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Commitment Beyond Circumstances

(Preached at Faith 5-3-06) Sometimes Christians allow circumstances to control commitment, yet I am of the opinion that our commitment should go beyond circumstance. Paul stated in Acts 20:24, after hearing what he would face later he said, "But none of these things move me..."None of these circumstances coming his way would move him from God's will. His commitment would take him beyond the circumstances. In Esther 3 & 4, Haman has a wicked plan to destroy all the Hebrews and word gets to Mordecai, who in turn sends to Esther. They communicate back and forth and finally, Mordecai tells her she would not escape. Her objection was that she could not approach the king unbidden, lest she die. She states she will go to him and "If I perish, I perish." Her commitment went beyond the circumstance. In Daniel 3 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego took a stand and refused to bow to the image. Nebuchadnezzar asked, "And who is that God that shall deliver you out of my (the circumstance) hands." They responded, "We are not careful to answer...Our God is able...but if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve they gods, nor worship the golden image." Their commitment went beyond the circumstance. Daniel is faced with a circumstance in Chapter 6 to not pray at all for 30 days. He goes to his house with the window open and prays 3 times daily. The decree from the king was to throw him into the den of lions (the circumstance). Daniel never said a word, even though the king tried to free him and fretted all night. God gave the lions lockjaw and Daniel came out of the circumstance, because his commitment carried him through the circumstance. In Gen. 22, Abraham has a circumstance...God told him to take Isaac to Moriah and offer him up as a sacrifice. They go and Abraham never tells Isaac the plan (circumstance). Abraham's commitment to God controlled his attitude. Isaac asked, since we have all the necessary items, "Where is the lamb?" Abraham answers, "God will provide Himself a lamb..." Abraham's commitment was strong enough to trust God in the circumstance. That is what took him through! Two times in Job 1& 2 Satan charged, "he will curse thee to thy face." Please read 1:20-22 ; 2:9-10 and 13:15 which states, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him." His commitment controlled his life in all his circumstances! "Maintain" means to decide, to be right. Have you decided (committed) to live by Romans 8:28 ? If so, "None of these things" will move you.'

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