I’m gonna go ahead and preface this by saying I believe in God. I believe that Jesus went to the cross for us so that we may all have salvation. I hope and pray that everyone would believe in this as well, at the same time I will NEVER push my faith on anyone else. With that said this Sunday at church our pastor, Pastor Dan, did an awesome sermon on overcoming difficult situations and I wanted to share some points that are totally applicable to EVERYONE!
Pastor Dans sermon on Overcoming Difficult Situations really hit home with me. He went over 5 key things to help. I diligently took notes during the service, as I always do, however I wanted to share what I learned on Sunday. We are currently going through the book of Daniel, and this past week we were looking at Daniels personality. It was rather interesting that is for sure.
Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
This was the first verse he brought to our attention and it has STUCK with me. From here he went on to give us 5 key areas and characteristics to strive to have all while tying it into how Daniel had all of these characteristics.
1. Be a person of Character.
Daniel 1:8, 2:14 Purpose your mind to be a overcomer and have integrity. Proverbs 10:9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Be who you say you are and don’t try to be someone you are not.
2. Be a person that is Solutions Oriented.
Daniel 2:14-16. Go straight to the source and figure out what to do to solve the problem. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who gives me strength. Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
3. Be a person of Prayer.
Daniel 2:17-18 Always go to the Lord with your problems and seek his guidance. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
4. Be a person who is Humble yet Confident.
Daniel 2:24, 27 & 28. Pastor Dan made a excellent point using sports as an example. How many times have you seen interviews with football players where you want to just turn it off because they are being arrogant? Don’t be like that. Be humble and confident at the same time. It’s hard but it will only benefit you in the long run. Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
5. Be a person who Values Others.
Daniel 2:17 & 49. Use your blessings to bless others. Be an inspiration to others. Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Other key things Pastor Dan touched on that I do not want to forget:
-Put effort and energy into being what God wants you to be.
-Believe that God knows best no matter the outcome of your difficult situation.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you home and a future.: