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Pastor Mike Hendon
• God has a weakness… • Weakness defined is a special desire or fondness… • This explains the enemies motivation to destroy what God loves
• Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don't see many of "the brightest and the best" among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn't it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these "nobodies" to expose the hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"?
• That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That's why we have the saying, "If you're going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God."
of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn't get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan's angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me
• My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.
• He must increase, but I must decrease.
• Divine order—For Him to be big—I must be small
• God’s way of shrinking you…to put you in situations that are way bigger than you
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And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
• Nothing like a storm to reveal your weakness • The goal was not Bethsaida—it was the storm!
• He saw them “toiling” in rowing. • The word toiling in the Greek is “to be examined by torture; agitated” • Our agitation is the result of our vision being fixated on the wrong thing. What do you see? • Do you see trouble, no shore, no goal, no good outcome…or do you see Him walking…
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What to do when the wind is contrary to you: Stay calm Stay faithful Stay assured If I can do that in the turmoil of life the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me!
• That means the turmoil is not something to be feared, but a means to the purposes of God. • It means that even if I fail, I can get back up because it is all a part of the process • I Kings 20:22-28 • Ps.84:5-6