What to do when you hit a wall in your life

Message noes from 8/7/2016

INTRO;

  • Glad to be back / Thank you to Paul
  • New series: Walls <Trump, Pink Floyd, Berlin Wall, Great Wall of China, Babylon, Vietnam War Memorial, walls at home>
  • Walls as a symbol (Impeding progress)
    • Good (Keep bad stuff out like weather, armies)
    • Bad (It’s in the way of what we want <>)
  • In life you will hit walls (special someone, stuck in career, marriage, parents, getting real at church>
  • One of two reactions are often made: Blame and Running Away
    • I’m not talking about informed, prayerfully sought out decisions, I’m just talking about reaction
    • We blame someone <marriage, education, boss, policies, parents, authority>
    • Or we run <church, job, new marriage>
      • It’s easy to run in a world of so many choices.
    • Other reactions are to tear down that wall, and bust through that wall! We are going to talk about that next week.
    • When you hit the wall it’s frustrating <>
    • Today: Before you react, in that moment between your frustration and your reaction I want to insert right there for you. <>
    • Question: What could God do with this wall? Could God be using this wall to do something in my life? What if there was a new reaction to the wall you haven’t considered?
    • Series: The Battle of Jericho (review battle and background): But that’s in chapter 6. There are 5 chapters of God moving and Joshua obeying before the walls come down <>.
    • Today I want to share with you five godly and helpful reactions to have when you hit the wall. 

BIBLE

  1. Reaction #1: Be alert to Gods dependability:
    1. Don’t lean on the wall <>. Lean on God.
    2. Before Joshua leads Israel across the Jordan into the Promised Land he said in chapter 1: “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Joshua 1:5
    3. Many times we think God has abandoned us at the wall. God is no longer relevant.
    4. We feel weak and vulnerable. <>
    5. Depend on God for power, protection, prosperity, and presence.
  2. Reaction #2: Be clear in your direction.
    1. God also gave Joshua clear direction.
    2. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:7-8
    3. So many times I see Christians hit the wall the first thing to go is obedience. <>
    4. “See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.” Hebrews 3:12
    5. Temptations: Honesty, pride, prayer, seeking God’s word, advice from more mature Christians.
    6. Be clear to honor God at all times through obedience.
  3. Reaction #3: Investigate before you initiate.
    1. Chapter 2 is how Joshua sent spies into Jericho. <Rahab>
    2. They learned God was already at work before the wall came down.
    3. Just because you hit a wall doesn’t mean God isn’t working and moving.
    4. If you react by running and blaming instead seeking God you will miss him.

 

  1. Reaction #4: Be mindful of Gods leading.
    1. 3 & 4 have a problem. Need to cross the flooded Jordan River to get to Jericho.
    2. With the Ark leading them, they ever the river, and it splits like Red Sea.
    3. Chapter 4:12 reads, “40,000 (men) armed for battle crossed over before the Lord to the plains of Jericho for war.” Joshua 4:12
    4. What’s your Jordan River? What do you need to cross?
      1. New understanding, faith, trust
      2. Get rid of pride, build humility, confront a sin,
    5. If you just focus on the wall you may miss out on the new thing God is doing in you.
    6. God accepts you as you are- but he isn’t going to let you stay as you are. How is God helping you grow when you hit the wall?
  2. Reaction #5: Commit to God by Setting Yourself Apart.
    1. 5 (just b4 ch. 6) God has all the men of Israel circumcised <>
    2. Not a requirement today, but the Bible does talk about a spiritual circumcision.
    3. “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self-ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:9-12 NIV
    4. When you hit the wall recall your baptism, when you were set apart for God. When you identified with Jesus death and resurrection and became his child. <>

 

 CONCLUSION

  • Review: How do you react when you hit the wall? Run, blame, fight?
  • Joshua, before his mighty all comes down, gives us five reactions to insert between our frustration and taking action. Be conscious of Gods dependability. Be clear in your direction.  Investigate before you initiate.  Be mindful of Gods leading.  Be committed to set yourself apart.
  • 6, next week, we’ll talk about the wall coming down, and the week after that what to do after the walls come down.
  • In the meantime, remember this: When you encounter the wall, know that God is standing tall.

 

TIME OF COMMITMENT: The wall of sin between you and God.  Jesus tore it down!

           

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