Summary: Make Lemonade?
WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU A
LEMON, MAKE LEMONADE
28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
GOD DOES NOT LET US OR DOES HE LEAD US THROUGH ALL THE EASY ROUTES IN LIFE.
THE PROBLEMS THAT WE FACE ARE GIVEN TO US FOR A PURPOSE, AND THEY BRING US TO THE PLACE WHERE WE SHOULD WAIT AND RELY UPON GOD FOR OUR HELP AND GUIDANCE.
“THERE HATH NO TEMPTATION TAKEN YOU SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL WHO WILL NOT SUFFER YOU TO BE TEMPTED ABOVE THAT YE ARE ABLE; BUT WILL WITH THE TEMPTATION ALSO MAKE A WAY TO ESCAPE, THAT YE MIGHT BE ABLE TO BEAR IT.”
IN THIS LIFE WE LIVE, IT SEEMS THAT A LOT OF BAD THINGS SEEM TO COME OUR WAY, BUT GOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE EVEN IF WE DON’T KNOW IT.
BUT THEN ALL THINGS SEEM TO ALWAYS WORK OUT.
IT’S A MATTER OF JUST LETTING GOD!
“TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART, AND LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING.”
IN THIS LIFE WE HAVE IN THE AUTOMOTIVE TERMS SOMETHING THAT IS CALLED THE LEMON LAW… CAR DEALERSHIPS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SELL YOU A CAR IF IT IS BAD OR MESSED UP… ONE THAT IS REFERRED TO AS A LEMON…BUT FROM TIME TO TIME THIS STILL DOES HAPPEN… BUT TODAY WE HAVE LAWS TO PROTECT THE CONSUMER.
NOW IN THE SPIRIT REALM WE LEAN UPON GOD AND HE GOES BEFORE US AND HELPS US THROUGH ALL THINGS.
“WHEN THOU PASSETH THROUGH THE WATERS, I WILL BE WITH THEE; AND THROUGH THE RIVERS, THEY SHALL NOT OVERFLOW THEE; WHEN THOU WALKEST THROUGH THE FIRE, THOU SHALT NOT BE BURNED; NEITHER SHALL THE FLAME KINDLED UPON THEE.”
GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US !!
IT IS SAD TO SAY BUT THE NATURAL MAN ALWAYS SEEMS TO ALWAYS SEE THE BAD SIDE OF THINGS…
AND OF COURSE I’M JUST AS GUILTY AS EVERYONE ELSE…BUT!!
BUT WE NEED LEARN HOW TO MAKE EVERY OBSTACLE AN OPPORTUNITY!!!
“ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THEM THAT LOVE GOD AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.”
WE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WAIT UPON GOD AND NOT LOOK AT THINGS OURSELVES WITH CARNAL EYES.
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH: BECAUSE FAITH CAN SEE MUCH MORE THAN THE NATURAL EYE.
NOW LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS; MANY TIMES IT APPEARS THAT THE LORD BECOMES DISAPPOINTED WITH US WHEN WE DON’T LET HIM HELP US IN THAT TIME OF NEED,
HOWEVER WE NEED TO REMEMBER GOD WILL ALWAYS BE THERE IF WE WOULD BUT LET HIM WORK IN US AND THROUGH US
“FOR HIS ANGER ENDURETH BUT A MOMENT; IN HIS FAVOR IS LIFE: WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING.”
“JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING”
WE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WAIT UPON THE LORD, AND TOO OFTEN WE DON’T. WE SEEM TO ALWAYS GET IN A BIG HURRY FOR EVERYTHING!!
WE WILL NEVER BECOME WHAT GOD HAS INTENDED FOR US IF WE DO NOT ENCOUNTER SOME PERILS IN THIS LIFE.
WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT OUR TRIALS HAVE ONLY BEEN GIVEN TO US TO MAKE US STRONG. WE CAN READ AND FIND THAT EVEN THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS HANDED A FEW LEMONS AND HE MADE IT THROUGH ALL HIS TRIALS BECAUSE HE RELIED UPON GOD.
23Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
25Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
28Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
LET US ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE A GOD WHO WILL SEE US THROUGH, IF WE CAN BUT LET HIM DO A WORK WITHIN US AND IF WE WOULD QUIT TRYING TO DO THINGS BY OURSELVES.