Sermon Notes: Only The Strong Survive

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Solomon Needed Strength for the Task of Building the Temple

“And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts; if thou seek Him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him; He will cast thee off forever. Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.

And David said to Solomon his son, be strong and of good courage, and do it; fear not, neither be dismayed; for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” (1 Chronicles 28:9-10,20)

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10)

“Only The Strong Survive”
Bishop-Designate Alfred D. Blue, Jr.
Sunday, October 30, 2011 

“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number; He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might; for that He is strong in power; not one faileth. (Isaiah 40:26-31)

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest O Israel, my way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known?  Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?  There is no searching of His understanding.

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Intro:  Whenever life demands that we pursue a major change or we are forced to confront adversity or difficulty that we didn’t expect.

When there is a giant in your life that’s blocking the path to your blessing, your plans or your dream…

STRENGTH IS REQUIRED!!

You Know What A Major Accomplishment In Life Is:

  • Daring to listen to the voice that speaks to your heart from a place you haven’t known – a place you’ve been taught to ignore;
  • To live your life with a sense of purpose and a greater calling;
  • To get close enough to see why the bush is burning…
  • To look at the stars (Abraham), and believe that your destiny is tied to following the voice of God…
  • To commit your life to reaching a goal – or to take responsibility for your family’s success…

THESE ARE MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT REQUIRE YOU TO BE STRONG!!

QUOTE # 1 & 2

The bible powerfully amplifies the significance of faith – in the lives of men & women that allowed God to bring great things into their lifetime, and further His purpose in the earth…

These were people who didn’t have religious backgrounds – and often were unfamiliar with the ways of God…

They were young – like Jeremiah & Elisha, and other times old like (Moses, or Joshua & Caleb).

It wasn’t their cultural background, or knowledge of God – but their faith that enabled God to do great things in them and through them…

In Fact:  It was their faith in God – that became the X Factor – became their invisible, but very real strength – that made the difference, and caused them to survivie – then experience – then manifest, and achieve, what God had purposed for them.

 

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE… MEN & WOMEN WHO KNOW THEIR GOD – TRUST HIM TO DO WHAT MAN CANNOT…

“Who is this King of glory?  The Lord, strong and might, the Lord, mighty in battle.” (Psalm 24:8)

“Wait on the Lord, and be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart;  wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:24)

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)

“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” (Ephesians 3:16)

 

These scriptures speak of a strength that come to a man/woman – because of their faith in God…

 

How does this dynamic take place – How does a person become strong internally – in their heart & mind?  Strong enough to face issues & challenges they never have before – and come out on the other side – having won the battle – finished the assignment?

 

It is when we believe that there is ability beyond our own…When we trust that the God who calls us to the battle – or gives us the assignment – will also strengthen us to complete our task.

 

Romans 4:20 – says of Abraham

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.”

 

To hold on to God’s promise…

To believe that what God had spoken could be a reality – even though what he saw with his eyes could have caused him to give up…

 

Quotes 3 & 4:

Strength Is Required:

As Israel was preparing to transition from living in the wilderness (where they depended upon God for everything…) to moving to a place of possession – God told Moses to tell them – STRENGTH IS REQUIRED!!

“There shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it.”  (Deuteronomy 11:8)

When Joshua was called upon to become Israel’s next leader – God told him – STRENGTH IS REQUIRED!

“Be strong, and of a good courage; for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance  the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.” Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. Have I not commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Be Strong, And Do It!! (Joshua 1:6-7,9)

Quotes 5 & 6:

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