Step Towards Transformation



Sermon Preached On Sunday 5Th Feb.,2017.


It’s Easy To Go Through Life Thinking Of All The Reasons ‘Why We Can’t Be Successful ?’ ‘Why We Won’t Get Well?’ ‘I Will Never Meet The Right Person’. We Look At Our Situations In The Natural And Think The Problems Are Against Us

I Talked To A Man That Struggles With An Addiction. He Said “My Dad Had This Same Addiction My Grand Father  Also  Struggled. With It.  The Problems Don’t Look Too Good For Me”.  But As Long As You Think The Problems Are Against You-You’ll Get Stuck Where You Are. 

You Have The Most Powerful Force In The Universe Breathing In Your Direction. God Has Crowned You With Favour. He Is Armed You With Strength For Every Battle.  God  Wouldn’t Have Allowed That Difficulty If He Wasn’t Going To Turn It Around And Use It To Your Advantage.

The Problems May Be Against You But The Most High God Is For You. He Is A Supernatural God.  He Parts Red Sea’s, He Turns Waters Into Wine. He Opens The Eyes Of The Blind.

Your Circumstances May Look Impossible But The God Who Can Do The Impossible Is Working Behind The Scenes Arranging Things In Your Favour, Turning Negative Situations Around.

Since God Is For You,-That Means The Problems Are For Your Benefit. You Don’t Go Through Life Saying-I Come From The Wrong Family, The Problems Are Against Me Now.  Turn It Around And Say –“I’ve Been Born Into A New Family. My  Heavenly Father Controls The Universe.  I Have Royal Blood Flowing Through My Veins”.

When You Know The Problems Are For Your Benefit- You Put Your Shoulders Back.  You’ll Carry Yourself With Confidence.  You’ll Expect Him  To Do Great Things .

All Through The Day This Should Be Playing In Our Mind- The Problems Are For My Benefit , so-

  • I’m Destined To Accomplish My Dreams
  • I’m Destined To Overcome This Challenge
  • I’m A Child Of The Most High God

But Don’t Be Surprised When You Find Yourself In Situations Where It Feels Like The Problems Are Against You  And You Don’t See A Way Out. There Aren’t Any Logical Solutions

God Puts Us There  On Purpose So That When He Turns It Around Nobody Will Get The Credit Except Him. Everyone Will Know It Is A Hand Of The Lord.

When Your Circumstances Seem Impossible Instead Of Being Discouraged Saying, “God Why Me?”-  Go Get Ready. You’re In Perfect Position For God To Show Out In Your Life. He Is Setting You Up To Show His Favour In Amazing Ways.


That’s What Happened To a Man In The Scripture Named Gideon

The Midianites And Their  Armies Came Against Him. They Were About To Attack The Israelites. Gideon Sent Word To His Men To Come In Fight . 32,000 Warriors Showed Up. Gideon Was Feeling Good. That Was Several Times More Men Than His Opposition. He Liked Those Arms But Just When He Was About To Attack, God Said

Gideon You Have Too Many Men. If You Defeat The Midianites, You Will Think You did It In Your Own Strength. He Instructed Gideon To Let Everyone Go Home That Was Afraid.  22,000 Men Left Gideon Nearly Passed Out.  Two-Thirds Of His Army Went Home.  He Didn’t Like These Problems Anymore.  When He Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse, God Said Gideon You Still Have Too Many Men. He Told Him To Do Something Else To Eliminate More Men.  9700 Men Left. 

Judges 7:2-7 (NIV)

2 The Lord Said To Gideon, “You Have Too Many Men. I Cannot Deliver Midian Into Their Hands, Or Israel Would Boast Against Me, ‘My Own Strength Has Saved Me.’ 3 Now Announce To The Army, ‘Anyone Who Trembles With Fear May Turn Back And Leave Mount Gilead.’” So Twenty-Two Thousand Men Left, While Ten Thousand Remained.4 But The Lord Said To Gideon, “There Are Still Too Many Men. Take Them Down To The Water, And I Will Thin Them Out For You There… 5 So Gideon Took The Men Down To The Water. There The Lord Told Him, “Separate Those Who Lap The Water With Their Tongues As A Dog Laps From Those Who Kneel Down To Drink.”… 7 The Lord Said To Gideon, “With The Three Hundred Men That Lapped I Will Save You And Give The Midianites Into Your Hands. Let All The Others Go Home.”

Gideon Only Had Three Hundred Men To Fight This Army Of Thousands And  Thousands . These Problems Seemed Impossible. Looked Like He Would Be Wiped Out.  What Gideon Didn’t Realize Was God Wasn’t Setting Him Down He Was Setting Him Up. He Was About To Show Out In His Life.

Gideon And Those 300 Men Went To The Enemy’s Camp In The Middle Of The Night. They Blew Their Trumpets And Let Out A Loud Shout.  The Midianites Got Confused And Begin To Fight Among Themselves. 

Judges 7:16-22 (NIV)

16 Dividing The Three Hundred Men Into Three Companies, He Placed Trumpets And Empty Jars In The Hands Of All Of Them, With Torches Inside. 17 “Watch Me,” He Told Them. “Follow My Lead. When I Get To The Edge Of The Camp, Do Exactly As I Do… 19 Gideon And The Hundred Men With Him Reached The Edge Of The Camp At The Beginning Of The Middle Watch, Just After They Had Changed The Guard. They Blew Their Trumpets… 20 The Three Companies Blew The Trumpets… 22 When The Three Hundred Trumpets Sounded, The Lord Caused The Men Throughout The Camp To Turn On Each Other With Their Swords.

The Israelites Defeated Them.  They Didn’t Have To Lift One Finger. They Didn’t Have To Go To Battle.  It Looked Like A Setback But The Truth Was God Was Setting Gideon Up.  He Was Putting Him In Position To Show Himself Strong.

When The Problems Seem Like They’re Against You, The Obstacles Look Bigger, Stronger, More Powerful, Don’t Worry. Like Gideon, It Is A Setup. God Is About To Make Things Happen That You Could Never Make Happen. He’s Going To Turn That Situation Around Without You Having To Go To Battle. He’s Going To Heal You Without The Extensive Treatment.  He’s Going To Promote You Without All Of The Qualifications.

Keep The Right Perspective –The Problems Are For Your Benefit

You May Feel Like No One Is for You  But You And God Are  A Majority . You Don’t Need Everyone To Be For You . You Don’t Have To Have All The Support, The Encouragement. You Have The One That Matters- The Most High God Is Breathing In Your Direction.

Later When The Israelites Went To Different Cities, Normally,Those Armies Would Attack But The Leaders Said, In Effect, “Gideon We Saw What Your God Did To The Midianites”

They Weren’t Afraid Of Gideon. They Were Afraid Of The God Of Gideon.  They Knew The Lord Was On His Side. God Wants To Give You Victory To Where People Know The Lord Is On Your Side.

Maybe You Didn’t Have The Support Growing Up, The Encouragement The Stability.  You Should Have Been A Statistic But Here You Are Defying  The Problems Leaving Your Mark Going Further Than You Ever Dream.

What Happened? The Lord Was On Your Side.

  • The Medical Report Said You Wouldn’t Make It But Here You Are Strong Healthy And Whole.The Lord Was On Your Side.
  • Perhaps The Situation Said You’d Be Addicted. Like Your Father You Would Struggle . Like your Grandfather But Here You Are Free And Clean. You Broke The Curse You Set A New Standard. How Could This Be?  The Lord Was On Your Side .

Illustration:  That’s What It Says In Exodus

Exodus 14:4 (TLB)…4 And Once Again I Will Harden Pharaoh’s Heart And He Will Chase After You. I Have Planned This To Gain Great Honor And Glory Over Pharaoh

God Caused Pharoah To Harden His Heart So That He Could Bring Great Glory At The Expense Of Pharaoh.  God Had Told Moses To Go Tell Pharaoh Let My People Go But God Knew That Pharaoh Wasn’t Going To Let Them Go. He Caused Him To Harden His Heart. God Was Setting Up The Problems To Be Against The Israelites So He Could Show His Favour.

Some Of The People Or  Circumstances That Have Come Against You,  You May Not Like It.  It Wasn’t Fair But It Was Ordained By God- Not To Stop You,  Not To Defeat You But So That God Can Show Out In Your Life.

Quit Complaining About What Didn’t Work Out , Why Am I Facing These Huge Giants, Those Obstacles That Look Like They’re Stopping You.

If You’ll Stay In Faith- It’s Just A Matter Of Time Before God Turns It Around And Uses Them To Push You Forward.

The Problems Are Against You For One Reason-So That God Can Bring Great Glory Out Of Your Life.  He Wants To Make You An Example Of His Goodness.

Illustration Of 3 Hebrew Teenagers:

You Remember When The Three Hebrew Teenagers Wouldn’t Bow Down To The Kings Golden Idol.  This King Got So Furious He Was Going To Have Them Thrown Into A Fiery Furnace.  He Told His Men To Heat Up The Fire Seven Times Hotter Than Normal.

Daniel 3:19 (NIV)…19 Then Nebuchadnezzar Was Furious With Shadrach, Meshach And Abednego… He Ordered The Furnace Heated Seven Times Hotter Than Usual

What Was God Doing?  Making The Problems Even Greater. God Knew The Fire Wasn’t Going To Burn Them .  He Knew They Weren’t Going To Be Harmed. So He Had Them Turn It Up Even Hotter So That It Would Become A Greater Miracle.

Daniel 3:20-27 (NIV)…20 And Commanded Some Of The Strongest Soldiers In His Army To Tie Up Shadrach, Meshach And Abednego And Throw Them Into The Blazing Furnace…. 26 Nebuchadnezzar Then Approached The Opening Of The Blazing Furnace And Shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach And Abednego, Servants Of The Most High God, Come Out! Come Here!” So Shadrach, Meshach And Abednego Came Out Of The Fire… The Fire Had Not Harmed Their Bodies, Nor Was A Hair Of Their Heads Singed; Their Robes Were Not Scorched, And There Was No Smell Of Fire On Them.

When These Three Hebrew Teenagers Came Out Of That Fire Without The Smell Of Smoke There Wasn’t Any Doubt That The Lord Was On Their Side. In Fact This Same King Said Praise Be To The God Of Shadrach Meshach And Abednego.

Daniel 3:28 (NIV)…..28 Then Nebuchadnezzar Said, “Praise Be To The God Of Shadrach, Meshach And Abednego

Like Those Three Hebrew Teenagers When It Feels Like The Problems Are Against You, The Fire Has Been Turned Up Seven Times Hotter , Or The Pharaoh Won’t Let You Go, Or God Took Your Army From Thirty Two Thousand  To Three Hundred Men -Don’t Panic, Don’t Fall Apart. It’s A Setup. God Is About To Show Out. He’s About To Make You A Testimony. He’s Going To Do Something That People Cannot Deny. They’re Going To Know The Lord Is On Your Side.

Illustration  Of A Man With Severe Infection:

A Man That Had A Cut  In His Hand And Developed A Severe Infection.  He Tried For Several Days To Treat  It Out And Hoped  That It Would Go Away But It Kept Getting Worse. He Started Having  A High Fever. He Got To The Point Where He Couldn’t Eat.  He Finally Passed Out.  He Was Rushed To The Emergency Room Unconscious.  The Doctors Told His Family That He Had Some Kind Of Toxic Shock.  There Was Only A Fifty Percent Chance That He Would Live.  They Had To Find The Right Kind Of Antibiotic To Treat Him. Every Hour That Went By Not Treated His Chance Of Survival Went Down Five Percent. They didn’t Find Something.  In The Next Few Hours  The Doctor Said That He Probably wouldn’t Make It And If Somehow He Did Survive He Would Become A Vegetable .12 Hours Went By They Couldn’t Find The Antibiotic. One Day Still Nothing 264 Hours-[11days ]Later They Finally Found The Right Treatment. He wasn’t Supposed To Still Be Alive.  He Was Told He Would Never Be Able To Walk Talk Function Properly But Today He’s Perfectly Healthy.

You Would Never Know Anything Was Wrong But God Could Have Healed Him The First Day. The Doctors Could Have Found The Right Treatment The First Few Hours . That Would Have Still Been A Great Miracle But Sometimes God Will Let The Problems Grow Greater To Where You Don’t See A Way Out. Then Suddenly God Will Step In And Make Things Happen That You Could Never Make Happen.

Don’t Let The Problems Fool You . Don’t Let The Fact That You Don’t See A Way Fool You.

The Financial Situation Looks Too Far Gone Or You’ve Tried To Break That Addiction For Years Now You Think It Wasn’t Meant To Be.  No Get Ready. This Is A Set Up . This Is Not The Time To Give Up.  This Is The Time To Stir Your Faith

All Through The Day Start Saying ,”Lord Thank You That You’re Bigger Than This Sickness, Greater Than This Addiction,  More Powerful Than These Opponents.

If You’ll Stay In Faith Like This Man You’re Going To Become A Testimony.  People Are Going To Look At You And See That God’s Favor Is On Your life.

Illustration Of Lazarus:

 In The Scripture Mary And Martha Sent Word To Their Friend Jesus That Their Brother Lazarus Had Died.

John 11:1-3 (NIV)…11 Now A Man Named Lazarus Was Sick. He Was From Bethany, The Village Of Mary And Her Sister Martha… 3 So The Sisters Sent Word To Jesus, “Lord, The One You Love Is Sick.”

Jesus Was In A Different City And They Thought That He Would Come Right Away And  Pray For Lazarus.  They Had Seen Jesus Heal People.  Before They Knew That He Could Heal Their Brother One Day Died And Jesus Didn’t Show Up.

I’m Sure Martha Thought Jesus Where Are you.  What’s Taking You So Long.  Now That They Went By Still No Sign Of Jesus. Finally Lazarus Died. 

When Jesus Arrived At Their House Lazarus Had Been In The Tomb For Four Days . Mary And Martha Were So Upset They said, “ Jesus If You Would Have Been Here Our Brother Would Still Be Alive.”

John 11:17-21 (NIV)….17 On His Arrival, Jesus Found That Lazarus Had Already Been In The Tomb For Four Days… 21 “Lord,” Martha Said To Jesus, “If You Had Been Here, My Brother Would Not Have Died.

The Problems Weren’t That Good When He Was sick But Now That He Was Dead They Looked Impossible.  He Was Already Wrapped In Grave Clothes Wrapped Up Like A Mummy .

You Know The Story Jesus Went To The Tomb Spoke To Lazarus And Told Him To Come Back To Life And Then He Did.

John 11:43-44 (NIV)…43 … Jesus Called In A Loud Voice, “Lazarus, Come Out!” 44 The Dead Man Came Out, His Hands And Feet Wrapped With Strips Of Linen, And A Cloth Around His Face.

Lazarus Becoming Alive Was A Great Miracle. 

My Point Is Sometimes God Will Wait On Purpose Till The Problems Are Way Against Us.

You Are Ready To Bury The Dream,  Bury The Promised,  Bury  The Relationship.  You Don’t See Away But God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways.

Mary And Martha Were Praying For A Healing But God Had Something Better In Store. He Had A Resurrection.

My Question To You:  What  Are You Tempted To Give Up On And  You Don’t See How It Could Happen ?

Maybe God Is Not Going To Do It The Way You’re Thinking.  Maybe He Has Something Better For You .

The Problems May Be Totally Against You Today But I Want To  Tell You God Is Totally For You. He Has Not Brought You This Far To Leave You.  Your Circumstances May Look  Dead Or  God Didn’t Show Up On Time Or  You’ve Been Asking And Asking.

Dare To Trust Him. He Has You In The Palm Of His Hand. You May Not See Anything Happening But He’s Working Behind The Scenes.  When He Speaks Dead Things Come Back To Life. He’s Not Moved By The Problems.

When Jesus Found Out That Lazarus Was Dead He Didn’t Say, “ Oh Man I Waited Too Long, What Am I Going To Do Now.

God Controls The Universe.  The Problems Do Not Determine What He Can And Cannot Do.

Back In Those Days The Sadducees Were The People That Were Very Against Jesus.  They Believed That The Spirit Left The Body Three Days After A Person Died.  It Wasn’t A Coincidence That Jesus Waited  Until Thefourth Day To Show Up.  He Did This On Purpose So When He Raised Lazarus There Would Be No Doubt About It.

Sometimes God Will Let The Problems Become Greater Not Just To You But So Your Critics, Your Neighbors,  Your Relatives , Your Co-Workers- They Won’t Be Able To Deny What God Has  Done.

I Love The Fact That From That Moment Forward Lazarus Became A Testimony.  Everywhere He Went He Didn’t Have To Say A Word. People Pointed At Him, You Can Hear Them Whispering, “ Look, There’s That Guy. He Was Dead , He’s Not Supposed To Be Here.  He Defied The Problems.”  He Was A Living Testimony

That’s What God Wants To Do For You.  Show You His Favor In Such A Way That People Notice That You Stand Out. You’re Going To Become A Living Testimony.

Illustration Of Young Lady And Her Scholarship:

I Read Of A Young Lady That Applied For A Scholarship In A Prestigious University.2600 Other Students Applied As Well. The Challenge Was There Were Only 12 Scholarships Available. The Chances Were Less Than Half Of One Percent.  She Could Have Thought What’s The Use. No Use Even Trying.  These Are Impossible Chances. Instead She Did What I’m Asking You To Do.  She Dared To Believe That God Would Open The Doors That She Was Supposed To Go Through.

 It Doesn’t Always Happen The Way We Think. God Knows What’s Best But If You’re Letting The Problems Talk You Out Of Stretching Out A Dream  Or  Out Of Believing Then You’re Going To Miss The Fullness Of Your Destiny.

 If You Can Accomplish Everything In Your Own Strength, You Don’t Need God’s Help But When The Problems Are Against You And  You Don’t See A Way, Or You Don’t Have The Connections,  The Finances Or  You’re Too Young Or Too Old That’s When You Have To Dig Your Heels In And Say,” God I Know These Problems Are No Problem For You.  I Know This Is A Setup For You To Show Out.”

That’s What This Young Lady Did. Several Months Later She Received A Letter Saying- Congratulations, Out Of The2600 You’re One Of The Twelve That We’ve Chosen .

My Question To You.  Are You Letting The Problems Talk You Out Of Your Dreams Or  Talk You Out Of Your Health Or Talk You Out Of Your Freedom.?

Illustration Of Lottery:

Not Long Ago The Lottery Was At A Record Amount.  I Read The Word The Chances Of Winning It Were 1 In 30 Crores.  They Were Basically Saying Forget About It. You’re Not Going To Win.

Illustration Of Genesis:

In The Book Of Genesis It Talks About How God Created The Heavens And The Earth.  The Word It Uses For Creation Is ‘Bara ‘ Which Means That He Made It Out Of Nothing.

Every Expert Would Have Said That’s Impossible.  You Don’t Have Anything To Work With. If You Had Skies, Oceans,  Grass, Or  Air Then Maybe You Could Make Something Put It Together But You Can’t Do That With Nothing.

It’s One Thing To Have Chances Of 12 In 2600 That’s Not So Great.  It’s Another To Have Problems Of 1 In 30 Crores.  That’s Very Unlikely But What About When The Chances Are Zero In 30 Crores Or  Zero In 2600.  It’s Impossible. There’s No Chance.

 Here’s How Amazing God Is.  He Started The Universe With Chances Of Zero He Had Nothing To Work With No Way In The Natural But God Is Not Moved By The Problems. He Does Not  Check With Accounting And Say I’m About To Create Stars, Galaxies,  Planets.  I Have Nothing To Work With. What Are The Chances Of This Happening.”

Accounting Would Have Said Zero.  You Have No Materials, No Resources.  God Would Have Said,” Thank You For Your Information.  Now Let There Be Light And Light Came At A Hundred And Eighty-Six Thousand Miles A Second.

He Spoke World Into Creation.  He Didn’t Google It To See If It Was Possible. 

  • He Didn’t Try To Figure Out A Way. He Is Theway
  • He Didn’t Try To Open A Door He Is The Door

He Doesn’t Check With The Chances To See If You Can Reach Your Destiny. He Speaks And It Becomes Your Destiny.

He’s Not Limited By Your Background Or How You Were Raised By Your Education.  He Is All-Powerful.  He Can Take Nothing And Make Something Magnificent.  Imagine What He Can Do With You. You Are His Prized Possession.  He Breathed His Life In To You.  You Have the DNA Of Almighty God.

There May be Problems Against You In Certain Areas But They Cannot Stop You. God Has Destined You To Leave Your Mark. Don’t Let The Problems Discourage You.  Don’t Let What You Think Is Not Going To Happen Talk You Out Of Believing Even If The Chances Are Zero In A Crore.  All God Has To Do Is Speak And The Problems Change In Your Favour.

Illustration Of Jimmy Wayne:

I Read Of A Boy Who Grew Up In A Very Dysfunctional Environment. His Father Wasn’t Around His Mother Had Mental Issues When She Wasn’t In The Psychiatric Ward. She Was Either In Jail Or With Different Boyfriends.  There Was All Kinds Of Violence And Abuse In His Home At The Age Of 13.  His Mother Left Him At A Busstop And Took Off With Another Boyfriend. For Years This Young Man Was In And Out Of Foster Homes Detention Centers.  He Slept In Abandoned Buildings Or In  Any Place He Could Find.  He Had To Steal Food In Order To Survive.

How Could He Ever Make Anything Out Ofhis Life.  All The Problems Were Against Him And It Wasn’t His Fault. He Didn’t Have A Fair Shot In Line But In The Seventh Grade He Met A Junior High School Teacher At A Small City School . This Teacher  Could Tell This Young Boy Was Troubled And Had No Stability.  She Took A Great Interest In Him But This Boy Was Only In Her School For Several Months Before He Dropped Out Every Day For Two Years. She  Prayed, “ God Please Send Him Back To Our School”

 In The Ninth Grade He Came Walking Through The Doors. That Teacher  Was Right There Waiting For Him. Nobody Had Ever Been Looking For This Young Man.  His Home Life Was So Dysfunctional. Every Morning This Teacher  Would Drive 45 Minutes To Pick Him Up And Bring Him To School.  Her Motto Was Correction Does Much But Encouragement Does More. 

That Summer He Was Mowing The Lawn Of An Elderly Couple When They Learned His Story. They Opened Their Home And Took Him In. They Discovered This Young Boy Had A Gift Of Music Writing And Singing.  Hestarted Performing At Talent Shows And Community Events.  Every Time This Elderly Lady Would Be On The Front Row With Her Bible In Hand Cheering Him On.  In 2008, Jimmy Wayne Song ´Do You Believe Me Now’ Hit Number One On The Country Charts. He’s Toured With Brad Paisley And Other Stars.  Today He Uses His Country Music Platform To Raise Awareness About Foster Care And To Help Other Children In The Same Situation.

Like Jimmy The Problems May Be Against You.  You Don’t See Any Way Your Situation Could Work Out But God Has The Right People Already Lined Up The Gifts.  He’s Put In You The Dreams. They Didn’t Get Cancelled Because You Had Bad Breaks Or  Because Somebody Did You Wrong . They Are Still Alive. You Can Still Become Who God Created You To Be.

It May Feel Like The Fire’s Been Turned Up Seven Times Hotter But Don’t Worry, Your Time Is Coming. God Is Saying The Problems Are For Your Benefit . Things Are About To Change In Your A Favour. That Problem That Looks Permanent- It’s Only Temporary.

Now All Through The Day Say , “ Father Thank You, That The Problems Are For My Benefit”.

If You’ll Do This I Believe And  Declare Like Jimmy You’re Going To Go Further Than You’ve Ever Dreamed.  Like These Hebrew Teenagers You’re Going To Come Out Of That Fire Without The Smell Of Smoke And Like Lazarus God Is Going To Make You A Living Testimony In Jesus Name.

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  1. sunil uthale
    March 23, 2017

    thanku ps..very motivated teaching

    Liked by 1 person

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