08 Dec S4 09 | Resilience in a World of Resistance
Today we discuss something very important to the Christian faith: resilience under the pressure of resistance. Our country is in a different state than it has ever been before. The government is starting to resist your freedoms and rights. It is up to the Church to stand for truth, righteousness, and justice once again.
Key Verse: Hebrews 10:12 “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God”
Theme: When you cannot/should not take matters into your own hand
Scriptures Studied: 1 Samuel 23; 1 Samuel 24; Romans 12:19; Isaia 40:31; Hebrews 10:12; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 7:7; Galatians 6:2; 1 Timothy 2:1; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Philippians 4:6; Psalm 54:1-7; Luke 16:10; Matthew 5:16; Proverbs 27:2; Revelation 12:12; Romans 16:19; 1 Peter 5:6; 1 Peter 5:7
Points to Note:
Reminder, the story of Saul & David is Our Story:
- Saul: [Kingdoms of this world] Self-Centered, Demanding, Disobedient to God, Seeks His Own Glory
- David: [Kingdom of God] Other-Centered, Giving/Self-Sacrificing, Obedient to God, Seeks the Glory of God
- Definition of “Resistance”: the ability to deal with, manage, or bounce back from opposition
- Hands depicted in Scripture are a symbol of “power”
- A Resilient Life:
- Maintains regular communication with God
- Values God’s assignment over man’s assessment
- Is prevailing in prayer
- Is ready for the hard answers from the Lord
- Has faithful partners who remind you of God’s promises
- Trusts that God is always ultimately in charge
- RESISTS the pleasure of personal promotion
- RESTS in the Lord’s promotion
Recognize the Following:
- Prayer is a two-way conversation: we talk to God in prayer and hear from God in the Bible.
- Mankind will always have something to say about how you live.
- You have to learn to hear God because people have a nasty habit of lying.
- Jonathan is a voice of assurance in David’s life.
- “Talent can take you where character can’t keep you.”
- Our works should bring glory not to ourselves but to God.
Questions to Consider:
- Who is your “Jonathan”?
- What do you do when the people who you are in community with tell you to do things that are not from God?
- Have you ever tried to “force” God to do something?
- What is on your heart right now?
- Are you ready to trust God’s timing?
- From the news portion of the episode:
- A great way to find your “Jonathan” is through Life Groups. You can find all types of Life Groups to fit your style: in person, online, and actions to help others…. https://waterschurch.org/life-groups/