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Navigating Change

Promise 3 - God is Always Victorious

You have heard the saying “The end doesn’t alway justify the means"

* There are some ends that aren’t worth the pain

* Some results aren’t worth the process


But that does not always apply. "There are some ends that DO justify the means”

* Some pain is worth the end

* Some pain worth the process


How do you keep the end in mind when there’s no end in sight


We all have an end in mind

* Our plans/our dreams

Life contains uncertainty

* Life contains pain


This isn’t new information. Jesus actually tells us this..


John 16:20-22

20 Truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy. 21 When a woman is in labor, she has pain because her time has come. But when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the suffering because of the joy that a person has been born into the world. 22 So you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you.


The pain and payoff of birth


But it is worth it because at the end of all the pain is... LIFE

The result overshadows the pain

* This promise of life drives you through


Jesus wanted his disciples, and wants us to know 2 things:


1. Pain is real

*Some will celebrate at your pain

*A season of pain may be a long season

*It is easy to lose sight of what’s important in pain

2. There will be an end to pain

*Joy WILL come

*What is on the other side of pain is worth the pain

*Pain actually makes the end even sweeter


The Reason Jesus can say that, and we believe it is because of what He says next:


John 16:33

33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”


Promise:

God Is Always Victorious - In The End, We Win

Jesus is having this conversation with his disciples the night of his arrest

* He knew they wouldn’t understand

* Knew they would lose hope

* Knew they would lose sight of the end


We do the same thing...

Some of your worst mistakes were because you lost sight of the end

* You gave up to early

* Said something you shouldn’t have

* Dated them when you knew better

* Hid what you did but they found out anyway


As Jesus followers, the end we have in mind isn’t here

* It can’t be found here

* It can’t be bought here

Our end in mind should be eternity with Jesus as our king


As Christians...

We believe that what Jesus did on the cross is the START of a revolution that will one day be FINISHED

* A revolution that will defeat the true enemy, death

Think about what happed to Jesus after this conversation

* He was arrested

* Falsely accused

* Beats mercilessly

* Killed like a common thief

* Put into a borrowed grave

WHY?!

* Because Jesus knew the end would justify the means...


What was that end?  YOU AND ME!

*We were the end that Jesus had in mind

* It was being obedient to the father that loves us so


John 3:14-17

14 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.


The Christian hope isn’t a life without pain

* If you believe that or hope that, you will DEFINITELY lose sight of the end because you never actually had the right one


The Christian hope is that one day, God will finish the work that Jesus because on the cross


The disciple John says it like this…


Revelation 21:1-4

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.

3 Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.


So here is the tension…


We live in an ALREADY-NOT YET realty

* We typically think in a team of something either is… Or it isn’t

* That not how God’s kingdom works


God is already victorious over death

* Over pain

* Over sickness

* Over sin

But he has chosen NOT to bring the final conclusion

* God’s time isn’t our time


But in the meantime, we are to live, think and hope as is the battle is already won


What does victorious living look like? (4 Things)

1. Joyful Living

* Believing the best even in the worst

* Negativity is the opposite. Shows you are not living with God’s true end in mind

  * Get away from negative people. 

  * Snarky statement

  * Always playing devils advocate (He doesn’t need and advocate!)

* Joyful is celebratory

  * Celebrate others

  * Celebrate God (What he is doing, will do, has done)

 

2. Forgiving Living

* Forgiving freely because you know and trust that GOD will make it ALL RIGHT

  * Lord’s Prayer


3 Generous Living

* Trusting that there is always MORE THAN ENOUGH

  * Even when things seem scarce

 

4 Content Living

* Thanking God for what you have while knowing he will provide what you need

  * Future is not in achieving or attaining, but in being with Jesus 

 

How do you keep the end in mind when there’s no end in sight?

* By remembering what Jesus said...

 

John 16:33

33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

The end in mind is Jesus will one day make everything right..

 

God Is Always Victorious - In The End, We Win