Power of a changed mind Part IV
The power to change circumstances
Synopsis of Sermon 10/25/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
What God does for others, he can do the same to you. We have to come to the understanding that God is able. There is a moment when we understand that God can change our circumstances. We have a framework that we can use by simply examining other people’s lives and seeing how God helped them. There will be a time in your life where your faith will be challenged or stretched. God wants you to know he is able to change your circumstances. God is able!
In the text, God is at a wedding in Galilee. It was the 3rd day after Jesus returned to Galilee. John 1:43: 43The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
Jesus had been invited to a wedding, but what do you do when what you need is not in supply? How do we go on, when what we need to happen, doesn’t happen? We need to know that God can change our circumstances, but it will require our participation. Somebody on your pew or somebody reading this needs a change in their circumstances, but they don’t know how what they need will ever happen.
I. Don’t settle when the wine runs out
John 2:1-4: 1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
1. They ran out of wine and Jesus says he will not allow this moment to jeopardize his Ministry. They know that Jesus has an anointing on his life, but they are still unsure at this point. After this miracle, they will know that they made right choice when they decided to follow him.
2. They have a wine crisis. You need to accept when the wine runs out. You can’t fix your problem, if you can’t face it. We need something from God and we want to be real. We have a wine crisis. When you have a deficit, you have a choice to claim it as your reality, or realize that God will fix it.
3. What we see at the wedding:
a. People-They had the right people there. When you need a breakthrough, you have to have the right people around you. You need folk that when your wine runs out, they will push you or motivate you. We want to be able to turn to them.
b. Perspective-You got to have the right perspective. We have to see potential or opportunity for miracle to happen. It is all in how you see your situation. If you see your citation as terminal, you can’t get` breakthrough.
c. Present-You got to have the right person present. They had Jesus at the wedding (the right person present) John 2:1-2: 1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.-In this day, there was separation from the wedding and the marriage. The only way you can have a wedding become a marriage is including Jesus in it. Is Jesus in the house? Is Jesus in your marriage? Jesus is the best thing to happen to us
d. Prayer-We have to have the power of prayer. When your wine runs out, don’t run to people. We have to take our problem to the answer. There is power in prayers. When you ask God for help, you are praying out of faith, not desperation. Hebrews 11:6: 6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. -We have to believe before we get on our knees that God is able to deliver what we are asking God for.
4. When our wine runs out, we refuse to accept it as the last word. Wine in this context represents liveliness. Water represents life. You can have life, but no liveliness. You can be here, but not here at the same time. In other words, you can be physically here, but residing here without Joy. You can wake up, but not be lively. This is about your willingness to obey.
II. Demonstrate a willingness to obey/
John 2:6-8: 6And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. 7Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
1. You got to be willing to obey. God gives specific directions to people to participate in their change. We have a responsibility in our change and the process of coming about. Whatever God says do, do it! Don’t speculate and don’t be a hearer. Be a doer.
2. Use what you have. They have water. Remember water represents life and wine represents liveliness. Jesus says take what you have and fill the water pots. There were six waterpots that were supposed to be filled. 6 represents number for man. We are even buried 6 feet when we die. When you maximize your potential and do everything you can, he will step in. God told Moses to use what you had (the staff) and he would turn it into something useful. What about the 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread? They used what they had and it feed over 5,000 people. Take what you have and put it in the master’s hand. What you have is valuable and significant.
3. In Israel, when water would come (such as rain) , they valued it, because it was scarce. We have to learn to:
a. Release it-You got to be willing to release what you have. It might not be anything in your hands, but in God’s hands, it can be a lot.
b. Reposition-You have to release it to get it replenished. It is about repositioning. If what you have is not enough, be willing to release it, and allow God to replenish it.
4. Some blessings are based on our obedience. John 2:8: 8And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.-Jesus told them to draw out the new wine. They were supposed to take water and pour it into 6 water pots, because they had run out of wine. By the time they got through filling them up, something happens. This is a right now blessing. This kind of blessing is based on your obedience. We believe if we do what God asks, by the time we are finished he will have already worked it out.
III. Determined to use this as a witnessing opportunity
John 2:9-11: 9When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. 11This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
1. Servant in Greek is the same word used for deacon in the New Testament. In verse 10, normally at the wedding, the best wine was served at the beginning. When everyone has drunk from the good wine, the cheap wine was brought out because no one would notice. Verse 11 says this miracle that was about to take place (Jesus turning water into wine) would be the beginning of miracles done by Jesus throughout his Ministry.
2. Jesus shows up and we know he turns water to wine. We have all heard that sermon before. There has to be a deeper revelation in the text than this miracle. This is really about sharing. When they got wine, they had to share. When God blesses you, you obligated to share. There is a crowed of people who did not know where the new wine came from. But the servants knew, when a miracle of change happens in your life, it should create a question, giving you a witnessing opportunity. How did this happen? One didn’t know, but the servants knew.
3. There is a difference between members and servants. Servants obey him in the beginning. Members are oblivious to what happened. If no one else knows, the servants know.
4. What is critical in this message is this:
5. Jesus goes to wedding in cannon. It is his first miracle. There was no difference between marriage and weddings in that day (because they didn’t have Jesus). The disciples were following Jesus, but had reservations. Jesus is aware, so when his mother says there was no wine; Jesus says it is not his hour yet. Jesus decided he couldn’t let his disciples follow him without any faith. What he was doing from now on would require their faith. In verse 5, Jesus’ mother says whatever Jesus says do, do it. What did Mary know? Let’s go back to the historical context. There is a reason she said this. We don’t have problem doing what he says do, we have a problem doing whatsoever he says do. In other words, we have limits on what we are willing to do.
6. Jesus says to them in verse 6, fill up the pots. This water that was used was water that was used to wash your hands. It was water set out so anybody could stop by and wash their hands. This was dirty water. It was like bathwater so to speak. This was filthy water that had been sitting up for days. You and I represent this water. We represent life in other people’s hands.
7. Jesus says fill it up to the pots to the brim with this dirty water. Take the dirty water and fill it up to the brim. You have to imagine that they were saying I know you don’t want me to fill this up with the dirty water. Jesus turns the water into wine. The bible says that wine according to the Governor of feast was better than the first. Remember what water and wine represents (Water represents life and wine represents liveliness).
8. The Governor benefited from a changed circumstance. John 2:9-10: 9When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.-It is kind of like how people did to you. They wrote you off, because you were not the best thing out there. This is why people shouldn’t prejudge. God takes dirty people, changes them, and he saves the best for last. This is the historical revelation.
9. This isn’t a revelation of restoration. It is the revelation of transformation. Jesus’ disciples say you the man now (after Jesus turned the water into wine)! If it started like this (with the miracle), then they knew the best days are ahead of them. If God has changed your life, this is the beginning of the great things he will do for you. Lame people will leave walking. Deaf men leave hearing. The woman with the issue of blood left healed and whole. Lazarus left alive. This thing is just getting started – John 2:11: 11This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. – God changes circumstance to manifest his glory in your life. God knows if no one else believes, he will have people that can testify on his behalf. We can say we saw him change this and that. God changed our circumstances.