The Dream Is Worth the Fight 11/9/2013
Pastor Kelvin Truitt
27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, my way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Sometimes life seems so difficult for us as God’s people that we are tempted to think that God is not with us. That’s a real temptation for some people at various times in our lives. And that was the temptation of Israel, even as Isaiah brought this word from the Lord to His people.
• Accept adversity as a given. Jesus says to us “In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage for I have overcome the world.”
-What I mean by this is rise up. Stop rolling over and playing dead when things get tough. Stop acting like life is supposed to be a bed of roses and yours is the only one that’s got thorns.
-Accept the adventure and learn to thrive in adversity not because you are strong but because Christ has overcome the world. When you’re weak he is still strong
• Stop running away from your problems. – Many of us have set up a pattern in our lives of quitting when the going gets tough. From an early age many of us set a pattern in our lives that leads to failure – we run from problems rather than confronting them. If you want to thrive in life you cannot do it without confronting your problems. They will not magically go away. You need to face them, deal with them, and solve them in the power of God.
• Fight for your life.
Ephesians (6:10-13) 10 finally, is strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
(Stand firm – don’t quit).
-The thief comes to kill steal and destroy. He wants to keep you from the abundant life that God wants for you.
-If you want to have abundance you have to fight for it. That means committing time, energy, and resources to get where you want to be!!! If you want an abundant marriage – you have to fight for it – it’s not going to happen by accident. If you want children to live in abundance you have to fight for it – commit your time, your energy, and your love to them.
• Live with the Power of God to win –
-Understand that God has given you power to over come what ever you are going through.
I John 4:2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
-we deal with spirits on an everyday basis that are not from God and this is how we should see them.
Luke (18:27) – And he said, the things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
God’s understanding is infinite.
Matthew (11:28-30) – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Top 10 things you won’t have to worry about in the coming years.
The Bible will still have the answers.
Prayer will still work.
The Holy Spirit will still move.
God will still inhabit praise.
There will still be anointed preaching.
There will still be the singing of praise.
God will still pour out blessings on His people.
There will be room at the cross for His children.
Jesus loves you.
Jesus still saves.
Riddle on the road to realizing my purpose: something traveling through the mind, ALERTS the senses, triggers the EMOTION and ACTIVATES the apprehending of what was first sighted in the mind; THE DREAM!!!