Lord, Stretch Me!

December 31, 2022   /   Mario Fernandez   /   Vineyard Church North Phoenix

Lord, Stretch Me!

I. Introduction

A. Experts on the human body tell us that stretching is good for us.

B. I want to present to you the idea that in 2023 – God Is Going To Stretch You.

II. Peter’s “Lord, ” moment.
Acts 10

A. 4 key points we need to know so we can rise to our “Lord, Stretch Me” moment.

Acts 10:9-12 (NIV)9About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.

1. First key point: Our “Lord, Stretch Me” moment can come .

Eph 5:15 (NIV) Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.

Acts 10:13-16 (NIV) 13Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 16This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

Ezek 4:9a, 10-13 (NIV)

2. Second key point: God is so committed to your stretch that He will the invitation to stretch again and again.

Acts 10:19-20, 23-24 (NIV) 19While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. 20So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them. 23Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 24The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.

Acts 10:28-29 (NIV) 28He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. 29So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”

3. Third key point: God is not a of what you or I hold and .

2 Cor. 3:18b (NLT) And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

Acts 10:34-40, 43 (NIV)

4. Forth key point: A stretched us is a far !

Acts 10:44-48 (NIV) 44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, 47”Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.

III. Conclusion

Josh 1:9 (NIV) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

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