Sermon by Pastor Mosley Ogbanga
Dated May 21st, 2017
Title: WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN THERE IS A CRISIS
Often times when we go through any crisis of any sort, we panic and sometimes make poor or wrong decisions. However because of our belief in Christ Jesus, we understand and know that God allows crisis and even when He doesn’t, He is present with us during those difficult times. Romans 8:28 (New King James Version (NKJV) 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Even though life can be intensely difficult and trials during these times can seem unbearable;
- We have to see God’s hand in all we are going through in Life.
- We have to see an opportunity when we are going through life’s tough and most difficult situations. As Christians when we are in challenging situations, we are not down and out. But when we are down during those times, we are down and about.
- We have to realize that God can use the good, bad and ugly to advance our cause or shape our destiny. In Psalm 23, there is a reason why God prepare a table for David in the presence of his enemies. Sometimes, we need those enemies and those not so good moments to get to our destination.
In order to better understand how to best handle challenging situations we would look at the event between David and Goliath and understand how David saw Goliath.
1 Samuel 17:24-29 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid. 25 So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.”
26 Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
27 And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.”
28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”
29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”
1 Samuel 17:34-37 New King James Version (NKJV)
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
1 Samuel 17:45-47 New King James Version (NKJV)
45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
- David saw God and opportunities in time of crisis (Emphasis)
a). His family taxes were waved
b). He married the king’s daughter (Mikal)
c). Subsequently he became King
II). The 24 men sent to scout/explore the land of Canaan
Numbers 13:26-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”
30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
a). All the people that gave evil report died of diseases.
b). Joshua was appointed the Leader to replace Moses
c). Caleb was nominated as one of those to apportion the lands.
- Trust God
Proverbs 3:5-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
2. Believe that God is in the center of your problems
Daniel 3:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
Daniel 3:24-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”
They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”[a]
Hebrews 12:28-29 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[a] serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Deuteronomy 9:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
Israel’s Rebellions Reviewed
9 “Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, 2 a people great and tall, the descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, ‘Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?’ 3 Therefore understand today that the Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the Lord has said to you.
Life can be intensely difficult. At times trials can seem unbearable. But as Christians, our confidence should be based on the fact that God will continually show up faithful in those situations. Through those times, He reminds us that there is a plan beyond what we can see, and that our faith in him means much more to him than we could imagine.