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OVERCOMING LIFE'S CHALLENGES

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Sermon shared by Seth Aryee

December 2005
Summary: Many times, it takes years of failures and setbacks to become an "overnight success". Abraham Lincoln had two failed businesses, one nervous breakdown, endured the death of his sweetheart, and was defeated for public office no less than 10 times over the
Denomination: Methodist
Audience: General adults
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in our spirit quickly.

Our waiting must satisfy three basic requirements:
· You must physically wait for “they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). Such waiting shall cause you to
* Walk without fainting
* Run and not be weary
* Soar (fly) like the eagle
· You must wait in expectation – that the vision is yet for an appointed time – you know that GOD’S TIME IS THE BEST
· You must wait like a “waiter” in a restaurant, providing service to God and mankind

God obviously has a plan for your life and if you listen to Him and allow His Spirit, you will arrive at His purpose for your life for He says: "I know the plans I have for you; plans for your welfare and not for evil; to give you a future and a hope"(Jeremiah 29:11)

Following God’s plan and season does not necessarily take away the pain. However, it guarantees the continuous presence of the Lord. When Jesus told His disciples it was time to cross over the Galilee Sea, He did not tell them of the storm ahead, neither did it influence His understanding of where He was going. Moreover, in Habakkuk 3:17-19 we are encouraged that in spite of the frustrations, disappointments and disillusionments in life, we should “rejoice in the Lord” because He will cause you “to walk upon high places”

It does not matter how hard the experience is, or how long we have been in our present location, situation and circumstances, we can still move on. Most of the time we stay too long in our “comfort zones” and do not “cross over” due to the perceived dangers on our way thereby losing the potential benefits at the other side

Let us examine the travail of Joseph. He was despised, hated and resented by his own kin and kith – blood relations, his own brothers. He was de-robed (of his coat of many colours - which was symbolic of his vision in life). The coat was a symbol of resentment. There are people who will attempt to de-robe you; that is take away your source of joy; attack your confidence, and belittle your testimony. Remember that as long as the dream remains and you continue to run with it, the purpose for your life will be accomplished

The nuclear or extended family can be a breeding ground for hatred, and the effects can be destructive indeed. Because of their hatred of him, Joseph’s own brothers threw him into the pit to remove him from their sight. The height, breadth, width and depth of your vision will determine the intensity of your pit experience. The pit of your life is an epitome of darkness, disgust, deepness and destruction

When your enemies could not keep you in the pit, they will sell you to others most especially strangers. The gossips, undermining and character assassinations will be employed vehemently with a view to destroy your life. Joseph was also sold into slavery. See what your own kith and kin can do to you! Joseph had to be prepared for the responsibility of leadership, and that preparation would come as he learned the role of a servant

He faced temptation from the wife of his master, Potiphar. Without dispute, Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. The temptation:
· Came from a source he never expected
· Repeated itself
· Came at a time of great opportunity when there was no one in the house
· Seemed to be to his advantage

He was falsely accused for his refusal to compromise. He was
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