Pressing on 2
How to keep going.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Pressing on 2
Pressing on - 2For you, O God, tested us;you refined us like silver.You brought us into prisonand laid burdens on ourbacks.You let men ride over ourheads;we went through fire andwater,but you brought us to aplace of abundance.PS 66:10-12
“Character is bothdeveloped and revealedby tests, and all of life is atest... You will betested by major changes,delayed promises,impossible problems,unanswered prayers,undeserved criticism, andeven senselesstragedies.”Rick Warren, Purpose Driven life.
I. A test confirms theunderstanding of lessonslearnt.II. Skiving a class/lesson doesnot mean that the lessonwont be tested.III. The teacher is present, inabsentia- the memory, atthe time of testing.IV. Unlike homework, a testhas strict rules, aninvigilator and stricttimelines.V. Every test has a pass mark,the serious the test, thehigher the pass mark.
THE FOUR TESTSOF ENDURANCE1. The Test Of Time.2. The Test OfMotivation.3. The Test OfPurpose4. The Test OfCommitment.
Patiently Waiting – Tested By Time.• Patience is therespect of time.• Not all things takeplace at the sametime.• Time can’t be tamed.• There is only one timeat a time.• Time wasted is timebad.• Don’t look for time.• Time is always on themove.
THE TEST OF PURPOSE• PAUL’S PURPOSEColossians 2:2,3My purpose is• To encourage the hearts ofbelievers.• To nature unity ofbelievers in love,The purpose at work:• Believers gaining the fullriches of completeunderstanding,• Believers coming to knowthe mystery of God,namely, Christ.A purpose should be: Pure Ultimate Realistic Passion driven Original Sure ElaborateA great purpose has agreat price tag. Paythe price, live thepurpose
So, What Motivates You?what motivated Christ togo it all the way up thecross at Calvary?What motivates a motherto care for the child ofher womb?Money? Revenge? Fear?Envy? Religion? Past?Honor? Lust? Nothing?Whatever is motivated bylove outlasts all.
Testing the commitmentTwo roads diverged in awood, and I,I took the one lesstraveled by,And that has made all thedifference.Robert FrostThere is a path whereonly the committedwalk.
So, what then shall I say?For we know in part andwe prophesy in part.....Now I know in part; then Ishall know fully, evenas I am fully known.Paul to the church of Corinth.Be strong, you are strongenough to outlast anysituation!Amen!
One day at a time, sweetJesus,That’s all I’m asking of you,Help me today,To do everything that I haveto do,Yesterday is gone, sweetJesus,And tomorrow may never bemine.Help me today,Show me the way,One day at a time.
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