STAND FIRM, TRY AGAIN, AND AGAIN
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I. IS THIS OUR FINAL EXAM...
MY PROBLEMS AND PAIN AND BITTERNESS ARE GONE?
I HAVE IT MADE?
A. THIS JOURNEY IS SO TWISTED... MAKES NO SENSE TO ME?
WHERE ARE YOU GOD?
Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth
in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth
him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,
nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
B. We can not stay the same way?
Change is not always easy.
WHY? Why is this happening to me?
I am looking for peace and seems TROUBLE FINDS ME?
I search for the LIGHT SWITCH and it seems to stay dark?
I thought I had a clear TITLE?
Psalm 107:7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of
C. I thought I was near the PISGAH'S LOFTY MOUNTAIN TOP,
and here I am again in THIS VALLEY?
MY HOPE? MY JOY?
MY FEAR? Seems like I am fainting?
D. Is this God?
Maybe these trials are God:
1. Stretching your faith?
2. Maybe God is building and strengthening your faith?
3. Maybe these waves and winds are speaking change your sail?
No matter what you see, or how you feel God is leading...
II. WE MUST THROUGH MUCH TRIBULATION ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM
A. Perhaps some of teaching of today of prosperity, power and love
is not balanced and tempered with the word?
Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue
in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh
be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
B. LEARN TO COUNT IT ALL JOY...
James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
III. BE STILL AND LEARN TO WAIT... IT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO STAND
STILL, WHEN IT SEEMS ALL IS NEGATIVE...
A. WE HAVE CHOICES...
WE HEAR THE STORIES...
WHOSE REPORT WILL WE ACCEPT?
Numbers 13:20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood
therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time
was the time of the firstripe grapes.
B. We have two reports:
1. Majority report
2. Minority report
Numbers 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at
once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people;
for they are stronger than we.
C. THIS STORM WILL CRASH OUR SHIP...
OR WE CAN WAKE UP THE MASTER...
IV. WHY ASK AGAIN?
ARE WE AT THE END? IS THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL A
TRAIN? ARE WE AT THE END? IS THIS THE LAST EXAM?
Luke 11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto
him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and
my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet
because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock,
and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that
knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or
if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much
more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
A. MAYBE THIS IS NOT THE END...
THIS MIGHT BE THE STARTING POINT TO OUR MIRACLE...
B. Two frogs were messing around in the dairy barn. They knew better than
be in there... They knew the farmer loved FROG LEGS...
There were five gallon milk buckets all over around the barn.
The two frogs were jumping around, and wouldn't you know it...
BOTH FROGS JUMPED AND LANDED IN ONE OF THE 5 GALLON
BUCKETS OF MILK...
C. The one frogs said to the other: KNEE DEEP, KNEE DEEP...
The other frog said: YOU ARE CRAZY, WE ARE IN OVER OUR HEADS...
WE ARE GOIING TO DIE...
They both were kicking and swimming...
After some time: THE ONE FROG SAID: WHAT'S THE USE, WE ARE GOING
TO DROWN IN THIS MILK...
The other frog said: NO! KEEP ON KICKING?
The negative frog said: WE SHOULD HAVE NEVER COME IN THIS BARN,
GOD IS PUNICHING US, WE ARE GOING TO DIE.
His muscles starting hurting, so he sank into the bottom of the milk can,
in a few minutes a few bubbles came to surface and the FROG DIED...
D. The other frog was so tired, but he kept on kicking, the frog said:
GOOD COMES OUT OF BAD, I CAN, I CAN, I CAN THIS MILK CAN?
He kicked and kicked until the milk turned into butter, the frog jumped out
of the milk can and jumped over to his girlfriends and
LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
E. This may seem hopeless, but GOD CAN...
V. QUIT? QUIT? SURE LET'S QUIT?
WANT TO TALK ABOUT A DARK DAY...?
THE PREACHER WORKED AND PREACHED AND THE PEOPLE MOCKED
HIM, AND SIN WAS TERRIBLE...
A. NOAH WAS 480 YEARS OLD... GOD FINALLY SPEAKS TO NOAH...
Noah says: SEE THIS SIN?
B. IT IS TIME TO RETIRE AND TAKE IT EASY? NOAH MEANS REST...
TIME TO QUIT?
C. The ark was:
1. 450 feet long
2. 75 feet wide
3. 45 feet high
THE ARK WAS THE SIZE OF 75 AVERAGE HOUSES....
D. THERE WERE NO LOWES, 84 LUMBER YARDS?
E. READ THE HEADLINES, CRAZY PREACHER HEARS FROM GOD,
BUILDS A BOAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT...
F. 120 YEARS LATER, AT 600 YEARS OLD THE RAINS COME....
Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect
in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
G. YOU THINK NOAH EVER DOUBTED HIMSELF...
THINK HE EVER WANTED TO QUIT?
H. HERE COMES THE ANIMALS? HEAR COMES THE RAIN...
I AM GLAD I DID NOT QUIT!
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN CHICKEN ON THE LOT?
They will fight and fight over the food...
One dominate rooster will push every one around...
HEAR ME: THERE IS ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERY CHICKEN...
VI. YOU THINK ABRAHAM EVER DOUBTED HIMSELF AND GOD...
WE SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME WITH THE FAMILY?
A. At 80 years of age, tired of running?
B. Problems with LOT and his wife?
C. ABRAHAM LAY ON YOUR BACK AND LOOK AT THE STARS...
You can't quit...
D. Abraham made a mess HAGAR-ISHMAEL... I quit FLESH
E. SARAH LAUGHS AT A 99 MAN... SARAH 90, I QUIT...
F. SODOM... I quit
G. 20 YEARS AFTER THE PROMISE A SON (I QUIT, pampers
and a crying baby?)
H. AT 116, ABARAHAM CLIMBS THE MOUNTAIN? I QUIT?
GOD WILL PROVIDE THE LAMB...
VII. JOSEPH, YOU EVER FEEL LIKE QUITING?
A. The 11th son of 12? I quit...
B. Brothers hate me? I quit?
C. Threw in well? I QUIT?
D. They took my coat? Father's favor? I QUIT?
E. They sold me 20 shekels? I quit...
F. Egypt, SLAVE AUCTION?
G. FALSE ACCUSED? I quit?
H. FORGOTTEN IN JAIL? I quit...
I. 17 YEARS OLD, NOW 30 YEARS OLD...13 LONG YEARS,,,
JOSEPH YOU CAN NOT QUIT... THE FAMILY DEPENDS ON YOU...
VIII. SOMEONE GRABS THE PREACHERS GIRDLE
A. THE PREACHER IS TIRED, OLD AND NEARS THE END...
Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart?
for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of
the Lord Jesus.
B. PAUL DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE QUITING?
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the
THE INCH WORM WAS CLIMBING STRAIGHT UP... IT WAS HOT, HE WAS
TIRED... AN INCH WORM COMING DOWN SAID:
THERE AIN'T NO APPLES UP THERE, TURN AROUND AND COME DOWN.
SEE THAT BABE LAYING OVER THERE ON THE ROCK? TANNING?
THERE AIN'T NO APPLES, COME LET'S PRAY...
NO SAID THE INCH WORM, I FEEL A CALL AGAINST THE GRAIN...
DAY AFTER DAY HE CLIMBED AND SWEATED...
ONE DAY HE CAME TO THE LIMB AND CRAWLED OUT...
THERE WAS APPLES A PLENTY...
KEEP CLIMBING MY FRIEND...
His servant, Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
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