Trust Jesus To Do The Impossible

by Kevin Litchfield

While reading the story of the feeding of the 5000, there were several “aha” moment that jumped out at me: It was late and 5000+ men, women, and children had gathered to be healed by Jesus. Their location was remote, and it was getting late.

The disciples highly encouraged Jesus to dismiss the crowd so they could get something to eat and find a place to sleep. Jesus startled the disciples by saying that isn’t necessary. He said, YOU FEED THEM. The disciples responded, BUT WE HAVE ONLY 5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus responded, BRING THEM HERE.

What are the WE ONLY HAVES in your life right now? What challenges? What God sized task are you being presented with today that requires faith, vision, and courage that prompt you to respond BUT I ONLY HAVE? Trust Jesus today to do the impossible in your life.

Something to Think About

by Kevin Litchfield

I ran across a quote from Dallas Willard from the book, Renovation of the Heart, that I want to share with you this morning.

“The impotence of ‘systems’ is a main reason why Jesus did not send His students to start governments or even churches as know them today which always strongly convey some element of human system.

They were, instead, to establish beachheads of His person, Word, and Power in the midst of a failing humanity. The were to bring the Presence of the Kingdom and its King into every corner of human life simply by fully living in the Kingdom with Him.”

Perhaps we have made it more complicated than it needs to be.

The Lord Is My Light & My Salvation

By Kevin Litchfield

As I have considered what to share this week, I was reminded that the battle you I face is real.

There is an enemy that is not flesh and blood that strategizes against us. An enemy that knows our weaknesses, our sin struggles, our physical limitations, our fears, our anger, our… you fill in the blank.

In the midst of life’s chaos hold tight to Psalm 27:13-14a: I would have despaired unless I had BELIEVED that I WOULD SEE the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

WAIT on the LORD… verse on echoes this hope: The Lord is my LIGHT and my SALVATION so WHY should I be AFRAID.

Let us pray for one another that we can remember this truth.

What Are the “Cant’s” In Your Life?

by Kevin Litchfield

The father who knows you and your need will meet that pressing need according to His perfect will.

I was recently drawn to a familiar story. Jesus meets a man who had been sick for 38 years lying beside the pool of Bethesda waiting to be put in the water because he believed the water could heal him.

Jesus asked this man a weird question: Do you want to be made well? Instead of responding YES to Jesus He answered I CAN’T SIR…

I wonder today what are the I CANT’S in our lives? Jesus says do you want to see your city transformed by me? Do you want to be freed of a particular burden? Do you want…?

You fill in the blank. Is our response YES or I CAN’T SIR? Choosing to focus on what’s NOT possible instead of what IS possible only through Jesus.

What are your I CANT’S? I pray today that you might have the faith to say a loud YES LORD!!!!

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Wait on the Lord… Trust Him

By Kevin Litchfield

I was recently drawn to 1 Samuel 13. Saul and his army were facing a great military enemy. Saul had instructions to wait on Samuel to offer a sacrifice to God before the military campaign would begin. When Saul saw that his troops were rapidly slipping away, he offered the sacrifice himself.

Samuel arrives soon after and Saul offers several reasons and excuses for his disobedience. In verse 12 Saul says, “I felt compelled to offer the burnt sacrifices myself before you came.”

Saul was asked to wait; but waiting made no sense so he took control and offered the sacrifices himself. Saul’s pride, impatience, and need to control contributed to his downfall.

In my own life the need to control has caused me to miss the blessings of God. Waiting involves trusting in God’s time and not rushing to fill in the blanks ourselves.

Seeing Circumstances as “God’s Opportunity”

By Kevin Litchfield

In Acts chapter 8 the church was in trouble. Verse 1 says At that time a GREAT persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and the were ALL SCATTERED throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria except the apostles…

Verse 4 shares the result of the persecution: Therefore those who were scattered went EVERYWHERE preaching the Word…

The early church chose to view their present situation as God’s opportunity.

In your own life what is your presentation? Could this be a God opportunity? It is here where God has a chance to shine… to magnify himself to others around you.

Learning To Listen to the Holy Spirit

by Kevin Litchfield

This quote from Gary Mayes’s book DNA of a Revolution recently jumped out at me:

“Listening for the leading of the Spirit is not a formula. There are no simple steps or magic codes. Listening is a matter of paying attention. The problem is we are simply too busy talking to notice God is trying to get our attention. Whether speaking of our personal lives or our lives within the church, dedicated time for quiet and reflection are rare. We fear silence. We avoid what the radio and television industry call dead air. We prefer tightly scripted worship services and we become driven to get everything done on our business meeting agendas. Listening often starts with turning down the noise, and, well, listening.”

“… He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple” (Isaiah 50:4).

1 Samuel 3:9 And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.'”