Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Areas we all need to face and overcome in order to be the recipient of God's mercy.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
ISA 30:18, And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!
There are certain areas we all need to face and overcome in order to be the recipients of Rom9:18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires,
1. Learning to face your challenges head-on.
Every new day is filled with responsibilities and challenges that compete for our attention.
In the midst of everything all of us need passages like ROM 9:18, So then He has mercy on whom He desires, which give us simplistic answers to our complicated problems.
1CO 14:33, for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
To live in victory means facing your challenges head on and dealing with them directly.
Not facing our challengers but our challenges.
As long as we are running around and evading the real problems in our lives, we are never going to reach our potential.
If you’re willing to fight the good fight of faith and stand strong and stay determined, God’s supernatural power will help you overcome every problem and difficulty and every one of your challenges.
2JO 1:8, Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.
ROM 8:31, What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
If you face your problems head on, you will see your problems turn into opportunities.
Don’t let lives challenges define who you are.
Let God, through those challenges, define who you are.
You need to accept and learn how to step out of your comfort zone.
Don’t let the opposition and difficult seasons in your life keep you from being the person God wants you to be.
If you truly want to go to new levels of spiritual growth and victory, start taking steps of faith.
It is actually more dangerous to run than it is to stand strong.
1CO 16:13, Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
GAL 5:1, It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
JUD 1:24, Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,
God is ready to have mercy upon you, to promote you and increase you but remember you have to be faithful with what you have right now.
If you will stand still and face the challenges you are going through, that’s when God will show up and begin to fight your battles for you.
The areas we run away from eventually will return and resurface, making them even more difficult to overcome.
Many of the challenges we face in life are simply distractions to try and lure us away from our personal sense of destiny.
Trying to defend ourselves or to prove ourselves to people is a great example of a distraction that only ends in frustration.
If we make the mistake of engaging in every battle that comes along and we are constantly defending ourselves and trying to prove our point then we are not going to have the energy or spiritual strength that we need to fight the battles that do matter.
2TI 2:3-4, Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
PRO 20:3, Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.