From Trouble to Treasure – 12.12.21December 12, 2021
12.12.21 – Brandon Shanks (Senior Pastor)
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From Trouble to Treasure – 12.12.21
TROUBLE – Luke 1:29
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
TREASURE – Luke 2:19
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
“No matter what battle I am facing right now there is always blessing in the midst the battle”
HOW DID MARY TURN TROUBLE INTO TREASURE?
#1 YOU DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE TO TRUST GOD HAS A
LUKE 1:30 BUT THE ANGEL SAID TO HER, “DO NOT BE AFRAID, MARY; YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD.”
Every storm is a school
Every trial is a test
Every experience is an education
Every difficulty is for development
– Lance Watson
Sometimes the hardest roads lead to the best places
– J. John
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
(Isaiah 55:8-9) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
#2 You don’t always have the power to , but you always have the power to
LUKE 1:34 “‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’”
Luke 1:35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Luke 1:38 – And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
A great prayer to pray:
“Lord, I surrender everyone and everything to You.”
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Psalm 127:1-2 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
#3 Don’t let trouble with people cause you to have a
“Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, ‘It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.’ The second son he named Ephraim and said, ‘It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.’”
3 MYTHS ABOUT THE TROUBLES THAT WE ARE FACING:
Myth = I’m …
Truth = No… FIGHT BACK WITH
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” JAMES 5:13
V. 14-15 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.
Myth = I’m OUT OF …
Truth = No … YOU’RE AT THE OF IT
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:7-10 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
Myth – I have …
Truth – No… BECOME A
“But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: ‘These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here…’” ACTS 17:6
“We have found this man to be a troublemaker…” ACTS 24:5
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