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January 26, 2022 7:00 am
What will we see circumstantially is forgetting what God said Dr. Tony Evans shows we need to remember that God is God that we are not and when he's ready to speak to the circumstances they will go this is the alternative only other author, speaker, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative when we're stuck in difficult circumstances. We could call on God to get us out with Dr. Evan says even if the storms of life are getting worse. We may already be right where God wants us to join him as he explains second review is one cents versus for we do not want you to be unaware brother of the affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively beyond our strength so that we do this by even of life.
How bad was it Paul verse nine, the first line.
Indeed, we had the sentence of death, written. He says it was bad. I mean it was really really bad because it was affliction, and many throws in this phrase it was beyond our strength. So what I want to do right now if I wanted demythologizing's I want to remove the myth that we have all quoted said felt repeated other people and to ourselves in the myth is God won't put more on you can bear. I want to remove that made it sound good sound like something God would say sounds like works that God will put more on us, then we can be natural. Paul says it was beyond our strength.
That was it was beyond our capacity to bear it. We couldn't know we couldn't take anymore. I can't take this.
I can handle this. I am the sentence of death was on us since the next thing will be agenda.rather than live like this. Rather than bear this rather than go through this. He's saying God put more on us that we could build one thing left to do that you just wanted you. Maybe you to scan a Diane but too afraid to live to afraid to die, but to live anymore since it was all and it was more than we could.
When God sends us through and it's getting worse and worse and worse and worse and worse. You, Brandon Brandon Brandon. Brandon is Megan that is an invitation to a deeper experience with the fellowship of his sufferings fellowship is is our sharing of life being conformed to his death.
He wants to change something, remove something something is there.
Paul goes on to say in verse indeed we have the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead. Listen to me when you are die. The sentence of death die that will always have one reality type to which one reality tied to it because you know you think this place because you can fix this, that that's the common denominator the real you want to give up is there is no fixing insight you can't think that you don't know anybody looking all your human resources have been depleted. Why did he do that to you Paul, he says, so that we would not trust in ourselves.
God allows us to get to the point where if this is going to be fixed. He is the only one who can do.
Paul said the reason God put me here was to change my focus of trust. I had to deal with the trust issue. Three.
Paul is a very talented man. His resume reads to the top of the list. Paul could do it all.
So to take Paul depot in faith. He had to put them in a situation he could not fix that his resume could not handle that his abilities could not change so that he would love to learn to trust God.
So to force him to a deeper faith level. He put him in a situation he couldn't handle. Beyond the strength he could do with it because he was driving him to a deeper level of experience with him. The word we use for this is broken broken. This is simply when God strips us of our self-sufficiency.
When God removes our tendency to depend upon ourselves. The problem is not using our abilities or using our gifts and talents or using our contact God puts those things there for us to utilize in his purposes. But when he sees that we have relied on those we trust in the horses Old Testament talks about the bowls of the arrow is using.
We buy, so that even if we don't pray, we know we got the face of the whole. Even if you don't look to God. We know we got this thing will be. We go to case God to work in God is trying to take us to this deeper experience that he literally puts you and I can't situation I can handle it.
I can't take it on the crack under this, but in God who raises the dead God who raises the dead take off a lot of power.
Teresa, you gotta have a little sentence I got juice to raise the bid okay. One thing you know if something was dead. They got out whenever got it up hello sums of could take some juice three. One of our problems with God is we've never seen them raise the dead. We have never seen so many Christians have never seen God take hopeless situation, conflicted cousins. In those times when you take something that's hopeless and you see no way no how. And he flips that that God has now become real to you at a level that he was not before, like Job is easy to say, I've heard about him with the hearing of the that is easy to do that every Sunday and we hereby would be hearing you but as all things that I have seen it with my own as a whole different paradigm when the understanding of the reality of God has now burst on the scene as you watch the resurrection.
That's why God allows his.this is I let Lazarus.socialism.
I'm often very wall upset. They said if you would be Jesus straightaway will purpose let them die because he wanted to show them the resurrection of God being mean is he being honorary it feels that way when you're going through what is really doing is trying to take. He's trying to blow your cassettes were resurrection as it blows your mind, don't stop God from blowing your mind. Every situation is different. Every person is different so I'm not giving a blanket scenario for every circumstance understood with the principal why you killing why is the sentence of death, die die pulses because he wanted a few resurrection look at this verse 10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us here will we have set all, and he will deliver us three times in that verse I will be the and I will be I don't know what gravure is and some of us on 6 feet under week 16 feet on you know if you're getting a deeper hole hold deeper and you have done everything you know to do this one thing, if you haven't done what you supposedly will go to you done that you tired of doing that and sometimes you feel like you could just get away from God just just leave me alone. Okay, you might want to feel like I know you think of it is amazing to me how people will be honest with God like God won't know if you don't say you know you mad he know you feel like taking too long, you know, if you like you forgot you to move on somebody else. Something Kumbaya model knows all that well aware about telling God I you have disappointed me. Paul says we have the sentence of death on an God didn't so that God might let us see that he raise the dead, and will deliver us.
We have set our hope on him. Dr. Evans will come back with more of our message in just a moment, including a look at a familiar story from Jesus earthly ministry and what that means for us today. In the meantime, I want to let you know that the teaching your hearing right now is from Tony's 20 part message compilation called coming to the comforter. This collection can help you understand how to deal with problems and pain more effectively and perfectly complements the insights found in his brand-new book hope for the hurting.
Together, these two powerful resources will help you see what God wants you to learn during difficult days to find treasure in your trials, how to be made whole instead of just better and how to develop a stronger faith even in the midst of trials will send them to you as our gift and thanks for your contribution toward supporting Tony's ministry here on this station and other outlets like it around the world. Just visit Tony Evans.org to get the details and make all the arrangements. Again, that's Tony Evans.org or let one of our resource team members help you, day or night at 1-800-800-3222 that's 1-800-800-3222 with Dr. Evans will come back with part two of today's message right after this mountain taking place suing over whales reaching the surface of the ocean.
Since example, our creator into you place evidence God's creative, like the stunning will to coastal and you can experience it with joints putting Evans and other friends of the ministry together we discover the glory of God's secular creation, unforgettable. To take splendor of God's creation along with the wonders we will enjoy great teaching Dr. Tony and other gifted instructors as well as life-changing worship and special musical performances is spiritually uplifting. Give us time to complete as we take a journey Scripture else around awesome creation is Alaska more urban alternative Alaskan Tony Evans.org today will store you doing well in Mark chapter 4 on that day when evening came, he said to them let us go to the other side. Jesus disciples leave the crowd.
They took him along with the boat just as he was in other boats were with him and there arose a fierce gale of wind and the waves were breaking out over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up Jesus himself was in the Stern asleep on the cushion and they woke him and said to him, teacher, do you not care that our parish while you killing. We die with parish stage. This gentleman have a number problems in the story problem of the one storm on the outside problem one uncreated problem to storm on the inside the skin, because it parish you will wonder how Jesus could sleep through this, so that made it look like they were going to die. Let me be the professional fisherman on this boats leave the not now. This is a focal never been in the water before the professional fisherman so they use this service had to be a real bad situation for them to raise the question 19. So they got a problem on the outside storm they got storm raging on the inside was there circumstances out there was create numbness in here terrified but then they got a theological store, you don't care because if you cared one. We should be going through this and if you really can you please be please be awake. Please be aware you please speak with us. WK if the truth be told, when God is letting us go through a lot back. It doesn't feel like and he showed enough seems to be asleep, but he seems unaware of what was going through. And why is letting us go through it. They were going through it. They were in deep confusion teacher. Verse 38 do you not care that we are perishing this thing this is killing person and he got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, hush beast, so she is talking to the circumstances and he said why are you afraid how you have no faith when it seems an unfair question given the circumstances. Why should I not be afraid they have seen this miraculous hand they have saved the testimony of his word.
They have seen him heal. They have seen him made no this Jesus is not ordinary and extraordinary reason why he condemns their fear that reasons back in verse 35 on that day when evening came, he said to them let go to the others translations on the boat is what we going all the way over to the other side there circumstances caused them to forget what he said.
He said we will make it to the other side what they could see.
Overall, the fulfillment of the word, they could see that we couldn't see the other side of the services that we not get there services that we never make it so that we will drown you in the middle of nowhere. If we go back, what will always breed fear when you die perishing of the circumstance. It is forgetting what God said he was going to, because the circumstances of the waves are so big and so looming use.
While this is not this is not I will make.
I love I love verse 41 then they became very much afraid, and said hello man is this summer. This is what manner of man. This, that even though when the CEO.
There were very much afraid now go. They were afraid there circumstances was dictating very motion. Now they all very afraid. Though they were afraid of their circumstances. But when Jesus Christ show he wants became of the one they should've been afraid of all the time wrong bad so focused on this stance is that there circumstances, all rule God being afraid of the wrong thing that I say what manner of man is this, that the circumstances responding to what we do is we respond to the circumstances MMA control my emotions when what they said was now going to respond to him because he controls the circumstances. So why is God killing me when he put me in this perishing situation so that you will learn to fear him more than the thing you're feeling right now so that you learn to fear that the fee you're feeling right so what is that thing that's causing you to lose your grip, causing you to lose your hope, causing you to lose your joy and you think there is no solution but I'm stuck on the way out.
I am die and go to sleep on purpose because he wants to let you see that he's true to his word when the circumstances contradicted and when he's ready to speak to the circumstances they will Dr. Tony Evans talking about how we can safely navigate the storms of life.
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