The Secrets Of God: The Power Of Brokenness by Randal Ross

THE SECRETS OF GOD: THE POWER OF BROKENNESS
Randal L. Ross
PSALM 25:14; PSALM 91:1-4
LUKE 20:16-18
6-27-99

INTRO: THE SECRETS OF GOD.

ILL. THE TWO COUPLES WHO SAT IN MY OFFICE THAT DAY
WERE EXPERIENCING AMAZINGLY SIMILAR CHALLENGES
BUT THEY WERE HEADED IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS

1. THE FIRST COUPLE HAVING ENDURE GREAT
PROBLEMS AND PRESSURE WERE HOLDING HANDS ,
WEEPING QUIETLY AS WE PRAYED THAT GOD'S WILL
BE DONE. YOU COULD FEEL THE PRESENCE OF GOD
FILL THE ROOM, CHRIST HIMSELF WAS STANDING
AMONG US. THEIR TRAGEDY HAD CHANGED THEIR
LIFE BUT THEIR RESPONSE AND HUMILITY BROUGHT
THEM CLOSER TO GOD. IT WASN'T LONG AFTER THAT
THE GREATEST DOOR OF THEIR LIVES OPENED
BEFORE THEM. TODAY THEY LIVE A TRIUMPHANT
CHRISTIAN LIFE AND HAVE A DYNAMIC LAY MINISTRY.

2. THE SECOND COUPLE'S PROBLEMS WERE SIMILAR
BUT THEIR RESPONSE WAS DIFFERENT, INSTEAD OF
TEARS THERE WERE ANGRY ACCUSATIONS. IT
WASN'T FAIR THEY SAID. THEY HAD RIGHTS THEY
CLAIMED, THEY WERE FALLING APART, SHE WAS ON
HEAVY MEDICATION, HE WAS STAYING OUT TOO
LATE. THEY WERE BEING TORN APART. WHEN WE
PRAYED I KNEW THAT THERE WAS NO VICTORY WON
AND THAT THEY WERE IN THE GREATEST OF
DANGERS. AS FAR AS I KNOW THEY ARE NO LONGER
IN CHURCH, MARRIED. BITTER AND ISOLATED.

WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE? WHAT WAS THE SECRET TO
THE VICTORY?

A. QUESTION; WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
OUR BREAKTHROUGHS AND OUR BREAKDOWNS.

ILL. WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE DIFFERENCE. YOU HAVE YOUR
OWN STORY TO TELL

1. you too have watched as some use their sorrows,
problems to become better and those who become bitter and
lose the presence of God.

2. IT IS NOT AS IF THOSE WHO GO FROM ONE BATTLE
TO ANOTHER ARE NOT SERVING GOD! LOVING GOD!
TRYING! BUT IT IS ALWAYS UPHILL... THERE IS
SOMETHING MISSING.

B. QUESTION WHY ARE SO MANY LIVING DEFEATED,
TORMENTED LIVES?

1. not just in the world but in the church. Those who love
Jesus! Serve Him.

ILL. TH ...


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