LAST WEEK … LOOKED at the FACT … Jesus is Greater … • • • Greater than our Sin Greater than the Devil

Greater than our Failure

I DIDN’T … FEEL LIKE ... I was FINISHED … with THAT LAST POINT. I WANT TO … PICK IT UP AGAIN today … and TALK ABOUT … THOSE HEROES OF FAITH… in HEBREWS 11. YOU’LL REMEMBER… WE FOUND OUT… THEY ALL HAD … TIMES OF FAILURE … BUT THEY … WENT ON … TO GREATNESS.

LOOK AT … THE CONTRAST They were WEAK! • • • BUT … CAME TO THE PLACE… WHERE THEY WERE…

SUBDUING KINGDOMS… STOPPING MOUTHS OF LIONS… DOING E PLOITS!

WHAT … I WANT to… LOOK AT TODAY … IS … HOW DID THEY … DO IT? HOW … LEA"E … FAILURE BEHIND … TO BECOME GREAT?

- SEE … ITS ONE THING … to KNOW … H !S BIGGER THAN YOUR FAILURE… - ANOTHER thin" … TO LET GOD … CHANGE YOU…

#$D … MOLD YOU INTO … THE HERO … HE WANTS YOU … TO BE! I!% CALLING THIS MESSAGE & HOW TO BE # HERO … NOT # #ERO! $ow … WHEN I SAY… THE WORD … 'HERO(… I!% NOT TALKING ABOUT … SA"ING SOMEBODY WHO’S … DROWNING! … or BEING A CELEBRITY… IN THE WORLD’S EYES! I!% TALKING ABOUT … BECOMING GREAT… THE WAY … GOD COUNTS GREATNESS! )PEOPLE … LIKE … YOU SEE … $% HEBREWS 11!* DON’T YOU … LO"E TO READ … THAT CHAPTER? )I!% +H#. .12$I$G … is 'WHOSE HERO ARE YOU?( HEBREWS 11 3 IS STILL … BEING WRITTEN! )God!s STILL LOOKING FOR HEROES!* I WANT TO BE … a HERO … NOT a #ERO… 4. $G D!* THANK GOD … -or THOSE … BIBLE HEROES… BUT FOLKS& I THINK … we NEED so%e… PRESENT&DAY HEROES! PEOPLE WHO WILL& WALK WITH THE LORD… IN HOLINESS … ' TAKE PEOPLE … UNDER THEIR WING … TO ME … they!re HEROES OF FAITH… $% (he$r OWN RIGHT! ./ 0U STI1$ THIS .* G1D!S H 21 S #2 12DI$#2/ 5 15.. ..

le* B*( … READ THOSE NAMES … AGAIN! 5eter< Ja%es< John< $oah< 5aul< .oses< David< Ti%othy< #.raha%< Ja6o.I: H 21 S S IT I$ HIST12/& HEROES … DON’T START OUT … LOOKING LIKE HEROES! )In the Bi.we 6ould 7ust "et … the CELEBRITIES SA"ED … the RICH PEOPLE saved…( God DOESN’T … THINK LIKE THAT! HIS PLAN … IS TO TAKE … ORDINARY PEOPLE… and MAKE HEROES OUT OF THEM! 8.odies… .* H 21 S $ 9 2… ST#2T 1UT .I )UALIFIED! … HOW ABOUT YOU? WE THINK& 'I. NOT ONE … OF US … IN HERE … REMEMBERS THEM … FOR WHAT THEY WERE! = REMEMBER THEM … F12 WHAT THEY BECAME! ST#2T D 1UT #S& $o.11:I$G .

A PERSON … who RECEI"ED A PROMISE FROM GOD … and THINGS GOT WORSE.But< BY THE TIME … GOD GOT THROUGH … WITH THEM … THEY WERE SOMEBODIES! )H 21 S!* ALL IT TOOK … was GOD! )So … IF YOU’RE INTERESTED … FIND OUT … H1= T1 TU2$ # > 21 I$T1 # H 21& 4. . $1=… IF TH#T … HAD BEEN ME& MY FIRST THOUGHT& Glory to God! )SMOOTH SAILING -ro% HERE ON!* I.e E PERIENCED … DON’T )UIT! GOD CAN … TURN IT AROUND… .* D1$!T 0UIT< ? D1$!T 9 2 ST15 B .I 9I$G NO MATTER … HOW MUCH FAILURE … y+*’. /+( 0ea. ) ver .een there?* YOU REMEMBER THE STORY& SAMUEL CAME to his house… PULLED HIM OUT OF THE FIELD… and ANNOUNCED … … 'GOD HAS CALLED YOU… to .I!% the KING… E"ERYBODY’S GOING TO BE … SER"ING ME! WHAT HE … DIDN’T COUNT ON& SAUL… Sa*.+*s … and D#9ID SPENT THE NE T … 11 YEARS #S # FUGITI"E.11: #T D#9ID& David!s a CLASSIC E AMPLE … o.e KING-.

$2 w+*.Da.5 #H #D … 4 S#.$2’s +*( … w$(h h$s 3e%.a2e2 #IKLAG… and CLEANED THEM OUT! TALK ABOUT … AN OPPORTUNITY TO )UIT! But… Da.U . @A .ut DA"ID ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD … )HEROES … /+((a 2+ (ha(! SOMETIMES& It!s 0*s( YOU ' GOD!* It … LOOKED LIKE… E"ERYTHING WAS LOST… But… he DIDN’T )UIT… #nd… HISTORY TELLS US& LESS THAN … 56 HOURS LATER … DA"ID WAS … SITTING ON THE THRONE … AS KING! . WHILE THEY WERE GONE& The AMALEKITES … $%.2%’( 4*$(! $ BT 5H2#S & … .RUNNING … HIDING $% CA"ES … li-e… SE"ERAL ATTEMPTS … %ade on his 11 YRS LATER … GOTTA BE THINKING& This hasn!t … GONE ACCORDING TO PLAN! JU.

… THE BUTLER . 7I’LL GET YOU OUT!… FORGOT ABOUT HIM … SPENT TWO MORE YEARS… IN 8AIL! ONE DAY … KING DREAMS A DREAM … )BUTLER REMEMBERS*… WAS A PRISONER 9 THE DAY BEFORE… WENT FROM … TH PRISON TO THE PALACE! )Doesn!t taCe God lon"…* BOTH THOSE CASES … LOOKED LIKE GOD FORGOT… FOR YEARS! Then< $% ONE DAY … E"ERYTHING CHANGED! =H#T H#55 $ D? 5ayday 6a%e! =ITH G1D… /1U D1$!T :$1= =H $… PAYDAY’S COMING! . =ITH J1S 5H& Thr+w% $% a PIT … )BY HIS BROTHERS*… #$D … SOLD AS A SLA"E! HE’S A SLA"E … I$ POTIPHAR’S HOUSE… … POTIPHAR’S WIFE… LIES #B1UT HI.S#. 2& 2 ST12 D T1 HIS 5..… GETS HIM … THROWN IN PRISON! … E"ENTUALLY… H INTERPRETS A DREAM … )F12 TH BUTLER ' BAKER* … … B#: 2& DI ! BUT.#+ ..

EGYPT. Don!t you Cnow… HIS FLESH … HAD TO BE SCREAMING? • • LEA"ING … TH COMFORTS OF THE PALACE … GOING to B … MISTREATED WITH THE SLA"ES … ALL SEEMED SO UNNECESSARY& THINK& He!s IN … PHAROAH’S FAMILY. )NE T IN LINE… -or THRONE!* ALL HE’D HA"E TO DO& IS WAIT … -or PHARAOH TO DIE! WHEN I TAKE O"ER… I’LL LET :EM GO!( 'I G T… to STAY HERE… WHERE IT’S COMFORTABLE… and YOU GET YOUR PEOPLE BACK!( .havin" the "ood ti%e that sin 6ould .e 6alled 5haraohHs "randson.5.IF YOU WANT … TO BE A HERO… Don!t Duit! 8.'#-ter .e %istreated with GodHs GeoGle instead o.oses "rew uG< his -aith %ade hi% re-use to .( THI$:& )ON ONE SIDE*& He!s /+( E"ERY PLEASURE … EGYPT CAN OFFER… OTHER SIDE& God!s CALLING HIM T1 … LEAD HIS PEOPLE out o. H 2 & H B 44&8E-8F .* D1 THI$GS G1D!S =#/… 9 $ =H $ … /1U D1$!T U$D 2ST#$D This is what… TAKES YOU… OUT OF FAILURE … INTO SUCCESS! .rin" -or a little while. He 6hose to .1S S IS 1U2 B#.

e6o%e a H 21? FORGET YOUR FLESH … FORGET THE CROWD … GO WITH GOD! … .#$ 5 2S5 +TI9 . BUT& DONE THAT WAY& God NE"ER WOULD HA"E GOTTEN THE GLORY H G1T… … WOULDN’T H#9 … SHOWN HIS POWER! … EGYPTIAN GODS WOULDN’T HA"E BEEN SPOILED! G+2’s WAY $s (he BEST WAY! YOUR FLESH … MAY NOT #G2 TH WORLD WON’T … AGREE … But… GOD’s WAY IS THE BEST WAY! How do you .MAKE SENSE& Fro% a HU.