Sermon Notes: 09/26/10 “Adversity? What’s in Your Wallet?” by Pastor Richard Daughtridgeo

Sermon Notes: 09/26/10 ” Adversity? What’s in Your Wallet? ” by Pastor Richard Daughtridge

Adversity is a key that unlocks the door to faith, change, character, success and self esteem.

The greatest achievers and most successful people usually have suffered adversity in their journey. How is it that the hardships gave them fortitude, stamina, and faith to go on?

Ever ponder  how Joseph, Son of the Year Award, High School Most likely to Succeed, and Perfect Sunday Attendance recipient, became an abused slave, lived a large portion of that slave life in jail found guilty of sex crimes(though innocent), later ended up becoming one of the most respected and powerful men in the world?  What was God thinking?

Ever ponder how Moses went from an adopted son of a King, to a runaway slave guilty of murder, arguing with God and man, had a temper so bad he beat up on rocks,  then later became a national leader leading over 600,000 slave families across a desert?  What was God thinking?

Ever think how David went from a childhood giant slayer hero, All American Giant Slayer Hall of Fame,  to become a fugitive running from a king that was his father-in-law who wanted to kill him, then David himself became one of the most powerful kings that ever lived, affecting generations til even now? What was God thinking?

Ever ponder how Job was one of the richest and godly of men lost everything, then had to listen to the false  accusations of his friends calling him a sinner and liar, then was diagnosed with a terminal disease, thought he would die, and then rose again to fame, healthy again, with a net worth of twice what he had when he lost everything?      What was God thinking?

They all had two things in common. Adversity and Faith

Adversity is not a journey that we stand in line to sign up for, but it is one of the tools that God uses to refine us, strengthen and change us.

Faith is both a substance and a journey.

Adversity may be one of our  greatest treasures.

Not to sound like a Capitol One commercial but, “What’s in your wallet?” A  broken heart, Financial trouble, A job loss, Discouragement, Sickness, Tragedy, Grief, Persecution and on goes the list.

Can God really turn all this pain into good?

Three channels of adversity.

1. Circumstances (Things happen.)

Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

2.  People (People can be cruel)

Psalm 31:13 Message Bible : “I hate all this silly religion,  but you, God, I trust. My troubles have worn me out, turned my bones to powder.   To my enemies I’m a monster; I’m ridiculed by the neighbors.
My friends are horrified; they cross the street to avoid me.  They want to blot me from memory, forget me like a corpse in a grave,  discard me like a broken dish in the trash. The street-talk gossip has me  “criminally insane”!

Proverbs 18:17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

Proverbs 29:10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

3. God (Grace and discipline.)

“One of the most hurting of all types of adversity is the absence of God in our life.”

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

Hebrews 12:6-7 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. [7] If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

In Romans Eight, the Apostle Paul instructed the church about life. I hope today we can see the evidence of the daily resurrection being offered to us through brokenness..

A. Choose Life

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

B. Adoption

Romans 8:15-17 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [16] The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: [17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

C. After you’ve done the right thing expect .

Romans 8:19-21 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. [20] For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, [21] Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

D. Help

Romans 8:27-28 [27] And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. [28] And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:29-30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. [30] Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

We’ve all heard the saying, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” Well this opera is far from over.  What’s in your Wallet?  Hold on watch as God turns it all into glory.

Let’s sing I Surrender All Page 596. then we’ll have our pastoral prayer.

One Response to “Sermon Notes: 09/26/10 “Adversity? What’s in Your Wallet?” by Pastor Richard Daughtridgeo”

  1. Wonderful message, Richard! Timely and encouraging. 🙂

    Blessings to you and Robin….

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