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Summary: God uses a surge of problems sometimes to DIRECT us, to INSPECT us, to CORRECT us, to CONNECT US, to PROTECT US, to PERFECT us, & to PROJECT us. Link included to free PowerPoint Presentation and formatted text version.

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Gone With The Wind

II Cor. 1:8; 4:8-10


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"For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life."--II Cor. 1:8.

"We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."--II Cor. 4:8-10.


This week we’ve been blown away by the images of devastation. We have sat speechless, watching the surreal scenes. Christians were not immune, and they and their churches were hit as well. Like 9/11 years ago, God has America’s attention once again, and we’ve been given another chance as a nation to turn to Him. We feel helpless, but there IS something we can do…we can pray.

The winds of trouble are nothing new to God’s people. The Bible is filled with stories of those in trouble. The Hebrew children had their fiery furnace. Daniel had his den of lions. Joseph was cast into prison.

Paul was shipwrecked and beaten with stripes. Peter was sent to prison. John was exiled at Patmos. James had his head cut off. David fled from Saul. Samson had his eyes put out.

Psalm 34:19

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

Clyde Gordon, who was completely paralyzed from his neck down, edited a magazine called The Triumph. In it he said:

"Christ is no security against storms,

But He is perfect security in storms.

He does not promise an easy passage,

But He does guarantee a safe landing."

Someone else said, "The road to success is always under construction. It seems that those who seem to have it hard always get more done."

Paul said in I Corinthians 10:13, "There hath no temptation (trouble) 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 (trouble ) also make a way to escape."

One old preacher said that we ought to be good to everybody because everybody is having a tough time. God is no respecter of persons. He has no pets. In spite of this, we sometimes feel like victims. It

seems that we suffer far more than others. But this is simply not the case. Our hearts go out to those who are “in deep” right now on the gulf. What can we learn about them and thus, about ourselves?

We don’t have many answers this week about this problem, but God promised that we’ll understand it all better by and by. In general, however, we can see...

7 ways God may use a “surge of problems” in our lives:

1. To Direct Us.

Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get our attention?

Proverbs 20:30

The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

The world deceives us. But after a serious bout with trouble, we don’t usually care as much about what people think.

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Bruce Howell

commented on Jul 31, 2007

Excellent message. I shall use it for an adult elective class on "Surviving the Storms of Life." Thank you!

Susan Sides

commented on Aug 27, 2011

After having been up almost all night last evening watching the huge storm just off the coast of north carolina, I would like to borrow from this text for my sermon this Sunday. Thanks for the help.

Daniel Heaberlin

commented on Mar 3, 2012

I may borrow some of this text as last night there were a number of tornadoes in our county and there was loss of life as well.. Thanks

Levita T. Camat

commented on Aug 28, 2013

excellent message. It makes us realize that God is always there. storms are reminders that we must at all times cling to Him.

Bob White

commented on Oct 6, 2013

Thank you for this Message, so true. God takes what the enemy meant for harm and will turn it to good. tried in the fire, coming forth as pure gold. God Bless

Stanley Moodley

commented on Aug 14, 2015

Dynamic Sermon excellent Presentation

John Lafreniere

commented on Oct 16, 2015

Wow...great truths.

Frederico Mateo

commented on Nov 26, 2015

Awesome! Thank you Sir for sharing the message!

Dr. Rich Dilling

commented on Mar 5, 2016

Very inspirational. Thanks for your wonderful messages.

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