There Is Purpose In The Pressure

There Is Purpose In The Pressure

God puts us in unwinnable situations with unknowable solutions so that He can do the unimaginable

2 Corinthians 1:8
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.

  • We Are In Over Our Heads
    • Far Beyond Our Ability To Endure
    • We despaired of life itself
    • They thought they had received the sentence of death

2 Corinthians 1:9
Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

  • Purpose: That We Might Not Rely On Ourselves
    • This Pressure Has A Purpose
      • God puts us in unwinnable situations with unknowable solutions so that He can do the unimaginable… it will be unforgettable so that we can believe in the unbelievable God of the Bible
      • The feeding of the 5000 – He Can Do A Lot If You Can Trust Him With Your Little
      • The crossing of the sea at night – Study In The Storm
      • Moses willing to go before Pharaoh – Get Them Out
      • Abraham willing to take Isaac up the Mountain
        • Abraham could learn that God always keeps his promises
        • God can open was seems impossibly closed
        • But there is a cost associated with worship
      • Joseph willing to endure while knowing he is innocent
        • The turns will tell the truth. Who’s leaning with you?

2 Corinthians 1:9
Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:14
14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

  • Purpose: That We Might Not Rely On Ourselves But On God Who Raises The Dead
    • All Paul had on the road to Damascus was religion, and he realized it wasn’t enough
    • Redemption From Religion (Acts 9)
      • The Lord Caused Him To Be Blind For A Season
        • He Had To Be Lead By The Hand
        • He Had To Wait On A Word
      • Paul Began To Learn That There Is Purpose In The Pressure
      • There Are Principles In The Pain
      • Certain Truths Can Only Be Taught In Troublesome Times
      • God Was Trying To Train Paul On Day 1 For What Was To Come
        • “What is God Allowing You To Endure Today… So That You Can By Faith Execute Tomorrow”
        • If you believe as Paul

2 Corinthians 1:10
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,

  • On Him We Set Our Hope
    • We Must Crown Him To Get Through The Crisis
    • Not On Us But Him
    • He Has And He Will Again