Don’t Turn Back!
May 7, 2014
Don’t Turn Back – God Will Turn Your Misfortune into FAVOR
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, BUT The Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
This past Sunday, Pastor Bobby shed a bright light on a common feeling for believers new and old. ‘Once I surrender my life to Jesus I won’t have any problems.’ Reading the words of David tells us what is true. We will have many problems. However, when we go through our problems that’s where our faith comes in. We may not see a favorable outcome with our physical eye, but we call on our knowledge of the one who’s got our backs in the spiritual realm. God’s got this!
“You’re in between the promise and the promise-fulfilled…”
Last Thursday the message during the prayer call was to hold onto God during difficulties because that’s usually the time we want to turn back to what was familiar and easy, but not good for us. Pastor Bobby warned us that if God has called you out of a vice, habit or lifestyle, don’t go back to it just because life has gotten hard.
Don’t listen to folks, including yourself, who say give yourself a break. It’s not the time for a break, it’s time to dig in and be determined to hold on to God and your godliness. He called you out for a reason, He’s recommended you for this because He believes in you. Keep the faith! Job 27:5-6 says, “So I will never concede that you three are right. Until the day I die, I will not abandon my integrity just to appease you. On the contrary, I’ll assert my innocence and never let it go; my heart will not mock my past or my future.”
Like Job, David was going through some things. Things seemed to be going wrong all at once. David has been anointed by God’s messenger as the king of Israel, but not yet appointed because Saul was still the king. So the laundry list of David’s issues at the time he wrote the 34th Psalm were – identity, employment, relationship, trust, inadequate housing, threats, and mental. We could find ourselves having one or more of these issues at any given time. Just one of these issues could have a person feeling hopeless, BUT…There’s that powerful conjunction again. With God’s power behind that one three-letter word our unfavorable circumstances are made favorable.
Why? God’s willing to protect us. (vs. 20) Pastor Bobby explained that David was a warrior and to a warrior a broken bone meant devastation in battle at this time period. Medical technology wasn’t where it is today. Therefore, the difference between a broken bone and flesh wound meant life and death. By God not letting our bones be broken, we fight on to victory. We may be wounded, but it’s only a flesh wound. You will be afflicted but not broken.
“BUT as long as God is not broken you are not broken and you can stand, even in your affliction.”
Now for the standing part…We’ve been brought under God’s covering, called out of that vice, habit, or lifestyle that He no longer wanted us held captive to, we must not go back. We’re only protected as long as we stay with God. If you go back to what you came out of it could possibly kill you this time. Stick with God. He’s willing to preserve us. (vs. 21)
We belong to Him now. He redeemed us – purchased us with the valuable life of His son. He wants us…You and me. How awesomely beautiful is it to be wanted by God? We were condemned – we could not be used for our intended purpose the way we were when He bought us. BUT He purchased the right to change some stuff within us and rebuild us from within to be used for our intended purpose. During the process you will have issues that make you uncomfortable and are even painful.
“God has a plan for you that is bigger than your pain.”
So let Him keep working on you, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
Hold on! He knows what He’s doing.