Summary: Often God’s children settle for less than their best. This spirit of compromise is very dangerous. Pharaoh offer Moses 3 chances to compromise.
SETTLING FOR LESS THAN THE BEST...
THE GRADUAL SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
This is a two part lesson.
I. TO CONTINUALLY WASH OFF PIGS IS A WASTE OF YOUR EFFORT AND THEN YOU JUST ANNOY THE PIG. THERE ARE MANY PIGS IN THE PIG PEN THAT ARE NOT REALLY PIGS.
THEY HAVE JUST ALLOWED FAILURE AND DISAPPOINTMENT TO MAKE THEM ACT LIKE A PIG.
1 Cor. 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
A. Much of our enemy’s work is done so gradually that it is easy to slowly drift away from our dreams and never reach our potential for the cross and not
realize we are settling for pig slop.
B. LUKE 15 RECORDS A SAD STORY ABOUT A YOUNG MAN ACTING LIKE A PIG.
The son that got his inheritance and wasted it all, sold his great potential that his Father had hoped for him, DID NOT BECOME HIS PERSONAL DREAM.
C. One day the young man awoke from his spirit of gradualness and found himself in the pig pen.
D. The man woke up, washed off and said, I WILL ARISE AND GO TO THE FATHER.
The son could never be complete in the pig pen.
E. How many young people have died in the PIG PEN?
How many people are like a pig, you wash him off, and he returns as a pig to the mud?
F. WILL WE DEVELOP AND FEED A PIG PEN MENTALITY?
THERE ARE NO SADDER WORDS OF PEN OR TONGUE:
THAN THE WORDS WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN... IT IS ALWAYS TOO SOON TO QUIT!
G. Our enemy sneaks into the camp and steals God’s children’s hope.
He wants you so busy that you fail to remember heaven.
There are no sadder people than the people that have lost all hope, and they believe that all is doom and gloom, and they are trapped by a PIG PEN MENTALITY.
H. The pig pen does not have to become a life long trap.
The FATHER IS WAITING FOR THOSE THAT HAVE NEVER ACHIEVED HIS PLAN.
GOD HAS MORE FOR YOU! YOUR SPIRIT KNOWS THERE IS MORE THAN THIS!
I. PART OF SETTLING FOR LESS IS A POOR FOUNDATION ---
DO YOU BUILD ON SAND?
God’s plan for you --- HOW CAN YOU SINK THROUGH A SOLID ROCK?
J. THERE IS SOMETHING THAT LIMITS THOSE WITH A SOLID FOUNDATION, THAT IS BUILDING OUT OF POOR BUILDING MATERIAL, wood, hay and stubble?
II. ARE WE WORKING FOR GOD WITHOUT GOD? MAYBE WE SHOULD DO OUR WORK WITH GOD?
A. I once read a cool story about Doctor Billy Graham.
Billy had just finished a series of revival services and had to travel a great distance for his next services. A dear friend was driving Billy to the next
place. Billy was curled up in the back seat asleep.
Where Billy was so tired he was sound asleep under the covers.
B. The driver was getting tired and he decided to pull into a truck stop and go to the rest room and then get him something to eat and drink.
The driver stopped and went to the rest room and then into the store.
He got back in the car, looked at the blanket, everything appeared to be in order, so back on the road again.
C. The driver had not realized that Billy Graham woke up while they were stopped and Billy went inside to go to the rest room.
D. Billy stepped back out to the car and it was gone.
The driver was traveling without his precious cargo.
E. Billy went over to a state trooper and explained his case, and the trooper loaded Doctor Graham into his cruiser and they went up the interstate
chasing the driver.
Several minutes later the state trooper turned on his blue lights and pulled over the car. The driver explained he was not speeding and he had a very
important person asleep in the back seat.
F. At that time the trooper had Doctor Graham get out of his cruiser.
The driver was very embarrassed as Doctor Graham explained he got out at the rest area to run to the rest room and the driver left him.
G. The driver explained --- HE THOUGHT DOCTOR GRAHAM WAS STILL ASLEEP UNDER THE COVERS.
Doctor Graham reunited with his driver and they finished their journey.
H. HOW OFTEN DO WE ASSUME OR PRESUME THAT WE ARE DOING OUR DUTY WITHOUT REALIZING WE HAVE LOST SIGHT OF THE GOAL?
III. WHAT IS IN GOD’S STORE HOUSE FOR YOU?