What to do in times of trouble by Pastor Danquah
Pastor Danquah is visiting our church. He will be teaching tonight as well.
Here are my notes from last night’s teaching:
Luke 8:22-25 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples, and He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out, but as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, said to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”
Trouble is indispensable in life. God has not promised us a trouble-free life. The only time our lives will be trouble-free is in Heaven. Jesus went through troubles. Even tongue-speakers like Paul have troubles. Our finances, health, and circumstances can cause trouble for us.
We can sail through troubles with the help of God. Jesus dealt with His problems without sinning. He showed us that it is possible for us to also deal with our troubles without sinning.
Psalm 23:4-6 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
With God’s help, we won’t be stuck in the middle of the fire. We will go through. Jesus told the disciples they would go to the other side. As they were in the boat, an uninvited enemy showed up – a storm. Their lives were in jeopardy. Peter was a fisherman. He knew it was a dangerous, demonic storm. In another translation – it says Don’t you care that we are about to die? The disciples called on Jesus, just as we call on Jesus when we are in times of trouble.
CAUSES OF TROUBLE
1. HUMAN ERROR – When we make mistakes in our lives, sometimes those mistakes stay with us and affect our lives. We can be saved and God forgives us, but there are consequences that we still deal with because of the mistakes we made in our past. We sometimes think we can sin in secret, but God sees us. We need to keep this in mind when we make decisions for our life – fear (awe) of God can protect us from doing things that have negative consequences.
2. CHALLENGES OF LIFE – These are inevitable. The Creator of the Universe was in the middle of the boat with the disciples, and still there was a storm. The disciples were with Jesus, doing right, and they still faced a storm. The good news is that, in the midst of the challenges of life, we have a Savior who will be with us always. Challenges can be financial, emotional, health-related. It is not easy to go through these challenges, We can pray, cast out demons, and still go through troubles. But we do not go through them alone, God will be with us.
3. SATANIC ATTACK – like Job. God knew that Job was strong, not only because of external circumstances, but he had inner strength. God permitted satan to attack Job, Job’s family and possessions.
Job 13:15a Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
God wants, when everything seems challenging, to see us remain faithful in the midst of our troubles.
4. THE PLAN OF GOD – sometimes trouble leads to promotion. God permits troubles to test us so He can promote us. The devil will use a human to attack us, for the devil does not want us to be promoted and he hopes the attacks will pull us off of track. But, if we pass the test, God promotes us. Impure gold goes through a fire and comes out pure gold.
PRINCIPLES TO ADHERE TO IN TROUBLED TIMES
1. CHOOSE NOT TO FEAR – Troubles cause us to fear. Jesus says John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
God is with us always. When we obey the will of God, there is no need to fear. There are 366 passages in the Bible that instruct us not to fear (even one for leap year )
2. GOD’S COMMITMENT TO YOU. God will stand by us in our situation.
1 Corinthian 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
We will not be the first or the last person to deal with a troubled situation. God will help us go through it. He will deliver us. God stands by us. He is faithful. God knows that we are capable of handling what has been thrust at us. God trusted Job and Job remained faithful (see above). Job said he would trust God, even if God chose to slay him. God will give us a way of escape so that we can bear it. God always makes a way. It may seem like we are losing, but then God opens up a way of escape. Pastor Danquah described it like a wrestling match where one wrestler seems to be losing and then in the last bout gets a burst of strength and decks his opponent.
Don’t give up. Press on. God has the anointing to help us.
Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He doesn’t deliver us from SOME, He delivers us from ALL. The Holy Spirit helps in times of trouble.
3. CHOOSE NOT TO TRUST THE FLESH – There is nothing good in the flesh. We trust in our flesh too much. The Bible tells us to FLEE fornication. It tells us to resist the devil, but does not say resist fornication. It says FLEE fornication. Christians often trust the flesh. They have a problem and they seek out another person for advice before they go to God or the Holy Spirit for help. The Holy Spirit will tell us to do one thing and we choose to do the thing our flesh wants to do.
Spend time in prayer. If you have no words to say, only cry out, go to God. Ask God what must I do. The devil will try to put guilt on us, but God will help make a way from our circumstance. Even when we mess up, God still has a plan for our lives.
Jeremiah 17:5, 7 “Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.”……. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.”
Have confidence in God. Don’t call someone whose life is a mess. Talk to God and ask God who you should call to help you in the situation. Get a person who has successfully navigated the situation you are facing.
4. CHOOSE NOT TO MAGNIFY YOUR SITUATION OVER GOD’S ABILITY – We tend to focus on the problem and how big the problem is instead of magnifying how big God is. God is bigger than our problems.
When we face a problem we start speaking about the problem saying things like I curse the day I was born, wish I were dead, this is too much for me to deal with. Don’t magnify our problems – magnify God’s ability to eradicate whatever the problem is. No matter how big our problem is, God is bigger. The maker of the universe is larger than any problem we face.
Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
God will lift up a standard and give us peace in the midst of the storm. When our lives are flooding like the boat, and we fear what we are facing will destroy us, God will come in Glory and save us for we are God’s covenant child.
1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
God is greater than any of our problems. He can help us overcome our problems because He is greater. Jesus is with us.
Pastor Danquah described the three Hebrew boys in Daniel who refused to bow to the image of the King – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They said that even if God would slay them in the fire, they still would not bow and worship the statue of the king. The king was enraged and had a fire built to seven times ordinary strength. The soldiers who threw the boys into the fire, died instantly. The king watched the fire and saw four people walking around in the fire. Pastor Danquah said they were walking like royalty (and he demonstrated how African royalty would walk). The king realized that the fourth one was like the Son of God. The king ordered the boys removed and there was no smell of smoke or fire on them – the only thing burned off was the ropes used to tie up the boys.
Jesus is with us in the middle of the fire. The power of God will remove all those things that try to bind us.
The devil will make our circumstances look huge, but God is ALL POWERFUL.
5. CONFESS YOUR PROMISED VICTORY, NOT YOUR PROBLEM –
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
We overcome our problems by the word of our testimony. There are two steps – 1) God does something for you 2) You testify about it.
God heals you, you testify.
We also have the testimony of the Scriptures – what the Bible says about our problem. We need to speak what the Bible says over our problems. No matter the circumstances, our feelings, our confession should be what the Word of God says.
Psalm 118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
Speak God’s Word to your circumstance. Imagine your victory. Speak victory, not defeat. Speak into your future that your yesterday will die.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.
6. GET HELP FROM THOSE WHO HAVE MASTERED THE STORM BEFORE – don’t reinvent the wheel. Seek counsel from winners, don’t seek advice from losers.
Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Follow the ones who are victorious, don’t be slothful.
7. CHOOSE TO EMPHASIZE FAITH TO MASTER YOUR SITUATION – faith, not doubt. The anointing will rise up to help you step out of your comfort zone. Peter stepped out of the boat. He told Jesus to tell him to come, and when Jesus said, “Come,” Peter stepped out of the boat. Pastor Danquah said that probably Thomas said, “You’re a fisherman, you can’t walk on water. Come to your senses. Don’t step out of that boat.” Peter closed his ears and listened to God. He took a bold step on the Word of God and walked on the water.
Peter was the son of two sinners, but he exercised his faith and did what Jesus did. God is waiting for us to exercise our faith.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
It doesn’t take huge faith to move mountains – just small faith.
Matthew 17:20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Small faith, when activated, becomes huge. Release your faith and God will bring us out of trouble.
1 John 5:4-5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—ourfaith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Notice it doesn’t say WHOsoever, but WHATsoever. Faith overcomes the world.
8. RID YOURSELF OF ALL HINDRANCES OF FAITH –
Mark 11:22-24 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
We want mountain-moving faith. One of the biggest hindrances to faith is lack of forgiveness. We must forgive and remove bitterness from our hearts.
Mark 11:25-26 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.
If we harbor resentment, God will not listen.
Pastor Danquah also said that certain people who hinder us must get out of our life.
9. TRUST GOD. THE LOVE OF JESUS WILL SEE YOU THROUGH THE SITUATION.
Pastor Danquah sang, “Love lifted me. Love lifted me. When nothing else could help, love lifted me.”
When we are in the pit of sin and our life is a mess, His love lifts us up. The love of Jesus can help overcome wickedness.
Isaiah 43:1-2 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.
His love lifts us. Feel His love surrounding you and His blessing on you.
10. TRUST GOD TO BRING YOU OUT OF YOUR TROUBLES AS YOU PRAY FOR SOMEONE – So often we pray for ourselves and our situation. We need to pray for others. God delivered Job when Job prayed for his friends who tried to discourage him. God turned Job’s life around when he prayed for others. Pray for one another
11. PUT ON PATIENCE, DON’T GIVE UP
Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
We need patience. It is only a matter of time when God will show up – He will show up at the perfect moment.
12. PRAISE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE STORM -King Jehosephat was instructed to send the praise team before his army into a battle.
God’s thoughts are higher than ours. Praise God all the time, not just when things are going well. Praise God in the midst of our trials.
When praise goes up, God sends angels with the blessing. Let His Name be praised in the dance.
Many believers used to go to clubs and dance before they were saved. Now that they’re saved, they don’t dance in praise to God. We must dance, sing, and praise God in our circumstances. David danced unto the Lord. He did not care about appearances – that a king was dancing wildly before God. He was just praising God.
Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
The joy of the Lord is our strength.
Tonight Pastor Danquah will continue his teaching. I’m looking forward to what he will share.
Have a blessed day.
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