Summary: I heard there is a lion out there, let's go to bed and pull the covers back over our heads? Just quit God and die?
**PULL THE COVERS BACK OVER YOUR HEAD.**
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I. PULL THE COVERS BACK OVER YOUR HEAD!
I CAN'T. YOU KNOW I CAN'T. THERE IS A LION IN THE WAY?
I MUST WARN YOU --- DO NOT EVEN TRY --- THERE IS A LION OUT THERE SOME WHERE AND THAT LION WILL EAT YOU UP...
A. Listen to me. Listen to me... I MUST WARN YOU... DO NOT EVEN TRY...
YOU CAN'T DO IT... Better people than you have tried --- they failed, THUS YOU WILL FAIL.
Proverbs 26:13 (KJV) The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
Proverbs 26:13 (MSG) Loafers say, "It's dangerous out there! Tigers are prowling the streets!" and then pull the covers back over their heads.
B. LET ME WARN YOU, I HEARD IT FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE---
THERE ARE LIONS OUT THERE...
Proverbs 22:13 (KJV) The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
Proverbs 22:13 (MSG) The loafer says, "There's a lion on the loose! If I go out I'll be eaten alive!"
C. EXCUSES ARE A DIME A DOZEN:
• I just bought land (materialism)
• I just purchased some OXEN (business, pleasure)
• I am getting MARRIED (scheduling conflicts)
• I heard there are some LIONS out there. (imaginary)
• I am out of PEANUT BUTTER. (as good as any other excuse)
II. ARE YOU STILL HOLDING ON?
I CAN NOT SEE GOD IN ALL THIS MESS ---
JUST GO AHEAD AND CURSE GOD AND DIE...
A. JOB HAS BEEN THROUGH A TERRIBLE TIME...
His precious wife is upset and allowing her EMOTIONS & FEELINGS TO DICTATE HER WORDS. Sister JOB speaks some terrible words:
Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
B. Job gives sacrifices for his children: JUST IN CASE.
The storms blow and destroy everything: THIS DESTRUCTION IS A DISTORTION ---
IT IS NOT OVER UNTIL THE FAT LADY SINGS...
Job 2:9 (MSG) His wife said, "Still holding on to your precious integrity, are you? Curse God and be done with it!"
C. IT IS A DISTORTION OF THE FACTS, IT IS NOT OVER...
Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
D. JOB COULD HAVE QUIT BEFORE HIS MIRACLE... QUITTER NEVER WIN...
WINNERS NEVER QUIT.
III. NOT YO CHEETOS: THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS --- THE BATTLE HAS NEVER BEEN YOURS...
A. We have the LILIES OF THE VALLEY (purity) and the ROSE OF SHARON ( atonement)
B. WHY WOULD A PERSON GO THROUGH SCHOOL & BASIC TRAINING?
As conflicts around us RAGE we can know SWEET PEACE...
C. NOT YO CHEETOS? Do not take what is not YOURS.
2 Chronicles 20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
IV. HAVE WE LOST OUR DREAMING ABILITY?
COME, LET US REASON TOGETHER AND SURVEY, WHAT IS HINDERING US?
FAITH DRIVEN BY LOVE MUST BE THE DRIVING FORCE.
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
A. No matter what the circumstances, what I see or feel --- THE WORD IS WOKING MIGHTILY IN US.
We must not allow our emotions and feelings govern our dream.
What appears to our eyes and heart may not be what GOD HAS PLANNED.
What you see, how you feel may be A DETERRENT TO GOD'S PLANS FOR YOU.
B. We often find ourselves in an HOUR OF TRIALS.
WE TEND TO LOSE OUR PASSION and then RESIGN THAT THIS OBSTACLE will be the DEATH of our HOPE.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
V. I PRAY AND I PRAY --- WHAT IS IN THE WAY?
A. ANYONE THAT KNOWS MUCH ABOUT THE BIBLE KNOWS DANIEL WAS A PERSON OF DEEP PRAYER. Daniel was a HABITUAL PRAYER. His friends knew Daniel would disappear for a while and he would spend TIME IN PRAYING and communion with God.
B. As a man of prayer Daniel was used to God hearing and answering him. One day Daniel prayer in faith and DARKNESS TRIED TO HINDER THE LIGHT. Day one God heard Daniel's prayer...