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WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?

 

OVERCOMING LIFE’S DISAPPOINTMENTS & DIFFICULTIES

 

WE NEED THE KIND OF FAITH THAT IS NECESSARY TO BECOME AN OVERCOMER IN ALL OF LIFE’S SITUATIONS, SO THAT WE DON’T FIND OURSELVES BECOMING SO WEARY THAT WE BEGIN TO LOSE HEART AND THE FAITH THAT GOD HAS BREATHED INTO US.

 

THE RAIN FALLS ON THE JUST AND THE UNJUST. DISAPPOINTMENTS AND DIFFICULTIES ARE A PART OF LIFE.

 

LUKE 8: 22-25

 

IN THIS SITUATION JESUS WAS DEMONSTRATING TO HIS DISCIPLES THAT HE HAD POWER AND AUTHORITY OVER EVERY SITUATION IN LIFE. IF WE ARE TO PUT OUR FAITH AND TRUST IN JESUS, HE WILL BE THERE FOR US NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT OR DISTRESSING THE SITUATIONS WE FACE SEEM TO BE.

 

QUESTION#1: WHERE IS YOUR FAITH IN RELATIONSHIP TO ALL THAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH?

 

QUESTION#2: HAVE YOU REACHED THE POINT WHERE YOU CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE?

 

 

 

  1. LIFE SITUATIONS THAT TRY OUR FAITH.

 

*BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS

*BUSY LIFESTYLE

*DIVINE DELAY IN GOD’S PROMISES

*EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS

*FAMILY PROBLEMS, CHILDREN

*MARITAL PROBLEMS

*FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

*SICKNESS, HEALTH, OR DEATH

 

IN EACH OF THESE AREAS WE ARE SENSITIVE TO DISAPPOINTMENT, DIFFICULTY AND HEARTACHE. WHERE IS YOUR FAITH IN EACH OF THESE AREAS? JESUS HAS GIVEN US AUTHORITY AND POWER OVER ALL THE ISSUES OF LIFE. HE WANTS US TO BE OVERCOMERS IN ALL THAT WE DO AND EVEN OVER THINGS THAT COMES OUR WAY.

 

JOHN 16: 33

 

THE PROBLEM IS THAT WE HAVE AN ENEMY WHO WANTS TO EXPLOIT THE AREAS IN OUR LIVES THAT ARE CAUSING US HEARTACHE, DISAPPOINTMENT AND DIFFICULTY. HIS OBJECTIVE IS TO MAKE US WEARY AND LOSE HEART.

 

 

 

  1. SATAN’S OBJECTIVE

 

WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT WE HAVE AN ENEMY WITH AN OBJECTIVE. WE KNOW THAT HE IS OUT TO KILL, DESTROY AND STEAL, BUT HE IS ALSO TRYING TO WEAR US OUT.

 

DANIEL 7: 25

 

2 CORINTHIANS 2: 11

 

*SATAN FEEDS ON OUR VULNERABILITIES

 

LUKE 4: 13

 

  1. HOW TO APPLY THE SHIELD OF FAITH

 

GOD’S DESIRE FOR OUR LIVES IS TO TAKE US FROM TRIBULATION TO VICTORY.

 

1 JOHN 5: 4

 

*UNDERSTAND WHERE THE SOURCE OF YOUR FAITH IS AT.

 

HEBREWS 12: 2

THE SOURCE OF OUR FAITH IS IN JESUS CHRIST AND WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US. HE IS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE ON OUR SIDE NO MATTER WHAT.

 

MANY TIMES, IN THE MIDST OF LIFE’S HARDSHIPS, THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN COMES TO US AND TRIES TO CONVINCE US THAT WE ARE UNWORTHY OF GOD’S HELP IN OUR LIVES. THIS IS A LIE OF THE ENEMY TO PREVENT US FROM RECEIVING THE HELP THAT WE REALLY NEED. YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW THAT IF GOD BE FOR YOU, WHO CAN BE AGAINST YOU. THIS MUST BE IN YOUR HEART VERY STRONGLY!

 

ISAIAH 40: 31

 

THERE WERE MANY BIBLE CHARACTERS, WHICH FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER BECAME WEARY AND DESPONDENT OVER THEIR SITUATIONS IN LIFE, BUT IN THE END BECAME OVERCOMERS, BECAUSE THEY KNEW WHERE THEIR FAITH WAS.

 

NUMBERS 11: 11-15

 

JOSHUA 7: 7

 

EVERYONE IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE VARIOUS SITUATIONS THAT TRY OUR FAITH. NONE OF US IS EXEMPT. BUT WE CAN EXTEND THE MISERY OF THE SITUATION IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE DON’T APPLY THE WORD OF GOD TO THE SITUATION.

 

ROMANS 10: 17

 

JOB 23: 11-12

 

*WE MUST FIND GOD’S PURPOSE & BUILD KINGDOM CHARACTER

 

ROMANS 8: 28

 

WHEN WE APPROACH CERTAIN SITUATIONS WITH A KINGDOM MENTALITY AND A HEART OF FAITH, GOD IS ABLE TO BE RELEASED TO BRING FORTH JOY IN THE MIDST OF EACH DIFFICULTY. THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH, WHICH COUNTERACTS SATAN’S TACTIC OF WEARING US DOWN.

 

ROMANS 5: 3-4

 

JAMES 1: 2-4

 

*WE MUST FIND CONTENTMENT IN THE ADVERSITY

 

PHILIPPIANS 4: 11-13

 

WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO FIND CONTENTMENT, THE SHIELD OF FAITH NOT ONLY CAUSES THE ENEMY TO LEAVE US ALONE, BUT IT FURTHER RELEASES GOD’S HAND OF PROVISION IN THE MIDST OF THE TRIAL.

 

PHILIPPIANS 4: 19

 

CLOSING

 

IF YOU ALLOW GOD TO WORK HIS PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE, BY GOING TO HIM AND HIS WORD, DURING THE TIME OF DIFFICULTY, YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF IN A PLACE OF CONTENTMENT AND AS A RESULT, YOU WILL BE THE KIND OF OVERCOMER THAT GOD HAS DESTINED YOU TO BE AND YOU WILL HAVE DEFEATED SATAN’S ATTEMPT TO WEAR YOU DOWN.

 

GALATIANS 6: 9

 

JOHN 16: 33

 

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