Sunday, June 12, 2011

Defying The Odds

2 Sam 20:20-23

Rev. James Wong

1. A Young Man Faced His Odds

Soong-Bong Choi—Abandoned in an orphanage at three years old, Choi ran away from the orphanage at five years old after getting beaten as a little child by the adults there. He lived 'on the streets of Korea' for ten years, selling chewing gum and energy drinks.

2. Benaiah Faced His Odds

20 There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel.

One Against Two: “He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab.”

A Man Against a lion: Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.

Fighting With A Club Against A Spear: 21Once, armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with it.

22 Deeds like these made Benaiah as famous as the Three mightiest warriors. 23 He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him captain of his bodyguard. ~2 Sam 23:20-23 (NLT)

4. The Power To Overcome is Faith

22 "Have faith in God," Jesus answered. 23 "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” ~Mark 11:22-25 (NIV)

What odds that you need to overcome today? Overcome them with Faith.

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