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Building a Life of Character (2 of 5)
Series: Sand Castles
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Romans 5:3-4 (CEV)
The Sandstorms of Life are Caused by:
• The Drought of Doubt
• The Winds of Warfare
• The Heat of Hardship
SURVIVING THE SANDSTORMS OF LIFE
1. LOOK FOR GOD'S HAND IN THE SAND
• Isa. 50:10 (NIV)
• Ps. 73:23 (GN)
2. DON'T THROW STONES IN THE STORM
I was talking to a business owner and his wife the other day and they were telling me how that every year they always pull together a conference for all of their employees, and they try to get a big-name musician to come and perform. And the wife said, "honey, who was that one guy we got one time? Mick something…." And I said, "Mick Jagger?" She said, "Yeah, that's who it was, it was Mick Jagger." And they went on to tell me how they'd brought in Mick Jagger and Steve Miller and all these different, famous rock stars. And I said, "How in the world did you get these guys to come to your conference?" And they said, "Well, what we always asked them to come and share about what kind of legacy they wanted to leave behind." And he said, "Every one of them have told us that's what grabbed them, that's what made them want to come." You see, everyone wants to leave a legacy. Whether you are a rock star, a teacher, an accountant or a stay-at-home mom, God has placed deep within all of our hearts this desire to leave a lasting mark on this earth. We all want to leave a legacy. That's why we're in a series that I started last weekend that I'm calling Sand Castles. It's how to build a lasting legacy that can't be washed away by the waves of life. Today we're going to talk about the most important ingredient in a lasting legacy, and that's character.
So, if you'll take out your outlines from your program, if you'd like, open your Bibles to Romans, Chapter 5, our key verses are right there, it says, "But that's not all! We gladly suffer, because we know that suffering helps us to endure. And endurance builds character, which gives us hope." This passage tells us that character is built in the sandstorms of life. When we're being sandblasted by the tests and the trials of life, that's when our character is built the most.
Now I did some research this last week on sandstorms, and I discovered that there are a lot of sandstorms in Iraq, and they are causing a lot of problems for our troops there. In fact, I came across these pictures of an actual sandstorm that hit one of our bases in Iraq. Look at that. Isn't that amazing, it's like one hundred feet high just rolling in. It's getting closer, and then it's right there on them. Look how high that is compared to the buildings. And then in the next slide you see that inside the buildings the sand gets in and just permeates everything.