The Source of My Strength

Pastor Anthony LoCascio and Christina Li
6/13/18

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Ex 16:14-21 “And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. 15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat. 16 This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. 17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. 18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. 19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. 20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. 21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.”

 

Supply and Demand of the Kingdom—You have a need, I have a God.

 

Where does your strength come from? Who or what do you rely on? Why?

 

Delilah asked Samson, ‘Where does your strength come from?’ It’s very possible that Samson wasn’t a big guy. If Samson was a big guy, people wouldn’t have wondered how he could do all he did.

 

A man was a body-builder and all he did was display his muscles in competitions. He went to Africa and displayed his muscles to a tribe there. The chief asked him, ‘What do you do with that strength?’ He replied, ‘Nothing, just display it.’ The chief replied, ‘What a waste!’

 

We have the power of God and the answer for the world’s problems. What are we doing with it?

 

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

 

Psalm 18:1-2 “I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”

 

Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

 

Psalm 28:7-8 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 8 The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.”

 

Psalm 43:2 “For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

 

What’s the point of all God’s power? Why are we so weak? What is the purpose of it all? What is the source of the strength in your life?

 

Isa 43:13 “Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?”

 

There’s a story of a man who was poor and was preparing himself to be a DJ for a radio station. Somebody gave him advice, go get ready for the opportunity right now even if the opportunity isn’t there yet. Go get skills so you can seize the moment. The difference between people who are ready and those who aren’t is simple: HUNGER.

 

Just as dad gets all the leftovers because he can eat all that and more, God will give you all that you can eat. God’s resources are there only if you are hungry or in need. It’s all about HUNGER.

 

If you don’t eat it all, God will feed it to the worms. He doesn’t waste.

 

God is not fair. God is a God of principle, He operates and flows through laws and principles, like gravity and physics, cause and effect.

 

Fair is I’ve got so many eggs, and we distribute them equally. In Scripture, there’s a parable where a man has three servants, the first he gives one, the second gets two, the third gets five. That’s not fair, but it’s the way God works. When the man came back from his trip, he found that the second and third servants doubled their money. The first guy did nothing with the money. The first guy wasn’t hungry. So, his money was taken away and given to the third guy.

 

Jesus would pass by the sick if they didn’t ask for healing.

 

Why do you think God chooses to not be ‘fair’ and why is that a good thing?

 

God won’t give more than you can handle, more than your hunger can handle. He will not waste.

 

God will give power and victory only to those who want it and need it and ask Him for it.

 

What would you do if you own a business that sells stuff and suddenly there was no demand for it? You would either go out of business or create a demand.

 

If God has the strength and wants to show Himself mighty and you don’t need Him, He will create demand. If you don’t need a healing, you don’t need a Healer.

 

Being hungry doesn’t mean you don’t have anything. It’s not about the amount, if the fridge is empty, you will go where there is food if you are hungry.

 

God has power to display, but who will let it?

 

What is the source of your strength? Where does your supply come from?

 

God is a God of principles and laws. If there is no demand, then there is no need of supply and God does not waste.

 

They that hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled.

 

Some say the source of strength is building resistance, pushing back on struggles. Some would say that knowledge is the source of their strength. ‘A sack of potatoes without potatoes the sack of potatoes will fall.’ It’s what’s inside that causes that sack to stand. If you don’t eat, you’ll get sick or freeze to death or fall over.

 

Your strength comes from your need for strength. You are weak. You have a need, I have a God. You complain of what you don’t have and the lack is where God shows himself mighty.

 

2 Cor 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

 

You don’t get deliverance from this thing because I’ve got grace that will satisfy you. If you want my strength, I need you to be weak.

 

At the beach, you build a ditch, here’s my need, God fills your ditch full with water.

 

Your fulfillment comes from emptiness and heartache and God will supply. You’ve got to declare a divine reversal.

 

What needs have you had in your life that God has filled? What need do you have right now that you will trust Him to fill?

 

Jesus could walk into this city and if nobody recognized their need for Him, nothing would happen. The physician didn’t come for the healthy, he came for the sick. The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

You’ve got to confess your need and all of a sudden transformation will take place. You’ve got to present that need to the Lord.

 

Joseph went through so, so much. He went from slave to prisoner to second in command of all of Egypt. What was the source of his power and authority? There was a famine coming and that would kill God’s people. God wanted to display His power among His people.

 

Your need is the very reason God’s power is going to be displayed in your life. It is because you are weak that you will be able to say, ‘I am strong!’

 

They that are depressed and discouraged will receive light and courage. The joy of Lord is your strength!

 

It’s the divine reversal that gives you strength. It’s the answer to your need.

 

Strength equals the answer to a need.

 

Praise and thanksgiving to God is nothing more than demand meeting supply and supply meeting demand. Praise is a satisfied customer. You’ve been brought from darkness to light. I had a need and He came to my rescue and supplied.

 

Those of you who are weak are working out, you’re in the place where strength is coming. Why else would God provide for you unless there was a need? You have a need? God will provide.

 

Even when God blesses you beyond what you need, it’s because there’s still a need around you and He’s trusting you to distribute it.

 

If you are not going to eat, He won’t serve.

 

God leaves because He’s not needed anymore.

 

If you’ve figured out a way to handle it yourself, you don’t need God anymore, so He won’t stick around.

 

God promised good land and blessings.

 

Deut 8:9 “A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.”

 

You need God to tell you where to dig. If you say, ‘God, I’ll figure it out,’ He’ll say, ‘Okay’ and let you fall flat on your nose.

 

Gal 3:3 “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”

 

When you finally surrender, God will supply. The source of your strength is your weakness and the source of your supply is your need.

 

What have you failed to surrender to God and still struggle with?

 

There is a story of a prophet helping out a needy lady. He told her to get a bunch of pots and God filled them with oil. They sold it and were blessed. When they ran out of vessels, the flow of oil stopped flowing. As long as there was an empty vessel, the Lord would fill it.

 

You’ve got to bring to God your need. If you’re hungry, God will meet your needs.

 

Everybody doesn’t get the same amount. There is an economy, a principle God flows in. If you want more and can eat it, you can have it.

 

God will not waste any room in your need, but He will not waste His provision. If you have a need, God will fulfill your need.

 

Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.

 

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