Living The Gospel In Harsh Realities

Living The Gospel In Harsh Realities

Pastor Vincent - 27 October 2018

Living The Gospel In Harsh Realities

Scripture References: Psalms 27:1-14

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Living The Gospel In Harsh Realities

We all know that harsh realities changes us, and many a times, for the worse. Sometimes, when we reflect through what we have said, done or reacted during those realities, we may feel so inadequate and guilt-stricken. And when we try to rationalize those flaws shown, we get worse and start the blame game. Yet, has it ever occurred to us that these realities only brings out what we are. It does not really change us, but merely tells us who we really are as sinners. Learn how David turned to the Lord’s help and mercy in those realities, rather than dealing with it by flesh.

Introduction:

Qns: Do we have harsh realities in our lives?

  • Realities change us, many a times for the worse.
  • Yet, these realities only brought out what we are.
  • Therefore, do we really seek to be changed by His mercy and grace through realities?

Qns: Haven’t been hit by any harsh realities?

  • Never think that its fine to live in comfort and not battle with your flesh.
  • Because the World we live in is a sinful one. Troubles will come someday.
  • Therefore, be careful not to develop tendencies that could not handle any discomfort, inconveniences or setbacks in life.

*** Whichever, there should always be some real spiritual struggle in true Christianity – between what it already is and what is not yet.


Verses To Read: <Ps 27:1-14>


1. Biblical faith never requires us to deny realities

1) Evil men and their desires

2) Pressing circumstances (danger, setbacks, desperate situations, etc)

3) Forsaking by our loved ones (Our reliance, pillar of support, etc)

  • The heart generates doubts when it is perplexed and helpless.
  • Its simplistic to just give hyper-grace messages to deal with realities. 
  • Instead, we must find true answers to deal with realities.

2. Seek the Lord’s face

1) Knowing who God is, not what I feel what HE is at this moment.

  • <v1>: The Lord is my light and salvation. He is the stronghold of my life. He is Christ, my Savior and Redeemer.

2) Gaze upon the beauty of the Lord Christ

3) All the days of our life

4) Ask to be taught the Lord’s way, in the face of adversity

5) Wait for the Lord and grow stronger in faith


3. Relook at harsh realities in the light of the gospel

1) They strengthen the reason we have in following God

  • <Heb 11:19> Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
  • We must have a generation that has this kind of spiritual reasoning, not blind ferventness.

2) Strong and unwavering convictions in serving God are found

  • There are pain and struggle in harsh realities, but through seeking the Lord’s face, we will develop convictions, to we serve the Lord and His church with maturity, character and discipline.

Pastor Vincent Choo Chi San
choochisan@gmail.com

Vincent serves as the President of The Blessed RUN Ministries. He is also the Senior Pastor of The Life Church and Missions (Singapore) and is an ardent missionary to the Chinese World. He currently lives in Singapore with his wife, Qiufen, and has three kids, Mary, David, and Caleb.

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