Thriving Not Surviving Crisis

Joseph LephiewSeries, Sermons, Transition-TRUSTING THE UNKNOWN

Sermon Notes

For many people they have chosen to survive the crisis. Many that is all they can think of. If we can just survive, get through this we will be ok seems to be the present mentality.

Survival is ok, but I do not think that it is Gods Best for us. I see people and hear them since this whole Corona virus was reported. People are so afraid and fear is causing them to go into a survival mode.

Survival means: the state or fact of continuing to live or exist especially in spite of difficult conditions. Survival is when you are just trying to keep your head above water. Just trying to keep making it. Just trying to stay alive and exist.

Survival mode you hear: If we can get through this, we will be ok. If we can just get some extra cash, we will be alright. If we can just get to the weekend. If we can just hold on another month things will get better. If we, if we, if we.

Survival is filled with If we can. If, if, if. We are called by God to Thrive even in times of crisis.

Survival is when you keep adjusting you and your life to fit your world, your crisis. God is calling us to move out of survival and step into His Thriving mode.

Quote: Robert Scheid said, “Most of life’s battles are fought inside ourselves, and our greatest periods of growth usually come during crisis.”

Our world is in crisis, many of us are experiencing crisis like we have never before.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]”
John 16:33 AMP

If there ever was someone who understood crisis it was Jesus.

There is so much power in this Word for you and I to move from survive to thrive. Jesus was preparing them for the inevitable crisis that would rock their world forever.

Jesus starts out with I HAVE TOLD YOU THESE THINGS. EVERY THING YOU NEED IS IN HIS WORDS. THE ONLY REASON PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW HOW TO HANDLE CRISIS IS BECAUSE WE ARE CRISIS FOCUSED AND NOT WHAT DID HE SAY FOCUS.

IF WE REALLY KNEW HIS WORD WE WOULD HAVE THE ANSWERS, SOLUTIONS, DIRECTIONS, BUT HE TOLD US THESE THINGS. SO THAT IN ME YOU MAY HAVE PERFECT PEACE. PERFECT PEACE IS THE MOST POWERFUL PLACE TO BE IN THIS REALM.

Jesus was sleeping in bottom of the boat when the storm hit. The disciples woke him up screaming about how he must not care they were going to die because of the severe storm.

Jesus sleeping and they are screaming. Jesus is in perfect peace and the disciples are in panic, fear mode.

PERFECT PEACE: is what we can expect. The perfect peace is JESUS SAYS IN ME.

JESUS IS GETTING READY TO BE DELIVERED TO BE SACRIFICED FOR OUR SINS THRU DEATH.

TWO THINGS HERE WE MUST SEE. PERFECT PEACE IS WHAT WE CAN EXPECT BUT IT ONLY COMES IF WE GET TO THIS DESTINATION OF IN HIM. IN HIM IS THE PLACE TO BE IN THE STORM. IT IS A MINDSET, A BELIEF.

PERFECT PEACE: “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].”
Isaiah 26:3 AMP

HERE IS HOW WE GET PERFECT PEACE AND KEEP PERFECT PEACE.

PERFECT PEACE COMES TO THOSE WHO’S MIND IS STEADFAST (THAT IS COMMITTED AND FOCUSED ON JESUS- IN BOTH INCLINATION AND CHARACTER).

THE KJV SAYS WHO’S MIND IS STAYED ON JESUS. THIS IS SINGLE MINDED FOCUSED ON JESUS AND GOD’S WORD NOT ANYTHING ELSE. THE BIBLE TALKES ABOUT BEING DOUBLE MINDED THIS PERSON GOES BACK AND FORTH. TRUST GOD, NO TRUST. QUOTES GOD’S WORD AND THEN SPEAKS ALL THE PROBLEMS. FAITH, COMPLAINS BACK AND FORTH.

DOUBLE-MNDED IS UNSTABLE IN ALL OF HIS WAYS. JESUS SAYS HE WILL RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM HIM.

NO PEACE HERE. ANIEXITY, FRUSTRATION, FEAR. NOTICE THAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE PERFECT PEACE BECAUSE OF YOUR MIND AND ITS LOCATION AND FOCUS.

WHERE IS YOUR HEAD. MOST PEOPLES HEAD IS GLUED TO CNN, OR OTHER NEWS MEDIA OUTLETS. HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND ON COMPUTER, PHONES, TV, COMPARED TO GOD AND HIS WORD.

YOU WILL BE FILLED BY WHATEVER YOU FILL YOUR MIND WITH. DOUBT, FEARS, OR JOY AND FAITH.

WHERE IS OUR MINDS DURING ALL OF THIS. EVERYDAY CHECKING WHERE IS YOUR MIND. WHAT IS CONTROLLING YOUR THOUGHTS. ARE THEY GOD OR OTHER THINGS?

STEADFAST, COMMITTED, FOCUSED ON GODS WORD. THIS IS PERFECT PEACE. EVEN IN THE MIDST OF STROMS, TRIALS, CRISIS, WHATEVER.

WE MUST LEARN THIS BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE OTHER CRISIS IN OUR FUTURE.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]”
John 16:33 AMP

JESUS SAYS PERFECT PEACE IS THE RESULT OF BEING IN ME.

IN ME. NOT AROUND ME, NOT NEAR ME BUT IN ME. LIKE A BABY IN THE WOMB. IT’S LIKE YOUR IN JESUS AND HE IS ENCASED YOU. I CAN EITHER BE OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE, NEAR THE HOUSE, AROUND THE HOUSE, UNDER THE HOUSE, ON TOP OF THE HOUSE BUT THE PROTECTION AND PROVISION ARE IN THE HOUSE.

Joseph lived in crisis. Personal crisis, family crisis, financial crisis. Yet no matter what for the most part he kept his mind stayed on his God.

Notice about Joseph that no matter what people did to him and no matter how unfair life seemed Joseph kept his mind and heart on God and His Words of Promise.

Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.”
Robert Tew

Ego says: Once everything falls into place, I will find peace. Spirit says: Find peace and everything falls into place.

Notice the directions Jesus gives. IN ME YOU HAVE PEACE. In the world you will have tribulation, distress, and suffering.

Jesus says, “but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy.”

IN ME BE COURAGEOUS, CONFIDENT, UNDAUNTED, AND BE FILLED WITH JOY.

IN ME THESE ARE CHOICES YOU CHOOSE NOT BASED ON WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE BUT WHERE YOU AT IT IN LIFE. IF I AM IN HIM I CAN CHOOSE THESE.

IF I AM NOT IN HIM AND IN THE WORLD I WILL HAVE TROUBLES, STRESSES, FRUSTRATIONS, BITTERNESS, PAIN AND WORRY.

EVERYONE IS IN THE WORLD. WE ALL WILL GO THRU THESE STORMS BUT IF WE CHOOSE TO GET IN HIM ITS LIKE WHAT A COVERING WHERE PEACE IS THE RESULT. WE CHOOSE COURAGE, CONFIDENCE, AND NO FEAR, AND WE CHOOSE TO BE FILLED WITH JOY.

JOY IS A CHOICE WE CHOOSE BECAUSE OF JESUS AND WHAT HE PROVIDES FOR US.

JESUS LEAVES WITH THESE LAST WORDS. I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.

“For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God].”
1 John 5:4 AMP