Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Mighty Mist

James 4:14 (ESV)
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

       I.              Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, "Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, 'We will enter the city,' the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die." 2 Kings 7:3-4 (NKJV)
A.       Faith Is Never Learned In Comfort
B.       Faith Works Like A Muscle
         II.         Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few.”  1 Samuel 14:6 (NKJV)

A.            Step Out On Your Maybe

B.            Circumstances Will Never Be Perfect

      III.         Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:25-31 (NKJV)

A.            Turn Your Mistakes Into Stepping Stones

B.                Failure…So What?

C.                If Life Is A Mist We Should Make It Count
1.   Don’t Romanticize Past Celebrations
2.   Don’t Push Future Anticipations
3.   Seize The Moment


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