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Summary: You understand what sandpaper could be to wood? Well, problems and obstacles could be a tool that brings us closer to God? It is up to you.

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THIS OBSTACLE COULD BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

I have heard discussed WHAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF FAITH?

Well, the logical answer is DOUBT....

Might we add several other elements.

FEAR --- WORRY...

APATHY --- DO NOTHING...

ERROR BECAUSE OF NOT KNOWING THE WORD OF GOD....

CONTROLLING YOUR WORDS AND YOUR EMOTIONS REQUIRE FAITH...

FAITH MUST NOT BE PASSIVE, QUE SERA, SERA?

FAITH IS MORE THAN WORDS, BACK-BONE.

STRONG FAITH MUST COVER ALL ISSUES... MENTALLY, MORALLY, EMOTIONALLY,

PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUALLY.

Faith must mean ABSOLUTE TRUST THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL and it requires MENTAL

as well as SPIRITUAL POWER...

Faith requires SELF-CONTROL...

FAITH KNOWS WE HAVE COME TO THIS POINT NOT BY ACCIDENT, THERE IS A REASON

FOR THIS SEASON. FAITH, PRAYER AND ENDURANCE WILL ACCOMPLISH A VICTORY.

WE MUST KNOW THIS PROBLEM IS A CALL TO PRAYER...

Colossians 4:2 (KJV) Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Colossians 4:2 (MSG) Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.

FAITH LEARNS THAT PRAYER IS THE TOOL TO OVERCOME...

MY FAITH AND PRAYER WE FIND THE PROMISES OF GOD...

O CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD...

BY FAITH , I KNOW, MAYBE I CAN NOT WIN BUT I WILL NOT QUIT,

I WILL NOT LET GO...

FAITH MADE JACOB A VICTOR IN A WRESTLING MATCH...

Genesis 32:25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of

his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except

thou bless me.

"Let me go; it's daybreak." Jacob said, "I'm not letting you go 'til you bless me."

THE ENEMIES HAD PLOTTED TO DESTROY DANIEL... BUT HE REFUSED

TO ALLOW THE OBSTACLES TO IMPEDE HIM.

BY FAITH DANIEL PRAYED 3 TIMES A DAY...

Daniel 6:10 (MSG) When Daniel learned that the decree had been signed and posted, he

continued to pray just as he had always done. His house had windows in the upstairs that

opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he knelt there in prayer, thanking and

praising his God.

DAVID TOOK HIS MESS UP, SIN LIFE AND PRAYED... FAITH PRAYS...

DAVID QUIT LOOKING BACK AND STARTED BY FAITH LOOKING FORWARD.

Psalm 109:4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

ELIJAH WAS HATED BY KING AHAB AND QUEEN JEZEBEL...

THERE WAS AN APB AND DEATH WARRANT SIGNED...

ELIJAH HAD ONE HOPE --- FAITH AND PRAYER...

ELIJAH PRAYED AND PRAYED AGAIN... ELIAS GREEK FORM OF ELIJAH

BUT HIS FAITH KEEP GOING UP THE MOUNTIAN.

James 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly

that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

FAITH SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED WHEN THE ANSWER IS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR.

The people demanded CRUCIFY Jesus.

The popular opinion loved the torture and killing the preacher.

The King had one killed...

Fear tried to rule --- FAITH CONQUERED FEAR...

THE ANSWER IS HERE...

Acts 12:13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named

Rhoda. 14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in,

and told how Peter stood before the gate. 15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she

constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

THE BIBLE CLOSES WITH FAITH AND PRAYER... AMEN --- LET IT BE SO...

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

We must learn OUR FAITH can OVERCOME ALL OBSTACLES and ALL THE

FORCES OF RESISTANCE.

FAITH is the ability to resist being moved or broken by force, THIS PROBLEM IS A GOD

OPPORTUNITY. FAITH is the power that ALLOWS PEOPLE TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS

in a determined and effective way.

LISTEN TO THE WORD: STAY WITH GOD! TAKE HEART! DON'T QUIT!

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait,

I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 27:14 (NIV) Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14 (NLT) Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently

for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14 (MSG) Stay with God! Take heart. Don't quit. I'll say it again: Stay with God.

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