May 27, 2018
Crisis 101 Part 9
Series: Crisis
Dr Sparks focuses on the praise  God deserves when we finally see our way past the point of crisis.
 
There is a difference between thanking God and Praising Him. Thanking God – focuses on WHAT God has done. Praising God – Focuses on WHO God is.   Crisis Principles
  1. Realize that God means for you to be where you are
  2. Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief
  3. Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on God
  4. Pray
  5. Stay Calm and give God time to work.
  6. Envision God’s Enveloping Presence
  7. Trust God to deliver in His own unique way
  8. View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.
  9. Don’t forget to praise God
 
  • Our struggles help us to see who God is
  • When we know who God is, we can expect Him to act according to His nature.
  • When we encounter future difficulties, we can trust God based upon past experiences and His nature.
  • Trusting God eliminates fear
  • Fear does not come from God – 2 Tim. 1:7
  • Fear keeps us from following God
 
  1. Praise expresses Who God is to us. – vs. 1-5
  2. Praise gives credit to God, instead of us keeping it for ourselves. – vs. 6-10
  3. Praise Makes God known – vs 11-13
  4. Praise of God affects His enemies – vs. 14-16
  5. Praise encourages others – vs. 17-21
 
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  • May 27, 2018Crisis 101 Part 9
    May 27, 2018
    Crisis 101 Part 9
    Series: Crisis
    Dr Sparks focuses on the praise  God deserves when we finally see our way past the point of crisis.
     
    There is a difference between thanking God and Praising Him. Thanking God – focuses on WHAT God has done. Praising God – Focuses on WHO God is.   Crisis Principles
    1. Realize that God means for you to be where you are
    2. Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief
    3. Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on God
    4. Pray
    5. Stay Calm and give God time to work.
    6. Envision God’s Enveloping Presence
    7. Trust God to deliver in His own unique way
    8. View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.
    9. Don’t forget to praise God
     
    • Our struggles help us to see who God is
    • When we know who God is, we can expect Him to act according to His nature.
    • When we encounter future difficulties, we can trust God based upon past experiences and His nature.
    • Trusting God eliminates fear
    • Fear does not come from God – 2 Tim. 1:7
    • Fear keeps us from following God
     
    1. Praise expresses Who God is to us. – vs. 1-5
    2. Praise gives credit to God, instead of us keeping it for ourselves. – vs. 6-10
    3. Praise Makes God known – vs 11-13
    4. Praise of God affects His enemies – vs. 14-16
    5. Praise encourages others – vs. 17-21
     
  • May 20, 2018Crisis 101 Part 8
    May 20, 2018
    Crisis 101 Part 8
    Series: Crisis
    Dr. Sparks emphasizes the principle that we must "View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future."
    Crisis Principles
    1. Realize that God means for you to be where you are
    2. Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief
    3. Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on God
    4. Pray
    5. Stay Calm and give God time to work.
    6. Envision God’s Enveloping Presence
    7. Trust God to deliver in His own unique way
    8. View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.
  • May 6, 2018Crisis 101 Part 7
    May 6, 2018
    Crisis 101 Part 7
    Series: Crisis
    Dr. Sparks drives home the point that we must trust God to deliver us in His own unique manner.  Miracles are happening today and we would do well to pay attention to them.  Sometimes God moves in mysterious ways, providential ways, or miraculous ways.  Cameron Thompson was right, "We have a God who begins with the impossible and goes on from there."
  • Apr 29, 2018Crisis 101 Part 6
    Apr 29, 2018
    Crisis 101 Part 6
    Series: Crisis
    Dr Sparks explains the sixth principle for dealing with Crisis biblically.
    • At the Red Sea, God put His people in a position where His presence had never been so real to them.
    • Using difficulty He cultivated within them a greater appreciation for Himself.
    One Commentator wrote – “God’s presence in the trial is much better than exemption from the trial. The Lord’s presence is never so sweet as in moments of appalling difficulty.”
    • When you find yourself between the sword and the sea remember that difficult times can sensitize us to God’s nearness.
    Psalm 46:1 (NIV) 1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Envisioning God’s enveloping presence and learn to say, “I will fear no evil for you are with me,” even in the dark valleys and by hostile seas.
  • Apr 15, 2018Crisis 101 Part 5
    Apr 15, 2018
    Crisis 101 Part 5
    Series: Crisis
    Dr Sparks explores the fifth principle in dealing with crisis.
    • Many times we cannot solve our problems, heal our hurts, change circumstances or win our battles.
    • We must kneel in prayer, then stand to see what God will do.
    • We must leave room for God, staying calm and giving Him time to work.
      C.H. Mackintosh wrote, “Faith raises the soul above the difficulty, straight to God Himself, and enables one to stand still. We gain nothing by our restless and anxious efforts…it is therefore true wisdom, in all times of difficulty and perplexity, to stand still; to wait upon God, and He will assuredly open a way for us.”
  • Apr 8, 2018Crisis 101 Part 4
    Apr 8, 2018
    Crisis 101 Part 4
    Series: Crisis
    Dr. Sparks follows the life of the Israelites as they encounter a Crisis at the Red Sea.  In this sermon he examines how the Israelites "cry out" to the Lord and how we also need to expose our heart's desire to the Lord.  The Israelite's prayer was Urgent, United, Unfeigned, and Unbelieving.  Our communication with God needs exercise belief that God can and will do something.
  • Mar 25, 2018Crisis 101 Part 3
    Mar 25, 2018
    Crisis 101 Part 3
    Series: Crisis
    Dr. Sparks examines biblical principles for living in the midst of our crisis situation. In this third message in the series, he presses home the idea that we need to acknowledge our enemy but look to the Lord.  Christians often get that that turned around backwards and acknowledge the Lord Jesus, but spend our time and energy focusing on the enemy.
  • Mar 18, 2018Crisis 101 Part 2
    Mar 18, 2018
    Crisis 101 Part 2
    Series: Crisis
    Dr. Sparks examines biblical principles for living in the midst of our crisis situation.  In the second installment he deals with the topic of God's glory versus our relief.
  • Mar 11, 2018Crisis 101 Part 1
    Mar 11, 2018
    Crisis 101 Part 1
    Series: Crisis
    Dr. Sparks examines biblical principles for living in the midst of our crisis situation. In this first message he asserts that you are in the situation that you are in because God put you there or allowed you to be there.