INTRO: VIDEO 2. EASY TO GET DISCOURAGED.
You’re seeing no results. Tempted to give up!
SERIES: SWAMP PEOPLE #2
Discouragement and fatigue will cause you to want to get
TITLE: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. away!
So many times we blame outward circumstances or
Intro: Sometimes in life things just get away from you, don’t
others; when we just don’t do our job!
they?! You wish you could control them but you can’t. It is
easy to become discouraged. CLIP: Raining Tommy leaves motor down
and prop cuts line.
VIDEO: Troy disappointed they lost a big When you are disappointed, discouraged, and things are
gator. just stormy in your life! It is easy to quit or only see the
Troy was heartbroken, things not going well, finally catches Maybe you are there now, at that place!
a big gator and something happens to gun and gator gets
It is easy to not do your part to make it as good as it can
1. LIFE HAS SO MANY DISAPPOINTMENTS. It is easy to stop serving God in His church!
Your parent is an alcoholic.
Your child is addicted to drugs.
You planned on doing something for God, but your 3. DON’T LET LIFE GET YOU DOWN.
health got away! We let opportunities get away when we are down!
You have a family member in trouble. In the world and in the church!
Maybe it was a divorce! Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples
Maybe your life just hasn’t gone as planned! of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them
JOB in bible: lost wealth, all kids died, health was gone,
to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I
nagging wife & accusing friends. am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Well Job got double back. He still lost his kids – imagine! Don’t wait for God to send you to witness to someone:
Maybe you just feel like an outsider, a weirdo or you take every opportunity!
didn’t fit in! People say at church when asked to help: I’m not sure
I’m sure Job lost friends! God is leading me!
A lot of rotten stuff in the swamps of life = It stinks! Listen: if it’s a good thing; you have the time, and the
church has the need = JUST DO IT!
If you need a break, take a break then get back to serving
DON’T LET THAT OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE GOD GET death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the
AWAY! We have such a short time to get to serve God! present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor
Find a need and fill it; find a hurt and heal it = that is depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our
Gods will for you: OWN IT!
4. WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH
GET GOING! WE ARE TOUGH BECAUSE GOD IS TOUGH!
But I’m not tough! YES YOU ARE!
No clip: TROY SAYS: I BELIEVE YOU MAKE
Mighty man of valour = Gideon
YOUR OWN LUCK BY HARD WORK!
He said I’m not = youngest in my family!
Good things happen to those who work hard!
God made him a great warrior!
There is no such thing as luck!
I believe what the bible says about hard work and faith in ALTAR CALL:
BUT SOMETIMES ONE GETS AWAY: Are you struggling with disappointments:
a) Maybe it was financially for you. Are you discouraged?
b) Maybe it was a lost loved one. Has life gotten you down?
c) Maybe you lost home in a tornado! TAKE A DAY AND GET ALONE W/ GOD!
d) The job is gone! Remember who GOD is!
e) Or you’ve worked so hard to get someone to church NEVER QUIT WHEN YOU WANT TO QUIT!
and they seem to have gotten away! Ask God to give you the juice, the secret sauce!
YOUR TOUGH BECAUSE GOD IS TOUGH! Get the attitude: I know I’m going to win!
Romans 8:31b-39 (NIV) … If God is for us, who can be CLIP: TROY SAYS: I GAURANTEE YOU WE
against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave
him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, GONNA CATCH HIM!
graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge
against those whom God has chosen? It is God who If you will keep working hard; the payoff is coming!
justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who
died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right Romans 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God
hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall works for the good of those who love him, who have been
separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or called according to his purpose.
hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger
Many of you need to seize the opportunity to serve God!
or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all
day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." I wonder how many times I have discouraged God, let Him
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors
down or disappointed Him.
through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither
Have you ever thought what about God: what does my life
do to him?
ARE YOU LIVING IN SIN?
French: polyann = nothing; aagloo = big one
Our God is majestic = he is the big one!!!!