Summary: God has a plan and we do not have to wait until we have perfect conditions to begin. Try, and try again.
I AM A CRACKED POT? THIS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE TO ME?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers,
they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither
shall the flame kindle upon thee.
INTRODUCTION: BAD STUFF... THE TOOLS IN GOD'S HANDS?
A man was the lone survivor of a boat accident. After several hours of swimming he
found himself on a small island. He fished and found fruit on the island. He knew he
would be there for a long time. So he gathered material and built himself a small
hut. He made a waterproof roof. He worked hard to make things as comfortable as
possible. Each available hour he had he spent watching the horizon. Praying hard for
a ship to approach. Much of his time was traveling around the island in search for food.
The man was gone all day searching for material and food, he returned after dark
to find his small cabin on fire. The little shack burned down to the ground in the dark night.
Everything the man had worked so hard to achieve was gone, in one night it was gone.
The man when to sleep crying, he was angry at God for burning his shack down.
The man heard some strange sounds early the next morning and when he woke up he
saw a ship anchored in the bay and several men had come to the shore in the life
They carried the stranded man to the ship. The captain of the ship said: That was a
brilliant action, we saw your smoke signal and then the fire and knew someone was marooned
on this island. and we docked here during the darkness and waited until morning to come
and find whoever sent up the RESCUE MESSAGE...
IT TOOK EVERYTHING THE MAN HAD WORKED FOR TO BE DESTROYED
BEFORE HE COULD BE SAVED... THE WORSE THING THAT COULD HAPPEN WAS
THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO HIM!
I. BAD STUFF? WANT TO TALK ABOUT A HEAVY PROBLEM?
HOW WE WE EVER KNOW A MAN OF BIBLE COLLEGE, BY ADVERSITY WE REMEMBER
THE STUDENT STUDYING ABOUT GOD... LEARN ABOUT TRUSTING GOD...
A. We have a good called leader, his name is Elijah...Elijah had a student named ELISHA
Elijah had been training Elisha to walk in faith, under their leadership a REVIVAL GROWS...
B. The Bible school was growing so much, new students wanted to learn about God...
There was NO ROOM FOR THEM.
C. WHILE THEY LEARNED ABOUT GOD, THEY HAD TO LEARN ABOUT GOD!
They had to learn the lesson: THROUGH ADVERSITY GOD GROWS HIS CHURCH.
WHEN FAITH ARISES, GOD WILL ARISE...
D. SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? We have to remodel and enlarge the campus...
Each person has a job to do... ONE POOR STUDENT BORROW HIS FRIENDS AXE...
ELISHA HEARS THE NEGATIVE REPORT...
2 Kings 6:5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said,
Alas, master! for it was borrowed.
E. GOD'S MAN FINDS GOD'S PLAN, STAY CALM... OUR INTEGRITY IS AT STAKE...
GOD CARES ABOUT THE SCHOOL, THE STUDENT'S HEAVY PROBLEM...
2 Kings 6:6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut
down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.
II. BAD STUFF? MY PROBLEM IS SO HEAVY THE BEST DOCTOR IN THE COUNTRY CAN NOT
IN MY HEAVINESS I LET ANGER TOWARD THE MESSAGE AND TOWARD THE MESSENGER
OF GOD DRIVE ME TO EXTREME ANGER...
A. A little NO NAMED GIRL starts a miracle...
She says: MASTER, THERE IS A GOD IN ISRAEL THAT CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR
B. So Naaman packs his bag and goes to the KING...
HEAVY PROBLEMS CAN NEVER BE SOLVED BY POLITICS...
C. SO THE PREACHER REFUSES TO SEE THIS IMPORTANT MAN FACE TO FACE...
HEAVY... NOW ANGRY...
D. NAAMAN DESIRES A CIRCUS?
2 Kings 5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come
out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place,
and recover the leper.
12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not
wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
E. NOW I KNOW THERE IS NO GOD LIKE THE GOD OF ISRAEL...
THE WORSE THING --- GAVE BIRTH TO THE BEST THING...
2 Kings 5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying