Summary: We are called to an impossible task. Many are tired, burned out or maybe even burned up? We must know--- BUT GOD. Let us consider some of the BUT GOD'S of the Bible. God can handle this, trust him.
DON’T QUIT: BUT GOD
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
TEXT: 2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2 Timothy 1:12 (MSG) It's also the cause of all this trouble I'm in. But I have no regrets. I couldn't be more sure of my ground—the One I've trusted in can take care of what he's trusted me to do right to the end.
Recently I was at the Kentucky (east) day of prayer. Our Pastor Joe Girdler shared a thought that IGNITED IN MY SPIRIT. I have not been able to shake this thought. Pastor Joe said: BUT GOD. He then shared many needs that we have across this commonwealth. There was family fighting a battle with cancer. Then Pastor Joe said: BUT GOD. He went on to tell of an old pastor’s wife… But God. He informed us of breaking news one of our Pastors just found out there was a large brain tumor… BUT GOD. Request came in… But God.
I then started praying Cousin Danny near death --- BUT GOD. Virgil Lee in a life battle --- BUT GOD. Don --- But God.
Pastors doing their absolute best and see little fruit --- BUT GOD! Hands that are hanging down --- BUT GOD! Marriages on the rocks –BUT GOD. I PLACE MY TOTAL INVESTMENTS AND MY LIFE ENERGY INTO: BUT GOD. I have no regrets for the miles I have traveled --- for I KNOW: BUT GOD…
BUT GOD… ONE DAY THERE WAS NOTHING BUT DARKNESS AND VOID… BUT GOD CAME AND SPOKE 4 WORDS AND CHANGED HISTORY…
Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Do we realize all life as we know it COMES FROM LIGHT…
There would be nothing: BUT GOD SPOKE 4 WORDS …
I once read a little lesson. Our enemy challenged God to a contest to show his stuff. He challenged God to
make man. Our enemy knelt down to the earth and picked up some dirt and he was going to make a man.
God said: OH, NO YOU DON’T YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR OWN DIRT. The enemy lost the contest. He has no dirt. He does not have the ability to create from nothing. BUT GOD DOES… GOD CAN SPEAK THE WORD.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
MY FRIEIND, BUT GOD --- God can handle this. God has made a way.
There is a way of escape. LET US TRUST BUT GOD…
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
JACOB LEFT HOME WITH WHAT HE COULD CARRY. HIS MOTHER SENT HIM AWAY FROM HOME TO SAVE HIS LIFE FROM HIS BROTHER.
Laban was his father in law and cheated him… over and over… BUT GOD’S BLESSINGS HAS NOT ALLOWED HIM TO BE HURT.
Genesis 31:7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
JOSEPH’S BROTHERS HATED HIM. THEY INTENDED TO KILL HIM, THE BLOODY COAT OF MANY COATS WAS RETURNED TO THEIR FATHER… THE COAT REPRESENT THE FATHER’S BLESSING. THEY MAY HAVE STRIPPED HIS COAT, BUT GOD…
Genesis 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. 9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:
WHILE JACOB, NOW ISRAEL WAS DYING, ISRAEL KNEW WHAT HIS 10 SONS HAD DONE TO STRIP AWAY THE FATHER’S BLESSING, THE COAT OF MANY COLORS WAS STILL ON JOSEPH EVEN WHILE HIS FATHER WAS DYING.
Genesis 48:21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
BUT GOD SHALL BE WITH YOU… THROUGH ALL THE TEARS, ALL THE YEARS OF JOSEPH’S FEARS, MISERY AND PAIN.