Good Lessons from Bad Times ~ Part One

Good Lessons from Bad Times

Part One

 

Psalm 51:12-13 (ESV) ~ Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

 

God has given us the ability to learn and we learn in various ways: stimulation and response, memorization, action and reaction, study and repetition, by following example, and life experience. Life teaches good or bad, life teaches. In life, Jesus says we can have life more abundantly, that is the good and bad, both more abundantly.

 

David is an example of the more abundantly, the highs and lows of life, times of stress and anxiety. One of which was the battle with Goliath.

 

  • Battle with Goliath
    • Saul was rejected as king
      • 1 Samuel 16:1a (ESV) ~ The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel?
      • 1 Samuel 16:1b (ESV) ~ Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.
    • David was chosen to be the new king
      • 1 Samuel 16:11-12 (ESV) ~ Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.”
      • 1 Samuel 16:13 (ESV) ~ Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
      • David’s journey to take cheese and bread to his brothers turned into a significant event
      • Your casual trip may turn into an opportunity to pull down strongholds just as David encountered and conquered Goliath
    • The Battle is the Lord’s
      • When this concept is grasped there will be a …
        • Sudden release
        • Smile through trouble
        • Sleep through trouble
        • Song through trouble
      • Shift of Responsibility
        • God becomes responsible for strategy, implementation, and outcome
        • He takes your place and you get the benefit
      • Relief and Resignation
        • God is in control
        • When we turn the problem over to Him the answer comes

 

Conclusion: In times of stress and anxiety, we need to always place our trust in the Lord. Victory comes “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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