“IT NEVER PAYS TO RUN FROM TROUBLE” CONCLUSION!

 Read Psalm 55:5-8

  1. Make prayer a constant practice.
  2. We need to draw on past experiences.

 Verse 19,even He that abideth of old.”  as long as God is on the Throne.

 Notice the rare “Selah” in the middle of the verse. If God delivered once He will deliver again.

3. Cast your burden upon The Lord. Verse 22.

Cast:    shalak (shaw-lak);   to throw out, down or away.

Burden:   yehab (ye-hawb’); what is given (by Providence).

There are three ways to respond to our burdens:

  1. Run from them.

Leads to misery. There are miserable Christians everywhere.

  1. Wilt under the pressure of them. We need to fly above our circumstances.

Like an eagle.  The eagle can fly directly into the sun without blinding him.

Solomon marveled at “the way of an eagle in the air” in Proverbs 30:19. An eagle can stay aloft for hours, rarely moving his wings and riding wind currents.

  1. Cast it back upon The Lord.

If you were hurt, abused, neglected, etc.  I understand, but put it in a package or baggage to God.

 It never pays to run from trouble.

“IT NEVER PAYS TO RUN FROM TROUBLE” PART 2.

Read Psalm 55:5-8.

ABSALOM tried to flee from the forest on a mule, but his head caught in the thick boughs of a terebinth tree. Joab, the captain of David’s army, then killed Absalom in spite of David’s request that he not be harmed. Upon hearing the news of his death, David moaned, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!”  These are some of the saddest words in the Bible.

 Absalom had many talents and abilities. But he was also spoiled, impatient, and overly ambitious. These, along with his vanity and pride, led to his tragic death. His body was cast into a pit, over which a great heap of stones was piled as a sign of contempt in 2 Samuel  18:17.

What did David do when trouble came, what should we do?

  1. Make prayer a constant practice.

Verse 16, “As for me, I will call upon God; and The Lord shall save me.”

Prayer is a discipline of   time.

              “                       mind.

              “                       humility & will.

Think of it this way:  I need what God has for me.

Verse 17, We need more than once a day praying.David was a worshipper and got deliverance.We had better cultivate prayer to stand when trouble comes.

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“IT NEVER PAYS TO RUN FROM TROUBLE!!

Psalm 55, verses 5-8 text.

Comment on verses, and review David.

I. TROUBLE REMINDS US WE NEED CHRIST.

God is teaching us to comfort other people. 2 Corinthians 1:3-6.

We suffer to be a channel for God.

II. TO EXPERIENCE GOD’S DELIVERENCE.

God has no desire but to be God. Let Him!

In verses 1-5, David is saying, “Lord, I am grumbling.”

Verses 12-15, Is the messenger of Ahisophel .

Think of it: David had problems with Shimei and Absalom:

SHIMEI: A son of Gera of Saul’s family and the tribe of Benjamin in 2 Samuel 16:5-13; 1 Kings 2:8. Shimei grew bitter because David had taken the throne from the family of Saul. He insulted David when the king was fleeing from his own son, Absalom. When David finally won the struggle for the throne, Shimei repented. David accepted Shimei’s apology and promised to let him live. After David’s death, Solomon, would not allow Shimei to go beyond Jerusalem’s walls. Shimei obeyed Solomon’s command at first, but eventually he left the city and was promptly executed at Solomon’s command.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW DID JESUS LOVE?” CONCLUSION!

John 13:31-38.

I. JESUS LOVED IN TRUTH, II. JESUS LOVED IN GRACE.

When is the last time you were gracious, kind parents? You don’t want a Pastor who is not truthful, kind or gracious.

III. HE LOVED THEM IN FORGIVENESS.

Most Christians today have a score card. But you say, preacher they hurt me and did me wrong. That’s right, there would not be anything to forgive if not. Forgive means to forget and throw the scorecard away.

They conspired to kill Jesus, but He forgave them. He forgave without asking. We say, “if he comes and asks me to forgive I might.”

IV. HE LOVED THEM IN SERVICE.

Can you imagine the Son of God coming to serve you and me? Think of this: Servant hood is the real test of greatness. Our job is to serve even while leading others. Am I looking to serve or to be served.

That’s America this morning, “you owe me you serve me.” What did Jesus do? He washed their feet – humbled Himself. Think of this: if you get all the praise here you’ll get nothing there.

Ask yourself, how good of a servant am I? Let’s say together, “it is an honor to serve you.

V. HE ALSO LOVED THEM IN BEARING THEIR BURDENS.

There is no way to love without involvement under their burdens. We hear and walk away. When you love you bear Matthew 11:28-30.

Love and bearing burdens go together. Whose burdens are you bearing?
Jesus commanded them and us to love as “I have loved you.” How is your love today? It starts with Jesus.

“HOW DID JESUS LOVE?”

John 13:31-38
 
This message is not original with me, but was given in part by Dr. David Gibbs. Think about Jesus humiliation and compare to people to do all kinds of things to attempt to show their humility, or to show love for one another.
 
The Bible does not say, “put up with one another,” but love one another. This kind of love is beyond our ability in the flesh. So, the question this is, “How did Jesus love?” Here are six characteristic of the love of Christ.
 
I. JESUS LOVED THEM IN TRUTH.
 
He loved them so much that He was honest with them. He did not play games with them. Jesus loved and told in truth. If you love you cannot help but tell the truth.
 
There is no way to love as Jesus did and be two-faced. Think about this: would you love a two-faced Saviour? Truth is truth no matter what. Jesus would not think of being different behind their backs. Sometimes we don’t want to hear truth. We are all guilty of that.
 
II. JESUS NOT ONLY LOVED THEM IN TRUTH, BUT ALSO IN GRACE.
 
It is totally non Christ-like not to be gracious. Jesus was grace and truth. We want to hit them over the head with truth. We say, “that’s just the way I am, or that is just my personality.”
 
No, we need to understand that it is sin. Being strong is not being ugly, unkind or dogmatic. Children need gracious not grumpy parents.
 
CONTINUED  MONDAY!

“HOW CHARACTER SUSTAINS LEADERS!” PART 2.

Read Joshua chapter one again.
 
So what is it about character that really makes a difference?
 
1. Character sets you apart.
 
There was a time when people who lacked integrity stood out from the crowd. Now the opposite is true – charisma can make people stand out for a moment, but character can set them apart for a lifetime.
 
2. Character creates trust.
 
Leadership functions only on the basis of trust. If you pull out trust, then you will lose your leadership foundation.
 
3. Character promotes excellence.
 
If you lead people, good character sets a standard for everyone who is following you. People will eventually become like their leader. If leaders compromise on their standards, cheat the company, or take shortcuts, so will their followers.
 
4. Character gives staying power.
 
During the tough times that all leaders face, character has the ability to carry you through, which is something that charisma can never do. When you are weary and inclined to quit, the self-discipline of character keeps you going.
 
5. Character extends influence.
 
Charisma, by its nature, doesn’t last long or extend very far. It’s like a flash of gunpowder. It produces a quick, blinding light, but then it’s gone. The only thing left is smoke. Character, on the other hand, is more like a bonfire. Its effects are long-lasting. It produces warmth and light, and as it continues to burn it gets hotter, giving fuel that burns brighter.
 
If you’re currently leading people, you probably have some measure of both charisma and character. The question is which one are you relying on to lead? The answer can be found in your response to this great question, “As time goes by, does it get easier or harder to lead?”
 
Without character, leadership becomes harder to sustain. You constantly have to perform to get people to notice you; but with character, as time goes by, leadership strengthens, builds, and continues to attract the people. And best of all, the ones who do come to enjoy your fire stay with you a lot longer than the ones who only want to see a show.
 
TOMORROW, WE WILL SEE LEADERSHIP MISTAKES!

“HOW CHARACTER SUSTAINS LEADERS!”

By Dr. John C. Maxwell
Read Joshua 1
 
“In the last two issues of Leadership Wired, I presented two mistakes that I made as a young leader:
1. I thought that leaders distinguished themselves by rising above their people.
2. I thought as a leader, the people should be focused on my agenda.
 
A third mistake that I made as a young leader was that I used to think that charisma was the most important aspect of leadership. In the beginning, I focused on charisma because I know that leadership attracts, and leadership influences people. Therefore, I thought, “Well, if I’m going to influence people I’ve got to develop charisma in my life.” I’ve been around enough boring leaders to say that is a desire that most of us should have!
 
What I learned is that character is the most important aspect of leadership, not charisma. Charisma attracts, but character sustains. In fact, I think charisma, in the area of leadership, is overrated.
 
Character embodies who you really are. It’s the inner fiber of your being. It is your inner self in action. It reveals what you are truly made of, it’s your substance. Character is, as D.L. Moody said, “What you are in the dark.”
 
If you have charisma without character, it’s only a matter of time before people find you out. Without character you cannot sustain meaningful relationships, and without relationships your ability to lead and influence others is anemic.
 
So what is it about character that really makes a difference?
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!