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The believers find themselves in difficult circumstances that might cause them to be discouraged or turn back. However, they find themselves in this situation because they were faithful in speaking His Word, and therefore don't pray for the removal of the circumstances, but for boldness to continue to speak His name. And in this, we see that they acknowledge God's sovereignty in all things in their prayer.
Christ said in John 16 while you are in the world you will have trouble (v. 33), expect it. James wrote to the early church the trouble you experience in this life is used by God "to make you mature". While the Lord is not the author of sin, no sin is beyond His sovereign ability to use it for our good and His glory. He works together everything that happens to us for His ultimate purposes. Therefore we do not allow trials and difficulties to lead us into despair because our focus is on His divine mission. We'll see an example of that in the life of the apostle Paul today. The joy of which he will speak will have absolutely nothing to do with his circumstances.
There are many different times and seasons we go through in life: joys, sorrows, gain, loss, etc., etc. Ecclesiastes 3 provides a picture of the God who is sovereign over time, and calls us to stand in awe of him.
We worry about so much. God is interested in two things really—our salvation and our sanctification—our continued growth in Him.
Romance stories and wedding ceremonies betray the allure of love. Unfortunately, human love can be an idol, from spouses to friends to celebrity obsessions to children. Whereas human love will fail, God's love endures forever. His love is good, sovereign, and stands behind all history. Psalm 45 provides a gripping picture of the beauty of love and marriage, which the NT explains was fulfilled in Jesus' love for His church (Eph. 5:22-33; Heb. 1:8). On this love we must meditate, and then celebrate.
What do we do when faced with opposition in our life? What about when that opposition isn't just the challenge of trying a new and difficult thing, but when there are people who are actively ridiculing us, belittling us and threatening us? In this sermon we look at the intersection of God's sovereignty and our responsibility in pursuing what God has called us to, even when facing opposition. In our call toward renewal in our families and in our city we find that they are inseparably linked. We find that when we are fighting for the future of our cities, we are fighting for the future our families will inherit.