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How Do You Abandon Yourself to God's Control? (7 of 28)
Series: SUCCESS: WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN I HAVE IT? (JOSHUA)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
.... You've heard the story, no doubt, about:
-- Fellow .... hiking .... fell off a cliff .... managed to grab hold of a limb .... suspended in mid-air .... ...Let go -- certain death ....impossible situation.
-- Began to shout: "Help! Is anybody up there?"
-- Heard a voice: "Let go. I'll catch you."
-- Man .... shocked .... "Who are you?"
-- Voice: "I'm the Lord. Let go. I'll catch you."
-- Long silence .... The man finally broke the silence: "Help! ... Is anybody else up there?"
.... God had a simple plan .... to deliver that man -- just trust God!
* The Master's Plan ....
* Hard for some to abandon themselves .... fears for God's plan.
(A) Why is it so difficult for us to let go and let God take care of us? .... to trust Him in our impossible situations?
1- God .... teaching the Children of Israel how to trust Him.
2- He very carefully brought them to an impossible situation .... Their only hope was to trust God .... to abandon themselves to God's control.
a- Chapter 1 .... The Call to Success
.... God showed them the secrets of success .... how they could be successful.
b- Chapter 2 .... The Cost of Service
.... The cost of their victory was to trust God .... to walk by faith, and He gave them the example of Rahab.
c- Chapter 3 .... The Crisis of Surrender
.... They faced their impossible situation -- the Jordan River.
(1) Vs. 1-8 .... How Do You Handle an Impossible Situation?
(2) Vs. 9-17 .... How Do You Abandon Yourself to God's Control?
(B) We claim Romans 8:28 every time we face a tough situation!
Rom. 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."
1- But we really don't live like we believe it.
2- Because we so often want to "fix" o ...
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