Sunday Morning 4/03/2011

Posted by Sherry

TRUTHS ABOUT A TSUNAMI

2 Corinthians 4:8-10

CBC 4/3/11 SM

tsunami slammed Japan’s northeast coast

Japanese - “seismic sea wave”

obliterating towns

26,000 dead or missing

QUOTE: “My older brother, his wife and oldest son are still missing. I wanted to look for something that I could hold on to. I’ve also been asking my friends that survived here for anything they may know.”

HOLDING ON IN A TSUNAMI

8We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair;

9We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed;

10Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered, so that the [[a]resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies.

TROUBLE NOTHING NEW

  • Even to God’s people
    • Hebrew children-fiery furnace
    • Daniel - den of lions
    • Joseph - cast into prison
    • Paul - shipwrecked, beaten...
    • Peter - sent to prison
    • John - exiled to prison island, Patmos
    • James - had his head cut off
    • David - fled from king Saul
    • Samson - had his eyes poked out

Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

Clyde Gordon (paralyzed neck down) -

“Christ is no security against storms,

But He is perfect security in storms.

He does not promise an easy passage,

But He does guarantee a safe landing.”

1 Cor. 10:13 “There hath no temptation (trouble) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation (trouble) also make a way to escape.”

7 TRUTHS TO “HOLD ON TO” IN A TSUNAMI

  1. TSUNAMIS DIRECT US
  • Sometimes God must exert force to get us moving
    • problems point us in a new direction
    • problems motivate us to change
    • is God trying to get our attention?

Prov. 20:30Physical punishment cleanses away evil;[a]
such discipline purifies the heart.

  • After a serious round with real “T.R.O.U.B.L.E.
    • we don’t care as much about what people think
    • pride is plowed under
    • the world loses it’s value
    • appetites for sin loses their taste

(God could have kept:

Daniel out of the den

Paul & Silas out of jail

Hebrew children out of the furnace

(but look what they would have missed

experiencing the supernatural

knowing God is able

personal testimony that lives on today

  1. TSUNAMIS INSPECT US
  • People are like tea bags...if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them in hot water
    • God regularly tests our faith w/ problems
    • what do problems reveal about you & me?

James 1:2,3 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

  1. TSUNAMIS CORRECT US
  • Some lessons learned through pain & failure
    • don’t touch a “hot” stove
    • don’t ride motorcycle w/out helmet & leather
    • sometimes we only learn the value of something by “losing it”!

Psalm 119:71 My suffering was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.

  1. TSUNAMIS CONNECT US
  • Ever notice how families gather together when a family member dies?
    • people want to be together during trouble
    • people “rally” around sick people
    • trouble draws people together
    • trouble can also draw people to the Lord
    • people more receptive to the “preacher” in time of trouble

David said, “I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word.”

  1. TSUNAMIS PROTECT US
  • A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents U from being harmed by something more serious
    • ILL: man was fired for not doing something unethical the boss asked him to do. It saved him from going to prison w/ the boss later...

Joseph told his brothers -You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

  1. TSUNAMIS PERFECT US (the perfect storm)
  • Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders
    • God more interested in our character than our comfort!!
    • Our relationship to God & your character are the only 2 things you take into eternity

Paul said, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

    • the graduate degree of spirituality comes from attending the University of Hard Knocks.
  1. TSUNAMIS PROJECT US
  • The wave of trouble focuses us outwardly
    • on what is most important
    • it furthers God’s cause

Paul said, “Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances (prison) have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel,

  • ILL: Eagles know when a storm is approaching
    • they fly high & wait on the wind to come
    • when storm hits they set wings so they are lifted by the wind above the storm
    • while the storm rages below the eagle soars above it
    • eagles do not escape storms, they simply use them to fly higher
    • we can do that......
    • allow God’s power to lift us above the storm
    • it’s not burdens of life that weigh us down... it’s how we handle them!!

Isaiah writes: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

CONCL:

Jesus is calling us to be “water-walkers” not “boat people”

  • God steps in when we’re in trouble:
    • Adam & Eve’s need was met
    • Noah’s problems were solved b/c God cared
    • Joseph was released from prison
    • children of Israel delivered across Red Sea
    • Elijah got help in getting some rain
    • Paul & Silas were freed from jail
    • God’s at work today in Japan...
    • He’s also at work wherever ur going tomorrow

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