I Believe That God Has a Perfect Will for Our Life
I have long held a basic belief about God's desire to use us and the devil's desire to destroy our potential.
My belief is this: To the degree that God is going to use you, to the same degree the devil will attempt to destroy you.
There is no one in Scripture who more adequately displays this principle than Joseph in the Old Testament. Here is a man that God will use to save a nation. Note how the devil attempts to derail his potential for God.
It all starts when he receives a dream or vision of how God is going to use him. Soon thereafter we see him not on a pinnacle, but in a pit.
Do you want to know a secret? Bleeding precedes blessings; crisis come before crowns and pits line the way to pinnacles. If you learn to deal with the "pits" in a godly manner, it is just a matter of time until you live on the pinnacles.
I want to share with you the "Principles of Pits to Pinnacles" or living in God's will.
I. Principle of unavoidability.
"Pits in life are the rule not the exception."
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed."
A. Land of chaos.
Imperfect world produces imperfect situations.
"We are born into this world crying, go through it complaining and die disappointed."
B. Land of circumstances.
Just a part of life.
Problems are inevitable; misery is not.
You may not be able to choose what happens to you, but you do control what happens in you.
C. Law of consequences.
Some of us dig our own pits.
Robert Louis Stevenson:
"Sooner or later we all sit down to a table of consequences."
D. Law of Christ.
READ Romans 8.
II. The principle of universality.
"Pits happen to good people as well as bad."
Matthew 5:45 -- "It rains on the just and the unjust."
Matthew 7 -- Parable of the two builders.
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