Sunday Morning 4/03/2011

Posted by Sherry


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.”


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.


  • 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.”


  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.
  • 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.


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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