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Developing a higher perspective in adversity

Last night I taught at Celebration on finding a higher perspective in adversity.   How many people give up before even giving God an opportunity to do a miracle?

Larry always says all that is necessary for a miracle is a need.  A good pastor friend of ours, Keith Jones, always says everybody wants a miracle, but nobody wants to need one!  So true.

Problems and trials are really just dressed up opportunities for an amazing testimony.  I was thinking about this the other day and the majority of sermon illustrations I share are about miracles that were once problems in my life -- some that I thought would swallow me up!  Thankfully as I clung to Jesus, my rock, He was there to rebuke the devourer and grant the miracle so needed.

Last night to get across this message I showed the following video and it was very inspiring.  This man has a higher perspective.  His problems haven't destroyed him -- he's made room for a miracle.  I would say he's a "walking miracle" but I can't really do that because this guy has no arms or legs!  Which makes him...even more amazing! 



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Anonymous said…
I just watched this the other day too. three of my four boys watched it too...and I asked "What's impossible with GOD?" Nothing!!!!
LOVE IT! CLING TO GOD!!!
Yep so true, nobody wants to need one!

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