Sermon notes: Northlands Church / Rob Rufus / 2012
"8God is never disillusioned with you because He never had any illusions.
God is infallible. He cannot make a mistake & He never has - not with you, not with His plans. We are condemned to success and victims of victory. It’s all about what He has done.
Courage and strength are already yours. They are written into the fiber of your being…
We are not meant to live in a mixture of unbelief and faith, in a religious schizophrenia. The serpent comes after the apathetic. RESIST THE DEVIL. Confront that which is standing in the way of your faith. Stand firm.Focus can be the most powerful thing in your life. Fix your eyes on Him. Abide.
The devil uses self-pity, disappointment, and disillusionment to tear you down.
You may be disillusioned, but the Lord is not & He does not intend to leave you in a place of confusion, doubt, disappointment, or shame. Those feelings are not from Him. It is a trap to keep you down in the dirt. He has already overcome. We are not fighting for the victory because that has already been achieved. We fight from this victorious position and prepare to make a stand.”
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33
The loudest praises that come out of our lives are born from difficulties, finding Him in the desert place.
Your attitude and faith make a massive impact on the atmosphere around you; keep a heart posture of faith and trust. Don’t be embarrassed about areas of barrenness – it has nothing to do with sin or where you’ve gone wrong. That was taken care of on the cross.
Sarah and Abraham were given a promise and then held on to their faith, waiting for its fulfillment.
The dreams that God has put in your life in those times of light, He will bring to pass.
Never doubt in the dark what God has revealed to you in the light. Don’t let yourself be defined by the darkness facing you. Be defined by faith in what God told you in the light. Do not become cynical or unbelieving. The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
The definition and power of the vision come out of darkness when you resist & overcome the enemy. Fruits are formed out of the darkness as you cling to Him. His vision for you was born before you were. He planted it in your heart before He formed you in the womb.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
We are accountable in the dark to what we hear in the light. We walk by faith. Be an ambassador of Christ, even in the dark.
Do not build a theology around the facts but around the Truth. Acknowledge the facts, but remember that they surrender to the Truth. His Word wins over whatever “facts” are evident in your life.
Barrenness is His greatest weapon for producing fruitfulness in us. He would prefer to use our barrenness than that area in which we are naturally gifted/capable.
You are a seed of Abraham – the fruit of the barren woman (Sarah) whose child was produced by the supernatural power of God, rather than by human effort (Hagar & Ishmael). God sometimes holds back fruitfulness until we give up on human effort and in our darkness cry out, “God, give me fruit!” Do not surrender to barrenness; cry out to Him.
The darkness/barrenness reveals the mystery of God, who still works in us in those times when we feel nothing, to produce fruit that only His Spirit can.
His glorious agenda is to use human barrenness to produce fruit for His glory.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:8
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please… What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do. Isaiah 46:10-11
I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him & he will succeed in his mission. Isaiah 48:15