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Impacting life’s disasters #3 – Get good seed in the ground
IMPACTING LIFE’S DISASTERS
Get good seed in the ground
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seed you sow (plant).
Pastor George Lehman
Over the past weeks we have been looking at Impacting Life’s Disasters.
#1You’ve got what it takes and
#2 Getting the most out of your Storms
But, today I want us to look at some more Good News.
If you catch this – you won’t be the same again.
Do you realize that you can cause good things to happen in your life?
It is all up to you.
Just as you can cause bad things to happen in your life.
You ask how? Simply by sowing.
If your life is filled with joy and peace, you have a great attitude and you’re being fruitful, reflecting the character of Jesus,
Just check what seeds you have been sowing in your life, that got you to such a courageous, victorious place.
So too, if you’re regularly miserable, have a bad attitude, always complaining, always filled with anger, negativity and unforgiveness, just check the seeds you’re busy sowing into your life.
When you’re assessing your harvest, deal with the cause not the symptom.
Cause = seeds we’re planting.
Symptom = harvest we’re reaping.
As you sow good things so you also reap good things.
2 Corinthians 9:6:- “He who sows (bountifully) generously will also reap (bountifully) generously”.
The words that are highlighted in the Greek of this text –
2 words highlighted = Bountifully – Generously.
It is a universal law – what you sow you will reap, e.g. Law of Gravity.
Remember God gave a rainbow to Noah – with a promise, “I won’t do it again, but He said something very significant as well”.
Genesis 8:22 :- “While the earth remains seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer and day and night shall not cease”.
Note – While the earth remains, we can expect sowing and reaping, seed time and harvest time.
This is an unchanging principle – it is a universal law.
That will not change until the end of time.
Do you know, right in the middle life’s disasters we can trust God to have a good harvest?
You say, “My life is a disaster”, well, what have you been sowing?
How do we “Impact life’s Disasters?”
The KEY- By sowing good seeds.
When you sow good things into your life, in time of storms and need, good things are going to come.
You’ll find you become fruitful, blessed, and prosperous.
Note :- God wants you to prosper in EVERY area of your life.
3 John 1:1-2 :- “Beloved (that is you) I pray that IN ALL RESPECTS you may prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers”.
For the most there are 2 kinds of people –
Those who Give to Live
Those who Live to Give.
Those who GIVE TO LIVE don’t do something without expecting a reward – there’s always strings attached. They keep record of what they give.
The one’s who LIVE TO GIVE never expects rewards – no payment, the question is, “Has it helped someone?”
But beware of this, when you are selfish, critical, miserable, bad attitude, judgmental, negative, unkind – this will block the harvest.
Guess what you will reap?
Become more SEED orientated than your NEED orientated.
It must be in our DNA - (Devine Natural Ability) it is the very nature of God, He delights in giving – John 3:16,
He even gives what we don’t deserve –
What a principle –
Givers are gainers
Takers are losers.
You may say, “This doesn’t work for me, I’ve forgiven, I’ve shown love, I just got kicked in the teeth, I’ve given my tithe, I’m still struggling”.
Can I just say this, check the motive of your heart –
You’ll find you can never out give God and His Word works.
Everything you do in obedience to the Word and His Name – Luke 6:37-38, will be your experience.
Luke 6:37-38 Living Bible (TLB)
37 “Never criticize or condemn—
Impacting Life’s Disasters #2 – Getting the most out of your storms
IMPACTING LIFE’S DISASTERS
Getting the most out of your storms -
Pastor George Lehman
I want us to talk about: -
Getting the most out of the difficulties, sorrows, hurts, pains, disasters that we will face in this life. Summed up in one word “STORMS”
So that we can come out victoriously even when you have been knocked down many times.
2 Corinthians 6:4,6-7,10(NLT & NCV): “In everything we do, we try to *show that we are true servants of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, patience, and kindness… We use our right living to defend ourselves against everything… 10We have much sadness but we are always rejoicing”.
*Not by our effort but by the Holy Spirit Power.
This is Paul’s personal testimony, which God has given to us so we can draw strength and victory from.
He says :- “With all these ‘storms’ – hey!! We are still standing”.
We talking about “Getting the most out of our storms”.
#1 Last week we spoke about “You’ve got what it takes” -
I want to share the following 3 thing you can count on:
1 – Count on storms to come.
2 – Count on strength for the storm.
3 – Count on joy in the storm.
2 Corinthians 6:4 :- “We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (all kinds)”.
Do you know storms come to make us – not to break us?
#1. Count on storms to come.
There are 3 kinds of storms we encounter.
a) Storms caused by everyday life.
Troubles = pressures of this life
Do you experience any of these pressure Storms?
Pressures of money – financial problems, family problems, marriage problems, peer pressure, job pressure, health problems.
These are common to all of us, some more, some less than others, but they are a part of our everyday life.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 :- “So, don’t worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own, sufficient for each day is its own trouble”.
Don’t ask why – ask how I can get the most out of my storms.
b) Storms caused by the actions of others.
“Hardships” and distress brought on by others.
Bible examples: David/Saul - Joseph/Brothers.
I’m sure we can all tell stories how others caused hurts, offences, troubles, heartache and pain for our lives.
We all experience the actions of others at one time or another in our lives.
There are many hurting people that don’t go to church – because of people.
“It’s our choice to get the most out of our storm”.
c) Storms caused by our own mistakes.
“Storms” – The one with our own signature on it – our own name written all over it.
How many of you have brought storms on yourself by intentional or unintentional stupid mistakes or decisions?
It’s so easy to blame others and not take ownership for many of the stupid calls we have made in our life.
Anonymous :- “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them”
For the most, we expect so much from ourselves – but – we say and do things that bring misery and pain and storms, and even disaster into our lives.
Paul called them “calamities”.
#1. Count on storms to come.
#2. Count on strength for the storm.
2 Corinthians 6:7 :- “We use our right living to defend ourselves against everything”.
What is Right Living? - It is our response to the storms of life.
When we live it out right – we come out right.
The opposite is also true –
When we live it out wrong – we come out bitter and all twisted.
In other words, life can hurt you or help you.
Life can make you a better or a bitter person.
2 Corinthians 6:6 :- “We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, patience and kindness”.
a) God will strengthe
Impacting life’s disasters #1 – You’ve got what it takes
IMPACTING LIFE’S DISASTERS
You’ve got what it takes
Pastor George Lehman
You’ve got what it takes is made up in your Spiritual
DNA – Devine Natural Ability
2 Peter 1:3 (AMP)
For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through a true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”
Your attitude to hardships, disasters and difficulties is what will make you – or break you.
There’s a scripture in Daniel 11:32 which is a “Prophetic Statement of Daniel”.
Daniel 11:32 (b) (LB) :- “But the people who know their God shall be strong and do great things”.
Jesus is here referring to this portion in Daniel 11.
In Matthew 24:15 NIV “So when you see standing in the holy place ’The abomination that causes desolation’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel-let the readers understand”
Jesus is talking about the end times, of disasters, hardships, lawlessness will increase, and pressure on us to walk in victory.
That’s why Daniel says in Daniel 11:32 AMPL:- “The people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits* for God”.
Exploits: – Do bold things, to do daring things.
God is simply saying that His people – Impact life’s disasters.
They are not impacted and defeated and lose hope and fall apart by life’s disasters
(Soccer ball theory) A ball kicked at you, and it hits you on the head can be very sore, but like a soccer player that Impacts the ball with his head with purpose gets a very different result
This scripture in Matthew 24 refers to us, the end time people.
Think about it – life as we know has changed our lives overnight.
Never forget, we have an enemy of our souls, the devil – the main cause who comes to only kill, steal and destroy.
Revelation 12:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Therefore rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them [in the presence of God]. Woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has come down to you in great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time [remaining]!”.
Ephesians 6:12 We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but principalities, rulers, powers of this dark world.
We understand life. Today everything is going well, it could not be better and, Tomorrow, out of nowhere disaster strikes.
Right now we are confronted with so many changes
None of us knows what tomorrow holds – or what it may bring
but “You’ve got what it takes” - no matter what.
It is not for religious people, or your average churchgoers, those who only say “I believe”.
This is for saved, born again people, those who have a personal relationship with Jesus.
It is for those who “Know their God”.
It is only God’s people that will be able to draw - Devine strength,
Power and Ability from God.
Its your D N A = Divine Natural Ability -
To face these uncertain changing times that confronts our lives each day.
Question: “Does Jesus make a difference in your life?”
When Jesus comes to live in our lives, His Holy Spirit, with all the resources of God becomes available to ME.
Ephesians 6:10 :- “Be strong in the Lord and the Power of His might”.
We are expecting many things from God, But
You must really understand God expects from us–
To be strong
To be brave
To be bold
To be courageous
To be confident.
It is not just a good idea, it is God idea.
Daniel 11:32 :- “The people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and stand firm”.
The Hebrew word for “strong” says –
They will display strength
They will display courage
They will display boldness.
God is expecting us to rise up.
Ephesians 3:16 :- “That we will be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner-man by the Holy Spirit Himself, indwelling your innermost being and personality”.
Hope series #6 – Our hope is a secure anchor
Our Hope is a secure Anchor
“Hope holds you fast like an anchor so you don’t give way, it makes you strong when you can’t be.”
We see throughout scripture that HOPE is an essential and vital piece of spiritual armour
It is through those times of crises and real hardships that we learn the proper place of hope in a Christian’s life
I want to present you with this beautiful picture of hope
Some practical tools for allowing hope to govern our lives.
Hebrews 6:19-20 – This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek
Notice this anchor of hope passes out of time into eternity
It is fastened onto the Rock of Ages; attached to the very presence of Almighty God.
This passage says, “Hope is an Anchor.”
What needs an anchor? Well a ship needs an anchor.
Why? Because a ship floats on water which is an unstable element.
You can’t attach an anchor to the water.
Therefore in order to be held secure in the rough waters of tribulations, trials and hardships.
The anchor must be passed through the unstable waters into some complete secure solid object that will hold steady and not move.
We all live in an unstable world, which is temporal, impermanent and insecure.
There is nothing for us to fasten on to in this world which will guarantee us security.
Therefore for true stability we must have an anchor which passes out of time into eternity.
It must pass out of the temporal, the martial, and the unstable to the unchangeable, totally stable and secure.
This anchor so beautifully describes our hope in Jesus
It is not restricted to time, it does not depend on material possessions, its based on two unchangeable truths.
Hebrews 6:18 (Summed up this way) “In which it is impossible for God to lie. = His Word and His Oath (eed) } His unchangeable truths.
Our hope as an anchor passes right out of time into the immediate presence of God.
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) – Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
All the treasures of this world upon which people depend for security only lasts for a short time; they will pass away.
But your anchor of eternal hope reaches beyond this world into God’s presence.
Hebrews 6:20 – Where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
The function of the High Priest is to represent before God those who trust in Him.
Hebrews 7:25 (NIV) – He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and forever.
He is the eternal rock in which our hope is anchored.
As I close:
Let us take a moment to reflect on the profound (diepgaande) truth of our Hope being anchored to the eternal Rock, Jesus Christ
Everything around us may seem unstable and shaky:
Big changes and uncertainty face us
It can be enough to cause us to slip into fear, dismay (ontsteltenis) and hopelessness.
But then comes this awesome picture of us throwing out our anchor by faith calling on the Name of Jesus.
Hebrews 11:1 (LB) – What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it ahead.
Thank you Jesus, that the hope we have is firmly anchored in You.
By Your word and Your oath
Thank you Lord that in a very stormy time in history
I am stable and secure in You
I fully place my life and my trust in You
You alone are our hope in a hopeless world
In Jesus Name
Hope #5 – We have a strong Hope in this life
We have a strong Hope in this life
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Without hope, we will find it very difficult to continue to exercise patients during times of affliction and we won’t be faithful in prayer.
Often, we don’t appreciate the important things in life until we lose them.
It is especially true when it comes to hope.
It’s when you end up in a hopeless place; you realize how much you really need hope.
If you are feeling hopeless right now don’t give up! (Hope is alive)
The bible is a book recorded with many hope-filled breakthroughs.
There are also many amazing testimonies of people that were in a place of utter hopelessness that now live in the power of the fullness of God’s hope.
We not talking about the kind of hope that is often spoken of in this world.
That kind of hope is merely wishful thinking; it is nice but it won’t get you very far.
The hope we are talking about is so much more powerful than wishful thinking.
It is Christ centered!
Our hope looks back to Christ’s death and resurrection and looks forward to His coming.
A hope that 1 Corinthians 13:13 says will remain – never ends - always available.
To have this real unending hope in this life: We need a scriptural basis for that hope.
Did you know that there is ONE scriptural basis which is fully sufficient for every situation and every need? (Like a Monkey wrench one size fits all)
I want us to focus on this one scripture for persistence in hope.
Romans 8:28 (NASB) – And we know that God causes All Things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
I draw your attention to the first three words of this verse: “And we know”
The most important question to ask yourself: “Do you really know?”
This then means that there is nothing that has happened, or ever will happen, that is not covered by what is stated in this scripture.
There is no event, no situation, there is not disaster in which we need to despair. Why?
Because God causes everything even apparent disasters to work together for good to those who love Him.
He is in supreme control.
Isaiah 40:28 – Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become tired or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.
Matthew 28:18 – “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”
Romans 8:31 (KJV) – If God be for us, who can be against us?
Did you notice the two conditions in Romans 8:28 – “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose?”
These two conditions are very important
You see God has a purpose for each life
All that He does in our lives: His gifts; His provision; His leading; His watchful care.
Everything He has done for us is for the fulfillment of that purpose.
Purpose here means: “Prothesis” in Greek meaning: Living with deliberate intention.
When I am called according to His purpose it simply means living out His life through my life. With deliberate intention
Loving God is the foundation on which we build our lasting hope.
Luke 10:27(Amp) – You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.
1 John 5:3 (Amp) – For the [true] Love of God is this: that we habitually keep His commandments and remain focused on His precepts and His commandments and His precepts are not difficult [to obey].
God’s promise to us;
Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV) – 13I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the
Hope #4 – Hope grows strong through testing
Hope grows strong through testing
“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” – (Roy. T. Bennett )
I’m sure you will agree with me that most of us, if not all of us will experience hopelessness.
But you don’t have to succumb to it
Even so, sometimes we feel as if we are losing this age-old battle
I want to talk about Exalting in tribulation
Just as faith grows through testing in a similar way our hope is increased and matured as we go through various trials and tests
What happens when our hope is tested? The answer to the question is in:
Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)
Verse 1-2 – Therefore having been justified by faith (justified means acquitted; made righteous), we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the Glory of God.
Paul says that we “Exult in hope of the glory of God.”
The word *Exult means to rejoice, to be very confident
*Jubel / juig
Notice: That it is hope that produces that joy and confidence
But then Paul says:
Romans 5:3a – And not only this but we also exult in our *tribulations.
We can understand to exult in hope but how do we exult in tribulations and testing?
Why would we exult in our tribulations?
Paul goes on to explain:
Romans 5: 3b-5 – “Knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance, and perseverance proven character, and proven character hope, and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Notice: The progression that leads to hope
When we come into tribulation if we hold on to our faith, then we hold onto our hope.
What tribulation does in us to is to initiate a process which is essential for the building of Christian Character.
The end result is that through tribulation God gives us a strong, stable, confident hope.
You see hope has to be tested by tribulation in order to be proved genuine and become strong.
Notice the progression: Tribulation produces perseverance, perseverance produces proven character and proven character produces hope that is not disappointed.
There is only one way to learn perseverance - but to persevere. (Liking learning to ride a bike, know all the theory but to learn you must ride.)
When we come into tribulation (and we surly will) we need to hold on to one important truth: The trial we are facing God is allowing – It’s helping us.
God is permitting us to go through this particular trial
Because it’s the only way to produce what is needed in us for that – strong, confident, radiant, unshakable HOPE.
(Tribulation produces perseverance. So what does perseverance produce?)
Perseverance produces proven character.
The person who has been through trials and tribulations and comes out victorious has proven character
Romans 8:37 (NIV) – We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
What does it mean to be “more than conquerors?”
It’s when you come out of tribulation with more than when you went in it. You gain a Victory
That’s how it is when we persevere in tribulation – we come out with proven character
Proven character is essential because it establishes our hope
It’s important to know, we had the hope of the glory of God before our trial started. (Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope)
But when we come out of it, we have an altogether different degree of hope
The bible says that his hope does not disappoint us
It opens us up for the fullness of God’s love
This is all possible by the power of the Holy Spirit
Romans 15:13 (NKJV)- Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Please notice: It is by the power of the Holy Spirit – we cannot do this on our