God never gave you a dream so you could do it, God gave you a dream so you could watch it, so you could stand back and watch Him unfold His miraculous, supernatural power.
Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behond, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and in no way raise herself up.
But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman though are loosed from your infirmity."
And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath' and he said to the crowd, " There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day."
The Lord then answered him and said ( THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING STUPID PEOPLE!!!!!)," Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound - think of it - eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?!?!
Woman thou are loosed from thy infirmity. It may conitue to exist but it will no longer afix itself to you.
She wasn't made straight and forgot God. She wasn't made straight and then immediately go back in the bar.
She was made straight and glorified God.
Just tell someone: "You owe God some praise!"
Just as Jesus told off the hyprocrite, you have a right to get out of this. they cut dogs loose, they turn animals loose, they loose horses, I've got a right to get out of this. I shouldn't have to spend the rest of my life, tied up, and discouraged, and depressed, taking pills to get up in the morning, and taking pills to get to bed at night. I shouldn't have to spend the rest of my life trying to find someone to love me, to build me up. I've got a right to be loosed.
And after He said that all his enemies were ashamed.
So I want to talk about thinking outside of the box.
I've been thinking, you know, I've been thinking, I might have been in prison but I've been thinking, I might have been in a divorce, but I've been thinking. I might have been in financial complexities, but I've, I've been thinking. I might have had some misfortune in my life, but don't count me out, because I've been thinking.
The term thinking outside the box is a catchy american phrase, it has become the posterchild for a concept, that suggests that there are those amongst us who are not bound by traditional thinkings, ideas and concepts. But they are in fact innovative enough to employ new methods to accomplish old tasks. These types of people have reached an elite status of interest. They are very desirable, particularly in the corporate levels, because they are trendsetters, and not mere followers, of the traditions of those that proceeded them.
It's not easy to think outside the box. You get alot of people talking crud about you, when you don't fit in. When you don't do things the way everybody else does them, you are very contraversial. But if you are going to be a leader, you need to go somewhere, where no one has gone, and do something that no one has done, and set your face as flint, and know that critisism is not neccessarily, a crisis. It can often be a gateway that opens up a new way of thinking.
IF YOU WOULD DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
I wanna warn you, that if you hang around God, He will cause you to think outside the box. There are some things that when God says them, they are so out of bounds that it is difficult to find a friend to discuss that which He has spoken in your heart, because what He has said is so far beyond human comprehention that it boggles the mind.
It is God thinking.
God's thinking is what causes His word to have power. His word has power based on His thoughts, and these particular men were in trouble in this text because they were expecting Jesus to OBEY THE RULES.
But, He was willing to break the rules and leap outside of the box, do something that attracted critisism and contraversy, because He cared about the pain of a woman, in trouble.
God cares about what's hurting you.
There is a difference between religion and deliverence. There is a great deal of difference between religion and salvation.
Often religion esteems it's principles above its' persons. Their principles are everything, they esteemed the principles above the people they seeked to serve.
But God esteems the people above the principles. You will see Him break the rules to bless someone who is in trouble. God breaks rules to bless people. People that weren't even in line for the blessing, it wasn't even supposed to be you, people are still jealous and intimidated because they can't figure out why you got what you got.
When John begins to explain to us the creative power of God, he starts off by saying:
In the beginning there was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was of God, all things were made by Him, and without Him, there was not anything made that was made.
The word, the original word is rendered as logos. When we look at the word logos, it goes beyond the spoken word and actually embraces the thoughts of God. Out of the great depths of God's thoughts He spoke.
Out of the power of His speaking, it became what He said, but it started in what He thought. Paul calls it the manifold wisdoms of God. That we might know the exceeding riches of His wisdom, He talks about the prudence and the wisdom, the mind of God. He uses terms like the counsel of God.
Jeremiah reminds us that the thoughts of God toward us are not evil, but good, that we might have an expected end, that out of the insane depths of God's thoughts, He spoke, and out of the power of His speaking it became. All things were made by Him, and without Him, there was not anything made that was made.
This helps us to understand that creativity, begins in your thought life. You can be no more creative than you are thoughtful. If you are bound in your thinking you fail to be creative.
People that break outside of the box and do new things, they do them because they think differently from other people. Our God is a thinking God, and when He decides to think on a thing, He speaks in alignment with what He's thought, and it becomes whatever He says, because He is God.
He is God. Do you understand what I am saying??...when I say God.
It is difficult to even discuss God, because in order to be an effective teacher you need to be able to use similies and metaphors, and comparisons. But to what shall I liken God?? To whom shall I compare Him??
What is God like. His thoughts are above our thoughts, His ways are above our ways, as high as Heaven is above the earth, so are His thoughts above our thoughts.
The ways of the Lord are past finding out.
All I can tell you, is when He thinks a thing, the thinking process is the incubator for which the creative power is released.
And if you ever get around God it will effect how you think, how you function, how you feel.
David said: in thy presence there is fullness of joy. And at Thy right hand there are pleasures forever more.
He said just let me hang around You, let me get near You, let me get close, just let me worship til I get in Your presence.
Because when I get around You, it changes my thought life.
The apostles said: let this mind be in you, which was in Christ Jesus. The kind of mind that is not concerned, nor preoccupied with fitting in. It is this kind of mind that steps out on absolutely nothing, and says let there be, and it becomes what He says, because He thought something that wasn't there, until it became what He thought.
Everyting that we call, tangible, touchable, physical or real, began in the thought life of somebody's mind.
The computer chair I'm sitting in started out as a thought, in somebody's mind. The color it is was a thought, before it became a color on the chair.
The dress, or the pants, or the coat, or the suit that someone wears, began as a thought in somebody's mind.
Don't let anybody laugh at your thinking. Because when you start thinking things that are not there, that thinking is the first step to a revolution in your life, that is incredibly significant.
The bible says in Romans 12: I beseach ye therefore brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present ye bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.
He goes on to say: be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed, by the renewing of YOUR MIND!!
If you wanna be transformed, to go through a metamorphesis, to have a change in your life, that change begins in your mind. For as a man thinketh in His heart, so is He.
If Jesus thought like those around Him, this woman would have never been healed. Had he thought like those around Him, she would have never been delivered. He would have reguarded, the legislation and the traditions of men, more precious, than the people that He sought to serve.
But when it comes to loving you, God will not anything get in His way.
If it's a storm, He'll walk on water, if it's a corpse, He'll raise the dead. If it's an issue of blood, He'll arrest the issue. When it comes to reaching you, God won't let anybody, any force, anything, stand in between Him and you.
I wish you knew how much He loves you. Not the you, you want to be, not the ideal you, not the transformed you, not the complete you, but God commended His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, not after we got fixed up, not after you became missionairy whoever, and sister wilson, and evangelist flipflop, but while you were still in the struggles, and confusion, and perplexities, even then God was IN LOVE, with you.
He's in love with me!!!
He's in love with me, not the me I wanna be, not the me I'm gonna be, but the me that I am, the broken me, the wounded me, the afflicted me, the hurting me, the silly me, the crazy me, the ridiculous me, the messing up me, the stumbling me, the falling in the mud me, He's in love with me.
He's in love with now. See people have to learn, to love you, but God didn't have to learn to love you.
Someone that has to learn to love you, is flunkin' outta school, they aren't doing a good job, but God loves the broken you, and He cares enough to deliver you.
The bible says, that He sent His word, and the word healed them, it said you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free, that truth will revolutionize your life. As you begin to allow, what God is thinking about you, to be adopted into your life it will affect you from the inside out.
3 Parts to a man.
Body, soul, spirit.
In fact, quite technically man is a spirit, he has a soul, and he lives in a body. In his essence, he is created in the likeness of God, he is a spirit. God is a spirit, and they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth. And the spirit God, when He got ready to create a man, started in the spirit, and breathed into him the breath of life, a living soul, he became aware of himself, God blew into his lungs, and man became, because God gave him mouth to mouth recessitation.
The fusion together between the spirit and the body, caused man to be quickened, and he became a living soul.
In my spirit, I have God awareness, in my soul I have self awareness, my soul is equated with my mind, it is where I reason, it is the seed of my affections, it is where my memories are, it is where my experiences are lodged, it's where my life's philosophy is worked out; in the soulish realm of my mind.
It is in that soulish realm that I have self awareness, in my body, I have world awareness, the only reason I know it's hot is because I have a body. The only reason I know when a fly lands on my arm, is because I have a body. My body keeps me in touch with the physical world. But when my body dies, dead people don't get cold, when my body dies, I lose all awaresness to the circumstances around me, because my body gives me world awareness, again my spirit gives me God awareness, my soul or my mind gives me self awareness, my body gives me world awareness.
That's why when it comes to know God, you have to know God, in your spirit. People try to know God in their body, in their flesh, but you need to know God beyond your flesh, this is not something that you do with your body, this is something you believe in your belly, in your spirit, in the depths of your being, this is not something that you do to get out of debt, this is not something you believe until you get out of prison, this is not something you believe until you get a breakthrough with your job, but this is something that gets down in your spirit, and revolutionizes your life and changes your mind.
I know there are some people that think preaching is foolishness, they think it's ridiculous, but God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. He has used the foolishness of preaching, to change your life.
I wish I could tell you how many people, have been revolutionized through a message, without taking a pill, without taking an injection, without going to a therapist, without going to a counselor, I wish I could tell you how many people that recieved the word that pulled them out, that set them free, and that delivered them.
You can laugh, all you want to, but it works. It works for the lady who was a prostitute, it works for those that were strung out on crack coccain, the foolishness of preaching. I know it sounds, crazy, but it works.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, say they've been educated?
Say they dripped down from the upper places of the university, say they look good in a black suit, say they have a preacher's head.
The bible says: how shall they preach, say they've been sent.
There's alot of people that know the word, but they don't know the author, because it makes a difference, when you know the author!!! HOLLA!!!
The bible says that it is with the mind that we serve the Lord, it is with the mind, we serve the Lord.
The mind is the battle ground. It is the place where the greatest conflict is. There is more people having trouble in their mind, then there are people having trouble with their finances. The struggles is in your mind.
This is why we have people, who go to bed tired, and wake up tired. You sleep 8 hours and you wake up still tired. The reason is that you got sleep, but you didn't get rest. Your mind has been in tormoil all night long.
You've been wrestling in your sleep.
Have you ever woken up in your bed, and the bed was wet, the bed was all torn up, just like you've been in a fight, because your mind has not rested, your body went to sleep, but your mind is still tied up in a warfare, your mind is the battle ground.
The enemy is after your mind.
He's out to worry you to death, out to stress you to death, out to make you quit, out to make you think that you can't get up, out to make you quit on your dream, the warfare is in your mind.
It's not in your checkbook, it's not in your savings account, its not on your job, the fight that you've got to fight is in your mind!!
And if you can whip it in your head, you can whip it in your checkbook, you can whip it on your job, you can whip it outta your children, but you gotta drive it outta your head!!!!!!!
I've been thinking.
Suddenly I begin to realize that the enemy cannot use my car, he doesn't need my car, but if he's fooling with my car....... wait he doesn't drive.
But..if he's fooling with my house.....wait....he doesn't need a house.
If he's fooling with my job..wait...he doesn't need a job.
But he does need your mind..
What you have got to understand is that anyway, any entrance way that he can get to upset your mind, he will begin to wear you out.
That's why I would rather have peace than have joy.
I would rather have peace, I said I would rather have peace, than joy, I would rather be able to look at the man in the mirror and like what I see, I'd rather be able to curl up in the bed and hug myself, and fall asleep loving me, I'd rather wake up in the morning and kiss myself.
God has promised: I will keep him at perfect peace whose mind is stayed on ME.
It is not God's will nor purpose, for you to be troubled, in your mind. Frustrated in your mind, uncomfortable in your mind.
In fact the bible says, be rushed in nothing, to be anxious is to have anxiety about something that hasn't even happened yet.
Some of us are so worried about the threat of trouble, your not in trouble, it's just that trouble has threatened you, and the threat of what might happen, what could happen, is wearing you down, half of the things you thought were going to happen, never did happen, but if you allow those thoughts to dwell in your mind, it will succeed at robbing you of your peace, robbing you of your joy, robbing you of your life, just because you thought yourself into a nervous breakdown, you thought yourself into depression, you thought yourself into defeat.
The scriptures say that it is with the mind that we serve the Lord, the mind is the battle groud, the fight is in your mind, so waste no more effort wrestling with other people, your destiny, your future, is not predicated on the decision of someone else.
You've wasted too much of your life trying to change other people's minds about you. It doesn't matter what they think about you, God is not gonna bless you by their opinion, God is gonna bless you by how you see yourself.
I don't know how long it's going to take, I don't know what I'll have to go through, I don't know what I'll lose along the way, but I still believe that I'm coming out.
I've been broke, I've been busted, and I'm disgusted, but I still believe that I'm coming out. I'm locked up in prison, they say I'll neve get out, but I still believe that I'm coming out.
I'm coming out, if I don't have anywhere to stay, I'm coming out if my husband marries another woman, I'm coming out if I don't have a job, I'm coming out!!
I've been thinking! I've been thinking I'm too young to give up this quick, I've been thinking I've got too much life in me to die right now, I've been thinking I'm too strong to let you kill me, I've been thinking that my life is not over, just because I got in trouble. I've been thinking!!!
My body may be crippled but I've been thinking, my money may be crippled but I've been thinking, I'm black, I'm hispanic, I'm jewish but I've been thinking, I'm asian, but I've been thinking.
I wanna talk to thinking people, not just excited, but informed, thinking people. People that have been thinking, I'm on the verge of something, I'm right on the edge of the greatest breakthrough I've ever had in my life. I've been thinking, I don't have any money but I've been thinking about looking for a house, my credit is bad, but I've been thinking about a car, I went bankrupt but I've been thinking about a new business!!! Thinking!!
When a God who thinks out of the box, finds a woman or a man whose thinking out of the box, some powerful things begin to happen. This woman, I dont know what her name is, or her father, I dont know anyting about her bank account, I don't know anything about her background, or her education, but this woman, this sick, afflicted, crippled, hurting woman, had been thinking. I know she'd been thinking, to be that sick and come to church for eighteen years.
You come to church because you feel like coming to church, she didn't even feel like coming to church, but she kept coming, she kept thinking, and what you think does make a difference. Suppose this woman had thought not to come to church that day. Suppose she was too tired to come tonight, suppose she thought she didn't feel good, and it was too many steps to get up, suppose that she would have thought that she would have missed her miracle.
She coulda given up, she coulda given up and died, she could have walked away from it all, but she had been thinking!
Now most I'm gonna say something that may be unpopular, but since I think outside the box, I'm gonna go on with it.
Most people determine your faith, by the things that you get from it. It's call the evidence of your faith, the abundance of the things you possess. If you never have trouble with your children, and if you never get sick, and if you have plenty of money, and if you have minks and fir coats, then they say you have faith, but you know what, that's good, but to me, it takes more faith, to not have any of that and still be praising God anyway.
I don't know maybe I'm crazy, but it seems like to me, it looks like to me, that for eighteen years, whatever drove this woman to keep on coming out to church, she had to have some faith.
I've been thinking.
I'm telling you right now, it's hard to kill someone who will just keep thinking. They can tie up your hands and your feet but as long as your mind is loosed...
Eighteen years is a long time, that she dealt with that problem.
There's some problems we've been dealing with for a long time, in fact when you've been dealing with problems a long time, and you hear someone complaining about something they've been dealing with for a weekend..........some of you we can't help you, we lose respect for you, because you just whine about anything.
If you don't get a parking space you have a problem, if you don't get seated on the front row you have a problem, if your beautician isn't there on Wednesday to do your hair, you have a problem, some of us though, have real problems, we've been dealing with for a long time, and we don't care who dresses the best, who looks the best.
OK YOU GOT THE CUTIE PIE AWARD TONIGHT, NOW...LET'S GO AHEAD AND HAVE SOME CHURCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You have the best fingernails in the whole building....now lets have some church!!
Is there anyone that's been dealing with a problem a long time. See, you don't have to be in prison to be doing time, some of you have been doing time on a dead beat job, and every morning you have to make yourself get up out of bed and go to work, pull a smile on your face, because you know your just serving time.
You have a problem with your kid, and your just serving time, it's been 10 years since you saw the kid that you really wanted to see, there's some monster wearing his clothes and sleeping in his bed, and your just doing time.
Some of us are in a marriage.....yeah!
Eighteen years this woman had been doing time!!
But she kept the faith, I don't care how much time you've been doing, keep the faith, I don't care how bad it looks, keep the faith, I don't care what the circumstance is, keep the faith, God has not forgotten you, keep the faith.
Now, what the word does, the word comes to get in your spirit, and the only word that you can benefit from is the word that gets in your spirit.
The bible says that the engrafted word is the stuff that saves your soul, like grafted skin. It sticks to your spirit. When the word that is grafted into your soul is grafted, it becomes one with you, it's in you. You cease to just quote it, but it's thoughts become your thoughts. The engrafted word is able to save your mind, your memories, your emotions,your attitude, your disposition. The word that sticks to you. You can determine how much word sticks to you, by how much your mind begins to change.
I can make it with a bad barber, I can make it with a bad mechanic, and a bad dentist, but I have to have a shored up preacher, I can't have no idiot preaching to me. The word is my medication, it's my therapy, its my analyst, it's my counselor, it's my rehabilitative drug, it's my sedative, its my cigarette, it calms me down, it settles my nerves, it gets in my head, it's my compass, it's my roadmap, it's my computer, we can slack on the chior, but for God sake's give me some word, cause I gotta live by it, I gotta move by it, I gotta think by it, I gotta feed my mind, I gotta read the right stuff.
The engrafted word is able to save, just the word alone, just the word will save your mind. The engrafted word of God, will save your mind, the word will save your memories, it will go into your childhood, the word will heal things in you, that you didn't even think could be healed. People had given up and said, well there's no help for her, but the engrafted word of God.......
In fact you could have given up on yourself, but the engrafted word of God will get up in your spirit, and it will change you.
I've been thinking.
The engrafted word of God will give you new desires. The engrafted word of God, will give you the desires of your heart. He's not saying He's santa claus, and He'll give you everything you want. He's saying, He's gonna give you the things to want, He's gonna give you new desires that you never had before, you know you never used to have no desire to be in church on a Wednesday night. But God said I will give you that desire.
I got some new desire.
I never had a desire to do this, I never had a desire to leap that high before, I never had a desire to try that before, I never thought I could be that before. But I got some new desire.
Because I've been thinking.
And Jesus is standing up to preach and He saw a woman.
Lord thank you for seeing us.
You know God can see things that no one else can see?
Everybody else thinks your okay, but God can really see what's going on in your life.
I get some healing outta knowing that He sees me, because it gets crazy.
Do you see the way they treat me, do you see what's going on in my life, Lord do you see how long I've been in this position.
But God sees you, the all seeing all knowing infinite wise God, not only sees her, but He calls her.
He's fixing to call you from the background, to the forefront, and while you're chewing on that, lemme tell you something else:
He's going to call you out of your comfort zone. Your life is all nice and neat, and shut up, and comfortable; God is getting ready to call you out of that place. He's getting ready to ask you to do something that you didn't even think you could do. He called and said come up here, she said I'm crippled, He said come on anyways.
Sometimes you gotta come out, you gotta come out anyway you can.
I used to wanna come out with my hair done, I used to wanna come out with my make up on, I used to wanna come out looking cute, but now anyway you bless me, it might not look good but I'm gettin outta this.
Excuse me, but I gotta get outta this.
I got to crawl on out of this, I got to scratch my way on out of this, I got to get my cane, my walker, my walking stick, my seeing eye dog, but I got to get out of this. I can't spend another eighteen years going through this.
Some people don't get out of their trouble, because they want to come out looking cute and beautiful.
But when you've been in their long enough, you don't care what you look like, you don't care whose talking about you, or what they said about your baby out of wedlock, or how you quit your job. But if you have to come out like this, and they say look at her she looks funny, you say yeah! but I'm coming out!!
I messed up, my clothes are wrinkled, I had to borrow a ride, but I'm coming out!
Now, no doubt she had been thinking, someday I'm gonna get out of this, one day I'm gonna get out of this, I'm gonna keep coming to church, but one of these days, I'm gonna get out of this.
Everybody is getting a blessing but you, but one of these days you're gonna get out of this.
Everybody else married but you, but one day I'm getting out of this.
Everybody else is coming out of debt but you, but you're gonna get out of this.
Everybody else is getting out of prison but you, but you're gettin out of this.
I've been thinking, someday I'm gonna get out of this.
Here lies the problem.
As long as you say someday, you delay your deliverence.
The transformation that has to happen is that you go from someday to today.
Can I show you how radical Jesus was.
The woman, hops herself up there, she couldn't walk, she could hardly move, because sometimes you can go through so much that it paralyzes your resources.
And when she got to Jesus, He didn't say, woman you can be loosed, woman you ought to be loosed, woman when you get to heaven you'll be loosed. He said to a woman, who was grossly crippled and deformed, woman thou art loosed!!
Nothing in her situation confirmed His word.
She didn't look loosed, she didn't seem loosed, but He still said woman thou art loosed, right now. He layed hands on her, and immediately, she straightened up herself.
Straighten up, you've been depressed too long, you've been feeling sorry for yourself too long, you've been letting people run over you too long, it's time for a revolution.
When you've been through trouble for a long time, and you finally get the grace to straighten up, you will give God the praise.
When I first started writing this I thought the woman was praising God because of what she was loosed from, because there are people who can look back over your life and see what God loosed you from, and its enough to shake the dust of a 197 year old pipe organ. But wait a minute, while she was praising God, her enemies were critisizing her.
But it doesn't make any difference, because I am so glad to get out of that, that I don't even care what anybody says. I don't care what you see me as, or what I have on, or how you feel about me. I don't care.
Listen to what Jesus says, when they critisized Jesus, when HE healed her. And he says if this was an ox you'd loose the animal from the fenced in area, and lead the animal to the water. See some of you are still behind, praising God for what He delivered you from, but it's time to praise God for what He's delivering you to.
I'm glad to get outta that fence, I'm glad to get outta that box, I'm glad to get outta that man made box, it feels good to get out of the box!!!!!!!!
I'm finally about to run to the water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God wouldn't have brought you through, everything He brought you through, and delivered you from, if He wasn't getting ready to take you to, the water. The everlasting water, the living water. I'm trying to tell you that something is about to happen. God has something better for you, a brand new dimension, the thing you've been waiting on for years.
Jesus says this woman's deliverence is like an animal getting out of a box, getting to the water.
I'm about to run, to the water.
devil, you should have killed me when I was still in the box, you should have still killed me when I was pacing around in the cage, you should have killed me when I thought i was a nothing, you should have killed me when I thought there would be no tomorrow, you should have killed me when I was fearing my struggle, you should have killed me when I thought I was worthless, AHHHHH I'M THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX!!
One man sat by the pool for 38 years, because it took Him too long to make a decision. So don't crawl to the water, don't strut to the water, don't walk to it. When God gives you the grace to get to the water, you gotta run!!!!!
On your mark, you've finally found the mark, you've found who you are, you've came into your own, you're finally figuring out your own strength!!!!!
GET SET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is your time for breakthrough!!!! THIS IS IT!!