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RESURRECTION SUNDAY SERMON ON 27TH MARCH,2016

It’s easy to give up on our dreams, and think, “i’ll never get well, i’ll never meet the right person, never get out of this problem, it’s been too long, i’ve missed too many opportunities, i’ve made too many mistakes.”

No, God is saying, “It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming.”

Everything He promised you, every dream He’s placed on the inside, He still has every intention of bringing it to pass. Your mind will tell you all the reasons why it’s not going to happen, “just accept it, it’s too late, it’s not going to work out,” but God has the final say, and He says, “I’m still going to heal your body. I’m still going to bring the right person into your life. I’m still going to restore that marriage.” What God Started, He Will Finish.

Is there something that you’ve given up on, you think it’s never going to work out?  Let these words sink deep into your spirit; “It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming.”  God has not brought you this far to leave you. And just because you don’t see a way, that doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a way.  Right now, the most powerful force in the universe is at work in your life;  God is about to do a new thing. What you thought was dead, dreams you’ve given up on, promises you’ve let go of, are about to come back to life. God Knows How To Resurrect Dead Dreams. That baby you were believing for, that dream to own your own house, to get married, to start that business;

You May Think, “It’s Too Late, I Missed Too Many Opportunities.” No, you may have given up, but God didn’t give up; He’s about to breathe new life into your dreams, into your health, into your relationships. You’re going to feel a stirring, a new passion, a new excitement;  that’s God resurrecting what He’s placed on the inside. When thoughts tell you that it’s not going to happen, just answer them back, “no, I know a secret; “It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming.”

“you’re still single”; “yes, but it’s not over; the right person is coming.” “you’re still not well”; “yes, but it’s not over; healing is headed my way.” “you’re still in a small apartment”; “yes, but it’s not over; my new house is coming.” “your child is still off course”; “yes, but it’s not over; as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” You’ve got to get in agreement with God;  Start Dreaming Again, Start Believing Again, Start Expecting Again.

Illustration:

A man’s business had really gone down. His main competitor was very big. When economy went down he had lots of trouble and his business went down even more. He was tempted to get discouraged but he knew God put that dream in his heart. He thought it was over. But that national company decided to pull out of his market. Now that man’s business is booming. God had breathed in his direction.

You may not be able to beat the competition, but you don’t know;  God may remove the competition. He has all kinds of ways to get you to your destiny.  The scripture talks about the death, the burial and resurrection;  If You’re Going To See A Resurrection, You Can’t Get Stuck In The First Two Phases. This is where many people miss it; they have a setback, something doesn’t work out, they get discouraged, quit believing.  They end up stuck in the death phase, so to speak.

I’ve seen people that go through a disappointment;  instead of letting it go, knowing that God has something better, they get bitter; “my business got slow, I didn’t get the scholarship, the relationship didn’t work out, that’s why I’m discouraged.” No, you’ve been through the death, you’ve been through the burial, don’t stop there, go on to phase 3; you’ve got a resurrection coming.

Illustration:

A couple tried to have baby for years. Doctors said there’s no chance. God said it’s not over. She got pregnant and had her beautiful baby girl dedicated.

Illustration

There was an separated mother and son. She prayed daily for years.2 weeks ago he knocked on his parents’ door and they reconciled. The first thing he wanted to do is go to church.

Is there something you’ve given up on? Start expecting God’s favor. God wants to give you beauty for those ashes. That setback was never meant to defeat you, it was meant to promote you. It may be Friday in your life right now; it looks kind of dark, business is slow, the medical report hasn’t improved.  My encouragement is, Don’t Get Stuck On Friday;  Sunday Is Coming. Get ready for God to do something new. Your story does not end in defeat, it ends in victory, with you accomplishing your dreams, fulfilling your purpose, healthy, whole, being a blessing to others. If you will stay in faith, what was meant for your harm, God will use to your advantage. God has the final say. People cannot stop God’s plan for your life. Bad breaks can’t stop it, injustice can’t stop it, even mistakes you’ve made don’t have to stop it;  God has already taken that into account, and He’s saying, “It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming.”

Illustration:

We see this principle way back with the first family that ever lived, Adam and Eve. They were in the garden of Eden, they were happy and healthy, everything going great, until Eve was deceived by the serpent. She convinced her husband Adam to eat fruit from the forbidden tree; when they did, they immediately knew they had done wrong. They ran and hid. God came looking for them, and said, “Adam, where are you?” They were afraid. They had blown it, it was their fault, they thought, “surely, God is done with us.”

 It’s interesting; God came looking for them. You hear people say, “I found God,” but the truth is, God wasn’t lost;  He came looking for you. Before you could choose Him, He chose you. Even when we make mistakes, even when we blow it, God says, “where are you? I want to be in a relationship with you.” Don’t run away from God; run to Him.  Adam said, “God, we did wrong, we ate the fruit.” God said, “I know it.” They had to stay out of the garden. The story could’ve ended there, “too bad, you had your chance, it’s over,” but no matter what you’ve done, your life is not supposed to end in defeat, in failure, in mediocrity. It’s Not Over; There Is Mercy For Every Mistake.

Genesis 3:15 (NKJV)15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

God was saying,”Eve, this serpent that tricked you, he deceived you, and brought all this heartache and pain, I’m going to make him pay for bringing that trouble into your life. He’s not going to have the last word. He’s laughing, he’s having a party now, but he’s not going to stay laughing. Eve, this is your chance to settle the score, this is your chance to get even; I’m going to have your seed bruise his head.”

This was a prophecy, spoken over Eve;  it was a promise God put in her heart. You can imagine how excited Eve was when she learned that she was pregnant; she thought, “this is the child that will vindicate me. This child will make things right.” She gave birth to 2 sons on the same day, Cain and Abel; she didn’t know which one it would be. Cain was a farmer; Abel was a shepherd.  She did her best to raise her boys right, teach them to love God, but over time Cain became very jealous of Abel.

One day:

Genesis 4:8 (NIV) 8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

This was the first murder of the Bible. Because of this offense, Cain had to be sent to another country; Eve didn’t just lose one son, she lost both sons on the same day. The problem is, Eve’s circumstances don’t match up with what God has spoken over her; It didn’t look like it was going to happen; one son was dead, one was sent away. As devastated as Eve was, down deep something said to her, “this is not the way your story is supposed to end.”

There are times in life where your circumstances won’t match up with what God has put in your heart; every voice will tell you, “it’s not going to happen, just accept it, just settle there, you will always be lonely, you’ll always have that addiction, struggle in your finances.” No, don’t believe those lies; that is not the end of your story. You may have gone through a loss, had a bad break, it was unfair, but know this; it’s not over. The enemy may be laughing now, but don’t worry, your time is coming, vindication is coming, restoration is coming, healing is coming. It may be Friday, but Sunday is on the way.

Eve is at this turning point; is she going to believe what God has spoken over her, or is she going to get discouraged and settle? God said the promise would come through her seed; that means she would have to get pregnant again. If your children just got into an argument, and one killed the other, do you know how difficult it would be have a baby? Sometimes, in order to move forward, you have to risk being hurt again, risk loving again, risk trusting again. This is what Eve did; she became pregnant.

She said:

Genesis 4:25 (NKJV) 25 … “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.”

She was saying, “i’ve had the wind knocked out of me, life hasn’t turned out my way, but I’m not going to stay down, I’m not going to get bitter, I’m not going to give up on my dreams;  I know God has the final say, and it’s not over. He said He’s appointed another seed.”

In your difficult times, when life doesn’t turn out your way, you have to remind yourself; that is not the end. For everything you’ve lost, for everything that is taken, God has already appointed another seed. Your story is not going to end in defeat, in failure, in mediocrity; it’s going to end with you bruising the serpent’s head. It’s going to end with God paying you back for that trouble, bringing you out better off than you were before. You may be at an empty place right now, you’ve lost something, you’re tempted to settle, but you’ve got to get your fire back; God has appointed another seed, another dream, another relationship, another opportunity. You are not going to die empty, lonely, depressed. That difficulty is a sure sign that something amazing is in your future.

Genesis 4:25 (NKJV)

25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth

It was through Seth’s family line that Jesus Christ the messiah came; the promise was fulfilled. This story with Cain and Abel is foreshadowing what Christ would do; it’s a picture of what was to come. Abel, an innocent man, went to Cain’s field where he was killed; in the same way, Jesus, an innocent man, left heaven, he left eternity, where he had already kicked Satan out, and he said, “Satan, I’m going to take off all my majesty, all my glory, and I’m going to come down as the son of man, and defeat you on your own field.”

When Cain killed Abel, Abel was a young man; it was a premature death, the first in the scripture. All of heaven was stunned. At 33 years of age, Jesus, a young man, was crucified on the cross. All of hell cheered; they thought Jesus had overstepped his bounds. They were thinking, “hey, he beat us on his field, but we had the last laugh, we beat him on our field.”

Scripture says:

Genesis 4:10 (NKJV) 10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.

Cain thought that he’d finished off his brother; he thought that he had the last word; he didn’t realize that the blood of his brother was crying out for justice. In other words, he may have killed his body, but his blood was still speaking. A little over 2000 years ago, the soldiers crucified Jesus; Satan thought that it was over, that he’d finally finished him off, but what he didn’t realize is that Jesus’ blood would still be speaking today. They killed his body, but the blood speaks. The Blood Says, We’re Redeemed. The Blood Says, We’re Forgiven. The Blood Is More Powerful Than Any Sickness. The blood is greater than any opposition.

Satan and all the demons were having a big party, giving high fives, confetti coming down, champagne flowing, but in the midst of the celebration, they see this figure coming from a distance, they don’t know who he is;  they take a quick count, and they’re all accounted for. This person is different; his eyes are like fire, his hair is white as wool, his face radiating with such brilliance they have to turn away. He gets a little closer, and one of them says, “uh-oh, it’s him!”  Their heart skips a beat. They shrink back in fear. Just when they thought it couldn’t get any worse, the music kicks in {Rocky theme plays}. They thought they had killed Jesus. They thought they had finished him off once and for all. But Jesus said, “put the celebration on hold. Stop the confetti, blow out the candles; i’ve got an announcement to make. It’s not over. I’m still alive.”  Jesus was the original party crasher. He went in, defeated the enemy, took away the keys of death and hell.

He drug Satan through the corridors so all the forces of darkness could see him dethroned, demoralized, powerless. Jesus rose up, and said, “I Am He That Lives. I Was Dead, But I’m Alive Forevermore.” Because He Lives, We Can Live. The same power that raised him up is on the inside of you and me. You are not weak, you are not lacking, you’re full of resurrection power. No obstacle’s too big for you, no dream too great, no sickness too powerful; you have the greatest force in the universe on the inside.

When it doesn’t look good, thoughts start telling you that it’s over, just put your shoulders back, get a second wind, and by faith hear that music kicking in; that means God is fighting for you, that’s his blood still speaking. It’s saying, “you’ve got a right to be free. You’ve got a right to live healthy, whole, blessed, victorious.”  No matter what comes your way in life, you’ve got to have this attitude, “It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming.”

The enemy may hit you with his best shot, but his best will never be enough. When it’s all said and done, you’ll still be standing strong. Just as Abel’s blood cried out for justice, when somebody does you wrong, you go through a bad break, you’re dealing with a sickness, you have an advantage;  because you’re a child of the most High, his blood is crying out for you. What you’re going through does not go unnoticed; God sees every tear, every lonely night, every injustice. He’s got you in the palm of His hand.

He told the Israelites when they were in slavery:

Exodus 3:7-8 (ESV) 7  Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians

That’s the blood still speaking. If you will stay in faith, the enemy won’t have the last laugh, you will. God will vindicate you. He’ll make your wrongs right, pay you back for that injustice. God has already lined up a comeback for every setback, a new beginning for every loss. It May Be Friday, But Get Ready, Sunday Is Coming.

Maybe you’re facing a major obstacle; let me to tell you, nothing is too hard for our God. He made your body; He can correct what’s wrong. Don’t believe those lies that you’ll never get healthy, just learn to live with it;  that’s one report, but there’s another report, it says God is restoring health back unto you, it says that you will live and not die. God has the final say, and He’s saying, “It’s Not Over ,Sunday Is Coming..”

Illustration:

There was a college football game, the Stanford Cardinals vs the California Bears; Stanford was ahead and there was only four seconds left. All they had to do is tackle Bears in order to win. The Stanford marching band rushed onto the field celebrating what they thought was a sure win when the Bear was down …  but the ball was still in play, Somehow the downed player got the ball to someone else and despite the obstacles of the band on the field, the Bears scored a touchdown and won.  

Sometimes, the enemy will send his band on your field before the game is over. He’ll start celebrating like he’s already defeated you; what he doesn’t realize is, you’re not down yet. You need to tell him, “get your marching band off of my field. This game is not over. You may think I’m down, but i’ve got resurrection power.” There is a force in you that cannot be defeated. It raised Christ from the dead, and it will always cause you to triumph. It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming

Illustration:

This is what Job had to do in the scripture. He went through a period where everything that could go wrong did;  he lost his health, his business, his family. It looked like it was over, but in the midst of that difficulty, he looked up to the heavens and said:

Job 19:25 (NIV)25  I know that my redeemer lives

He was saying, “I know God’s in control. As long as He’s on the throne, it’s not over;  He has the final say.”  9 months later, Job not only came out, but he came out with twice what he had before:

Job 42:10 (ESV)10 … And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

That’s the way God is;  He’ll make the enemy pay for bringing that trouble.  The scripture says:

Job 42:12 (NIV)12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part

No matter what you’ve been through, God wants the rest of your life to be more blessed, rewarding, enjoyable than anything you’ve experienced. You have not laughed your best laugh, you have not dreamed your best dream, you have not sung your best song;  it’s still out in front of you. Isaiah put it this way:

Isaiah 61:7 (MSG)7 Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever.

You may feel like you got a double dose of trouble. Don’t go around complaining;  that trouble qualified you for double. Shake off what didn’t work out, and get ready for a double dose of favor, God’s blessing, healing.

It’s not over. What God promised you, He will bring to pass. When thoughts tell you otherwise, dismiss them. Tell the enemy, get his marching band off of your field. Remember; the blood is still speaking for you. It’s saying you have a right to be free, to be healthy, to live victoriously. If you will have this “It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming” attitude, He will restore what’s been stolen, resurrect dead dreams.  You will rise higher, overcome obstacles, and become everything He’s created you to be.

Illustration:

Jeff drove down to the Gulf of Mexico to go fishing one day like he had many times before. On this day, he and his friend decided they were going to try fishing somewhere different. As Jeff was launching the boat, he asked the man at the dock how to get back to that place from the gas wells. The man said, “We’re directly north. If you’re anywhere around the gas wells, just go due north, and you’ll make it back to this dock.” Jeff and his friend travelled an hour in their little boat and arrived at their destination.

They were having so much fun and catching so many fish. They didn’t realize that a heavy fog had set in. It happened so quickly that it caught them off guard. They could only see 20 to 30 feet in each direction. It was getting kind of late. The sun started to go down, and Jeff was a little concerned. He told his friend, “Pull up the anchor, we’ve got to get going.” Jeff looked around to try to get a sense of direction, but all he could see was fog. All of his logic said, “We need to go this way.” He asked his friend which way he thought, and his friend said, “No, Jeff, it’s not that direction. It’s the other direction.” Now, Jeff was really confused. He got his compass out. Due north like the man at the dock had said was a different direction than both of them thought.

Against all sense of reasoning, Jeff cranked up the motor and started traveling due north. Everything in his mind told him, “You’re making a big mistake. You’re going the wrong way. You’d better turn around.” He kept thinking about what the man at the dock said. “Go due north, and you’ll make it back. The boat crept along through the fog. He travelled 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45, an hour. Now it was dark. A voice started telling him, “If you were going right, you would already be there by now.” Jeff’s friend started panicking. He started yelling at Jeff. “Turn the boat around. You’re taking us out to sea. We’re going to run out of gas. We could get killed.” In spite of all these confusing voices, Jeff kept traveling due north. Another 30 minutes. Another 45, another hour. Just before they ran out of gas, they began to see the dock faintly coming into view, and they made it back safely.

Sometimes in life, the fog will set in. You don’t know which way is the right direction. You know God’s put a promise in your heart. But, every voice tells you it’s not going to happen. You’re too old. You’ve missed too many opportunities. You don’t have the connections. In the foggy times where you don’t see anything happening, that’s when you have to dig your heels in and say, “God, I’m going to believe what You promised me in spite of how I feel, in spite of what people are telling me, in spite of how it looks. God, I’m going to keep acting like what You said is true no matter how long it takes. I’m going to keep believing You’re on the throne. I know You’re a faithful God. What You promised You will bring to pass. It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming

It’s good to be happy for others, rejoice with them, but God doesn’t want you to just celebrate everybody else, God wants to bring your dreams to pass.  God wants to give you the desires of your heart.  He wants you to be celebrated.

Illustration :

Rachel wanted to have a baby so badly;  years went by and she couldn’t conceive.  She got discouraged, but just because we give up on a dream, it doesn’t mean that God gives up on the dream.

Genesis 30:22 (NIV) 22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive.

It doesn’t say that Rachel remembered God;  this is how much God wants you to fulfill your destiny.  God remembered Rachel, answered her prayer, and gave her a baby. It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming

Illustration

Have you ever thought, “It’s too late for me?” That’s what two sisters in the scripture thought, Mary and Martha. Their brother, Lazarus, was extremely sick. They sent word to their good friend, Jesus, to come to their city and pray for him. A day went by and Jesus didn’t show up. They asked the messengers, “Did you tell Jesus it was us?” “Yes, we told Him.” “Did you explain how sick Lazarus was?” “We explained it to Him.” They couldn’t understand why Jesus wouldn’t come immediately. Lazarus ended up dying. Four days later, Jesus showed up. Mary said, “Jesus, if You had been here sooner, my brother would still be alive.”

Have you ever felt like God showed up too late? If He’d just got there a little sooner, maybe things would have worked out. That’s the way these sisters felt. But Jesus spoke to Lazarus, and he came back to life.

The sisters wanted Jesus to come and heal their brother. But Jesus wasn’t thinking about a healing, He was thinking about a resurrection. A healing would have been good, but Jesus had something better in mind. Always remember, God has another option. No matter how bad your circumstances look, it’s never too late with Him! It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming

When the promise doesn’t turn out the way you thought, doesn’t happen on your timetable, it’s easy to get discouraged, and to feel like God let you down.  But the truth is, that means God has something better in store.  You prayed, worked hard, believed, but you didn’t get the promotion, the door closed;  don’t get discouraged;  that would have been a healing, God has a resurrection.  Dare to trust Him;  He’s promised what He started in your life He will finish.  If you’ll let God do it His way, it’ll always turn out better than you ever imagined.

When we think, “it’s too late, it could never happen, i’ve missed too many opportunities,” God still has a way to bring your dreams to pass

Get your fire, passion back.  And remember, if it doesn’t happen your way, keep the right perspective;  He has something better coming your way.  If you’ll stir your faith up, God is going to complete your incompletions, shift things in your favor, release a flood of His goodness, mercy, ideas.  You will overcome every obstacle, defeat every enemy, and become everything God’s created you to be.

It’s Not Over, Sunday Is Coming

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