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Sermon: OVERCOMING OPPOSITION #6
Series: EMPOWERED BY GOD TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM (Nehemiah)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
-- An old cowboy once told a story of how he had worked all his life on ranches where each year winter storms took heavy tolls among the cattle. Temperatures often dipped quickly below zero and freezing rains whipped across the prairies, driving flying ice cutting into the flesh. Howling, bitter winds piled swirling snow into enormous drifts so that any error in a person's step could send him plunging into a mountain of freezing white powder.
-- In this maelstrom of nature's violence, most cattle would turn their backs to the ice blasts and slowly drift downwind until, intercepted by a boundary fence, they would huddle together against the snow-covered barrier. Standing motionless and helpless against nature's fury, the herd would slowly become covered by blowing snow and cattle would die by the scores.
-- But the Hereford breed reacted much differently. These cattle would instinctively head toward the windward end of the range where they would stand shoulder to shoulder with bowed heads, facing the storm's icy onslaught.
-- "You almost always found the Herefords alive and well," the old cowboy said. "I guess that's the greatest lesson I ever learned on the prairie -- just to meet adversity head-on and face life's storms."
(A) As you begin to carry out God's purpose ... His dream ... for your life ... you will face tremendous challenges ... and opposition.
1- Whenever God's people arise to build ... Satan arises to stop them.
2- Satan and his cohorts will oppose you when you're doing what God has called you to do!
* Instead of allowing Satan and his agents to drive you to ultimate destruction ... you must face the opposition, like the Hereford breed of cattle face prairie storms, to win out in the end.
James 4:7 "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
3- Nehemi ...
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