Sunday, January 22, 2012

Boon's Sunday Sermon #23 - Overcoming Adversity

Many times when we are out with Kudzu, people's initial reaction upon seeing him is to say something like, "Oh, poor baby."  While I understand their sympathy, it is wasted on Kudzu.

Had Kudzu not lost his leg, his former owner would not have surrendered him.  If his former owner had not surrendered him, he would not be in a home where he can truly live life to its full potential.  He would still be an "outdoor accessory" instead of a loved family member and an inspiration for others.

Through the very situation that stifled Kudzu in others eyes, it is also the same one that brought him to his God given destiny.

How have you responded to adversity in your own life?  Have you let it define you or used it to advance you?  We all go through hard times and are in someway a victim to plans that weren't our own.  We don't have to let those things defeat us.

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  Romans 8:37 


God has a plan and a purpose for you.  He can take all of those broken pieces and give you a testimony.  Romans 8:28 assures us that "He works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose."

Instead of living defeated, we have the ability to choose to live victorious.  Instead of using our injury as a crutch, we can use it for a testimony.

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; - Revelation 12:11  


Kudzu has taught me in more than one way that it true - For we walk by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7 


Give whatever is holding you back over to God.  Let Him use it to give you victory so that you might live the full purpose He intended for your life.


Have a blessed week, friends.


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16 comments:

  1. Such a uplifting post, Kudzu is certainly Blessed, as is your family.



    Sheila & Bob

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  2. As always, a very inspiring post. Mom says we could all learn a great deal from our pets.

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  3. What a terrific sermon! Thanks!!!

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  4. HI there, I love this sermon-your focus is where it should be. The Lord taught me how to pray by allowing me to marry and live with a beloved unbeliever(for 33 yrs now). It is a privilege to see His hand carry me through different circumstances and situations. Kudzu is a testimony of your great love.
    Have a blessed day.
    Noreen

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  5. So much to learn from todays sermon.

    As always.....we grow from knowing you.

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  6. Lovely Post for this Sunday - thanks again! We might not always know waht our purpose is, but the good news is we will be led there somehow!

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  7. A beautiful post. Thank you very much.

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  8. Great sermon, fits right in with what I heard in church this a.m. Powerful message--thank you!

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  9. This is a great lesson!! As with Kudzu, I think that the worst thing that has happened to some of our dogs, truly is the best in the end!

    Take care and stay warm!!

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  10. You have given all of us things to think about. Adversity? I know that seems not fair, but it does have a purpose, just ask Kudzu! God will not let us down.He does provide, somehow!Let his will be done.

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  11. Kudzu is definitely with you for a reason. We all have adversity in life, but God helps us through it.

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  12. I really appreciated this post.

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  13. Yes, Kudzu is certainly blessed. I couldn't agree with you more. I'm not the least upset anymore with all I have endured because it brought me to right here in my life, which is filled with God's joy and love. It doesn't feel like it could get any better, yet it does on a daily basis. Blessings to you dear.

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  14. Not only is Kudzu an inspiration, Boon. You are one yourself, and so is your human family.

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  15. Those are some really great words. You are all so lucky to have such a loving family. :)

    Woofs & hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

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