Ps Clinton Phillips 25th November 2012 (1 Peter 1:3-7, Exodus 17:7-16, Proverbs 3:5-6, Revelation 3:18)Clinton Phillips, November 25, 2012
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Gods promises to us.
"What's in it for God"?
A heads up for what's coming up: wonderful joy, also many trials.
Like school all over: each year, tests to make it to the next level. Many joys ahead.
Focus to on the joy, not on the trials. The trials show that your faith is genuine. There is going to be heat, going to get hot, burn, hurt.
God is at work in you. God is building in you the capacity to trust him, no matter what happens.
Israelites coming out of Egypt. Never acknowledged god. Never lost the old mindset.
The trial is the test, but it's not for you to turn to man. It's about trusting god. Part of growth. Purifying, more of Christ in your world.
**Who do you turn to when the pressure is on?**
We're going to face trials. The focus is allowing God to show you what it is in yourself that God wants to burn out.
Understand the power of God that is available to you when you are under trial.
Temptation is not a bad thing - it's how we respond to that. Look for the way out.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fire. Won't bow down. It's in the fire that Jesus is with us. God says to us when are in the fire, saying "I am with you". So we are to turning in the face of opposition. Gods power is unlimited!
Can you trust God? Even when you are surrounded. Even when the enemy pours in. Even when the diagnosis is bad.
God is wanting to teach us to trust him.
Trust is like a weld, fused together by heat.
Don't quit the process! Be a person that trusts God.
Trust with your whole heart. If god gives you a word, don't change it just because your circumstances don't fit it. When he speaks to you, he has the end in mind.
Can you trust god in the war?
The Lord is my banner. Calls us for a cause.
Hold up the leaders hands. Bring deliverance. Leader brings victory.
Enemy takes us out through offence. The open one who suffers is you. Offence comes from the word scandalon. A trap.
Understand the strategic plan of the enemy.
Gods plan: buy gold refined in fire.
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1 Peter 1:3-7
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (ESV)
7 And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. 9 So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner, 16 saying, “A hand upon the throne of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” (ESV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. (ESV)
18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. (ESV)