Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Why Walk to Walmart When You Can Drive?

Ok, here's a little mental exercise for you this morning. Think about where your favorite Walmart is. Come on, I know some people say they hate Walmart but we all have to go there sometimes. I mean where else can you get your oil changed and a dozen eggs at the same place? Ok, so think about where it is. Now, estimate how far it is from where you live. Got it? Now figure out how long it would take you to walk there from your house. The average person takes about 15 minutes to walk a mile. So multiply that distance by 15. Got it? Now compare that to how long it takes you to drive to Walmart from your house. Is there a big difference? Probably so unless you're a professional speed walker and your car only runs on only two cylinders.
What is it that makes the difference? I know we burned some gray matter on that math, so I'll tell you. It's power! No matter how strong and fit and muscular your legs might be, they just can't compare to the power that's in the engine of your car. And you realize that every day without thinking about it. So unless you live next door to Walmart or you don't have a ride, whenever you need to go, you rely on the power that is available to you in your car. I mean no need to waste that time and energy when all of that power is available to you, right? My point exactly!
Even us who love God and have been walking with Him for years some how forget the power that is available to us through Him. Day after day we face problems and perils, trials and tribulations, and mostly while trying to rely on our own power. We try to figure it out ourselves or try to handle it on our own. Rarely reading the word to see what God says or praying to Him for His help. Then we get defeated and outdone and say things like "I can't make it" or "I can't take it". And the reality is, that's totally true..if we're relying on our own two legs, we can't make, we can't take it. But why walk to Walmart when we can drive? Why rely on our own limited power when God has all the power.
Jeremiah said in chapter 32, verse 17 of the book that bears his name "Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee."

So what's it gonna be? Are you going to keep on trying to walk through this life on your own power, or are you gonna believe in Jesus and ride with God?

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