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Everything Is Against Me

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Sermon shared by Darrell Garrett

May 1994
Summary: Ever felt like everything was working against you? We need to see that the hand of God working in our lives to fulfill his will.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
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Daniel was going around the house looking through the wrong end, and he kept saying that everything was too small, or it was too far away, and he would walk through the house looking through them and he tripped several times because things looked farther away than what they really were.

There are a lot of folks who walk through life that way.
Everything is out of perspective, nothing seems right, everything seems out of reach to them.

There are a lot of Christian folks like that.
They are constantly discouraged.
The smallest problems seem like mountains, and cause faintheartedness, and maybe backsliding.

Maybe the preacher doesnít preach right.
The sermon was too long, the sermon was too short.
The preacher is too emotional, or heís not emotional enough.
Maybe heís dry.

Maybe the Sunday school teacher said something you didnít like.
Maybe you didnít get the position in the church you wanted.

These folks are constantly finding fault with something, and they try to get other folks to agree with them.
They spend hours on the phone with this one and that one, trying to build their case, and get others on the band wagon with them.

AND THE WHOLE PROBLEM IS USUALLY THAT THEY ARE LOOKING THROUGH THE WRONG END OF THE BINOCULARS!

THEY ARE LOOKING FROM THE WRONG PERSPECTIVE.
BECAUSE THEY ARE DISCOURAGED!
AND BECAUSE THEY SEE IT WRONG, THEY WANT EVERYONE ELSE TO SEE IT WRONG TOO!


C. Discouraged Christians are susceptible to all kinds of temptations.
In this state of discouragement, they cannot see things as they are.
They make mountains out of molehills.

Sweetness in their mouth tastes bitter.
Humility turns to haughtiness.
They lay aside all charity and love and become critics.

DISCOURAGEMENT IS ONE OF THE DEVILS GREATEST TOOLS!


II. SOME PEOPLE SEEM TO BE BORN WITH A PREDISPOSITION TO LOOK ON THE DARK SIDE OF THINGS.

I MEAN ALL THEY CAN SEE IS THE BAD.
THEY WILL "WHAT IF" AND SECOND QUESS A PASTOR TO DEATH!

A. There is a story about a man who saw his first train.
He looked at this monstrous engine and all the cars, and said, "It will never start."
As he stood back and watched it as it started down the track, he said, "It will never stop".

There are a lot of folks in the church like that!
They are always quick to say, "It will never work".
Iíd like to say we donít have anyone here like that, but I donít know that I can.

Why a few months ago, it was commented, "Well, Brother Garrett is a nice young man.
But I donít think he has what it takes to keep this church going.
Heíll never make it here."

First I want to say, this is the kind of attitude that comes from
discouragement,
but then I want to add, that if you are looking to me, or any man for your hope, or the hope for a church, that youíd better get your hope in Jesus Christ.

The church doesnít need a bunch of pessimists.
People who are constantly saying, "it wonít, I canít, it will never happen".

But the church needs some optimists.
People like Paul.

Paul was shipwrecked, but the Word say, "he thanked God, and took courage".

Why could he take courage?
Because he knew his God was able!


DO YOU KNOW YOUR GOD IS ABLE THIS MORNING?

WE MUST LOOK AHEAD OF DIFFICULTIES AND STUMBLING BLOCKS, AND MAKE THEM STEPPING STONES!


Back in our text today,
if any man had a right to get discourage, it probably
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