Learning To Triumph In Times Of Trouble - Part 2
Introduction: According to the Bible, we are going to encounter difficulty in this life. Even though we hope these times are few and do us no harm, the truth is, these kinds of times are more frequent than we desire and many times threaten our safety and welfare. Two Scriptures that establish our need to be prepared for trouble are:
- John 16:33 ''These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In
the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.'' (NKJV)
- Acts 14:19-22 Then Jews from Antioch came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to
be dead. 20 However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. 21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, ''We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.'' (NKJV)
Last week we began learning how we can overcome times of trouble in our lives. From the story of Peter walking on the water we find God's ability and desire to give us victory over every storm of life. The three keys to triumphing over times of trouble are:
1. FAITH IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
2. FAITH IN THE SUPERNATURAL POWER OF GOD
3. FAITH IN THE WORD OF GOD
THE NATURE OF AN OVERCOMER - MATTHEW 14:22-33
PREMISE OF THIS MESSAGE: GOD DOESN'T WANT TO GIVE US POWER TO AVOID THE PROBLEMS OF THIS LIFE, HE WANTS TO GIVE US POWER TO OVERCOME THEM. ( i.e. The water was the problem. Jesus had authority over the problem and wanted to give Peter authority over it)
Peter said, ''Lord if it's you, command me to walk to you on the water.''
- Peter was under the anointing
I would have said, ''Lord, if ...
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