Summary: Here is a sermon encouraging the Christian to keep on pressing even in the midst of the battle. The battle that we are going through is a set up for our breakthrough...
"The Battle before the Breakthrough"
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
This morning I would like to speak a message entitled "The Battle before the Breakthrough."
Great Military General
Once a great military general was asked to reveal the three greatest things he learned throughout his military carrier.
He became silent, looked at the men in the room and replied, "Never quit; never, never give up."
He paused then repeated, "Never quit; never, never give up."
He waited a moment and stated for the third and final time, "Never quit; never, never give up."
Tell your neighbor "Don't give up..."
The Bible tells you and I not to get weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give up.
The challenge for you and I is to weather the storm before the breakthrough.
The challenge for you and I is to know that every mountain top of victory will have a valley of the shadow of death.
The challenge for you and I is to know that in between victories are struggles.
The challenge for you and I is to know that in between breakthroughs are battles and before every new breakthrough, there is a harder battle than we have ever fought!
Why??? Because BATTLE INDICATES BREAKTHROUGH!
Moses was used to deliver the people of Israel, but he faced battled Pharaoh.
David was used as a king, but he battled Goliath.
Nehemiah was used to rebuild the walls, but he battled opposition.
Joseph was used of God, but he battled haters.
So if you are in a battle right now that is a good sign, that just means that your breakthrough is right around the corner
In between the victories there are attacks!
In between the breakthroughs there are battles!
- There could be no Triumph without being Tried.
- There could be no Testimony without the Test.
- There could be no Victory without a Battle.
- There could be no Resurrection without the Crucifixion
OUR GREATEST BATTLE COMES RIGHT BEFORE OUR GREATEST BREAKTHROUGH!
The darkest time is right before the dawn.
The battle usually rages at its highest, right before the victory.
So if you and I don't turn back - we will inherit new territory.
The Enemy will fight us harder than ever before because He knows that you are closer to victroy than ever.
Don't give up at the border of your breakthrough!!!
I think it is important for you and I to know that strength is not born by seeing miracles, we get strength by going through the struggles.
A Body Builder doesn't get strength by watching someone else work out, but he builds strength by going through the oppostion of the struggle.
"Tell your neighbor Press On..."
The strength that you and I need in order to get into our promise is in the struggle.
Unfortunately, in the struggle is where most people give up.
We are right on the edge or the border of going to the next level, but we give up because we get weary and tired.
I have some good news for someone here this morning, the Bible says if you and I don't give up we will reap a harvest.
In other words - if we don't give up in the midst of the struggle we will get what God has for us.
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
One person put it like this - Get happy when you see spiritual contention in your life! It means you are on the verge of breakthrough and promotion.
God wants to take you and I from strength to strength, victory to victory and glory to glory!
It's all about what we do in between, that determines where we go.
It is the job of the Enemy to discourage you and I in between the victory to victory, in between the Glory to Glory and in between the strength to strength.
This morning we may feel things are breaking up, but I am here to tell you that things are breaking through.
The Bibles says weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the morning.
It’s the job of the Enemy to get us to surrender during the weeping of the night so we’ll never experience the joy of the morning!
Quote from Jacob Riis on Persistence
I look at a stone cutter hammering away at a rock a hundred times without so much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the 101st blow it splits in two. I know it was not the one blow that did it, but all that had gone before.