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Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to TRUST GOD.

13 June 2004

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

CP Walker, Taegu South Korea

BIG IDEA: TO MOTIVATE THE HEARERS TO AFFIRM TO OTHERS THAT WHEN GOD SAYS NO, IT’S BECAUSE HE SEES THE BIG PICTURE OR HE HAS A BETTER PLAN.

REFERENCES: 2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10 (quickview) ; Habakkuk 1:1-12 (quickview)  (… problems with UNASWERED PRAYERS); Romans 8:28 (quickview)  (All things work together …); Psalms 22:1 (quickview)  (My God My God …); 1 Peter 1:7 (quickview) ; Proverbs 16:4 (quickview)  (God has made all things for himself even the wicked for the day of evil); Matthews 26:26-42 (… pass this cup from me, nevertheless …); Luke 22:39-44 (quickview)  (pass this cup from me, nevertheless …); Hebrews 11:39-40 (quickview)  (Saints commended, yet none of them received what was promised); James 4:1-6 (quickview)  (How we should pray); Hebrews 4:13 (quickview)  (He knows about everyone, everywhere; nothing can be hidden from him); Isaiah 55:8-9 (quickview)  (God ways and thoughts are higher than ours…);

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: 2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10 (quickview)  & JOB 13:15 (quickview) A

II. READ THE PERICOPE: 2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10 (quickview)  & JOB 13:15 (quickview) A

III. READ THE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (quickview) b (For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness). & Job 13:15 (quickview) a (Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:…)

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to TRUST GOD.

V. SERMONIC THEME: “God’s Answer Is No!”

INTRODUCTION:

( A great writer, Claudia Minden Weisz, once wrote a poem dubbed, “AND GOD SAID NO” in that poem Claudia says:

I asked God to take away my pride, and GOD said, No.

He said it was not for Him to take away, but for me to give up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole, and God said, No.

He said her spirit is whole, her body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience, and God said, No.

He said that patience is a by-product of tribulation; it isn’t granted, it’s earned.

I asked God to give me happiness, and God said, No. He said He gives blessings; happiness is up to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow, and God said, No He said I must grow on my own, but He will prune me to make me more fruitful.

I asked God if He loved me, and God said, YES!!! He gave His only Son who died for me, and I will be in heaven someday because I believe.

I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me, and God said,

“Ah, finally, you have the idea).” End of quote.

*********************TAKE 5 BEATS**********************

MOVE 1: Now, my brothers and my sisters … if you haven’t struggled with GOD’S ANSWER “NO” then you haven’t lived long OR PRAYED MUCH.

a. FOR YOU SEE … GOD HAS NO RESPECT OF PERSONS; AND I KNOW THAT I (myself) HAVE FREQUENTLY PRAYED FOR TROUBLE

MARRIAGES AND YET THEY FELL APART…

b. I HAVE PRAYED IN FAITH OVER SICK PEOPLE THAT I LOVED, AND SOME DIDN’T GET WELL.

c. WHEN MY MOTHER WAS ILL WITH LYMPHOMA CANCER … I

EARNESTLY PRAYED WITH ALL MY MIGHT; AND GOD STILL SAID NO. I WRESTLED OVER HER DEATH.

d. BECAUSE … I KNOW THAT I PRAYED FOR HER … BUT WHAT WENT WRONG … WHY DID MY MOTHER HAVE TO DIE?

***********************TAKE 5 BEATS********************


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