Sunday Message Summary, 13 December 2020
In this time and season, the reality for many believers is that of being hard-pressed on every side. We must acknowledge this reality and truth, and that is how we should come before GOD, however, notwithstanding this reality, we are not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). The incorruptible, indestructible, and imperishable Word of God which is inside of us cannot be destroyed (1 Peter 1:23). We are the product of that which is indestructible, therefore we are indestructible. Even in these times when everything seems so difficult and getting worse, we are born of the stuff that gives us victory all the time. We should consider it joy when nasty things come at us because the outcome has already been determined. Passing through troubles does not mean that you are not a Christian, and we may be using the wrong lense while GOD is busy preparing us. There is time for comfort and time for discomfort, and our faith is being bettered & renewed for another dimension.
At times we do not know what to do, but quitting is not an option. We may not be sure what to do but we know that GOD knows what to do. We may be confused but GOD is never confused. We may be knocked down, but we are not out for the count, and we defeat the count all the time. GOD is in perfect control when everything seems out of control in and around our lives. For this reason, when we pass through things it is not time to isolate. Instead, it is time to draw closer to GOD and be where believers are gathered together. What you are passing through, the Word of GOD says is not strange. He has given you His grace and you will make it. GOD is not affected by the things that affect us, so do not allow anything to stop you or slow you down because whoever is born of GOD overcomes.
When you pass through tough times, consider Jesus as your example of hope, faith, and patience (Hebrews 12:2-4). Jesus remained stable, not giving up in the midst of troubles. We do not deny what we are going through, but this should not be our focus, because when we focus on any uncomfortable situation, it seems worse than what it actually is. We should rather look at what GOD has prepared for us beyond what we are passing through. When the Shunamite woman’s son laid dead on his bed, she spoke saying “It is well”, which was an expression of faith and not of courtesy. What we speak in difficult times, when things are not going our way, the very first thing we say, will determine our victory or defeat. We can control where we put our hope, trust, and faith even though we cannot control what happens. You may be faced with odds and everything standing against you, but is there an expectation for GOD to fulfil His Word (Romans 4:18-24a)? Take GOD at His Word; the results of faith are always good.
There are many others who have gone through worse than what we have gone through, not giving up yet conquering (Hebrews 11:32-34). Abraham for example, only grew stronger in faith and he was convinced. Faith is therefore a question of conviction. Gideon was no warrior, nor great person, he had low self-esteem, he stood no chance of winning, and he was afraid in the physical, but he believed GOD. There was no weapon in the hand of Gideon except for the Word of God, and his victory was a victory of faith (Judges 6-7). The victory is in believing and standing on the Word of GOD and doing it. Only do not undermine the process; it is meant to draw you closer to GOD.
GOD is in perfect control when everything seems out of control in and around our lives