How will your story end Part II
“How to get through”
Synopsis of sermon 06/15/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker
Text 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 2 Cor 4:8-10 (KJV)
God has given us the wardrobe of worship. One of the tricks of the enemy is to make you think you won’t come out of what you are in. When you are a child of God, no matter how bad an experience you have, you realize the hand of God is on your life. If God allows it, you have to know it has come to bless you. If God is in it, we know we will come out of it. If it hasn’t killed you yet, you must know that it must be there to bless you. How you go thru your dilemma has a direct effect on how you come out of it.
Throughout the word of God, we find people that experienced insurmountable situations, yet they made it out of them. This serves as evidence that God can bring us out of whatever situation we might find ourselves in. Know that you can get through this. You may have wounds and battle scars, but at end, you will thank God for the journey.
Paul continues to speak to the church at Corinth about their spiritual maturity. Paul kept telling this church that it was important how a Christian responds during their time of trouble. You have to make up in your mind that even though you may be going through difficult times, you will get through this.
I. Resolve to endure the trail
1. You can’t control what happens in your life. This is why we pray the prayer, Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. In this prayer, you are saying God is sovereign and that what God allows to happen must be for a reason.
2. There is a benefit for your pain. Paul says in verse 8 of the text : 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; In verse 10 he says 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. Simply put, this means the Christianity we proclaim ought to manifest in our life. Not so much when things are going well, but when the bottom falls out. Our relationship with Jesus ought to show even when our way seems rough.
3. When we are going through, our relationship with Jesus ought to show:
4. The benefit of the trial will produce character in us. Character is behavior on display. Many of us are what we are based off of what we have gone through. Sometimes God says he will live you in the trial because he wants to know what you will say you say, where you will stand, and will you continue to sow Will you whine or complain or represent him the way you are supposed. What will you say when you go thru your trial?
a. Where will you stand? Is there stability still in your life while you are going through what you are going through? Are you still speaking words that edify God?
b. Will you continue to sow? Will you still give of your money and of your time while you are going through? When our commitment is right, it is exposed in the midst of our trials.
5. Rather than looking like what we are going thru, we are supposed to look like what we are going to. We are not going to let the Devil see us with our head down. There are people around you every day that has been through all kind of hell, but you would never know because they don’t look like what they are going thru. Let the poor say I am rich and the sick say I am well.
14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day. 15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood. 16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. 17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity. 18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD: 19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lam 3:14-24 (KJV)-Jeremiah wrote in this scripture that he was messed up and depressed in front of the other people. He says he was filled with bitterness and he felt like his life was over. He states he had forgotten the blessings that God had given to him. In verse 19, Jeremiah says he remembered what he went thru and all the misery he had encountered. In verse 20, he says though he remembered what he had gone through; he was humbled by the process. In verse 21, Jeremiah comes to his senses and says he remembered the Lord’s mercies which are new every day. Finally in verse 24, he realizes the Lord is his portion and therefore he had no choice but to believe in God. Remember, we have to always look like what we are believing God for. You have to resolve to endure the trial.
II. Revelation of escaping the tomb
1. The tomb represents confinement. You must understand the Christ you preach, must be made manifest in your life. You can’t be a Christian without Christ. When death works in us, it is so we can live. For example, when spiritual leaders go through all types of trials, it is so that others might live. They give us the benefit of what they have learned. This is like Jesus dying so that we might live. Not to put down other faiths, but in our Christian faith, we know our savior lives. If you would check the graves Muhammad and Buddha are still there. This makes our faith (Christianity) amazing. We serve a risen savior.
2. The same power that raised Jesus can raise us up. We as Christians then have no reason to quit. There are no quitters in the body of Christ, only in church. There is no theological frame work you can have for quitting. Some people use the scripture in the bible that says shake dust off your feet when times get hard. 14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Matt 10:14 (KJV)-This scripture only refers to if a person does not want to accept the word of God when you give it to them. It does not mean quit you have a license to quit. Ex-An example of this is when someone doesn’t get the solo in the choir and they try to say maybe it is time for their season to end. Why do we bring the Lord in our mess? Why don’t we just say that they made us mad and we don’t like them and we are quitting? All the teaching we have access to now days and all the things Jesus went through without quitting, who are we to say that we quit? We have the same power that raises Jesus from the dead. Therefore, we have to know that we can get through any dilemma that we may find ourselves in.
3. Paul reaffirms that the same power that raised Jesus up, will raise you up. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 2 Cor 4:11 (KJV). When we come out, it is for the glory of God. God gets no glory if you quit. It is one thing to be persecuted, but another to be thrown away. Some people have been buried by people giving up on you. What they don’t realize is when they buried you, they triggered something in you. When they buried Christ, they put him in a borrowed tomb. Borrowing even implies that you will be giving it back. Even though some people may try to burry you, they will know when God brings out, because you will come out with Gods glory. Just like Jesus Christ, we will rise again from whatever has brought us down.
4. The same authority that raised Jesus up will raise you up. Be careful when you write people off. You never know who God has favored. There are some people reading this right now that are about to enter the best season of their lives.
III. Responsibility to explain your testimony
1. You can’t receive a testimony and not share it. Some people want a testimony without a test. Without the test, you only have the “mony”. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Cor 4:16 (KJV) We faint not, because of the weariness of our outward man. When you ball your fist up or tell someone that they got one more time to do what they did to you, this is living in your flesh. It is a symptom of your outward man. People think because you love God, you cannot slip back into your flesh, but it does happen. One thing is for sure, you can’t just live in your flesh dealing with church folk.
2. People want to know why you haven’t gone off on somebody because of all you have gone through. It is because when the outward man gets tired, we rely in the inward man that is renewed every day as referenced in verse 16. Ex-Bishop explains that there is no way he can preach 4-5 sermons a Sunday, in his flesh. It is the inward man that makes it possible. If our inward man that sustain us.
3. The word is light. Verse 17 is the climax of our testimony. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 2 Cor 4:17 (KJV). The word is light, but seems heavy to us sometimes. It can seem heavy when you don’t know what is going to happen to your job or where you are going to find the money to pay your mortgage. Those who have gone through similar tragedies have a responsibility to go back and tell the ones that are currently in the same tragedy that the affliction is light. Once you make it to the other side and receive your blessings, you are able to look back at your tragedy and see that it was light. You must help others see that the burden they are going through is lighter than it seems.
4. Troubles don’t last always. Your situation has not come to stay. Be careful of hating on someone who is blessed, because you don’t know what they went through to get what they got. The blessings we receive cost something. We can’t have this glory, without a story. We have to go through it giving glory for the story. You don’t have a clue of what God is sitting you up for. The way your go through your trial, lets God know if he can trust you with your blessings.
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