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Summary: God's plan is much bigger than just staying in the boat... launch out into the deep... The storms may rage, but there is a work on the OTHER SIDE.

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IN MY BOAT, HEAR THE CALL TO THE OTHER SIDE?

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

Some of the fodder for this lesson adapted from Wilfredo De Jesus, (Pastor Choco),

Chicago, Illinois.

I. DO WE UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT?

BETWEEN PASSION AND A CALLING?

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

A. There is a difference between SYMPATHY and COMPASSION...

SYMPATHY is a box of KLEENEX and a BOWL OF CHICKEN SOUP...

COMPASSION is pity inclined to be merciful and TAKING THE LOAD AND HELPING BEAR IT...

B. There is a big difference in PASSION and a DIVINE CALLING...

Passion fades as the mood changes and as difficulties come.

A DIVIINE CALLING BURNS FOREVER...

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name.

But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with

forbearing, and I could not stay.

C. THE TEST OF THE THIRD DAY? DEDICATION VS COMMITMENT...

GOD IS ASKING HIS MAN TO STEP UP IN FAITH... BLIND OBEDIENCE... COMPLETE TRUST

Genesis 22:2 And he (GOD) said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee

into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell

thee of.

[3] And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him,

and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which

God had told him.

[4] Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

D. To best illustrate the difference between DEDICATION and COMMITMENT I often go to a lesson.

The PIG and the CHICKEN woke up early one morning on the farm.

After a while they HAD A DISCUSSION on WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?

The CHICKEN proposed to HAVE EGGS and BACON...

The breakfast of BACON and EGGS had a much different meaning to the CHICKEN than to the PIG.

EGGS would be the chicken giving. The BACON would mean A TOTAL COMMITMENT for the PIG.

Often in the church we see the difference between DEDICATION and COMMITMENT...

II. THE DIFFERENCE IN SYMPATHY VS COMPASSION, PASSION VS A DIVINE CALLING,

DEDICATION VS COMMITMENT, PRAYER PARTNER VS PRAYER WARRIOR...

COMES IN A TRUST SO COMPLETE THAT OBEDIENCE IS UNCONDITIONAL AND A

BOLD STRATEGY... A PLAN... SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM...

A. WHAT IS FAITH? AM I READY FOR THE BATTLE?

B. CREATIVE USE OF CONFLICT... GOOD COMES OUT OF BAD...

Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went

both of them together.

C. GOD KNEW ABRAHAM'S HEART... BUT ABRAHAM HAD TO LEARN A GREAT LESSON...

James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon

the altar?

III. THERE WERE TWO BOATS, A SHORE, A SEA, AND FISH... PEOPLE...

JESUS CARED ABOUT THE PEOPLE ...

WHY DID JESUS PICK THAT BOAT? IS JESUS IN YOUR BOAT?

A. JESUS LOVED TO FIND PEOPLE... HIS MINISTRY WAS ABOUT PEOPLE...


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