Sunday Outline – January 29, 2023
This past Sunday we had “Rodeo Sunday” as we celebrated Texas Heritage.
“There never was a horse that couldn’t be rode, and never a cowboy that couldn’t be throwed.”
There are times when you may have been thrown off the saddle of life, and this can leave you winded.
The Lord spoke to Pastor George when he was “thrown from the saddle” and criticized in the way he shepherded EMIC. The spirit of God said to him, “Don’t hide your Word of faith, and come out of the closet.”
The devil wants you to question what has happened, and to have you asking “Why?” This is a stall tactic to keep you from getting back to your assignment. There will be opportunities that come up which leave you feeling you were kicked in the gut and pulled off your saddle. BUT, it's time for you to get up and do what God called you to, in His grace.
Pastor George said; "I should be saying, 'Whoopi-ty-aye-oh. I go on my way, back in the saddle again.'”
The phrase “Get back in the saddle” began in the 1800s. It pained the image of a cowboy who was thrown off his horse and had to get back up on his saddle. They learned that someone who falls off a horse must immediately return to the saddle in order to conquer the horse’s temperament and their own fear.
Today, we understand “get back in the saddle” to mean, making another attempt after suffering a failure.
A better way would be to say: “Saddle up, partner, and get back up on your faith.”
If you are walking by faith, and don’t give up, and don’t slow down, you will see the result through the eyes of victory. You can develop in your own faith a strength for your life.
Surely he will not be moved… his heart is fixed.
You need to walk in the freedom of fear, as one of the most common attack methods used by the enemy is ‘mustering up fear.’ You need to talk to the devil, as well as yourself and declare based on the word of God that fear has no place here.
We say, “saddle up partner and get back up on your faith.”
It can be as simple as keep doing what you know to do, dusting yourself off, and don’t be walking in shame, as shame has already been nailed to the cross.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10;
Listing what Paul was going through. Even though there was pressure, He was not crushed as he was standing in faith, and not in despair.
Therefore it is of faith…
V.1 talk to the issue, the pressure, the mountain that is standing in front of your victory, and begin calling those things that be not as though they were. If you had already done this, then get back up on your saddle and continue in faith until you see the result promised to you.
V.20 He staggered not- meaning he didn’t waver at the promises of God.
James 1:2; (ESV)
Count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds.
Abraham staggered not at the promises. The Bible tells us how he could have staggered, and it was through unbelief.
V.21 fully persuaded, unquestionably convinced
2 Corinthians 11:23-28; (NKJV)
Perils that Paul went through
…in labor more abundant
In strips above measure
In deaths often
Five times received forty stripes minus one
Three times beaten with foot rods
Three times shipwrecked
A full 24 hours in the ocean
In journeys often, in perils of waters, robbers, Gentiles, city, wilderness, toil, and from his own countrymen.
God’s answer to Paul. My grace is sufficient.
2 Corinthians 2:14;
The attitude of Paul was to give thanks, as God always causeth us to triumph
2 Timothy 4:6-8;
I have fought the good fight. Our fight is always a good fight because we know we always win.
Proverbs 24:15-16; (NKJV)
You need to release a warning [declaration] out to the enemy, that although you may fall, you will get back up on the saddle.
Micah 7:8; (NKJV)
Do not rejoice when you see that I have fallen, as I will arise!
Romans 8:35-39; (AMPC)
Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love?
Suffering, affliction, tribulation, calamity, distress, persecution, hunger, destitution, peril, sword, death, life, angels, principalities, things impending, threatening, things to come, powers, height, depth, nor anything else in all creation is able to separate me from God’s love which was brought manifest through Jesus Christ.
When I fall – I shall arise!