To hear, to see and to experience how the God of Creation will use a man in the delivery of the VERY thing we need is indeed a VERY humbling matter of our GETTING right before our Creator such that He is the One we see. A matter of the heart, not one’s toes, is what needs be stepped up to, not “on” as some would say. We have little choice other than to Humble Ourselves, otherwise we are not taking God at His Word. The delivery is being made, the blessing being realized in our submission and returning to surrendered living by God’s Standards, not our own. Indeed, for me individually, as well as for our family, this has been a VERY good week!!!
An Odd Development
This Series is the first of seven in development and is completely out of order! The time our Mid-Winter Revival time was held January, 12-15, 2014 with me being able to get a couple of chapel services, as well as our regular service time on Sunday through Wednesday. Dr. Billy Ingram and his wife Ms. Christy (let us not forget their daughter Priscilla Lee too) were here as he preached and she sang/played for us. Bro. Ingram is a full-time Evangelist and Revivalist who travels majority of the year across the country.
This Series is number four (4) of the main Services, not including the Chapel Services held at our Christian Day School. Each of the Services struck major cords with me in a very specific manner and way, with identified challenges that needed addressing and priority items that need to be rearranged. As we as a family discussed each service, we came to discover that some of those items crossed, were intertwined amongst us, not being one persons or twos challenge, but involved all three of us. This one stuck out for all three of us – because of special challenges and circumstances, we all three know of many un-explainable moments, where the only way it is possible is because of HIM!
First Concept Print
The verse of focus to begin this Series is as follows:
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
II Corinthians 12:9-10 | King James Version
While we would all like for those challenges we have taken away, there are often times where those weaknesses should be viewed a little differently. The Lord said that His Grace would be sufficient, because His Strength is made Perfect in our weakness. At first, that is going to sound a tad bit odd, but to live it and learn from it, one can have the right perspective once we realize He knows what He is doing in even those things we think are limitations.
The first print combines the three thoughts together into a single print, including the areas of: Jesus said… (John 6:63), God Knows… I can’t do it! (II Corinthians 3:5-6) and Exchange your inability for God’s Ability (II Corinthians 12:9-10).
Second Set of Prints in Three
This portion of the Series contains three prints with each one containing a specific word statement for consideration: Quickeneth, Sufficiency and Weakness. The same verses are used for these as the First Concept Print, but are broken apart for use to consider how they are important. It is the Spirit, not the flesh that does the work. We have to further understand that our Sufficiency is ONLY possibly IF of God – look for the change of word on the print. It is NOT a typo and I promise you will NOT forget it either. We will ONLY have it if it is of God, prompting the “if of God” statement. Grace is sufficient and Strength is made perfect through weakness.
Third Set of Prints
The final set of prints, which are named the name of this Series, It Is Jesus Christ, presents that supporting prints from the entire sermon from Bro. Ingram and is hinged upon a story that he shared about D. L. Moody. A reporter was following Moody for an investigation on a series of meetings being held, which he then reported that there was “No human explanation” for what was happening. In asking Moody how it was possible that these people were being converted from Atheist’s to Christian’s, his reply was simply “It is Jesus Christ” – noting that it was nothing Moody was doing, but rather what Christ had already done and was doing in the lives of those converted. The topical areas covered include the following:
- Believe | On His Name
- Abideth | Bringeth forth much fruit
- Witnesses | Ye shall be unto me
- Knowledge | That I may win Christ
- Resurrection | That I may know Him and His Power
- Faith | We have peace with God
- Strength | In due time
- Whosoever | Shall call upon His Name
- Giveth | Unto the humble
- Submit | One to another, clothed in humility
All of these pieces are essential for the Christian to understand in order to anything of Eternal value to be done. God Knows… I Can’t Do It – How about you? Who are you doing it for?