A Sermon by Rev. James Harrison Nixon
Sometimes in life we are faced with hard times, these times seem drain us. We can at times feel weak and powerless and even feel as though we lose our faith in God. One thing we must always remember is that God will never abandon us, and we must always look at him like a loving father. We are his children and he will treat us like that, when we are disobedient God will remove things from our lives. If you are a parent you will understand this the most, when your children act up you take away their toys or electronics from them. Throughout the bible we see God take away things from people that disobey, from the sight of Saul to show him the true path to the mind of King Nebuchadnezzar.
A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
At times God calls us to move from situations that we are in, and when we do not he will start to take things away from us. We are always given chances to make up for what we have lost because God is a loving Father; so we are given the chance to make up for the lost, yet at times we do not listen and during those times we lose more. I for instance was working in a job that God did not want me in; he moved me from one place and I went against God to another, the result I was diagnosed with Lupus just a few months later and was told I could not work anymore. I am not angry with what I have been thrust onto me, it is my thorn to bear due to my disobedience. I now understand that God wants me to reach out to his people.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
(2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
God does work in the weakness, why? Well, if you can remember back to when you were a child and got in trouble you can understand. When we were talked down and lost our favorite toy or got the “You are disappointing me” talk we learned more than we did with going unpunished. So God works in the weak to build us back up from the broken, to place each peace back together. We have to become new in Christ, we cannot be the same so a broken person can be placed together into a perfect image a vessel of Jesus. When we accept that portion and become the new creation then every other part of our life that is God breathed will be given back.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
When we speak of God breathed we are talking about those things in which God wants for us to have. We are not talking about the latest technology, those are lust and those are not breathed as God does not work in corruptible things but the incorruptible. God wants those friends that will help you not those that will lead you into drugs and party nights. God will eliminate those from your life even though the demons that roam this earth will try and attack you. Remember though the story of Job as he was tormented and lost everything; yet he stayed in faith and became blessed with riches beyond imagination for his time.
So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.
After Job lost everything he listened to God and kept his faith, doing so he was blessed more in the end than when his torment started. The struggle in our life will always be there; even when we listen, the world will always try to defeat our faith. Yet with true faith we can never be separated from God. We will have weak times as with Paul in the 2 Corinthians 5:17 we see his moment of weakness has a demon is attacking him. David even talks about his afflictions in Psalms. The key to everything and how to overcome the weak times in life will always be faith.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
With the word on your side and Faith to be your helmet, no attack can really beat you down. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert after he was baptized, during which he was tempted by Satan at the end. Satan promised him food, riches and power. Jesus turned all of it town for his faith was strong; yes, I know you are thinking “He was the Son of God” yet at the same time he was human and starving. In prayer we too can overcome the struggle that is going on in our lives.
For an example let us say that you have lost your children to the state, God has been pushing you for years to get a job or move away from an ex that is abusive. The act of losing here is the fact you did not listen, the kids needed to be protected and God will protect them. God gave you the chance and you did not take the little hints so him removing the kids is the big wake up call. Now the question is do you listen and make those changes that God wants our do you still chase those earthly desires?
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
(2 Peter 2:22)
So again do you return to the same path that just brings pain and suffering, or do you listen to the Holy Spirit and move from the place you are. It is okay to be uncomfortable, if it is comfortable sometimes it is not for you! At time God wants to shake things up and when he moves you, like the ocean you must just go with the tide. I personally have been in situations where life wanted to move me and it hurt, I lost longtime friends; many I even grew up with, I even became isolated from family. God will remove family from our lives if they are too negative to be in our lives.
The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
God moves us sometimes he gives a gentle push and like a feather we glide to the place we should be; other times we are moves like an earthquake. We have to learn to follow the signs, we have to lean that the signs are always there, we need to listen. When we listen amazing blessings do occur and our life can be slightly easy even though the demons will attack. Through the process of prayer, we can gain the strength to overcome every attack and regain place our armor back on. God already knows what we are going to pray for before we even pray and God is already working on that prayer. Just because it does not appear in a cloud of smoke, it does not mean that God is not listening as well it does not mean you do not have enough faith. It just means God is trying to remove the things he does not want for you.
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
(1 Timothy 4:4-6)