Sunday Preview

February 9, 2012

My message this Sunday is called “How Great Stress Can Bring Great Blessings” from Daniel 2. No one likes to go through times of great stress or trials, yet those seasons of life come to us all sooner or later. Great stress does not have to have a bad outcome. It can actually lead to unexpected blessings.
In this message we will see how a death threat against Daniel and his friends led to great blessings. Daniel and his friends pleaded with God for mercy and God revealed mysteries to Daniel. That revelation not only saved their lives, the Lord gave them insight into how history would unfold and the ultimate triumph of God’s kingdom. They ended up being promoted by the King and the testimony of God’s wisdom was made known throughout the most powerful nation on earth.
Ronald Reagan told a story about a young boy shoveling a large pile of manure in a barn yard. When he was asked what he was doing, the boy replied with a smile, “I know there must be a pony in here somewhere!” The boy dug through the manure with an attitude of faith.
As I look back on my life, I can see how many major trials have led to blessings I never anticipated. Sometimes blessings come quickly, other times it takes years before they are recognized. My hope and prayer is that our hearts will be prepared so we will face the challenges of life with an attitude of faith, so we will gain the full benefit of blessings from every trial we face.

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