Life beyond scars

Visalia First
May 16, 2021

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5/16/21 Visalia First: Scars
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson
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Life Beyond Scars

1. If we never fail, we won’t be able to identify true SUCCESS.

Life Beyond Scars

2. Two ways to get past pain: praising and SERVING.

Life Beyond Scars

3. My scars are proof that I SURVIVED stupid.

Scars Serve as a Sign

1. The wounds SPEAK.

Psalm 119:71 (MDR)

“Had I not been afflicted, I would not have known the Lord.”

Scars Serve as a Sign

3. “We have to use our DIRT to fertilize our dreams.” – Steve Harvey

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!’ ”.

– Hunter S. Thompom, The Proud Highway:
Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentlemen

2 Corinthians 11:23-27
Are they servants of Christ?—I am speaking as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent adrift at sea. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

2 Corinthians 11:28-33
Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying. In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me. But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.

Church at home

Visalia First

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5/9/21 Visalia First: Mother’s Day: No You Didn’t
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson
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Matthew 20:17-23
Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

The Plan

1. What she did RIGHT.

1. What she did right.

a. She took them to CHURCH.

1. What she did right.

b. She taught them to SERVE.

1. What she did right.

c. She taught them to GIVE.

The Plan

2. What she did WRONG.

2. What she did wrong.

a. She took MOTHERHOOD too far.

2. What she did wrong.

b. When do CHILDREN take it too far?

The Process

1. When God gets ready to PROMOTE you, there will always be an escalation of trouble.

The Process

2. We want the PROMISE without the problems.

The Pain

1. If you can’t stand up to them talking about you, you can’t stand up to the BEATING.

The Pain

2. The PRESENCE of great grace does not mean there is an ABSENCE of great pain.

The Pain

3. GRACE gives you the power to reach beyond how you feel.

God is telling me….

Peace, be still

I occasionally struggle with overthinking, planning, and trying to control the future. This week has been no different. In the midst of beauty and chaos, I have had my share of stress. I have also had Gods quiet voice speak to me, over and over.

Yesterday afternoon was the first time that we took skis out to the lake. Each year I try to find the eagle. As Craig skid into a cove, I saw one flying, and carefully followed it to the back of the cove where it landed on a dead tree. I watched, in awe as it sat there. I got some great pictures with my new IPhone. As we watched, 6 vultures came and started mocking the eagle. Do you know what the eagle did? Not a thing! It sat there, tall and proud, until the vultures went away!

I feel like that is where I am right now. With Steve leaving, and so many year end demands, I feel like the enemy is circling overhead, mocking me. I also very calmly felt The Holy Spirit tell me that I will rise on wings like eagles, I will not grow weary.

Challenges come and go, but God is still in control.

I am so thankful that nothing can come to us, except that which God allows. Sometimes, things just hurt. For the first time in my life, I feel that I am at least attempting to process my feelings, in a healthy way. Ultimately though, I know that God is in control, and has a plan.

I am also thankful that today, my Bible app plan and my daily devotional were EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED.