Are you still playing the victim game
Psalms 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
David was his own worst enemy. He was so caught up in his troubles that he failed to see God working in his. All he saw was the bad around him. He focused on what he perceived, not on what was. Isn’t that what we often do, focus on the bad, the perceived, the cares and burdens, all the time missing the blessings and goodness of God? Today, we will begin something new, a journey from being the victim to being the victor. I am tired of many of you struggling just to survive when God’s promises are there for the taking.
Isaiah 55: 7-13 – 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
As a way of introduction today, let’s examine some important facts from Isaiah 55
I. God is full of forgiveness and pardon – Psalm 103:1-4 – 1 ¶ A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
A. You will find God’s mercy in abundance – Psalm 131:1 – 1 ¶ O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Read all of Psalm 131 with the congregation reading the “for his mercy endureth for ever”)
B. It is offered to all who will accept it
II. God’s blessings are abundant in your life
A. God’s word was sent to you
B. He said it would prosper you
C. Obedience to it is what is required of us – 1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD
as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
III. His goal in our life is to produce joy, not sadness
A. His word will produce joy
B. His word will produce singing
C. His word will lead you to peace
D. His word will cause your blessings to overcome your sorrow
,IV. The end result is all up to you
A. Begin by obeying His word
1. Even when you do not understand why
2. Even when you do not see immediate results
3. Even when you do not see any hope
4. Even when others may not understand
B. Then live out His word in the presence of others
C. Then count your blessings – Psalms 112:1-2 – 1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
1. Write them down on paper
2. Verbalize them – Thank God out loud
3. Share them – let others know of His goodness (clarify – don’t tell them all your discouragements, tell them all your blessings