Sunday April 14, 2013 – We go through difficult circumstances and it is hard to know how to handle it, but these hardships are only temporary. God wants us to stop focusing on the past, look for new opportunities in our hardships and focus on what matters.
He knows what He’s doing. He knows when, He knows how, He knows for what purpose. It’s about God. – Pastor Dwayne Terry
Live Again, Part 03
Revelation 1:18 – I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Acts 27:13-20 – “When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the “northeaster,” swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along…We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.”
Storms are inevitable.
John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Storms are unpredictable.
Jeremiah 4:20 – “Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins.
In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.”
Storms are impartial.
Matthew 5:45 – “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and
sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Storms are temporary.
Hebrews 10:35-37 – “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.”
Psalm 126:1-6 – When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” 3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. 4 Restore our fortunes, LORD, like streams in the Negev. 5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
Stop focusing on the past.
Philippians 1:12 – “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has
happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.”
Discover the new opportunities.
Philippians 1:13-14 – “As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.”
Focus on what really matters.
Philippians 1:21 – “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”