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Summary: Sure, darkness press on all sides. Sure, seems like gloom and despair. But Paul teaches us there is an EPIPHANY OF LIGHT... We go through seasons, but God has a plan of development. TRUST HIM.

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FACE THE STRONG MAN OF DARKNESS...

FRUSTRATION OF MY OWN MAKING VS THE EPIPHANY OF LIGHT

By Wade martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

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Romans 8:28 (KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that

love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 (MSG) That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love

for God is worked into something good.

I. SEASONS ARE GOD'S DESIGNS AND HE PLANNED SEASONS INTO LIFE...AND

HE GUANTEES SEASON AS PART OF LIFE...

A. A HARD FACT WE MUST FACE AND IDENTIFY IS THAT LIFE IS A SERIES OF

SEASONS. We know there will be spring, summer, fall, winter...

Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the

day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and

it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to

rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and

God saw that it was good.

B. GOD GIVES US A WRITTEN GUANTEE... OF SEASONS...

DO NOT BELIEVE OTHERWISE...

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and

summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

C. Life has more than hot and cold...

D. ONCE A MAN... TWICE A CHILD?

E. THERE ARE SEASONS OF DARKNESS AND FRUSTRATIONS...

THESE SEASON WILL COME FROM ALL SIDES...

BUT SOME OF THE MOST PAINFUL FRUSTRATIONS COME FROM WITHIN...

F. WE MUST LEARN TO NAVIGATE THROUGH DARK SEASONS...

II. DARKNESS TRIES TO SMOTHER LIFE...

LIGHT IS REQUIRED FOR REAL GROWTH...

COME LET US SEE THE LEADERS HEART...

SOMETIMES SPIRITUAL LEADERS HAVE TO WEAR A MASK OR A VEIL...

NOT BECAUSE THEY DESIRE THAT, IT IS PART OF LEADERSHIP...

A. THE CARNAL NATURE OF MAN LOVES DARKNESS...

Yet darkness is ANTI-GOD...

Evil hearts love darkness as they feel this will hide my wrong and sin...

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness

rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should

be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they

are wrought in God.

B. Any green house is going to have to have a system of lighting to grow life.

Walk with me into a surgery room... When the surgeon starts his process he will need

great light. Surgery in darkness would be of great danger to the patient and the doctor.

III. PAUL LEARNED ABOUT THE THE ROLE LIGHT ---

IT TOOK BLINDNESS FOR PAUL TO SEE...

A. SAUL / PAUL WAS ZEALOUS IN IGNORNANCE...

Acts 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him

a light from heaven:

B. ONE ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIGHT WILL FOREVER CHANGE YOU ATTITUDES, WORDS

AND ACTIONS...

IV. PAUL HAS EXPERIENCED THE DARKNESS, PAUL HAS A GREAT ENCOUNTER WITH THE

LIGHT... YOU CAN ONLY LEAD PEOPLE --- YOU CAN NOT MAKE OTHERS TO SEE...

A. You can only lead people as fast as they can go...

3 Tomatoes walking along the road, The little tomato fell far behind the other two tomatoes...

The One Tomato yelled back tomato behind: CATCH UP, CATCH UP...

B. Baby--- MILK STAGE, Adult MEAT STAGE...

1 Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to

bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

C. None of us have probably progress to the point that we should.

Our EMOTIONS WILL PLAY GAMES WITH THE SPIRIT MAN...

Fleshly desires will often hinder GROWTH... WITHIN THE FAMILY, CHURCH...

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach

you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have

need of milk, and not of strong meat.

13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

D. OFTEN YOU HAVE TO LET GO OF THIS TO GET THAT...

1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and

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