From Dead-End to Deliverance
Some of you are at the Dead-end right now. There are certain dead-end words in life. Cancer. Divorce. Bankruptcy. Infertility. Unemployment. How do you know when you're at a dead-end? Things get out of your control and you can't do anything about it. You're at a dead-end.
So, how should you respond when faced with a dead-end situation? What do you do while you are waiting for God to answer your prayers?
Here’s what we learn from the life of Abraham.
I REMEMBER WHAT GOD CAN DO
The situation may be out of your control, but it's not out of God's control. When you face a dead-end you don't focus on what you can't do, you focus on what God can do.
17 "Abraham believed in God who gives life to the dead and who creates something out of nothing."
There are two things God does that you can't do: God can give life to the dead and He can create something out of nothing. That's the definition of a miracle. First, God can give life to something that's dead. If He can give life to a dead human being He can give life to a dead career. He can bring life to that dead marriage. He can bring life to that dead dream. He can bring life to that financial dead-end. He can create something out of nothing. God doesn't need anything to work with.
"Abraham believed in God who gives life to the dead and who creates something out of nothing." (vs. 17 LB)
I FACE THE FACTS WITH FAITH
Romans 4:19-20 "Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead... and Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he didn't waver with unbelief..."
Abraham's 99 years old, God says he's going to have a child. There is a medical impossibility here. They are beyond the childbearing years. But the Bible says he faced the fact, and yet, didn't waver in belief.
Faith is not denying reality. It's not pretending you don't have a problem. That's not faith, it's denial. Faith is not saying "I'm not in pain" when you are. It's not saying "I don't hurt" when you do. It's not saying "I'm happy" when you're really grieving inside. God says "I want to work in your life according to faith." Faith is facing the facts without being discouraged by them. It’s being able to look at the problem and say, "Yes that's a problem in my life, but I'm not discouraged by it, because I know God is greater than the problem."
There is a brand of Christianity today that basically says "Deny all of your problems. Just have a positive confession. Name it and claim it." That kind of thinking did not come from Jesus.
Faith is not denying reality. Faith is facing reality without being discouraged by it. You know that God can change a situation. You can build a family on faith, but you can't build it on fantasy. You can build a business on faith, but not on fantasy. You can build a life on faith, but not on fantasy.
The key is to look beyond your circumstances.
2 Cor. 4:18 "We fix our eyes on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary [the problem], but what is unseen [God's power] is eternal."
If you look at the world you're going to be distressed. If you look within you're going to be depressed, because there are a lot of things that need changing in your life. But if you look at Jesus Christ you'll be at rest. It all depends on what you have your eyes on.
What kind of dead-ends have you faced or are you facing?
How do you typically handle situations beyond your control? What areas of your life do you need to turn over to God?
What kind of shift needs to happen to help you look beyond your circumstances?