05-10-2020
SERMON NOTES
HOPE IN THE DARKNESS--PART IV
SERMON TITLE: I WILL STILL REJOICE!
SERMON THEME: HOW CAN WE BE JOYFUL?
SERMON TEXT: HABAKKUK 3:17-19

INTRODUCTION: "A LIVING HOPE ENABLES YOU TO HAVE BOTH SORROW                                                AND JOY. YOUR LIVING HOPE IS AN INHERITANCE                                                           ACHIEVED FOR YOU BY CHRIST." Tim Keller

 Habakkuk 3:19 
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.
For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.

 Psalm 62:5-6 

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

HOW CAN YOU BE JOYFUL AS YOU WRESTLE AND EMBRACE GOD

1) DECIDE TO PRAISE GOD IN ALL YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 17 Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.

 Hebrews 13:15 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

 II) KNOW THE POWER OF HOPE ENABLES YOU TO PERSEVERE.

Hebrews 12:2-3 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 11:1 Faith in Action11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

 III)  REJOICE IN THE SOURCE OF YOUR JOY AND THE HOPE OF YOUR
        HOPELESSNESS.

Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

 

God doesn’t love me
You can’t force me to believe
God is good
This is the One Truth in life
This world is a product of chance
How can I believe that
God will use my life
I know with certainty that
God has left me
Never again will I say that
Christ is risen from the dead
I know now more than ever in my life that
Man can save himself
We must realize that it is ignorant to think
God answers prayers
Christians declare that
Without God this world would fall into darkness
This world can and will meet my needs
It is a lie to say that
God has always been there for me
I now realize that
No matter what I do
The Truth is
He doesn’t love me
How can I presume that
God is good

Proverbs 29:18 18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
    but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

CONCLUSION: THE JOURNEY OF FAITH IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

1 John 4:19 19 We love because he first loved us.