Ps Clinton Phillips 22nd March 2015 (2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Romans 11:36, Isaiah 14:12-14, Genesis 1:1-26)Clinton Phillips, March 22, 2015
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Introduction - We're in a culture of convenience. If it's out of our comfort zone, then we pull back on things.
The weaker I am, the stronger I become. Looking at our weaknesses. In looking at our weaknesses, not a counselling session, but to look at areas in our lives where we have weaknesses and limitations, to change our point of view to see yourself totally differently. Coming out from being under the circumstances. See how God's power rests on our lives because of our weakness.
We don't want to show weakness. Hollywood plastic surgery. Story of man with withered hand. Jesus says "stretch out your hand". As he stretched out his withered hand, he was healed. As we stretch out those parts of our weakness to Jesus, in the presence of God, that's where His power is.
Worked in the disability sector. It trains you to see people. Not disabled people - just people, regardless of shape and ability. When you love people, and you see people, you'll do stuff because you won't be thinking about yourself, you'll be thinking about them. Gives you new perspective. eg Jon Phillips. Don't see disability - see brother. Not ask the question "why God".
In the chaos of our live, sometimes we just go "woe is me", rather than God saying "I want to show you something in your chaos that you wouldn't see if you didn't have this chaos in your life". What is God trying to get your attention about?
2 Cor 12:1-10 "My grace is sufficient for you". Paul talking about encounters with God. Paul doesn't brag about these encounters - he brags about his weakness. When you study about Paul - he had a visual problem. Because God's strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. God's strengths rest where we are weak.
If it's broke, don't fix it! Look at the "why" question - why am I here? What am I meant to do? What's my purpose here? God wants you and I to not be worried about what people think of us, or what we think of ourselves. "When purpose is misunderstood, abuse is imminent." For our lives, there have been times where people have not understood your purpose, and restricted you in some way. Used you for something you were not purposed for. People have just seen your talent and ability and not understood your purpose for them. We do that to ourselves - we don't see our purpose, we see our limitations! If we don't understand purpose, then abuse is imminent.
Story of diver.
Rom 11:36 - cheat sheet for life. "For of him and through him and to him are all things, to whom be glory forever". "Everything comes from him". Position. Business. Marriage. Job. Finance. Car. "And exists by His power" - everything comes from God. "And is intended for His glory" - Position - for God's glory. Business - for God's glory. Limitations - God's glory. The reason of our why is to give God glory. So that you won't be the victim of it.
Isa 14:12-14. Story of the fall of lucifer. Bitterness is pride. Self-pity. Comes from a place of pride. He was a reflector of God's glory. He would stand in the presence of God and reflect God's glory. But something on the inside of him got in the way, God cast him to earth. Earth becomes his prison, his punishment.
Gen 1:1. Enemy spent time on the earth, unable to create things, unable to change things. All of a sudden, God shows up. Let there be light.
vs 26. God said "let us make man in our image".
When God turns up and his spirit hovers, it reminds the enemy of his inability to do anything outside the will of God.
God formed and God breathed. When God came to creating man, he breathed. We're not going to be limited, he breathed into us life.
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2 Corinthians 12:1-10
1It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (KJV)
36For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (KJV)
12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (KJV)
1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. 6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. 9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13And the evening and the morning were the third day. 14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. 20And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 23And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. 24And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (KJV)