Blessings and Battles
1. A SCENE OF PROVISION
A) The Murmuring of God's People
B) The Miracle of God's Provision
2. A SCENE OF PROVOCATION
A) When You Are At Your Highest
B) Where You Are At Your Weakest
3. A SCENE OF PREVAILING
A) The Secret to Obtaining Victory
B) The Secret to Maintaining Victory
1) We all love the blessings. We like it when God is pouring out His blessings on us. We all enjoy the times when God is working in our life and His power and presence are being manifested. Yet there is something we all need to understand about the times of blessings. Our blessings are always followed by battles. The smile of God is always followed by the snarl of the devil. The hour of triumph is always followed by the hour of testing. Prosperity is followed by adversity.
2) There are several examples of this truth in the Scripture. One scene that illustrates my point is the baptism of the Lord Jesus. In Matthew 3:16 we read, ''the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.''
3) That was a glorious hour as the whole trinity got involved and manifested themselves. There was Jesus standing in the river Jordan. The Holy Spirit descended like a dove upon Him and then the voice of the Father was heard. I would like to have been there at that special moment.
4) However, in the very next verse, Matthew 4:1, we read, ''Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.'' Evangelist Bob Daughtery said to me, ''When you find a 'then' in the Bible look for the when.'' The when of this then was immediately following the glories of His baptism, there were heard the growls of the devil. The blessing was followed by a battle.
5) Another example is Elijah on Mt. Carmel. That was a great hour in Elijah's life as he stood face to fa ...
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