resilience - jesus
December 13, 2020 | Matt Ware
How do we become more resilient and push through a tough year? Maybe you’re in a spiritual drought, your finances are struggling, you’re battling emotional hurt, and you just feel like you’ve been knocked down time and time again. This series walks you through practical, real-life application to be able to bounce back, persevere, and exhibit Christ-like RESILIENCE.
James 1:2-4 (NASB) Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Colossians 1:15-18 (ESV) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
Romans 8:11 (ESV) If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
1. Embrace sacrifice
Matthew 26:39 (ESV) Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Isaiah 53:10 (ESV) it was the will of the Lord to crush him
2. Endure suffering
Hebrews 12:2 (ESV) looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross
Philippians 3:10 (ESV) that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death
Matthew 16:24 (ESV) If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
3. Expect success
Hebrews 12:2 (ESV) looking to Jesus … who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 (ESV) So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
Proverbs 24:16 (ESV) the righteous falls seven times and rises again