2 Sam 23:20-23

20 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab’s best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

Tell the Story – What an improbable event. Instead of running or staying away a man would jump into a snowy pit with a man eating lion who was more than likely hungry!

· Most of us try to avoid scary or dangerous situations.

· We even try to avoid situations that might make us embarrassed or ashamed.

But we need to have boldness and fearless advancement of the Kingdom of God.

So God took a scary and dangerous situation and used it as an opportunity for Benaiah to establish himself and it would pay tremendous dividends.

· He would continue to work his way up through the ranks to become the Chief Commander of Israel’s Army.

Sometimes what looks like a man eating lion to you is really a God given opportunity!

Our response to the lion will determine our destiny!

“NO GUTS NO GLORY”. For a Believer that expression should be “NO GUTS – NO GLORY TO GOD”. If we don’t have the guts to jump into the snowy pit with the lion, we rob God of His Glory.

Because all our exploits are accomplished through Christ, and for His Glory. Christ in us the hope of Glory.

Deliver Me

Isn’t that what most of our prayers consist of… deliver me prayers. Keep me warm, full, and satisfied.

But have you considered that sometimes we are better off if God doesn’t answer those prayers and he uses trials to train us for future exploits.

· I ‘m sure that David prayed for good nights at work like we do. I’m sure he prayed for protection of his sheep and prayed that God would keep the bears and lions away. But God didn’t and David was prepared to take on Goliath, because his sheep were attacked and he learned to fight. His unanswered prayers and lack of peaceful nights prepared him for an opportunity of a lifetime.

A Snowy Pit of Opportunity

“The opportunity of a life time, must me seized in the lifetime of the opportunity.”

Windows Open and windows close. Keep looking for those God-ordained opportunities and jump on them. What snowy lion filled pits are you facing today? Are you going to walk away or fight? Remember what you really want in life may be hiding in your worst fear.

Belly Pits

March 12th, 2009

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God has called you. He called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light. He called you with a Great Commission. He has a mission, a purpose, a destiny, and an overall call on your life. And He daily calls you to acts of obedience. But we don’t always respond to His call. We don’t always do what God tells us to do. Do we?

We may be like Jonah. It may take a belly pit experience to get us walking in obedience. Notice that everything in the book of Jonah (the storm, the lots, the sailors, the great fish, the people of Nineveh, the vine, the worm, and the east wind) obeyed God’s command. Everything or everyone obeyed except the prophet himself.

Jonah 1:1-2

What is unusual about God calling Jonah, a Hebrew, to go preach to Nineveh?

“God doesn’t love ALL people does he? God doesn’t love those types of people, does He?”

V 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

Ps 139:7-10

V 4-5 The mariners each had a personal god, a family god, and a national god.

  • Like the Captain, the World is demanding that YOU Wake Up and call on our God for help.

V 7-8 Note the irony in Jonah’s proclamation about serving the God of heaven, land, and sea; yet he still felt that he could hide from the Lord by going to a different land. Sometimes our Doctrine and our Actions don’t match up.

V 10-11 Why would someone flee the Lord’s Presence? Hearing requires Obedience.

Jonah’s Solution to the problem.

V 12-16 I’m amazed when people turn down a promised blessed and abundant life, because they are unwilling to obey God and take up the servants towel in obedience. BUT…Jonah was willing to die rather than surrender to the call of God on his life. At least death would free him from the call of God on his life! V 16 Jonah was a great evangelist even in his apparent death.

God’s Solution to Jonah’s problem.

V 17 Like Joseph’s Pit of Betrayal foreshadowed Christ, so does Jonah’s belly pit experience.

Matthew 12:40

Jonah 2 Where is Jonah? In the Belly Pit!

Jonah records his prayer of reckoning and repentance at the point of death, from the pit of a fish belly.

V 1-2 (Ps 40:1) (Ps 88:4-6) What belly pit are you in? Where in the Whale are you?

V 3-4 Look up, don’t look down. Don’t focus on the mud, muck, and mire. Look up to the Lord to be your deliever. Notice Jonah’s faith confession!

V 5-6 (Psalm 40:2)

V 7 I Remembered The Lord!

V 8 "Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy. (Ps. 40:4)

V 9-10 (Ps. 40:3) The results of heeding the voice of God:

Fire Pits

March 5th, 2009

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Our culture constantly pressures us as Christ followers to compromise our beliefs and standards.

Threatened With the Fire Pit

Dan 3:1-12-17 …But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?" (NIV)

Dan 3:16 O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.

Exodus 20:4-5 / Acts 5:29 “We must obey God rather than men!” (NIV)

Jesus Can Rescue You from the Fire Pit

Daniel 3:17 … he will rescue us from your hand, O king. (NIV) (Romans 10:11-13)

But What If You Are Not Rescued from the Fire Pit

Dan 3:18 But even if He chooses not to deliver us we still will not compromise our values.

Esther 4:16 "… And if I perish, I perish." (NIV) / Phil 1:20-21 “,,,For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (NIV) / 1 Corinthians 15:30-31 / Luke 9:23-25

The Enemy Always Turns the Heat Up in the Fire Pit When You Make a Stand

Dan 3:19-20

Faith Was Demonstrated In the Fire Pit

Dan 3:21-23 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s faith was not in their deliverance, but in their God.

They had a resolve in their hearts like Job, who said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

The Hebrew faith was proven by their willingness to go into the Fire Pit. James 2:14-24

You Find Jesus in the Fire Pit

Dan 3:24-25 “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods." (NIV)

Jesus doesn’t leave you… even if you are in a fire pit. Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5

Rich Mullins: “You meet the Lord in the furnace a long time before you’ll meet Him in the sky.”

From the Fire Pit to Promotion

Dan 3:26-30 “… for no other god can save in this way." Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.