Summary: Stay with God! Take heart! Do not quit. Conside how difficult the task of Joshua to try to fill Moses' leadership role? Just be strong! Not calloused but strong.
HARD SHOES TO FILL! BEWARE OF FEAR!
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I. LISTEN TO THE WORD: STAY WITH GOD! TAKE HEART! DON'T QUIT!
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait,
I say, on the LORD.
Psalm 27:14 (NIV) Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 (NLT) Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently
for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 (MSG) Stay with God! Take heart. Don't quit. I'll say it again: Stay with God.
A. STRENGTH IS MORE THAN MUSCLES AND BACK-BONE.
STRENGTH IS BEING STRONG=== MENTALLY, MORALLY, EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICAL
AS WELL AS SPIRITUALLY.
B. Strength requires MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL POWER...
Strength requires SELF-CONTROL...
C. We must learn to OVERCOME OBSTACLES and RESISTANCE.
Strength is the ability to resist being moved or broken by force.
It is the power that ALLOWS PEOPLE TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS in a determined and
II. WE CAN CLEARLY IDENTIFY MAN'S BATTLES ARE ABOUT ATTITUDES AND
CHOICES. WHAT BUILDS SOME, CAN DESTROY OTHERS?
A. We must quit BLAMING our CIRCUMSTANCES and ENVIROMENT for where we are.
IF WE MAKE THE CHOICE TO REJECT THE BUILDING STONES, they will become
B. Often the difference in a STUMBLING BLOCK and a CORNERSTONE can be our
STRENGTH, DETERMINATION AND DAILY MENIAL CHOICES...
Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone
which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the
Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of
God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall,
it will grind him to powder. 45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables,
they perceived that he spake of them.
C. HUMBLE SURRENDER vs. DESTRUCTION...
Consider your ways? Consider your choices...?
D. STRENGTH IS THE CAPACITYFOR EXERTION OR ENDURANCE.
Marathon and long-distance runners have a term: SPLATTING..
To splatting is coming to the point of exhaustion and every muscle and fiber and WILL POWER
is at the BOTTOM and one so desires to quit that their body wants to shut down.
E. Any serious athlete that trains has LEARNED RESISTANCE is how to prepare and build
power of ENDURANCE to overcome OBSTACLES. Most people learn to AVOID OBSTACLES
F. Did you know the WORLD LOVES TO WATCH PEOPLE THAT HAVE PRACTICE AND
PRACTICED until they OVERCAME... People will pay big money to watch disciplined people
in sports, music... until they have developed extra-ordinary talent.
G. WE MUST BE MORE THAN JUST TOUGH. TOUGH IS A BISTER & CALLOUSES ON YOUR
HAND. TOUGHNESS IS A HEAVY BURDEN... Toughness can lead to a lose of feelings
and cruel behavior.
NEVER CONFUSE TOUGHNESS WITH STRENGTH ---
TOUGHNESS IS PAIN AND DREAD AND HEAVINESS ---
STRENGTH BRINGS JOY, LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENT OF REAL GOALS.
III. WHAT BRINGS VICTORY?