You need to know something before I start this message…the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of me…and can live inside of you. Okay, so if you didn’t quite catch that, let me just say it again…you can have the SAME POWER that was being cultivated inside of that tomb for 3 days inside of you. The Creator of the universe is waiting on you to rise up and BELIEVE that all things that are dead in your life WILL come to life by the same power of JESUS CHRIST. It is by that kind of faith that you will walk forward to pursuing your promises and fulfilling your purpose.

 

And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you. Romans 8:11

I want you to grab a pen, open your journal, grab a piece of paper, or write in the comments because you need to write to yourself today instead of just reading.

I’m not writing this to encourage you in what I believe, but I truly want to help lead you into what you believe. Knowing what I believe may help you, but knowing what you believe will change you.

I want you to think about the current position you are placed in in life right now and who you are as a person.

I want to ask you a question. Do you believe there is more to your story then what you currently see?

Now read this message, and at the end, I will have more questions for you.

It is Good Friday. The day Jesus died on the cross. The day he took on sin and shame for the sake of all of mankind. It was a day that came after the mocking, the beating, the bruising and the pain, and the journey was close to it’s heart-wrenching end, he uttered the words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Wow…not a Good Friday. Actually, it probably seemed like the worst day in the whole world on this Friday.

I heard Pastor Chris Durso preach on the seriousness of getting stuck in a “Friday mentality.” He highlighted a man in the bible who got stuck with a Friday mentality. The man was Judas. Chris posed the question, “What if he would have just waited until Sunday? Then he would have known that actually Jesus was not defeated, in fact DEATH was defeated. He would have known Jesus died to take HIS sin. He would have known life had only just begun, and there was so much more for him to do. Instead, he got fixed on a Friday, and he hung himself because he believed there was nothing more, and he was worth nothing else.”

You need to realize that when we get fixed on Friday, you come into agreement with death and defeat—but if you would just fix your eyes and focus on Sunday, you would step into the promises you have already been given, you would step towards fulfilling what you have been put on this earth to do, and you would be forgiven and delivered from the bonds of sin that hold you back.

Bob Goff told me once, and has written in his new book, Everybody Always, that we need to wait to title our chapters. For example, that time in your life you once thought would be titled “Rejection” may later be “Release”. “Good Friday”, is a later chapter title. What once was defeat is now our victory, and that is why it is good. On that cross, where the mocking, the bruising, the pain, and the feeling of being forsaken happened, was actually where Jesus fulfilled his purpose on earth and the promises that had been given. On Good Friday, Jesus walked out what he had come to do. A day that looked like everything came to a close, was actually the start of eternity for you and me.

What if the very position you are in in life right now, that you have believed would defeat you, is actually the spot where God is preparing you to fulfill the promises He has for you. Perhaps you have been so stuck on Friday, that you stopped moving towards Sunday. Do not let Friday steal your promises and swipe you from your purpose. Fix your eyes.

 

“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we FIX OUR EYES not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

promises waiting for you

·       Purpose… do you believe you have it? If you do, you will stop comparing, stop feeling insecure, and get rid of the competition mindset even though everyone around you is doing amazing things. Move on from Friday.

·       Known by name… do you believe that? If you do, you would not allow yourself to believe you are invisible even though that is the way they world has made you feel. Move on from Friday.

·       More than a conqueror in Christ Jesus… do you believe that? If you do, you will stop accepting the lie of defeat you are being faced with in your workspace, in your relationship, in yourself, or even in the timeline you created for yourself. Move on from Friday.

·       Strength and increase in power of the weak… do you believe that? Even though right now you have never felt so weak? KEEP MOVING.

·       a love that will not be shaken… do you believe that? Even though the world has not done a good job of showing you what a love that last looks like? KEEP MOVING.

·       A covenant of peace… do you believe that, even though chaos is all around you and you’re in a stressful situation? KEEP MOVING

·       No weapon formed against you shall prevail … do you believe that, even though you feel like you are getting exhausted fighting a battle? KEEP MOVING

·       You are the head and not the tail… do you believe that, even though you have never felt good enough? KEEP ON MOVING

Hebrews 11 says, “Faith is the confidence in what you hope for and assurance in what you can not see.” When you lose confidence you will lose hope, you will lose heart, and you will lose life. Stealing faith is stealing life. Remember Judas…he didn’t have the faith to see Sunday.

Faith is your momentum, and in life and in faith you have to keep moving…

·       What if Noah stopped building 20 years into building the ark?

·       What if Moses’ mom didn’t put him in the basket to ensure his safety, and just accepted the fate the world had given their child?

·       What if Moses didn’t believe that by the power of God in His rod, the waters would part the sea so they never even tried to flee?

·       What if Joshua quit walking around the walls of Jericho on day 5?

·       What if Joseph believed that the pit he was in when his brothers threw him in the well was the end and gave up on life?

·       What if Abraham and Sarah just believed they were way too old to have children, and thought God’s promise was a lie?

·       What if Ananias was too afraid of whom Saul was and didn’t go lay his hands on him for his healing?

·       What if Saul believed he was too far away from redemption, and allowed shame to stop him from becoming who he was called to be?

FAITH activates the fulfillment, and what I think is important to remember is God’s timeline is ETERNITY. That is the direction He is moving and is wanting to move in us. IT IS NEVER THE TIME TO GIVE UP. It is also important to remember when he uses one of us, he has all of us in mind. Your movement is creating the movement.

Read this from Hebrews 11…

“And what more shall I say? For TIME will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who BY FAITH [that is, with an enduring trust in God and His promises] subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions, 34 extinguished the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became mighty and unbeatable in battle, putting enemy forces to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, refusing to accept release so that they would be resurrected to a better life; 36 and others experienced the trial of mocking and scourging and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were lured with tempting offers [to renounce their faith], they were put to death by the sword; they went about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed, cruelly treated 38 wandering in deserts and mountains and [living in] caves and holes in the ground. 39 And all of these, though they gained [divine] approval through their faith, did not receive [the fulfillment of] what was promised, 40 because GOD HAD US IN MIND and had SOMETHING BETTER IN MIND FOR US, so that they [these men and women of authentic faith] would not be made perfect [that is, completed in Him] apart from us…”

 

THAT IS THE KIND OF LIFE I WANT TO LIVE. You may have to face a Friday, but you get to be a part of a Sunday. A day that a dead man walked again, the day Jesus rose from the grave, left his Spirit with us to lead and guide us, and is sitting at the right hand of the Father on behalf of us. I choose to believe He has something better in mind for me, and I do not want to miss out.

So here are my questions after all of that…

 

Do you believe there is more to your story then who you are right now? Do you believe that Jesus rose from the dead on that Sunday and can bring you from death to life? Do you believe that the very power that lives inside of Him can live inside of you? I want to ask you those and give you the opportunity to speak out what you truly believe. Fix your eyes. Write it down. Step into faith. 


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  • Ginger Tidwell says:

    So so good!!

  • Madison Hill says:

    this was amazing & so so helpful! thank you so much!

  • Nicole Martinez says:

    Sooo good!!

  • Brad Ford says:

    Just what I needed to hear. Even when we feel dead inside, we can wake to who God is and move on from Friday and into the glorious Sunday. Pray for me that what ever is holding me back from living how God called me will leave. I’m excited for what God is going to do. HE IS ALIVE!

  • Kate Aaronson says:

    Love

  • Sarah Barber says:

    I have a question. Someone asked me last week, "Have you ever doubted heaven or the existence of God?" I wanted to ask you this question because my acquaintance was saying if you never doubt, you never grow. I’m curious to what y’all have to say in response to this question, as I was stumped at first.

  • Noel Kathryn says:

    He suffered and died so that we could have new life. His love is so strong for us, He sacrificed himself in order to give us eternal life. And the most beautiful thing is that HE LIVES TOO. He suffered, but He was stronger than his suffering. He was abused but He was stronger than the abuse. He died, but He is STRONGER THAN DEATH. HE LIVES. And so right now, my eyes are turned to Sunday so that I can celebrate this victory that Jesus has over sin and death. My sins are forgiven. I am cleansed in His righteousness.

    HE LIVES.

  • Purpose Gift says:

    Thank you so much Sadie for letting God use you to write this much needed reminder to all! Peace and Love! God bless you! #ForeverHopeFULL

  • Nicholas Julien says:

    I know I’m a little late to the conversation here, but hopefully you’ll see this, and I know it’s not much, but I just wanted to make a few comments on what you asked. I knew there was a reason that I didn’t read this post right away. I’ve read all your posts almost instantly with excitement, however on this one for some reason the Holy Ghost had me put it off until this morning actually that I really read it. Now I understand, it was pretty emotional. In fact, it was the most emotional I’ve been in some time. 18 months ago, I completely surrendered to GOD, and at that time it didn’t matter if I believed there was more, I didn’t really have many options the way I saw it. I got on my knees and with a Judges 6:37 stance, I promise, I only prayed in general for things in life and nothing totally or absolutely specific and asked it in accordance with HIS will to be done:
    “Prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised." (NLT) Almost everything has happened that I prayed for.
    I said ok GOD: “If you’re GOD and you’re Jesus, show me, I’m all yours, I’ll do whatever you want me to do and since then I’ve lived my best as a Christian so I believe I did and continue to position myself as one of his sheep that hears HIS voice and be able to know from GOD/Jesus what HE wants me to do in life. I really have never done this ever completely before this point.
    So, to the question do I believe there is more? Well, recently up to this point honestly, I’m not sure what to believe. I don’t see anything better to believe in and trust other than GOD/Jesus. I don’t see many options other than to lose complete faith. I mean if I can’t trust that GOD has been guiding me and showing me and telling me what to do in my life in the last 18 months, what can I trust? How can I ever trust that I can hear the voice of GOD guiding me in his will?
    However, I take heed in all the what if’s you posted and today I refuse to give up 5 minutes before the miracle happens, I can’t say for tomorrow since it’s not here, however I will step out into faith and declare that there is more to my story than there is right now and that if JESUS brought me this far it’s for a purpose. I will continue to have faith that GOD/JESUS knows best and yes, I declare that the power that lives inside Jesus right now as he sits in heaven with our GOD, is the exact same power that can and does live in me now and has sustained me thus far.
    What I truly believe is that JESUS is GOD; that, it’s the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and that these 3 are 1 in the Holy Trinity. And that Jesus came to earth as GOD in the flesh born of a virgin to live and die for our sins. That he was crucified on a cross and that he was buried and rose again 3 days later and that he’s currently at the right hand of the father awaiting his return.

    I feel like I could write more and actually really want to and I promise to in the future given the opportunity to participate, but I think right now this is sufficient and appropriate. Interestingly, I never thought that I would ever be reading or responding or using anything in such a context as this or getting help in building of my faith or for encouragement from a woman preacher, but like the saying goes, right now; it’s what it is. There’s no denying for me that if GOD is JESUS and He is who He says he is: “I AM that I AM”, that there’s no doubt that I’m here for a reason and there’s more to this story. That our interactions are nothing short of divine appointments. I know that I’ve been led to you and I conclude in praying in Christ Jesus Almighty name, Amen. —NJ.

  • Olivia Wilbanks says:

    THIS is way TOO good, and my heart and soul so desperately needed it. Sadie, you are filled with so much of Jesus and His Word, and it overflows constantly and impacts everyone around you especially me. You are a role model I have always needed, and I am so incredibly thankful for the difference you have made in my life, and the pursuit of a relationship with Jesus and a better, God-filled life you have made me want to have. I am way too thankful for these blogs, and I am so thankful for the power they have over my life. God bless you!!!!

  • Kaylee Frey says:

    Is there any books you know of that talk about this topic? I am in love.

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