10/4/15 – Handling Adversity and Accusation When You’re Doing God’s Will

Handling Adversity and Accusation When You’re Doing God’s Will

John Stange

Ezra 4:1-16

I. Seek discernment regarding those you choose to partner with (v. 1-3)

Acts 1:21-26 – 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesuswent in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also calledJustus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

II. Don’t be taken off guard by those who seek to discourage you (v. 4-5)

III. Remember who you really are when accusations are made against you (v. 6-16)

Job 1:9-10 – Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side?

Revelation 12:10 – And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down,who accuses them day and night before our God.