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Getting a Corporate Vision for our Private Struggles
November 19, 2017      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

Sam shares a two-fold word about discerning sovereign purpose in our circumstances and getting a corporate vision for our private struggles.

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Discerning Sovereign Purpose in Your Circumstances

I Peter 4:1 (ESV)
1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,

Getting a Corporate Vision for our Private Struggles

I believe that the Bible teaches that your unique and often private dealings with the Lord are for more than just you to benefit from.

Multiple scriptures show us that an individual’s struggles, trials, failures, and breakthroughs are for the release of a larger blessing to the body of Christ.

Your sufferings will be more purposeful when they are seen as a developing testimony that is for the blessing of others.

Paul perceived his trials as for others and it gave him faith, endurance, and even joy:

Philippians 1:12-14 (NIV)
12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.
13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

Philippians 1:22-26 (NIV)
22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!
23 I am torn between the two: I desire to departand be with Christ, which is better by far;
24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Peter’s heart breaking lack of loyalty is seen as a doorway to potential strengthening of others:

Luke 22:31-32 (ESV)
31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,
32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

The ultimate example of one who suffered for the benefit of others was Jesus. 

Hebrews 2:17-18 (ESV)
17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV)
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

What if:
- Your trials have purpose beyond you?
- Your struggles are not just something to be delivered from personally but a developing testimony to deliver others corporately?
- Greater endurance and joy could be had gaining an “otherly” vision for your personal dealings with the Lord?

I believe that what happens in, and to you, is not just for you but for the blessing of the body of Christ!

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