Overcoming Loss – 2 – The Work of Overcoming
She prayed, she studied her Bible, she fasted and she donated money to charity in an attempt to get over being selfish, shallow and upset with her husband and children. For five years she did all this and nothing happened. She was still as selfish and volatile as ever. What did she leave out?
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We’re working today on the Overcoming series – Overcoming Loss – and this is second one. I’ve called it The Work of Overcoming. I sit in an office all day helping people overcome their losses, so I thought I might share what I’ve learned. This one was given at the Feast in Sandestin. It was the second one. We’ve already done the first.
So I’m going to review, just a little bit, what we did on the first one. You’ll remember we started with Adam and Eve, and we saw that Adam and Eve were born righteous. They hadn’t committed any sins – not born, but created that way. But, then, they listened to the devil. God let him into the Garden. And they listened to him, and they bought into what he said, and that caused them to make bad choices. And one of those choices, generally, was to disobey God and eat of that fruit. As a result of that they reaped a whole series of losses. They lost the perfect place to live. They got kicked out of the Garden. They lost the perfect job, which was to dress and keep it. They lost their marital harmony, because they started blaming each other. They lost their relationship with God, because they felt guilty about what they did. And they lost a child, who was killed by their other child. Think about what that series of events would have done to you psychologically – how hard that would have been. So everything bad stemmed from this beginning. That’s why we were told that story in Genesis – to understand how it all got the way it is now – to the point when, 4,000 years later, the apostle Paul said, in Romans 7:18: