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Summary: This is a lesson about attitudes to problems using Gideon and several illustrations. Consider the renewal of our minds... Your focus? Your perspective, pessimism, optimism, and realism. Caterpillars crawl in mud before they fly with the wind.

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IF THE LORD IS WITH US, WHY ARE WE HAVING ALL THIS TROUBLE?

THE CHALLENGE: GOD'S PERSPECTIVE & CHANGE!

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

I have a bucket, and I asked someone to bring me a bucket of water.

They can not see that I have cut the bottom of the bucket out.

Always they gladly will go, but as they are going they see the bottom of

the bucket is gone.

WE AS CHRISTIAN MUST REALIZE THE BOTTOM OF THE BUCKET IS HOPE.

I. A COMPUTER WILL RUN WHAT EVER YOU HAVE PROGRAMED...

SO WILL YOUR MIND. WE NEED A RENEWAL OF THE MIND...

CHANGE THE WAY WE SEE PEOPLE? WE SEE THINGS?

A. Have you ever seen someone take a rusty old car and RESTORE IT?

B. RENEW: To make something new, fresh, strong again, to begin again with greater force

& enthusiasm, to bring about change.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing

of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

II. WHY ARE WE OUT FOCUS? HOW DO YOU SEE THE PROBLEM BEFORE US?

WHAT IS MY PERSPECTIVE?

A. FOCUS:

The point at which rays converge, clear understanding, a fixed point, the center of activity...

USE THE PROJECTOR TO DEMOSTRATE...

B. PERSPECTIVE:

How will I interpret the facts by experience, emotions, or what is before you right now...

How we mentally view things; the capacity to view things in their true relationship...

To have different meanings from same facts...

C. I am 6'2", my wife is 5'2"... we see things from different perspectives...

LIKE THE TOP OF THE REFRIGERATOR...

Experts says: Parents get down on the child's level and look them in the eyes...

III. WHAT IS OUR SHORT TERM FOCUS? WHAT IS OUR LONG TERM FOCUS?

A. LESSON OF THE GLASS:

The pessimist says: The glass is half empty...

The optimistic person says: The glass is half full...

The realist says: Just a half a glass of water...

A SMART PERSON JUST DRINKS THE WATER... WHILE THE OTHERS ARGUE.

B. PESSIMISM:

To expect the worse possible outcome, everything is evil,

The doctrine that bad overbalances happiness...

C. OPTIMISM:

The doctrine that this world is the best possible, inclined to anticipate the best

possible outcome.

D. REALISM:

Concerned with facts, the theory of sense nothing to do with idealization

E. Did you hear about OPTIMIST that fell out the window of the 100 story building?

He was heard to say as he passed the 50th floor: SO FAR SO GOOD

IV. WE CAN NOT ALWAYS SEE...

A CARPENTER STANDS AT THE END OF 8 HOURS AND CAN SEE HIS LABOR?

NOT SO IN FAMILIES.

There was an old man and his wife lived in a small town. They would sit on their

porch and swing and wave at all the kids as they went by.

They always raised flowers and a garden and all the neighbors enjoyed looking

at the results of their green thumbs.

The old man died suddenly and the old lady decided not to plant anything.

One day while she was out swinging see decided to plant some seeds that her

husband had saved. They were beautiful bright red flowers on a vine.

She fired up the rotor tiller, it started on the first try.

In a space next to their drive way she planted all the seeds.

Soon the rain came and the green vines grew and grew.

They covered the wall of concrete blocks that lined the driveway.

There was a block and a space, a block and a space.

Her neighbors would wave as they passed by her house.

Mid summer there was not one red flower, just a green vine that overgrew

everything. One day while swinging she noted no flowers and decided to cut the

vine down. She grabbed the hoe and started.

The neighbor pulled in his drive way and saw her starting to hoe down the vine.

He asked her: WHY? WHY CUT IT DOWN?

She answered: IT IS MY VINE! I PLANTED IT FOR RED FLOWERS,

THERE IS NOT ONE FLOWER, I AM CUTTING IT DOWN.

He grabbed her hand and pulled her onto his side of the wall, there were 10 million

huge, bright red flowers.

MY FRIEND, WE CAN NOT SEE ON THIS SIDE OF THE WALL WHAT

WE HAVE DONE.

V. GOD HAS A DIVINE PLAN... THIS MESS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

FOR GOD TO ARISE.

A. GIDEON: JERUBBAAL...

First judge in the second round of JUDGES in Israel.

B. There had been a HUGE VISTORY WITH DEBORAH and BARAK

over a terrible enemy GENERAL SISERA.

JAEL NAILS SISERA TO THE FLOOR.

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