John O Evening rally on December 28th, 2014 at the Campus Outreach Milwaukee New Years Conference
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“Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.” (Daniel 3:7 ESV)
The bible is a real book about real people and real problems that need a real solution from a real God.
The reality of your faith is not measured in times of peace but rather your faith is tested when times get hard.
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”” (Daniel 3:16–18 ESV)
Faith is confidence in God's ability to deliver.
We serve a God that has actually done the impossible so that when we are faced with the impossible we don’t doubt the power of God to accomplish the impossible.
We serve a God that aims to deliver us out of bondage for those who are faithful to him.
Doubt only grows in isolation but transparency grows in the context of community.
If God is God, and I am not, then that means that He can do whatever He wants and I need to be cool with it because God is not a genie and will not do whatever I want Him to do.
Hard times will come and they will usually come when you least expect them.
“And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”” (Mark 14:36 ESV)
Personal Reflection Questions:
Where in your life are you doubting God to deliver you from the impossible
There are many things in this world that we think are owed to us. What good things do you make an idol of and expect God to grant you? What if God chooses to not give these things to you?