Sunday, September 20, 2015

Breakthrough: Overcoming Adversity

 Prayer:  "Though we face adversity, You are on our side."

"Look for a promise and stand on that promise."

"Just because you have failed before does not mean you should give up."

When Moses verbalized "Let my people go," the Pharaoh upped the ante, made going more difficult.  It got so bad, in fact, that the people asked Moses to back off.

 "It gets worse before it gets better."

The moment we acknowledge that we want to be free, the real test begins.  "The enemy of your soul does not want you to have a breakthrough; as long as you are in bondage he feels like he is winning."

"There is a spiritual battle raging for your soul right now."

There is a sense in which things get harder, but God is working for you!
Isaiah 48:  I have tried you in the furnace

Psalm 126:5  Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.

When moving toward a breakthrough, expect the greatest adversity just before the breakthrough.

"You will face opposition according to the measure of faith that you need."

You will not be tempted beyond your ability.  You may have to make a willful decision to stop [the behavior].

No temptation will come over you that you are not able to resist. This is a promise of God. (I Corinthians 10:13)

Your level of obedience must be tested.  Also your level of patience will be tested.   You think God has not showed up?  God is always on time.  He does not go by your clock.

Waiting is not fun.  In the testing is the growth of your character.  Wait with joy because God will come through.

Your level of commitment will be tested.  When Moses went into the Mount the people in his absence made unto themselves an image to worship.  Succumbing to the temptation to give up they failed in both the test of patience and the test of commitment.

In Matthew 15 we find an account of a Canaanite woman coming to Jesus for help.  He first ignored her, then he excluded her, followed by an insult to her.  It may seem that Jesus was mean, but he acted with purpose.  The woman's faith exceeded the snubs and insults.  Now that is commitment!

Do not give up too easily.

Hold on to Jesus; he will come through.  Be relentless in your faith.

Adversity comes not to make you stronger but to drive you to believe in and rely on God's strength.  Without adversity we would too much rely on ourselves.

The breakthrough comes not because of your strength but because of who God is!

God's word: Stand back and watch me work.

It always gets loudest right before a victory.
Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning

Congratulations to Pastor Amanda Blair on her ordination at the District Ordination Service last week.

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