Posts Tagged ‘stability’

Stable in the Storm

March 30, 2015

Job was a man who had been blessed by God.  He had a large family and he was materially wealthy.  He was a faithful servant of God.  One day, God allowed him to be tested to the breaking point.  In a single day his children died, and all of his material goods were lost.  His response is classic.

I.  Job’s Response to Loss:  Job 1:20-22

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

This response to loss has become the ideal by which believer’s measure their own response to loss.  We do not always measure up.  Fear, anger, depression, sorrow, are all a part of how we may respond in ways that fall short.

Job handled the initial loss so well, that God allowed him to be tested even further.  His health was the next area to be attacked.  Even his wife encouraged him to abandon his faith.  Job held firm.

II.  Job’s Response to Illness:  Job 2:9-10

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

The ability to accept both good and adversity is an ability we should all desire.  The ability to remain stable in the storms of life is a wonderful testimony of a mature faith.

III.  Stable in the Storm

A.  Seek God

Psalms 37:4

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

If our delight is in the Lord, God will be our source of strength and stability.  If our greatest desire is to know God, God will reveal Himself to us.  Our joy, our delight, should be foremost in our relationship with God.  No one can take that from us.

Romans 8: 38-39

 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

B.  Serve God

Colossians 3:23

 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

We serve God in all areas of our life.  It is not just in going to church, giving, praying and so forth.  We can serve God by how we live, how we work, how we play; in all areas of our life.

Romans 12:1

 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

We give our whole lives to God, not just a portion of them.

C.  All Good Gifts: James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

As we seek God, and serve God, He will bless us with a variety of gifts.  Sometimes those gifts can become a threat to our relationship with God.    It is important that we always seek the Giver, not the gifts.

God is to be, and remain, our true source of stability in the storms of life.

These are the sermon notes from 3/22/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

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Complete the Work

February 5, 2015

There are times when we feel like giving up.  That we cannot carry on.  That we cannot overcome the obstacles that we face.  It is especially at those times that we need to remind ourselves of whom we serve and who is working in us.

I.  Trust in God:  II Samuel 22:2-4

And he said:

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge;
My Savior, You save me from violence.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

The Lord is my rock.  This is an image of stability.  As we trust in the Lord He provides a sense of assurance.  Everything will work out in the end.  We can have confidence in Him.

God is our source of strength.  We can do more with the help of God than we would ever do on our own. God will strengthen us for the journey that He has set before us.

God is my shield.  The devil cannot harm me, except for what God allows.  God does allow some things to get through to us, to test us to see if we will trust Him, to see how we will respond.  The tests and trials of this life make us stronger, and they are a witness to those around us.

When we are in trouble we should call upon the Lord.  He will give us wisdom and strength as we trust in Him.  He is worthy to be praised, for through Him, we can be victorious over whatever may come our way.  We shall be saved from our enemies by the grace of God which works through us.

II.  God Will Complete the Work in You:  Philippians 1:6

 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

We can have confidence in God.  He does not leave His work unfinished.  He continues to work in our lives until we leave this world.  The work begins even before salvation as He prepares our hearts through the circumstances of our lives.  Then we are saved, and a new life in Christ begins.  We grow to maturity in Christ.  Then we live a life of service to God.  It is a rich, full life.  The work that God does in us is never completed in this life.  We continue to grow and develop more and more into the people that He means for us to be.  He continues His work, both in, and through us.

III.  Let Your Light Shine: Philippians 2:12-16

 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

To work out our salvation does not mean to earn our salvation, it means to live out our salvation.  If we are saved, then we should live like we are saved.  If we are a child of the king, we should live like He would want us to live.  If we have been born again, we should live a new life in Christ.

A part of this new life is to have the right attitude.  The work that we do is not always fun or glamorous.  Sometimes it is boring, difficult, even nasty. We should do our work without murmuring or complaining.

I think that this is a great verse for all children to memorize while they are young, and be reminded of constantly when they are teenagers. (v14)

Our lives should be different from people who are not living in a relationship with Christ.  The light of Christ has shown into our lives.  Now the light of Christ should shine through our lives.

We can trust God with our lives.  He will complete His work in us.  His light should shine through our lives.

To God be the Glory.

These are the sermon notes from 1/11/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.