Pastor Steve Williams : When Life Knocks You Down

RISE · 48:51 · Recorded March 15, 2020

When Life Knocks You Down

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (Phi) We are handicapped on all sides, but we are never frustrated; we are puzzled, but never in despair. We are persecuted, but we never have to stand it alone: we may be knocked down but we are never knocked out! Every day we experience something of the death of the Lord Jesus, so that we may also know the power of the life of Jesus.

The dangers in knock-downs

What’s predictable in life is that it’s unpredictable!

Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 (NJB) The race is not won by the speediest, nor the battle by the champions…chance and mischance befall them all. …like fish caught in the net, like birds caught in the snare, just so are we all trapped by misfortune when it suddenly overtakes us.

It’s never what happens to us, but in us that matters most.

We’re infected with shame, fear, self-pity,despair,cynicism.

Psalm 34:17-18 (MSG) Is anyone crying for help? GOD is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you’ll find GOD right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

Getting back on our feet again

Micah 7:7-8 (NIV) “I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me…Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.”

1. Hold on with humble faith.

Isaiah 41:10, 13 (CSB) “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand…For I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”

Isaiah 30:15 (TEV) The Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says to the people, “Come back and quietly trust in me. Then you will be strong and secure.” But you refuse to do it.

2. Open yourself to new ideas & ways.

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

3. Persevere with patient persistence.

Proverbs 24:16 (NAS) For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again.

Psalm 37:23-24 (CEB) A person’s steps are made secure by the LORD when they delight in his way. Though they trip up, they won’t be thrown down, because the LORD holds their hand.

Hebrews 6:18-19 (TEV) So we who have found safety with him are greatly encouraged to hold firmly to the hope placed before us. We have this hope as an anchor for our lives.

4. Expect a greater future in him.

Isaiah 40:31 (ICB) People who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will be able to rise up as an eagle in the sky. They will run without needing rest. They will walk without becoming tired.

  • Who’s someone you know that you’d say is an example of a “comeback kid?”

  • When have you experienced a “knock-down” in your life? What would you say you picked up from the experience(s)?

  • Which of the “infections” mentioned do you think is the worst to pick up?Which have you been sidelined by in your life? How has that turned around for you?

  • Notice Isaiah 41:10,13 and God’s admonition against fear. What are some of the common sources of our fears? Why does he say we need not live in fear? What are other scriptures do you know that help you find courage against fear?

  • When God is working to help people get back on their feet again, what do you think the biggest obstacle is he’s got to overcome with them?

  • Read Hebrews 10:36. Why is endurance, or perseverance necessary in finding God’s blessing in life? What truth from this message do you want to see “stick” in your life more?

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