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You Trust God In The Pit, Part 1

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May 29, 2020 8:00 am

You Trust God In The Pit, Part 1

Fellowship in the Word / Bil Gebhardt

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May 29, 2020 8:00 am

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Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhart challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ your thoughts on that that make much sense to you. I mean, you sort of say well when you get thrown into a pit. Try not to whine or complain too much to get thrown into a pit make some resolving to see if you can just get through is that all draw joining us today on this additional Fellowship in the Word pastor know your heart Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie. Pastor Bill Gebhart now is once again he shows us how God's word. Our world Bibles to Genesis chapter 37 in verse 18 Sir just parachuting right in the beginning here of the life of Joseph. If you remember Joseph and his family were an interesting group so the bronze a version of a dysfunctional family.

They could've had their own reality TV show. Keeping up with the sons of Jacob. If you remember Joseph was his father's favorite along with Benjamin.

The other 10 were not, and they knew it. And then Joseph did things like he had dreams and in his dream he shared with his brothers and sisters that one day they will come and bow before him. And if you know brothers and sisters they can resent that kind of thing and so they grow to hate Joseph and we get the verse 18. Joseph is now 60 miles away from daddies protection and his brothers are there is as and when they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them. They plotted against him to put in the death and they said to one another. Here comes this dreamer now then, let us kill him and throw them into one of the pits that a wild beast would be borrowing while now you know the story they doesn't get eaten by wild beast. He gets picked up by some caravan and ends up in slavery in Egypt. But it's interesting to me that Joseph never saw this coming at all. By the way, you don't either. Whenever you're thrown into a pit.

You never see it Joseph spit. By the way was assistant. Sometimes it would collect water, but in this case it didn't have anyone he was thrown in our pits come in different forms. Diagnosis foster home and unemployment line phone call the death of someone we love divorce, abandonment, abuse, pit can be almost anything pits are common to our lives the pits of life are as common as potholes in New Orleans. You can be going on a smooth road but not too much time you're going to find yourself in one of the pits was also interesting to me is that that Joseph story gets much worse before it gets better and approves out that he then becomes one of the great examples for all of us Amana really of incredible faith. You see, Joseph had a choice when he was thrown into the pit by his brothers when he was sold and the slavery when he was imprisoned in Egypt in each of these cases that's a pit and had the choice and had the same choice you have whenever you are in a pit you choose to be better or you can choose to be better. Joseph chose the former.

He chose to make this better. He use the pit. By the way to grow is extraordinary faith, but pits are not easy to get out of and often what happens when were in a pit and we experience a sort of the abandonment and the pain of the pit.

We become extremely bitter. I would imagine that as Joseph went on in his life. I thought what would his resume look like with zero be short like this Joseph the son of Jacob graduate honors with honors from the University of hard knocks, now director of the global effort to save humanity succeeded and he did see the end of Joseph's life Joseph again encounters his brothers and he says this to them. In Genesis 50 he said. As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.

In order to bring about this present result to preserve many people alive were at the end of the series that I entitled, that your faith grows when I said in the beginning God wants each of us to have great faith.

What I would call bulletproof faith, the kind of faith that no matter how deep the pit amount of difficult circumstances that we would stay and continue to have peace and joy and hope in our lives. And I said that at that time. There are people like that that we know when we admire them, but I don't think God is as interested in us admiring those people as he is replicating those people. We should all be people of great faith and I said God allows certain circumstances and certain experiences in your life and a chance for your faith, the really grow. It doesn't mean it will that be up to you. I said the first case was that when you apply the word of God, your life, your faith will grow not when you hear the word of God, not when you read the word of God, not when you study the word of God.

But when you actually apply the word of God. And then I said that also.

God sometimes puts providential relationships into your life and you need to take advantage of those people. These people become your mentors. These people become an example.

And these people can have an enormous impact on your life than last time I said if your face going to grow what we have to be is authentic. In other words, our faith has to be a faith of authenticity is not outward religious practices.

We talked about the idea that in my prayer life. In my study and my giving it has to be private between me and the Lord.

I don't do it for other people to see it. And secondly, we all need to have a personal ministry.

If God puts a burden on your heart for something that you see. Then you need to get involved in a ministry to meet the need of the people, but of all the different things I've said in the past. I really believe that this situation the pits in your life is by far the one in which your faith can grow the greatest, the greatest opportunity you and I will ever have our faith to grow as we go through these deep and dark and often painful and scary pits in our life. You see it all through Scripture.

By the way Daniel had his lion's den Jonah find himself in the belly of the great fish Peter find himself in a jail cell.

Paul find himself in shackles.

In other words, in these kind of experiences did you get better or you get bitter, in fact, if you remember the very first week that we talked, I named three different women that I said I admired I think many of you do if you know them because of the great faith Corrie 10 boom Elizabeth Elliott and Johnny Erickson taught phenomenal women but if you stop and think about it. Corrie 10 boom had to go through the pit of a Nazi concentration camp with her sister Elizabeth Elliott had to go back to Ecuador after a tribal people in Ecuador had murdered her husband, Jim, Johnny Erickson taught miscalculated the depth of the Chesapeake Bay, where she dove into it when she was 17 years old and by diving into which he came out a quadriplegic for the rest of her life.

What a pit, but without that concentration Without the murder of her husband and without that quadriplegia, I don't think you and I would've ever heard of any of those women you see there women of great faith because of the pit that they came out of each one of them made the choice to be better rather than better. So the circumstances in which they went through. You see one thing about a pit. I know for sure is a pastor if you drive you to God or a driving from God and the temptation to be bitter is so great that we often even never entertain the thought that this can make me better. Want to go with me now to James chapter 1 James chapter 1 is a very annoying chapter. I think these verses for two reasons. One may speak directly to what I'm saying into. I know it really bothers a lot of you and I sort of get a kick out of that. He says things here in James one that we just don't quite understand if this doesn't make a lot of sense to us.

Verse two, he says, considerate, all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials when you're thrown into the pit. He said the first thing I want to do is considerate. All joy can get your thoughts are on that doesn't make much sense to you. I mean, you sort of say well when you get thrown into a pit. Try not to whine or complain too much if you get thrown into a pit make some resolve that. You see if you can just get through it. He says no when you get thrown up and here's what I want to do it when you consider that all joy just seems counterintuitive. There was a doesn't seem the weight is for us all. But if you know a couple things. It makes a little bit of sense. He says consider all joy, my brother, when you encounter various trials, and then he says the first thing is this, knowing that the testing of your faith and that's one thing you learned from life and from the Scriptures pits are always test every single time you have ever been thrown into a pit. It's a test it's always a test.

He says you gotta know that now you're going through this really difficult trial you're going to fall into the spitter you been thrown into this pit. This is a test for you and what's it's going to test the simple is going to test your faith. That's the test. Now remember, God never test your face so that he has an understanding of where your faith is God already knows where your fingers. He put you through the tester so that you understand where your faith is. This is a test where you get in a sense you get to actually correct your own paper.

You see, you get a look at it yourself and see what kind of grade you had, he says, knowing that the testing of your faith in any says it produces something and it's not what we want. He says it produces in Doran's the testing of your faith produces in Doran's Kubo Monet is the word endurance.

It's a compound word in Greek Kubo under Monet patiently that's what the word means patiently under he said that's what is going to produce. You gonna be able to stay under patiently we use the English word endurance. In fact, when you look at the New Testament. If you want to see what is the measurement of faith. The measurement of faith in the New Testament is what will your faith indoor now I know we don't like that. You see, we don't want that to be the major of our faith uses know that's the major faith.

What will your faith actually indoor. Let me illustrate that I want you to go back just a couple pages to Hebrews chapter 10 Hebrews chapter 10 now this is a whole group of people, by the way, in the book of Hebrews all about thrown the pit together.

These are Jewish believers in Jesus Christ. They accepted Christ not only as their Savior and us as their Messiah and what happened to them is when they first got saved, they found out just like often happens to us. The parents didn't like it. The family didn't like it. The friends didn't like it when they were imported and like it. No one on the street like that no one liked it.

In fact they were in the Jewish community may begin to get persecuted. Now they fall under this pit and a banana for about 20 years, which tells you how long the pit can last and he says to them, don't give up.

You need to have faith through this you need to be able to endure, so he reminds them in verse 32 of chapter 10 he says remember the former days when after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings they started being hated right off the bat, they were persecuted right off the bat. He said you know what you endured that he says partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming shares with those he said were so treated for you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. He said remember those days. You see, that's one of the problems to us with a pit, you fall into a pit and you do really well for a while you might do well for days. You might do well for weeks. It gets tougher in months.

It gets really hard in years, but by the way John Erickson taught her how much endurance would it take for her to be a woman of faith. She was 17 years old when she became a quadriplegic. 666 years old right now 49 years of feeling nothing from the neck down in her faith indoors. You see her faith indoors.

She never physically got out of the pit. She spiritually got out of the pit, but she never physically got out of the pit. He said that's what I wanted you to have. He says in verse 35 therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has great reward. That's her faith, he says, for you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God. You may receive what was promised. When incredible thing to say, you'll receive what was promised. He goes the chapter 11 it's a famous chapter in the Bible is called the Hall of Fame of faith and in it you see all these grades examples of people with great faith. But when you read it carefully, you realize the reason are in their is not necessarily the great things he did. It was that they endured. They just kept indoor and in fact some of them got to see great blessings in life. I mean, Abraham and Sarah waited a long long time to get that baby boy with a gotta but when you get to the end of the chapter, you realize a lot of them never got anything in this life except martyred one of them sawn in half with a wooden saw no place to live. They never got anything but they endured so many get the chapter 12 verse one. Notice what the writer of Hebrews says he says. Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us. All these people of great faith, let us also lay aside every encumbrance he said of sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run the race with endurance the race that is set before.

In other words that's an interesting thing.

The whole idea of our faith is what will indoor in your living in a fallen world full of sinful people and pits are everywhere and you have to endure. We don't like that idea.

We really don't.

That's something we don't want to do when the problem is then often our faith never grows and you could tell that when you're stuck in something like a pit. The temptation to be bitter is a lot greater I think than what we think the reward is a being better so often. That's why none of us really have the kind of faith that we need to have one illustrate this by the way that the pits are not necessarily accidental or in an incidental, often a providential.

These bits can be very providential God places in there. I want to go to another familiar story John chapter 11 John chapter 11, you know the story is being Lazarus being raised from the dead, but I want to read it in a little bit differently today than we have. Maybe in the past wanted to see this in the context of the pits of life. Verse one. Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany the village of Mary and her sister Martha. He said it was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Now please understand the context. These are three people that Jesus personally close to 11 Bethany right next door to Jerusalem and he find out that Lazarus is sick. Notice verse three so the sisters sent word to him, saying, Lord, behold, you do very strong word. He said he whom you love is sick is an interesting way to say it, he just said he whom you love is sick.

Now Jesus one day's journey away from them by foot may send word that he whom you love. Now this is interesting because if you look at verse five verse five says Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. That word is agape like for God so loved the world, but verse three. It's a different Greek word Lord. Behold him him you love is sick its flow.

What that means means Lazarus is Jesus Frank. He's close to him by the way you Jesus head closer friends. Please understand that he had the 12 and out of the 12. He had three and I will believe Lazarus is probably as close as Peter and James and John is very close to Jesus and they set this up. They know Jesus is a know what he is done. And so they say look, he sick when Jesus heard this is kind of an unusual thing that he says he says this sickness is not the end in death by the way, when he heard this Lazarus was dead. I believe he is insane that this sickness, and fatal. He saying death will not have the final word here, he said, this sickness is not the end in death. But for the glory of God, so that the son of God may be glorified by I want to think about it from a different point of view.

I am sure that Lazarus suffered. We usually do before we dive. Okay, so his suffering is what it's for the glory of God about Mary and Martha, their grieving Lazarus is probably a young man. So when someone you love a family member you love is dying as a young man. How does that make you feel just grieving sorrow morning and Jesus says oh by the way, this is for the glory of God, or that doesn't.

I don't know about you but I kinda like the glory of God, but not in that context. Whenever we think about the glory this can be for the glory of God. I always like it when it's much more positive, upbeat.

You see, perhaps tonight they use the final game of the NBA finals us tonight game seven okay and someone's going to win some is going to lose. And depending on the interview. First you get someone who has a big trophy or some in the hands of Nozick. First of all I just like the same Jesus Christ, and this is for the glory of God and we like that like yeah only give you an award at work.

All I got.

I won the Academy award. This is for the glory of God. That's the way we like it when were glorified in God's glorified we go that's win-win. This is great but how would you like it if you say will by the way, Bill, you're going to suffer and die will be for the glory of God. Similar care for that. That's not something that we like all and so consequently one ends up happening is, Jesus makes that statement and it says in verse six, then so when he heard that he was sick, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was Lazarus a sick. Is it okay to stay here then know if you want to know why it's in the verse five Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. This is really something to try to get your thoughts run his love for him. His love for them motivated his delay.

I love you so much. I'm not going. That's what he saying I love you so much. I'm staying here, wow. That just doesn't seem right. I love you so much.

Sometimes you just can stay in the pit. There's gotta be a reason for this, and there is well.

He said then after this he said was the site was let's go to Judea again. Now the last time they were Judea. They try to kill Jesus disciples said to him, we inform you a little bit here Rabbi. The Jews were just now seeking to stone you need to go there again, but do you really think at all that that's a good idea that maybe you should stay here.

See they were with Jesus when he healed the centurion's servant.

Remember that Jesus heals the centurion's servant, he name have to go to him. The centurion set a good. I'm not worthy to have you come to my house and Jesus said, okay, I can heal right here so disciples might be thinking we don't have to go there. Just do it from right here. Here Lazarus Amir will be able to stay here were they afraid of their afraid of their own. Men they hate you. They're not means are going to hate us to try to stone you there and they may stone us and none of us like to jump into a pit on our own. So they asked us of Jesus, the radio ministry of fellowship in the world. If you ever miss one of our broadcast or maybe you just like to listen to the message one more time. Remember, you can Google a great website called one place.com that's one place.com and you can listen the fellowship and the word online at that website you will find on with today's broadcast but also many of her previous audio program, had Fellowship in the Word.

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