Summary: WE all face time when we don’t know what to do. The Apostle Paul had ten things that cause him to go on in Victory!
Ten things to Understand
When you don’t know
What to Do!
Text: Psalm 73:2
Introduction: Asaph “I had nearly lost my foothold” v. 3-5 tells us why?
We sometime feel like this!
The Apostle Paul as you know was committed to the call of the Lord! He was willing to do everything possible to spread the message of Jesus Christ as Lord!
He was beaten, stone and left for dead! Shipwreck bitten by a snake, how many know he didn’t have to easy!
2 Cor. 1:8-9
And here we read “the hardship we suffer” under great pressure far beyond our ability to endure” “so that we despaired even life!
How many know that the Apostle Paul would have Had every reason to shout as Asaph But as for me, my feet had almost slipped I had nearly lost my foothold! I trying my best to tell people about Jesus, love the lost help the new babes in Christ but all those that are lost they have no struggles their bodies are healthy and strong and all I get is Stoned,beaten,bitten and throw in jail!
But yet he wrote I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:14)
What was it that cause Paul to press on when it seem like everything was out of control, that everything was not quite going his way!
When you don’t know what to do!
And you about to loose your foothold! Let’s look at ten possible things that cause Paul to press on!
(Paul knew that)
1. God is truly in control. If God is God, then nothing happens apart from His knowledge and permission. While it is difficult to imagine why God allows some painful things to happen, His character, revealed in the Bible and through the testing of generations, leads us to the conclusion that He is willing and able to sustain you during the worst of times. We were crushed and completely overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead (2 Corinthians 1:8,9).
2.There is an eternal life to come. What we suffer now is nothing compared to the Glory He will give us later (Romans 8:18). He will keep you strong right up to the end, and He will keep you free from all blame on the great day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns (1 Corinthians 1:8).
3. The story isn’t finished yet. Time after time, the Bible records hopeless situations that ultimately ended in victory. Think of Job’s sickness, Joseph’s betrayal by his brothers, David’s adultery, and the many who were healed in mind, body, and spirit. But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:19,20).
4. God has not given up on you! Don’t give up on Him. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
5. There is likely purpose in your pain. Ask God to reveal His purpose in allowing this difficulty in your life. That’s a legitimate question to ask. Often, the answer comes in the process of dealing with your circumstance. Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything (James 1:2-4).
6. You are loved! Even the most unlovable person in the world is actually loved so much by God, that He let His Son die a terrible death to restore their relationship. God does love you! He sees your pain and weeps with you. He has sent Me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent Me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lords’ favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, He will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the Lord has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for His own glory (Isaiah 61:1-3).
7. Your prayers are heard. You parents – if your children ask you for loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him? (Matt. 7:9,10)