Today we were privileged to hear a message from Pastor Keith Craft, who spoke from God’s Word in Matthew 16.
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea
Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of
So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:13-19
In this story, Jesus already knows what people are thinking and saying about Him, and yet He still asks his disciples “Who do you say that I am?” He wants to lead the disciples to think and answer for themselves.
Jesus is building His own church and it will prevail against the devil’s attempts, so if you recognize that Jesus is the Christ and you live to be an active part of His church, then you are an unstoppable force!
Peter steps up and claims that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He recognizes Jesus’ supernatural power in a natural world. Consequently, Jesus calls Peter blessed and says that he is the rock upon which His church will be built. Peter is not the one building the church; Jesus builds His church, and states that there is nothing the devil can do about it.
The same holds true today. Jesus is building His own church and it will prevail against the devil’s attempts, so if you recognize that Jesus is the Christ and you live to be an active part of His church, then you are an unstoppable force! From the time you were born, the enemy has tried to do everything he can to stop you. He may have worked his ways in a dysfunctional family, helped you to suffer from bad decisions by yourself or others, or caused havoc in your life to try to focus your attention on the experiences that have affected you. But you are still here. So how can you be the unstoppable force you were meant to be?
1. Know who God is. John 17:1-8
This is the realization that Jesus was trying to evoke with his own disciples. He wanted them to be clear about who He is. Jesus didn’t come to start a movement or to create Christianity as a religion to compare against other religions of the world. Jesus came as God’s only Son to bring the kingdom of God to earth, that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
Keith shared the story of his young daughter that greeted him at the door by kissing his feet and saying, “Welcome home, my prince.” She did that because she knew and loved her daddy. Likewise, when you know who God is, you can understand what worship is and why we do it. It’s not for our entertainment, but to give honor to the King of Kings, worthy of every praise!
2. Know who you are. John 17:22
Take a look at your fingerprints for a moment. Do you realize that nobody in history has ever had fingerprints just like yours? And no one in the future will ever have them, either. They are uniquely yours. Why did God do that?
Jesus answers that question in his prayer from John 17:22a: “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them...” You are a one-of-a-kind creation made in the image of God and given a portion of God’s glory. Your fingerprints are evidence that God has given you value and importance; you are the only person who can use your life for His glory to leave your lasting imprint.
Nothing that has happened in your life should stop you! You are a child of God—not a victim, but a victor in Christ.
“God has given you a unique fingerprint to leave an imprint that no one else can leave.” - Leadershipology.com
3. Know what God says you can do.
You are alive for a reason. Many people die every day, but you are still here right now, so this means that God has a purpose for your life. He’s the one that gave you your fingerprints. Jesus gave you a deposit of glory that He wants you to exercise, so it’s time to understand what your Father in heaven has for you.
Keith shared that when he was a baby, he suffocated to death in a plastic laundry bag in his playpen in 1961. He was actually without oxygen for a long while, had turned blue, and was pronounced dead and covered with a sheet – until his grandmother prayed in the name of Jesus that he would be raised from the dead…and he pulled the sheet off of himself! Why was Keith saved from the grave? He was saved because God desired to use Keith for His glory throughout his remaining days on earth.
If you are a son or daughter of God, He desires to use you for His glory also. He has a plan just for you and desires you to walk in it – this is the reason you are alive today! It’s time to claim the power of Christ in your life and be an unstoppable force for His kingdom!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” - Marianne Williamson from “A Return to Love”
You can read more from Pastor Keith Craft’s at www.leadershipology.com.