1st Things 1st – Week 2 – “Secret Strength”

Most of us want to start off 2018 right. We have goals we want to achieve or improvements we want to make. Listen in as we walk through one of Jesus’ secret tactics to accomplishing the vision and purpose of His time.

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Sermon Notes:

Matthew 7:14-21 – At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, 15“Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.” 17Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well. 19Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?” 20“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. But this kind of demon will not leave except by prayer and fasting.”

We have become too _____________________ from God and too _____________________ to the world. 

__________________: what our bodies and egos want. 

__________________: what our spirit knows we need. 

Matthew 4:1-4 – Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. 3During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”


1. Declare ________________________ on God.

2. Refocus on the __________________.

3. ____________________ over sin.

4. Receive __________________ and answers to prayer.


1. Determine your _____________________.

2. Decide ______________________ of fast you will do.

3. Make it a _______________ thing not a _________________ thing.

4. _________________ God to move.