Crisis & Opportunities

Joseph LephiewSeries, Sermons, Transition-TRUSTING THE UNKNOWN

Sermon Notes

We are nearing the end of the Corona crisis. States have already begun to open back up and ease the restrictions.

The word that is being spoken is, “I can’t wait for things to become normal, back to the way things were.”

NOTHING STAYS THE SAME IN THIS WORLD. WE ARE ALWAYS GOING THRU CHANGES. GOD IS THE ONLY INTETY THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE.

1. RELIABILITY OF GOD, NOTHING ELSE IS AS RELIABLE AS GOD

“For I am the LORD, I do not change [but remain faithful to My covenant with you]”
Malachi 3:6a AMP

“Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Hebrews 13:8 AMP

When Crisis comes we have a fortress, we have an anchor, we are on the ROCK.

So many people fall apart with fear and the unknown because they have no stability in anything.

This is why OUR FAITH CAN WITHSTAND ANY CRISIS. YOUR FAITH WILL ALWAYS BE TESTED. CRISIS EXPOSES THINGS.

2. PRESSURE TESTING

WHEN I WAS IN THE MILITARY I WORKED ON JETS. WE USED TO DO A TEST CALLED, “PRESSURE TEST.”

Pressure test is to investigate the various limits of the hydraulic and pressure lines. This test is to see the reliability, maximum capacity, leaks under pressure.

Crisis is used by God to PRESSURE TEST HIS PEOPLE. HE DOES NOT CREATE THE CRISIS. MAN DOES BUT GOD WILL ALWAYS USE WHAT WE PRODUCE TO BUILD US UP.

Everyone, if we are honest, can see thru these crisis areas of our lives that leaked, maybe not as reliable as you thought.

Peter thought he was so solid in his faith. He told Jesus I will never deny you, Jesus said “before the cock crows Peter you will deny me.”

“Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has demanded permission to sift [all of] you like grain; but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].”
Luke 22:31-32 AMP

Jesus says He has prayed for the disciples. Crisis is allowed. Satan hopes to take advantage but our Lord prays. He says he prayed especially for Peter.

Jesus prayer for them and us is that our faith and confidence in Jesus may not fail. They were tested. We will be tested. Remember PRESSURE TESTED.

NOTICE WHAT JESUS SAYS, “AND YOU”. He is now talking specifically to Peter. “ONCE YOU HAVE TURNED BACK TO ME, STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT YOUR BROTHERS IN THE FAITH.”

Jesus knows Peter will deny him, but Peter does not really know himself. Pressure testing helps you to know you better.

Peter would fall apart under the pressure but that is not the end of the story.

Once you see your leaks under pressure you repair them and grow on in God. The enemy exploits our leaks and if we are not careful we feel like failures, weak, not worthy so why keep trying. Just give up.

God know you better than you know you. TRUST HIM ABOUT YOU. HE LOVES YOU WHEN YOU ACHIEVE, HE LOVES YOU WHEN YOU FALL, HE LOVES YOU FAIL, HE LOVES YOU WHEN YOU GET BACK UP AND RACE AGAIN.

3. RE-PRIORITIZE

CRISIS CAUSES YOU TO RE-PRIORITIZE YOUR LIFE. YOU CAN SEE THINGS YOU TOOK FOR GRANTED PRIOR TO CRISIS. AFTER CRISIS PEOPLE SEEM TO CHANGE THEIR PRIORITIES.

Families eating together, talking, laughing, praying and spending time together. People outside walking, riding bikes, jogging.

I seen this cartoon on the dogs owner with the dogs leash calling his dog to go for a walk. The dog is hiding and the captions says, “I can’t wait for this Corona crisis to be over, this will be the 8 walk today.” The dog is hiding up against a wall. Ha-ha

MANY TURN TO GOD OR BACK TO GOD. MANY LOOK AT FAMILY, HEALTH, TIME, ETC. THE THINGS THAT USED TO CONTROL OUR MINDS HAVE SHIFTED. CRISIS BRINGS YOU BACK TO THINGS THAT COUNT THE MOST. LIFE IS PRECIOUS.

GOD PRIORITY: Crisis will bring you back. Jesus knew Peter would fail, just like He knows us. Jesus said when you TURN BACK TO ME, STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT THE OTHERS.

JESUS DOES NOT CONDEMN, JUDGE, MAKE FEEL INFERIOR FOR FAILING. HE CALLS HIM TO GET UP, REPAIR THE LEAKS. GET UP AND RECONNECT WITH YOUR PURPOSE AND HELP OTHERS DO THE SAME.

WE ARE TO STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT OTHERS WITH OUR LESSONS LEARNED THRU THE PRESSURE TESTING TIMES OF CRISIS.

HELP OTHERS, STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT THEM. HOW MANY OF GODS PRECIOUS PEOPLE HAVE FALLEN AND FAILED.

Galatians 6 says you who are spiritual restore those who have fallen. It goes on to say watch and examine your own life too.
Crisis gives you the opportunity to get back TO A GOD CENTERED LIFE AND LIFESTYLE. CRISIS MAKES YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT AGAIN.

4. NEW PERSPECTIVE

Someone said, “when it seems like the sky is collapsing, relax it’s just the roof falling in.” What we see is mainly what you look for.

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
Wayne W. Dyer

“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.”
Muhammad Ali

“The best things in life aren’t things.”
Art Buchwald

WHEN YOU CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THINGS, THE THINGS YOU LOOK AT CHANGE.

WHEN PETER TURNED BACK AFTER DENYING JESUS HIS WHOLE PERSPECTIVE CHANGED. HE WAS ALL ABOUT PETER AND HOW GREAT PETER WAS. HIS EGO WAS SO FILLED WITH HIMSELF. CRISIS HELPED HIM CHANGE HIS PERSPECTIVES ABOUT HIS GOD, HIS PURPOSE, OTHERS.
GOD WILL ALLOW WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET US TO TURN BACK TO HIM. CRISIS CREATES NEW THINGS.

5. CRISIS & OPPORTUNITIES

When a huge storm hits the news reports the damage. The people living through the crisis see the storm but they also seize the opportunity to rebuild newer, stronger communities.

I remember listening to reports of families who lost everything is California wildfires. They cried of loosing everything. The reporter asked them, “what now?” They all said, “WE REBUILD THIS IS OUR HOME.”

It was told that after 911 people actually talked to people on the streets of New York.

Crisis Brings People Back Together, BECAUSE WE NEED EACH OTHER. I SEEN PEOPLE SHARING THEIR TOLET PAPER, FOOD, MONEY, HELPING AND SERVING EACH OTHER AND OTHERS.