SUNDAY 20TH MARCH, 2016. TOPIC: BENEFITS OF CHALLENGES


TEXT: I Peter 5 vs 10, II Timothy 4 vs 5 – 10, James 1 vs 1 – 5, Psalm 34 vs 19, Proverb 24 vs 10, Job 2 vs 9, Joshua 1 vs 7 – 10, Galatians 6 vs 7,
MEANING OF CHALLENGE:
1) Challenge is a process by which God proves our worth and love towards Him.
2) A process of reformation.
3) Anything that poses discomfort.
4) Anything used by God in a seemed negative way to fortify His children.
5) An instrument God uses to promote his elect.
6) Anything which makes the believer more prayerful and addicted to learning.
7) A test of strength, capability or character of a person or group of people.
8) Obstacles meant to destroy or distract our major achievement or goal in life.
9) Ups and downs of life.
WHY DOES GOD ALLOWS CHALLENGES?
1) Because it is part of His children’s fortification, Romans 8 vs 30 – end, Zachariah 13 vs 9.
2) It proves our worth.
3) It strengthens the believer with higher ideas.
WHAT TO DO IN THE TIME OF CHALLENGES
1) Sing praises to God.
2) Draw closer to God through prayers.
3) Avoid complaining and blame game ( negative comments and speculations)
4) Face the challenge on a head-on.
5) Fear not and talk less but encourage yourself and others, II Timothy 1 vs 8, I Thessalonians 3 vs 3, I Thessalonians 1 vs 6, Zachariah 13 vs 9.
6) Map out strategies on how to face the challenge.
7) Learn from other who have conquered theirs.
8) Do not be flippant in your utterances, be matured, Job 2 vs 9.
9) Grow stronger in the act of your zeal for God and other things.
10) Encourage other in the midst of your challenges.
BENEFITS OF CHALLENGES
1) It strengthens the believer.
2) It exposes us to more learning.
3) It stands as ingredients of maturity when conquered.
4) It helps build our Christian life to a higher degree.
5) It increases strength, capacity, mentally, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
6) It encourages others about us.
7) It expands our rhema (inspiration) about God).
8) It equips us as leaders, Isaiah 48 vs 10, Isaiah 63 vs 9, Hosea 5 vs 15, Micah 7 vs 8.
9) It proves our worth, Numbers 13 vs 1 – end, Numbers 14 vs 1 – end.
10) Challenges stands you out as an authority when well endured.
11) It brings promotion afterwards.
12) It brings us closer to God.
13) It makes us be a blessing to others.
14) It prepares us for better days ahead.
15) It humbles us
CONCLUSION
Guide your words in the time of provocation, hunger, challenges and when discussing with friends, avoid negative comments and speculations and follow it with the word of God because challenges when conquered establishes us in faith. I Peter 5 vs 10, Mathew 4 vs 1 – 10, John 5 vs 1 – 9, Luke 2 vs 1 – end, James 1 vs 1 – 5, Acts 10 vs 38, James 4 vs 6 – 7, Malachi 1 vs 1 – end, Malachi 2 vs 1 – end, Acts 5 vs 1 – end, Ezekiel 37 vs 1 – 10.