Valleys

God of the Valleys

Valleys

Lesson 1: God of the Valleys

August 5 & 6, 2017

 

OUR DARKEST MOMENTS PRODUCE GOD’S GREATEST MOVEMENT

1 Kings 20:23 Meanwhile, the officials of the king of Aram advised him, “Their gods are gods of the hills. That is why they were too strong for us. But if we fight them on the plains, surely we will be stronger than they. New International Version

 

1 Kings 20:27 When the Israelites were also mustered and given provisions, they marched out to meet them. The Israelites camped opposite them like two small flocks of goats, while the Arameans covered the countryside. New International Version  

 

1 Kings 20:28 The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’” New International Version  

 

Valleys Are Not From God

 

Our Enemy

 

1 Peter 5:8 Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. Contemporary English Version  

 

A Broken Earth

 

Romans 8:21 that creation itself would one day be set free from its slavery to decay and would share the glorious freedom of the children of God. New International Version

 

Bad Choices

 

Bad People

 

Imperfect People

 

Ecclesiastes 10:9 When you work in a quarry, stones might fall and crush you. When you chop wood, there is danger with each stroke of your ax. New Living Translation

 

Valleys Are Inevitable

John 16:33 I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” The Message

 

Valleys Are Impartial

 

Psalm 34:19 The good man does not escape all troubles - he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one. Living Bible

 

What Valleys Do

 

Valleys GROW US

1 Peter 4:12 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. The Message

 

1 Peter 4:13Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. The Message

 

Valleys PREPARE US

 

2 Corinthians 4:17 These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. Contemporary English Version

 

Valleys DISPLAY GOD’S GREATNESS

 

Psalm 23:4 Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. Living Bible

 

Psalm 23:5 You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow! Living Bible

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. New International Version

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