Rev. Pointer preached from Psalms 66:8-12 on the second night of our New Year’s Revival. As I said in the last post, I’ll give my reflection on all three sermons collectively in a separate post.
Here are the highlights of Thursday’s sermon:
– God is at the bottom of our trouble (stop blaming it on spiritual inadequacy and/or the Devil).
o He is the mastermind of life’s mystery.
§ His orchestration of misery is proof of His favor.
§ One of the best ways for Him to develop us is through difficulty.
o Life’s difficulties are designed to develop our character.
§ Stop having selected memory and realize that all things are working for our good!!
– Sufferers ought to shout because suffering teaches us that:
1. We Can’t Be Destroyed By What We’re Going Through
o In order to give our testimony, we had to survive it!
o He doesn’t guarantee the upkeep of our exterior, but He does promises to keep our soul!
o Earthly blessings fade, but the soul never deteriorates!
o Our shout should be based on who has us, not what we have!
o God is a stabilizer (He guards, guides and keeps our steps sure): Direction and Destination belong to Him
§ HE WON’T KEEP US IN PERFECTION, BUT HE’LL KEEP US IN PROGRESSION!
§ God sabotages our plans as shade from the heat we can’t handle. He’s what we need when we need it.
- His identity is static, but His manifestation is dynamic! J
2. I’m Being Developed by What I’m Going Through
o God has tailored our troubles to the perfect temperature that will burn out our imperfections without burning the purity He sees in us.
§ He leaves us in the fire until He looks at us and sees His reflection. CAN GOD SEE HIS REFLECTION ON YOU?? UNTIL THEN, YOU’LL STAY IN THE FIRE!!!
o God takes us to our nets (points of limitation).
§ He uses the points that our feelings of inferiority are exposed to show us His majesty and remind us of our identity in Him! J
o He orchestrates afflictions to keep us humble.
3. I Will be Delivered from What I’m Going Through
o If we could get ourselves out, we wouldn’t need deliverance.
o Don’t get discouraged by closed doors, God’s go the keys to the doors we need to get in!
o How could we know He’s a problem-solver if we never had any problems?