WHEN YOU'RE DOWN TO NOTHING, GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING
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Summary: When your heart is anchored to the heart of God you will withstand all the storms of life, and there will be storms! Because WHEN YOU’RE DOWN TO NOTHIN, GOD IS UP TO SOMETHIN!
Audience: General adults
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WHEN YOU’RE DOWN TO NOTHING, GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING
How many of you have ever run out of gas? How many of you have ever prayed that you would be able to make it to the next gas station? We all know what it means to be out of gas, to be out of our own resources and be down to nothing. How many of you have experienced God’s divine provision at just the right time in just the right way?
You got to do your part - in times of trouble it’s always a good idea to pray yourself and get other people to pray with you. It’s also important to read God’s word and have faith that God will intervene. Then it is important to head God’s word and do what it says to do!
When your heart is anchored to the heart of God you will withstand all the storms of life, and there will be storms! Because WHEN YOU’RE DOWN TO NOTHIN, GOD IS UP TO SOMETHIN!
Joseph was down to nothin - He lost his freedom and was sold into slavery - wrongfully accused of rape and thrown into jail. He was at the bottom of the barrel - innocent, yet in jail in a foreign country. If that had happened to us, we would be so mad that we would bubble up like a bad paint job. God was up to somethin in Joshph’s life. He blessed Joseph even in prison so that all that whatever he did prospered and soon the warden of the prison put Joseph in charge of the prison. God gave Joseph the gift of dream interpretation and he interpreted the dreams of the Baker and the Cupbearer and when the Pharo needed an interpretation to his troubling dream Joseph delivered and Pharo promoted him to the 2nd highest position in the land to manage Egypt’s vast agricultural resources. Joseph stored grain and allocated it in such a way as to prepare for survival during a seven year famine. Meanwhile...
Jacob (Joseph’s father) was down to nothin. Jacob’s other sons lied to him and told him that Joseph (the son he loved the most) was dead and some eight or so years later along with the grief over Joseph’s supposed death came a severe famine that threatened to starve and kill the rest of his family. Jacob was down to nothin, but God was up to somethin. Read Genesis 45:4-7 WHEN YOU’RE DOWN TO NOTHIN, GOD IS UP TO SOMETHIN
Job - lost everything - his livestock, his wealth, his children - he lost everything but his wife. He was down to nothing, sitting on a dung heap with oozing sores all over his body. But, God was up to somethin. God faith in Job and Job’s faith in God defeated Satan in a classic spiritual battle. The result? God restored double-fold what Job lost. (Read Job 42:10ff to end) WHEN YOU’RE DOWN TO NOTHIN, GOD IS UP TO SOMETHIN
Gideon was down to nothin - he had lost his confidence. The Midianite hord had ravished the land like locusts. Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress - hiding from the Midianites. He had reached the bottom of the barrel - he was down to nothin. It was at this point that God met him and directed him to deliver Israel. With only 100 men he defeated the Midianite horde and freed the land of the Midianite pestilence. WHEN YOU’RE DOWN TO NOTHIN, GOD IS UP TO SOMETHIN
David was down to nothin - He lost his rights when King Saul branded him an outlaw - he had to flee the country and live among the Philistines. He was a fugitive, at the bottom of the barrel. But God was up to somethin. King Saul was killed in a battle and David was established as king of Israel. WHEN YOU’RE
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