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Not Growing Weary In The Battle

Feb 23, 2020

Phil spoke about how nothing can separate us from God's love.

 

 

Not Growing weary in the Battle - Romans 8 35-38

 

Introduction 

 

            • Since before Christmas I've been listing to songs that have strengthened me in trusting and believing God for fresh breakthrough

            • It's easy to become weary especially when the things we have been praying for and believing God for don't change

            • So today hopefully this will help us to not grow weary in our trust and faith in God and his love for us

           

 

Passage

 

 

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? 

 

            • Is there anything in your life that can separate you from his love

            • Is there anything that you have said or done

            • Does any sin you have committed? - we know that's not true because we read the whilst we were still sinners Christ died for us because he loved us.

            • Are we separated because of circumstance has not changed

           

                        ○ Our sickness has not been healed

                        ○ Our finances are still in a mess 

                        ○ There's still that unresolved family issue

                        ○ My partner or kids still are not Christians

                       

            • I still struggle with a particular area of sin in my life

            • What else would you add to the list?

                       

                       

 

Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” )

 

Paul goes on to raise some issues

 

He does not say because God loves us we won't experience these things in our lives. 

 

Jesus said in this life you will have trouble

 

If you have been told that when you come to Jesus all your troubles will be ended, it's a false gospel

 

But this is what Paul has found to be true 

 

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 

 

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”

Romans 8:35-38 NLT

https://www.bible.com/116/rom.8.35-38.nlt

 

How can we then not grow weary?

 

There are a number of things that we can do 

 

Let's just look at King David. 

 

David and his men have been fighting and when they return other enemies have been in and raided their camp taking everything including there wives and children.

 

David had sided with the enemies of Gods people

 

His men were very angry with David

 

“David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”

1 Samuel 30:6 NLT

https://www.bible.com/116/1sa.30.6.nlt

 

Or other translations say David strengthened himself in the Lord!

 

            • We all need encouragement from time to time.

           

            • All of us at sometime or other face a crisis when everything seems to fall apart.

           

            • There are times of discouragement, when things go wrong even when we are trying to do right. At such times, people may even say, “That’s what you get for trying to do right.” 

 

            • There are times of uncertainty, when don’t know how things are going to turn out. 

 

            • There are times of stress, when our load seems heavier than we can bear. The task is more than we can handle. 

 

            • There can also be times of fear when our very sense of security is threatened. 

 

In all of those kinds of situations we need to be encouraged in the Lord.

 

Before David could encourage anyone else he needed to be strengthened himself

 

Therefore to strengthen ourselves in God means we remind ourselves of what Scripture says about God and his promises and then we apply those truths to our current situation.

 

Strengthening yourself in the Lord is an intentional act, it is not something that just happens. 

 

When it says, David “strengthened himself” the Hebrew verb implies persistent and continuous effort. 

 

There is nothing passive about seeking out the Lord in times of despair. 

 

            1. Firstly he encouraged himself in God not man. It's true we need one another but that should not be a in place of God himself. 

            2. Sometimes we almost have to grab ourselves by the labels and give ourselves a stern talking to as the Psalmist does in (43:5) “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God: For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

            3. Remember what God has done in the past. For David he could remember how God was with him to defeat Goliath. 

            4. Remind ourselves of what God has promised through Scripture

            5. Remind ourselves of personal promise or words of encouragement

            6. Worship him

            7. Seek his face

            8. A line in a song a have been listing to says

           

                                    I'm not enough unless You come

                                    Will You meet me here again

                                    'Cause all I want is all You are

                                    Will You meet me here again

            9. Ask God for his strategy remembering he is in control. 

 

           

Conclusion

 

Remember the battle belongs to the Lord, he will fight for you, 

           

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 

 



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