Some things that we’re going through is only God is using those to strengthen you for where he’s taking you. We want to have strong results, but we’ve got to be willing to resist the temptation to quit and give up along the journey patiently enduring. God’s just not making me wait for the sake of being, wait, he’s making me stronger. Why? Why are heavier things coming my way? Because he’s putting more weights on your bar, a good spotter in the gym Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

It’s always going to challenge you to do more then you think you can do. You could, and I don’t know if this means, if you can relate to this, you’re like, Ted, I don’t connect with your lifting analogies. I get it. You just make something else up. Cause that’s all I’ve got today. But yeah, if you’re there and you say, Oh, we could do running, we could do walking.

How many of you maybe walked with a friend and you realize you could walk a lot farther with a friend that you can walk by yourself. You’re walking with somebody else and they, and you’re like, man, I’d like to stop right now. One more left. One more of that. And they come to the, and you get to the end of that lap and you’re getting ready to say to them, okay, has a good walk. And they say, how about two more? And you’re like, other people challenged us, encourage us Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

And that’s what I’m talking about. We have this end of ourselves and God’s saying, listen, I believe you can do more. And the purpose is to make you better. When you get done with those two extra laps that you weren’t going to do on your own, do you or do you not feel better? No, I really don’t. Yes you do. Let me just tell you this, that he answer Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

some of you so what does it mean to obtain the promises? I wanna I want to throw this in. After he had patiently endured after he had used, exercised internal, external control and trying circumstances and trying circumstances, not in good circumstances and trying circumstances. You know, only when I was able to, let me say it this way. Let me, let me add this. So what does it mean to obtain the promises? What if obtaining the promises was less about the things we get and more about the person we become. Come, let me throw this in. Don’t, don’t miss this.

After he patiently endured, he obtained the promises. Yeah. So we think promises, we think things and I, I, we get things and I’m all for things. I’m all for, uh, a family or a better job in health and I’m all, I’m all for all of that. But what if, what if the patiently enduring to obtain the promises was less about the things that we can possess and more about the person we can become. Think about this for just a moment. What if God wasn’t as concerned about the things in your hand as he was the person that you are? Because he can give you a new house if you’re the same person you still lose Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

If, if, if, if I still cannot handle internal and external control in a new house, new car, new relationship, it doesn’t matter. I’m still me. If I, if I’ve got 10 pounds strength over here and I don’t want to work it out, I don’t want to use external and internal control. I just say, you know what? That’s the way I am. It’s not my problem. It’s their problem. It’s them. They’re the problem. They’re the problem. So I’ll go over here. Well, I’ll come over here into a new job, new situation, new relationship. Guess what? I still only have 10 pound strength. I don’t get to leave my 10 pound problems over here and jump over here to 20 pound strength with the top Mt. Carmel Illinois Church today!

I’ve got to stay here and work this out because God’s willing to develop you as a person. Look what it says here in Romans chapter eight verse 29 for whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son. What are we predestined to become? We’re predestined to be conformed to the image of his son. It takes strength to respond like Jesus in the moment of adversity. What if? What if it’s time already? Where does it go? What if? What if? The promises that we’re trying to obtain are not things at all? What if the reason God’s making me stronger by going through what I’m going through is because his goal is not the new job. His goal is the new man.

What if? What if the reason God wants me to work out and resist temptation, resist urges. See I use, I used to have a lot of problems and, and one of my issues I had, I have too many, too many to tell you about, but this was more not really BC, but early Jesus, not before Jesus, but early Jesus still I had, I had been an issue with, with I had, I’d have like instant anger and I’m usually pretty chill and it takes a lot to work me up and but early Jesus stages, especially if something would happen that I didn’t like and it would just catch me the wrong way, I would have this voice that would just, everything about me would scream, hit it Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

So now if it happened to be a human or if it happened to be whatever’s in front of me, it would be hit it and I would feel this tension that I would either grab something to throw. Be sure to call us now at 618-378-3959 and see what new things you can find here at our church! Also check out and see what we are all about when it comes to god!