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Summary: Life and Ministry can be cruel. Do we understand the knock down count down? Maturity and growth does not always mean we win. What do you do when ministry knocks you down. Get up out of that pity puddle, wash off. Forgive. Answer this: WHO CONTROLS YOUR EMOTIONS? A seven mile walk that hurts?

WE MAY BE KNOCHED DOWN, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO STAY KNOCKED DOWN?

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

REMEMEMBER THIS: It is not how big the dog is in the fight! IT IS HOW BIG THE FIGHT IS IN THE DOG!!!

One time the doctor told me I should exercise more? What doctor? I am so tired and weak, I do not feel like exercising. He shot down my excuse real quick, I would do more.... If I felt better. He said Mr. Hughes you do not understand? What? He said: Understand the truth? The more you exercise the BETTER YOU WILL FEEL? You will never feel better in the bed or laying on the couch! I SAID: DOC, CAN I HAVE A SECOND OPINION? He said: Well, I think you are overweight… I am still a little angry for both opinions.

If you cannot change your situations then then the ONLY OTHER OPTION YOU HAVE IS TO CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDES. There is a secret, the people that say I can’t do it, are being passed by people THAT ARE DOING IT.

One time the doctor told me I should exercise more? What doctor? I am so tired and weak, I do not feel like exercising. He shot down my excuse real quick, I would do more.... If I felt better. He said Mr. Hughes you do not understand? What? He said: Understand the truth? The more you exercise the BETTER YOU WILL FEEL? You will never feel better in the bed or laying on the couch! I SAID: DOC, CAN I HAVE A SECOND OPINION? He said: Well, I think you are overweight… I am still a little angry for both opinions.

If you cannot change your situations then then the ONLY OTHER OPTION YOU HAVE IS TO CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDES. There is a secret, the people that say I can’t do it, are being passed by people THAT ARE DOING IT. It is ok to get knocked down as long as we are determined to GET UP and fight again!

TEXT:

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

REMEMBER THE FAMOUS FIGHT BETWEEN SUGAR RAY LLEONARD AND ROBERTO DURAN?

That night the most famous words were: NO MAS! NO MAS? Roberto Duran threw in the towel and quit? His stomach was hurting? ROBERTO THREW IN THE TOWEL AND WILL FOREVER be known as THE QUITTER? What might have been?

WHEN I AM KNOCKED DOWN WHAT HAPPENS TO ME? LOOK AT BEING KNOCKED DOWN? WHO ME: KNOCKED DOWN?

Put butter near the heat on the stove? What happens? (Gets soft? Melts?)

Put a fresh egg in boiling water 15 minutes? What happens? (Gets hard?)

Put ground coffee beans in hot water? What happens? (Brings out the favor?)

WHO IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR EMOTIONS? HOW WILL I REACT TO THIS HOT WATER? WHO IS IT UP TO…?

UBER, WHERE ARE YOU WHEN WE NEED YOU? SEVEN MILES OF TEARS AND HOPELESSNESS…MY DIAMONDS OF HOPE HAVE TURNED INTO DIRT… NOTHING… THE PEARL OF GREAT HOPE has turned to ashes.

COME LET US CONSIDER TWO NEGATIVE MEN --- THEY HAD A DREAM--- THEIR DREAMS WERE CRUSHED ON THE ROCKS OF TIME… THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD FOUND THE ANSWER ONLY TO BE DISAPPOINTED BY CRUSHED, BROKEN HEARTS…

Jesus had preached to thousands and NO HE FINDS HIMSELF MINISTERING TO TWO BROKEN, FALLEN PEOPLE? WHO CARES? Jesus comes with a message to two men… comes with a message of HOPE to two men?

Luke 24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. (SEVEN MILES)

TWO MEN ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PAST… Talked what HAD HAPPENED… They had hope? But death crushed their dream and THEY WERE KNOCKED DOWN, THROW IN THE TOWEL?

Luke 24:14 And they talked together of all these things which had HAPPENED.

Happened means in the past… it is over now.

THEY HAD JOY --- BUT THEY WERE KNOCKED DOWN FOR THE COUNT…, DREAMS ARE NOW NIGHTMARES OF HOPLESSNESS. THE JOY OF HOPE FADES QUICKLY INTO SADNESS…

Luke 24:17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

STUPID TALK? MISTER, ARE YOU THE ONLY ONE THAT HASN’T HEARD… WE ARE ALL KNOCKED DOWN for the ten count? WE HAVE BAD NEWS, IT IS OVER!

Luke 24:18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

WE TRUSTED, TRUSTED IS PAST TENSE…, WE USE TO TRUST BUT NOW THEY CRUCIFIED OUR HOPE… It is over, haven’t you heard?

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