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How To Survive The Worst Day Ever – Part 6

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Go ahead and grab a seat. So glad that you are here today. Today we are in part six of our series, Worst-case Scenario. And what we’ve been doing is we’ve been talking about how do you survive like your worst day ever over. And we’ve been looking really to the example of Jesus on his worst day ever when they crucified him. And while he was there hanging on the cross, Jesus made seven different statements that serve kind of as life lessons for us to help us navigate the really bad days. Anybody ever have a really bad day, right? Okay. Do you have one today? I hope not. But if you are, you are in the right place. Come on. There’s no better place to be. Come on your worst day ever than in the house of the Lord. Come on. I pray you’re encouraged today. But the theme verse for this series is found in Hebrews twelve, verse two. And it says this, keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished the race that we are in. See, he was in the same race that we’re in. He not only started it, but man, he finished it.

Are you thankful? Come on. We serve a God who finishes what he starts. And it says then, So study how he did it. That’s what we’re doing in the series. We’re studying how he handled his worst day ever. Because Jesus, he went through the same kind of stuff that you and I go through. He faced the same kind of adversity and trials and problems and things that you and I experience in life as well. But yet he finished it and went on. And he says this in the next part of the verse because he never lost sight of where he was headed, that exhilarating finish in the end with God. He could put up with anything along the way, cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there in the place of honor, right alongside God. In another part of Hebrews, it talks about how Jesus right now is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he is making intercession for you and for me. That as we pray, Jesus hears that prayer. And he takes that prayer right to the heart of Creator God. And he’s an inner CD you’re not good to know today.

I’m telling you what, man, I’m glad that you pray for me, and I’m glad I can pray for you. But there’s nothing like knowing. Come on. That Jesus. Come on. He’s praying for you today. He is pulling for you today. He’s cheering you on in heaven. Today. He’s like, you got this. I’m going to help you. My Father’s going to help you. And so we’ve been studying these seven different statements that Jesus made from the cross. And if you’ve missed any of the last five weeks, please just go online, and you can watch those messages on demand there. But today, we come to the 6th statement that Jesus made. The 6th statement is this it’s found in John, chapter 19, verse 30. When he received. You were right. Did you get it? Yes. There it is. All right. When he received the drink, Jesus said, It is finished. Now, a lot of people mistakenly believe that this is the last thing that Jesus said from the cross. But it’s not. He has actually one more thing to say, and we’re going to study that next week. But just to put this in a little bit of context, it says when he received the drink, we talked about that last week, that when Jesus was crucified, he was crucified at 09:00 in the morning.

And he made the first four statements within the first 3 hours. And right about noon, the Bible says that that’s when he makes the fourth statement because the supernatural event takes place while he’s hanging on the cross. He’s been there for 3 hours and then right at noon when the sun was the highest in the sky and was shining its bright disk. At that moment, darkness covers the whole city of Jerusalem. And it was at that moment that Jesus made the fourth statement. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? And we studied that together. Go back and listen to it if you missed it. And then Jesus. Now he hangs in silence for the next 3 hours as that darkness covers the city of David. He hangs there in silence and says nothing until just the last few moments of his life before he breathes his last breath. He makes his final three statements before he slips into heaven. We looked at that last week. The first of those last three. Are you with me? Are you with me? Say Amen. Are you with me? So the first of the last three statements, five, six, and seven.

We looked at five last week. And it says that when Jesus was crucified at nine in the morning, they offered him a drink. It was wine mixed with myrrh. It was a narcotic. It was a painkiller used to sedate him. But he refused to take that drink because he didn’t want to be sedated. When he took on the sins of humanity, he wanted to feel the full weight of that which he was doing. That he who knew no sin would become sin in that moment so that we could become the righteousness of God. So he refused the first drink. But after it says the moment at the end, when it says the work had been accomplished, that he had taken on sin, he had become sin. That we said last week, Jesus didn’t just die for you. He died as though he were you. He became sin. He became that Lamb of God that was slain before the foundations of the Earth were laid. He took the penalty upon himself, the perfect one, without spot or blemish. This perfect Lamb of God. The innocent one takes the hit for the guilty one so that you and I could go free.

And once that works. Yeah. Come on. If you want to clap, give him praise. That’s good. And it says then when they offered him the second drink, it says, he received that drink. So after he takes it to his lips, it says that he is now making his 6th statement. It is finished. In Greek, that word is take tetelestai. Can you say that with me? Take tetelestai. Say it again. Come on. Take tetelestai. Greek, man, look at you. Smart people here. Smartest people in the Poconos. Take tetelestai. It is finished. He says, take tetelestai. It is finished. And I assure you, friend, that this was not the cry of a helpless victim. This was the shout of a Victor. And when he said that, when that take tetelestai thundered from his lips, it Rick a shade through the corridors of heaven and hell. And it caused all of the Angels to rejoice and all of the demons in hell to shudder in fear. Take Teleside. See, Satan’s chokehold on humanity at that moment had come to an end. No more being separated from God. No more would sin reign here on Earth unchecked. No more would death be able to terrorize God’s prize possession. Take tetelestai. It is finished. In fact, when he says this, Mark’s Gospel tells us when he gives the account of Jesus’ crucifixion that the Roman executioner at the foot of the cross when he hears this word tells us, it causes Salvation within this Roman executioner to rise up. And he declares, Surely this is the Son of God. And at that moment, that Roman soldier puts his faith in declaration in Jesus as he’s hanging on the cross. What does that mean? It is finished. What does that mean? Take Telesta. It was a very common word in Jesus’ day. It was used every day. It was used by employees when they were working for their boss. If you’re out there and you’re building a deck, or if you’re on the job doing something, whatever it is that you do, and when the job was done, you go back to the boss and say, hey, take telescope. It’s finished. It’s done. It was used by artists. You were painting a picture. And when the artist was done, when they said, man, this is perfect. We don’t need to add anything else. Just leave it alone. The artists would say it was used by bankers.

When you would take out a loan, has anybody ever taken out a loan on anything? You all know what that’s like. So off to work. I go, that can be an amazing motivator, can it? Trying to pay that sucker down, just throwing a little bit at it that you can, right? You all know what I’m talking about. And when you made that final payment, and you went to the bank, they would take a stamp, and they would stamp it. It’s done, paid in full. It is finished. In fact, it was also a word that was used by priests. Did you know that? It was a word that the priest in the very moment Jesus said it. We’re also saying it is just less than a mile away at the very hour, 300 in the afternoon. The great historian Josephus confirms this, that Jesus, the Lamb of God, is dying for the sins of the world. Overlooking the Hill called Galgothic Calvary, the Temple Mount itself. And he says, take at the exact same time there were the priests that were in the temple. See, this took place during the full moon, during the Passover celebration, where spiritual pilgrims would come from all over the land, and they would go to celebrate Passover in the city of Jerusalem.

And they would bring a sacrifice for Passover. And that sacrifice was a lamb. But not just any lamb. It had to be a perfect lamb. It couldn’t have a crooked nose. It couldn’t have any scabs. It couldn’t have a cut on its ear. It had no scars of any kind. It had to be blameless. And without any blemish, I couldn’t have any spots on it. And as they would bring that Passover land, remember celebrating their deliverance from Egypt when the angel of death would come and pass over any house that had the blood of the lamb over the doorpost. And so, as Jesus is there at the same hour, 03:00 from 03:00 to 05:00, the spiritual pilgrims would bring their lambs to the temple to be sacrificed as the priest would inspect those lambs. If the lamb passed inspection and it was perfect, the priest would say, hey, tell us to die. It’s perfect, and it’s done, it’s finished. And then it would take the knife. And as they were slitting the throats of thousands of lambs and the blood flowed through the streets. The Lamb of God, Jesus himself, hung on the cross, and he said, it is finished.

I say, tell us that. Aren’t you glad we serve a God? Come on, who finishes what he starts? We have a God. Come on, who is faithful even when we are unfaithful. Come on. He is faithful even when we are unholy. Come on. He is Holy even when we’re inconsistent. He is consistent. And he shouts at the top of whatever voice he has left, I he makes this statement, it is finished. But yet he’s still there, hanging on the cross, still breathing, still bleeding, still suffering in pain. But yet he says, wait a minute, it is finished. But he’s not yet died. Like, help me understand this. How can Jesus say it is finished before he’s even given his life completely while he’s still in pain? Like Jesus. Are you trying to tell us you know something that we don’t know? Like Jesus, are you trying to tell us that God, even though in the midst? It looks really bad. It looks really bad. A bloody mess. Unrecognizable, helpless, and hopeless. It looks at that moment like this is the end. It’s over. There’s no coming back from this. But yet Jesus says it is finished. In other words, gang, I know it might look bad right here, right now, but my Father in heaven is still up to something. He’s still working behind the scenes because he sees the beginning from the end. And I know it looks bad right now. But Jesus says in this pain, there is the purpose, for I have seen beyond the cross, for the joy that was set before him. He endured the cross for the joy that he knew that three days later, he would pick his life back up again, and he would reign, and he would rule in victory, conquering death, even itself. It is finished. It’s finished. I know it doesn’t look like it’s finished, but I know the end from the beginning. And I’m here to tell you today, listen, some of you, and you’re in pain. For some of you, your worst days turn into the worst season. And you’ve been in it for longer than you ever thought. This thing has lasted so much longer than you ever thought it would last. But I’m here to tell you there’s purpose in your pain and that pain is coming to an end, for it is finished.

There is a purpose to your pain. Yes, pain is part of your story, and it’s part of mine too. It’s part of your story, but it’s not the end of your story. This was not the end of his story. This was in the middle of it. And yet he still says it is finished because, gang, there’s stuff I know that you don’t know. There are things that are happening behind the scenes that you don’t see right now, that you don’t feel right now, that you don’t hear right now. But Jesus knew. He knew. I know this looks bad, but it’s finished because I see what’s happening next. Listen, don’t give up hope today. This is life lesson number six. I want you to know today, here’s what I want you to be assured of, that there is a purpose and that there is an end to your pain. There is a purpose, and there is an end to your pain. And I hope and I pray today that when you leave this place, perhaps you won’t have all the answers to your problems, all the solutions to your situation, but I’ll certainly pray for that. But my hope and my prayer are that today you will leave this place with blessed assurance. God knows what he’s doing. He’s in charge. That this pain, this problem is part of your story, but it’s not the end of your story. Your final chapter has not yet been written, but we can still have assurance today that it is finished in Jesus’ name. Now, I think the story that best illustrates this truth is found in the Old Testament. It’s actually the oldest story in the Bible. You’d think it would be in the book of Genesis. But it’s not because if you’re a Bible person, you know that the Bible is not actually organized in a chronological fashion. It’s organized by types of literature, narrative history, instance, prophetic literature, poetic literature. And this story is found in poetic literature, and it’s really the story of a man named Job. Does anybody know Job’s story? Anybody? All right. Like, twelve of you. Awesome. Well, you’re going to learn something today, all right? The rest of you, all right? And maybe those that you know the story, you might learn something, too, because this book of Job, it’s found in this poetic type of organization of books in the Old Testament, because it’s full of poetry.

It’s full of metaphor. Actually, the first two chapters really tell the whole story, and they’re written in a historical narrative form. But then the next 38-something chapters is all this poetry. And if you love poetry, you’d love it. It’s a little bit hard to read, but it’s a lot of fun if you’ve never read it. Maybe you should read it this week or later this afternoon if you want to. But since so many of you don’t know the story, let me just give you a little snippet, a little synopsis of the story of Job was a devout man. He’s a really religious guy. He was a faithful guy. He loved God, and he served God faithfully, served his family faithfully. In fact, he became wildly successful, one of the richest men that ever lived. He had a big family, and lots of kids. He had a huge business. He had amassed more money than you and I could spend in ten lifetimes. This guy had, like, legacy money. But then he had a very bad day. And one day, he lost it all. He lost his house. He lost his kids. He lost his businesses.

He lost all of his money. He lost it all. Even his health. He lost it all. Everything except his wife. Some of you know the story, you’re laughing. It’s like the Devil. He took everything away from Job except his wife. I can always hear the demons saying, hey, should we get her next? Now the Devil’s like, Nah, I know what I’m doing. Just leave her. And I’m not trying to be mean. I’m just saying she was not a very nice person. You read the story, and you find this guy on his worst day ever. He’s literally sitting on a pile of ash. His body. He’s lost everything. All his kids, everybody he loved, his employees, his businesses, his money. He’s sitting there at rock bottom. Now, his body is covered in boils and sores, and he picks up a Shard of broken pottery just to scrape his skin. And then his wife says to him, hey, Job, why don’t you just curse God and die already? What a peach. She was, right? And so that’s really the story of Job. And you read the first couple of chapters, and you kind of get the gist of the whole thing, but then you spend the next 36, 38 chapters. Basically, you could boil it all down. All that poetry and all that metaphor. You can kind of summarize the whole story. Basically, it’s just him, and he’s got some so-called friends. And basically, what he does in 36, 38 chapters is he complains to God, and he complains about God, and he questions God. So it’s just a lot of complaining, and it’s a lot of questioning. Complaining about God and questioning God. In fact, I think you can summarize the whole story in Job chapter 30, 20. When Job says this, he says, I’ll just read it over here. I call to you, O God, like, on my worst day ever, when my life completely falls apart, and I get sucker punched. I mean, a real body blow rug just literally ripped out from underneath my feet. Didn’t see it coming. And I called to you, God, on my worst day ever, but you never answered. Have you ever been there? I’ve been there. Me too. Ever felt that way? Like, where are you, God? He’s like, seriously, you don’t even listen to me. He never listened to me anyway. He exaggerates a little bit. And that’s what we do in our pain, don’t we? Because we know you never listen to me, that’s a little bit. That’s a little too far. Now come on. The bridge was a little bit too far, Joe, didn’t it? But in our pain, don’t we exaggerate? That’s where he was. And I’ve been there too. Probably you have too. And if you haven’t Joel, just keep getting up tomorrow. Just keep living. It’ll happen. It’s just part of life. This is just what happens. Doesn’t make you good, doesn’t make it bad. It just makes you human. And he gets to this place, and I’m like, you don’t even look my way when I pray. You pay no attention. It’s like you’re so far off, you’re doing other stuff. You don’t care. You don’t care about what’s going on in my life, God. You don’t care about what’s going on in my family. You don’t care about what’s going on in my business or my finances or my school or my Church. You just look the other way. You don’t ever pay any attention. And basically, Joe, he just goes on and on and on like this for like 36 chapters, arguing, complaining some more questioning God with this attitude.

And I get it. He’s hurting. And I’ve been there too. But then after 36 chapters, after 36 chapters are like, God, you don’t listen to me anyway, I pray to you. And by the way. I could do a whole lot better job being God than you can. Because that’s basically what he’s saying? You just read it. He says it in a more poetical nature, but I can certainly do a better job of being God than you. Hey, no offense, but seriously, give me the wheel. I know what to do better than you do. I know more about what’s going on here than you do. And I could fix this if I were you. And here’s what I would do. Have you ever been there? I’ve been there. I’ve said those things to God myself. I know that of which I speak today. It’s not just Job’s story, it’s my story. It’s probably your story if you were willing to be vulnerable enough and honest enough when you were in those places in life. But after 36 chapters, God is like, you want an answer, bro? I’ll give you an answer. Look at this. I love it. He goes on and says, Then the Lord answered, Job out of the storm. I just love that. Out of the storm. He said, who is this that darkens? My counsel with words without knowledge. Who’s got these questions about stuff you don’t even know about? You’re complaining about stuff you don’t even know what’s going on.

I mean, you’re only looking at a snapshot of where you are right now, Job, and you don’t even know what’s coming next. You don’t know what I have planned for your future. You’re just reacting out of the moment. And there’s a whole lot more going on that you don’t even know, Job. He goes on, listen to this is a great interaction. It gets spicy. Brace yourself. Like a man, Job. Like, you better buckle up, bro, because you got questions for me. Well, I got some questions for you, and you will answer me. God is like. He is like man, okay, let’s see what’s going on. This is spicy. Okay? If you don’t read the Bible, man, you’re missing out. Here’s some really good stuff. Really good stuff. Go back. Where were you? This is God. You got questions. I got a question for you, bro. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth? Where were you, Mr. I know everything, Mr. I can be a better guy than you can be. Where were you? He goes, oh, listen, I love it. He gets really sarcastic. He says, Tell me if you understand who marked off its dimensions. Well, surely you know Job, because you were there. Like you knew how I spoke this whole world, this universe, and the multiple universes of the ever-expanding universe, even to this day. Like, you were there. Like, you know, why don’t you tell me, professor? Oh, it gets better. Keep going. Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the year? Tell me if you know all this. Like, come on, Gladys, tell me, Mr. Smarty Pants, what is the way to the abode of light? And where does the darkness do that? Come on, let’s talk about light. Let’s talk about darkness. Where’d it come from? Where’s it going? Can you take them to their places? Do you know the path of their dwellings? Well, surely you know, for you were already born. Job is, like, getting super sarcastic now. He goes, yeah, you have lived so many years, Job. You’re so old and wise. Why don’t you tell me how it all works? Do you hear God? God’s funny, bro. If you don’t think God’s funny, you don’t know God’s. At least the God that I know because he’s just dropping it on Job, and he gets sarcastic. And at this moment, Job does what all of us do, like whether you’re a follower of Jesus or not, whether you’re a person of faith or not, you’re going to do exactly what I would do, exactly what Job did. In this case, you’re going to realize at this moment when you’re in this situation what you thought you knew. I mean, you thought you knew a lot of stuff, but you’re going to realize at this moment, boy, you don’t know as much as you thought you knew. Because Job answers him, and that’s what he says in chapter 40. Then Job answered to the Lord, I’m unworthy. How can I even respond? How can I reply to you? And then it says, he covered his mouth with his hand. I certainly put my foot in my mouth there, didn’t I? Certainly shot off my mouth before I loaded my brain, didn’t I? I was talking about stuff I didn’t know about. And God just reminded me that he’s really big, and I’m really small. He made it all. I don’t even know how he made it. And who am I to question him about what’s going on in my life?

Who am I? I don’t have all of the details. I’m not like God. I can’t see the end from the beginning. And Job, he starts to backtrack, and he’s like, oh, man, my bad, I’m sorry. I got nothing here to say. I’m just going to cover my mouth. And the reality is that life is how little we really know. There are just some things that you and I don’t know and that we may never, ever know why certain things happen. Did God cause it? Did God allow it? I don’t know. You don’t know. And in Job 42, Job makes three statements about God that actually become very foundational to Christian theology. And so if you want to take some notes, I’m just going to give you these real quick, and then we’ll get you out of here and enjoy the rest of your day. Three things about God. He makes this statement, job 42:1-5. So then Job replied to the Lord, I know that you can do all things. Remember this guy’s life just fell apart. Talk about worst day ever. The house just burnt down with the kids in it. But I know God. You can do all things. There’s no purpose of yours could be thwarted. You asked, who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge. Go on. And he says, he said it was me. I’m an idiot. Surely I spoke of things I didn’t understand. Things are too wonderful for me to know. But my ears have heard of you. But now my eyes have seen you. Even though he was a devout man, a religious man, a man of faith, his relationship up until this point was that he had heard about God. But now, through this encounter, he says, my eyes have seen you. This is more personal. This is now more intimate, his relationship with God. So Job gives us three things in this statement about God. The first thing, and if you’re going to make it through your worst day, just like Joe, just like Jesus, you need to remember this about God. That God is all-powerful. God is all-powerful. Now, the Greek word for that is omnipotent. Omni means all. Potent means power. So God has all power. I mean, Job said, God, there’s nothing that is impossible for you to do.

So on your worst day ever, you need to remember, just like your buddy Job. I know this looks bad. I know this looks hopeless. I know it looks like I’m helpless, that there’s nothing I can do to change. There’s no way I can recover from this. We need to remember. We serve an all-powerful. Come on. Omnipotent God who can do all things. What is impossible with men. Come on. Somebody is possible with God. It’s possible with him because there’s nothing he can’t do. There’s no purpose of God that can be thwarted. That God. You are big, and you can do whatever you want. You can do it wherever you want. You can do it whenever you want. And however, you want to do it because God, you’re calling the shocks. You got the power, and I don’t. So, God, I’m looking to you today. I’m fixing my eyes on you today on my very bad, horrible, no good day. I’m going to remind myself and speak. Come on to my spirit that God is an all-powerful, mighty, working God who can do all things. He’s all-powerful. Listen, all I know is all powers in his hands.

Some of you might say, well, why didn’t he use it? I don’t know. Why doesn’t he do something about it? I don’t know. Why doesn’t he heal him? I don’t know. Why doesn’t he change her? I don’t know. But here’s what I know today, Colossians 1:16-17. For everything, absolutely everything. Everything got started in him. That’s Jesus, and everything finds its purpose in him. He goes on, and he says in the next verse, he was there before any of it came into existence. And Jesus holds it all together right up until this moment. Come on. Jesus has got come on. The whole world in his hand. Your world, my world, our world. He holds it all together because he is all-powerful. He is the visible image of the invisible God. And he loves you, and he’s for you today. And I can’t understand it all, but I do know this. This isn’t the end of the story. There are some other chapters yet to be written in your story. So don’t make some flippant decisions about God when you’re right here in the middle because you don’t know where it’s going to end.

Come on. It is finished. And he can say that in the middle because he sees the end from the beginning. So don’t give up. That pain is part of your story. But it’s not all of your story that problem you’re in right now. It’s part of your story. But it’s not all of your account because you serve an all-powerful God. Come on. Who can work miracles and signs and wonders on your behalf? Stay in the game. He’s an all-powerful God. Here’s the second thing Job says God is he is an all-knowing God. He’s an all-knowing God. That word in theology is an omniscient God, Omni all science, knowledge. God has all science. He has all knowledge. God has a corner on all truth because he is truth. There is nothing that God doesn’t know. He’s an all-knowing God. He knows everything about you. He knows everything about your history. He knows everything about your family and where you come from, from the very beginning to the very end. He knows it all. He knows the struggles. He knows the tears you cry at night when you lay your head on your pillow. He knows it all.

There’s nothing that he doesn’t know. He’s an all-knowing, all-powerful God. Yeah. You know some stuff. He knows it all. I know some stuff, but he knows everything. That’s why it says in the book of Isaiah 57, and I don’t know who this might be for today. It talks about that in Isaiah 57 that sometimes young and good people die before their appointed time. Have you ever lost somebody that was young? You say, oh, they die before their time, their point of time. Well, my question is, who’s appointed time? Yours, what do you think it should be or God’s? And I just know that sometimes God takes people home before their appointed time, at least in our eyes, like they were way too young. Sometimes God takes people home as an act of His Grace to spare people, even Godly people, for what is yet to come. And I know it hurts, and I know it’s hard because we can’t see it, but God sees the end come on from the beginning. He’s all-powerful, but he’s also all-knowing. And that’s where you just trust God in the situation. Says this in Hebrews 4:13. He knows about everyone, everywhere. Everything about us is bare and wide open to the all-seeing eyes of our living God. Nothing can be hidden from him. See, God knows everything. And I think Job, if he could stand here today, would say, how dare we ever question an all-knowing and an all-powerful God? How can we ask things about stuff we don’t even know about when all we have right now is what’s now right in front of us? And that’s why I would say this to you. Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to an all-knowing God because God knows. I don’t know. You don’t know. God knows. Come on. Aren’t you thankful today his ways are higher than our ways? Come on. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Like, even when we have our best thoughts, our smartest thoughts of all, the smartest people that have ever lived. When you think about that, that’s just where God is getting started. Because he’s so big and powerful and all-knowing, first of all, I want to say this. That God he’s not only all-powerful, all-knowing, but God is ever-present. He’s ever-present. There’s nowhere that you can go that God’s not already there because he’s an ever-present God.

The theological word for that is omnipresent. All presents. God is everywhere. Bible talks about this. He says, If I go up to Psalmist says, If I go up to the heavens, you’re there. If I make my bed in the depths of Shield, you are there. Am I getting up? Am I lying down? Am I going out? Am I coming in? God, you know it all because you’re there. There’s no place I could ever go. God that you’re not there. Because he’s an all ever-present. Come on, God. He’s an ever-present. Even help in a time of trouble. Jesus said, Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you. So we can say with confidence, the Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Come on. He is with you. He is with you. He is with you. Psalm 46 says he is our refuge in strength and ever-present help in a time of trouble. When I know that on my worst day ever when my life falls apart in front of my eyes, when I know God is with me, I can face whatever is against me. When you know God is with you, you can face whatever is against you. I want you to know today the God inside of you is greater than the giant that’s in front of you. He’s all-powerful. He’s all-knowing, and he’s all present. So I want to encourage somebody today, and I want to speak prophetically over you, that the spirit of Tutella style will rest upon you today. The spirit of knowing deep down inside your heart. When your heart is broken, when there are things that are happening that you can’t explain, speak that word over your life. Tell us, die. It is finished. I know it might not look finished. He was still hanging, dying on the cross, hadn’t breathed his last breath, but Jesus, he declared it. In other words, God, you see the end from the beginning. Do you know what’s going to happen three days from now? My pain has a purpose, and it’s coming to an end. Your pain has a purpose. It’s part of your story, but it’s not all of your story. He’s still writing. He’s still writing. And I know it might look bad right now, and I know it doesn’t seem good, but he’s still writing.

This isn’t the end of your story. You’re still in the middle, but you can still, with faith and confidence, declare today, they tell us to die, it is finished knowing that God loves you. Come on. If he before you who can be against you that know nothing can separate you from the love of God. He loves you. He’s for you. He is with you. He knows it all. He sees it all, so quit, don’t give up. Don’t lose faith. Keep trusting him to keep serving him, let’s keep serving one another, let’s keep serving our community, let’s keep serving those that are most vulnerable among us let’s just keep doing what we know to do it right and know that we know that we know they tell us to die. It’s finished in God’s book. It’s finished that he works all things for the good of those who love him. Come on. And are called according to his purpose. And when I can’t trace his hand like when I can’t understand why what in the world, God, why when I can’t trace his hand. I got to just trust his heart. Here’s God’s heart. He loves you so much. Is he for you? Jeremiah 20:9-11 says I know the plans that I have for you. Says the Lord plans not to hurt you or harm you but plans to give you hope. Plans to give you a future that’s God’s heart. I love you. I’m for you. I’ve got plans to help you. So you remember that on your worst day ever, It’s all-powerful, He’s all-knowing, and he’s ever-present. Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, I thank you for your word today. Pray God that your word would bring comfort. Would it bring hope. I know that you are close to the brokenhearted, that you heal those that are crushed in spirit, and that some of us among us today crushed in spirit. So on this worst day ever for some of us, remind us of these truths today. Let them sink settle deep into our hearts for those of us that aren’t there today. Help us to memorize this and store it away so we can access it on the day that trouble does come. Because you said in this world you will have trouble but do not fear. For I have overcome the world. Thank you, Lord bless you people, today.