of you any longer. Don’t let them control your destiny. Your life is passing you by, and your bitterness is holding you back.

Hear more from this teaching, “Fish Out of Water” here.


Keep Fighting, Keep Going

This Sunday, August 21, is a monumental day in the life of Fresh Life Church. We are opening the doors to three brand new campuses in Helena and Polson, Montana and Salt Lake City, Utah!

When there’s that mentality of forward moving we can enter into the Promised Land, but there has to be something in our souls that rises up. Something that keeps fighting, that keeps going and doesn’t give up or stop dreaming, that still says “My God is for me!”

If we fail to have an attitude that takes on the giants, we will never enjoy the full inheritance God has for us. Let us have the mentality that doesn’t leave anything undone, that enjoys the fullness of what God has for us – because He goes before us.

We’re going to keep fighting, keep taking new ground. We’re going to trust God for the impossible as we do the impractical.

 

 


Take Care of Your Miracles

When Jesus raised the little girl from the dead in Matthew 9 , the first thing He said was to give her something to eat. In the same way, we’ve got to take care of our miracles. Are you nourishing and hydrating your miracle? Is your miracle getting to school on time?

Some of us are just sitting back waiting for God to do miracles not knowing He wants us to step in and fight for them and care for them, making sure we’re doing everything we can do as we’re believing Him to do what only He can.

Hear more from this teaching, “Fish Out of Water” here.


It’s Giving, Not Keeping, that Leads to Receiving

Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.” Then he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time; and he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.

And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”

Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. -1 Kings 18:32-38

What would have happened if the people hadn’t given their water to pour it on the burnt sacrifice? If they’d hung on to their water, it would have been all they had, but in giving it to God their hearts would go with it and the rain would return.

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. – Proverbs 11:24

It’s giving, not keeping, that leads to receiving. This is counterintuitive but true. Generosity breaks the back of greed. This is true in giving time, affection, and resources – especially when you are in a place of need. When the Israelites gave the water they had, God brought the rain they longed for. During those times you are tempted to pull back, just when you think giving is the last thing you should do, often it is the very thing that will lead to breakthrough.

Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 1 Kings 18:41


When Prayer Goes Up, Power Comes Down

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.” 2 Chronicles 7:13–15

It’s been said Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. What happened on Mt. Carmel in 1 Kings 18:20–41 is a picture of every prayer. It’s a picture of every time someone spills their life out, chooses a team and decides to honor Jesus and prays a prayer.

In response fire falls from heaven, although it’s not going to come from what you see with your eyes like they did that day, but through your ears. In 1 Kings 18:41 Elijah said, “I can hear the sound of a heavy rain.”

We often say it “looks like rain” but Elijah said he could hear it. In God’s economy you always hear it before you see it because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. It’s the the promise of God ringing in our ears. He is whispering promises over us and only as we pour our lives out like Elijah will we be quickened to hear the rain coming. We’ll hear Him say it and then we will see it. We have to let heaven hear our prayer before we hear His promise.

Click here to hear more from this teaching, “The Water is the Problem.”


Progress Isn’t Always Visible

First used in 1914 the Panama Canal is one of the most strategic causeways in the world. The goal in building the Canal was to connect the Pacific to the Atlantic, bypassing Cape Horn and saving ships months of travel by going through the isthmus of Panama instead. This was a massive project that took years and 20,000 people died building it. Once completed, it shaved 5,000 miles off the journey.

A time lapse of a ship going through the canal makes it look like a fast process, but it takes a full day to cross through a series of locks. Each one fills up or empties gradually, acting as a watery elevator system moving the ship through the canal. It’s a slow, steady process, but it’s lifting massive, unliftable ships 85 feet over the continental divide.

In the same way that the canal took years to build and ships take a full day to pass through, our commitment must be for the long haul. Progress isn’t always visible. You’re in the process of growing, but you may not see it because it’s happening in real time. The work you’re doing is incremental and you must not lost heart.

We can’t be the church that expects instant Kool-Aid results when God’s working. We’re far more interested in the powerful work of lifting the unliftable – and that is something that can’t be rushed.  Jesus is building something deep down that is powerful, robust and world-changing.