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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