What is your personal battle? What frightens you about the battle? Where is God in the battle? What excites you about the battle? Do you know/have that support from the body of Christ – “body and soul” (practically and emotionally) Do you have direction/wisdom from God in how to advance in the battle? What fears are holding you back from facing your enemy? Is it possible that the God of the Impossible is with you.
Psalm 9:9 “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
Psalm 32: 8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 20:7,8 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. 8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.”
Psalm 31:8 “You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.”
2 Chronicles 20:12,15, 17,22 “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you... Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’” 22 As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men.
Take home truths: courage, faith, and God’s character never changes. His promises are the same.
Luke 10:25-37, Luke 10:33 (NIV2011) "33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him."
This is one of the most confronting stories in the Bible for religious people. How can religion hinder us from serving people?
• Doctrine Mark 7:9-13
• Busyness Luke 14:15-24
• Lack of compassion 1 John 4:19-21
James tells us religion without actions is “outrageous nonsense.”
James 2:14-17 (MSG)
14 Dear friends, do you think you'll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? 15 For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved 16 and say, "Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup— where does that get you? 17 Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:31-46 that our compassion, not our theology, will determine our eternal destiny. Matthew 25:34-35 (NIV2011) 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,"
Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, "26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
Little people have a special place in God’s heart. God:
• Loves little people 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, John 3:16
• Has big jobs for little people John 13:34-35, Matthew 28:18-20
• Gives big help to little people Proverbs 3:5-6, Acts 1:8
We’re all little people who find our purpose in life when we are used by a big God
1 Samuel 2:1-4 (MSG) "1 Hannah prayed: I'm bursting with God-news! I'm walking on air. I'm laughing at my rivals. I'm dancing my salvation. 2 Nothing and no one is holy like GOD, no rock mountain like our God. 3 Don't dare talk pretentiously— not a word of boasting, ever! For GOD knows what's going on. He takes the measure of everything that happens. 4 The weapons of the strong are smashed to pieces, while the weak are infused with fresh strength."
Joshua 2:1-21, Joshua 2:1 (NIV2011) "1 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there."
Rahab was a prostitute, a liar and a…
Acts 9 13:14, 13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
Judges 6:1-35, Judges 6:11-12 (NIV2011) "11 The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to…
Kath Haworth interviewed five women on mothers day.
1 Corinthians 13 1-8, Proverbs 31:10-31
10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her…