"IF FROGS HAD WINGS - - - "
Text: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
I. When Conditions Are Not Good—If Only Times Would Get Better.
A. Many consider quitting
Jeremiah 20:9 No speak anymore, sit by road, FIRE in my bones
B. God would have us overcome
Revelation chs. 2-3 Promises to those who overcome
C. Some see only the distress that surrounds them
Matthew 14:26-31 – Peter could only see the waves
D. Others look to the God who is in control
E. Distressing times break some
II. When Conditions Are Good—If Only Good Times Would Never End.
A. People don't seem to need God – I did this all by myself.
B. Pride grows.
C. God is thought to be inactive
Psalm 53:1 – Fool says, No God.
D. Temporal things are seen as being more important than eternal concerns
Amos 6:1-7 – At ease in Zion, lay on couch, eat fruit, nation is lost.
III. When Conditions Are Ordinary—If Only We Lived In Special Times.
A. The value of the ordinary can easily be overlooked.
1. In Influencing others
Matthew 5:16 – Let your light shine
2. In the common activities of life
3. In all service
Luke 16:10 – Faithful over little – be faithful over much
B. True change is proven in the ordinary settings of everyday life.
Luke 16 – Rich man and Lazarus
See vs. 27-31 Not hear Moses, Not believe Lazarus
C. Service to God makes life special even in ordinary circumstances (Jn. 4:34).