Thriving on the edge of life

Thriving on the edge of Life

By: Pastor George Lehman

 

That place where life seems unbearable.

Where you wonder can I carry on

When life is really tough

(If we could choose what was going to happen to us, we would never grow.)

Not just living but Thriving means:  Prosper to flourish – grow vigorously.

This was about the restoration of Israel

 

Isaiah 43:1-3a (NIV) – But now this is what the Lord says – he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

 

Jeremiah 30:19 (Message) – Thanksgiving will pour out the windows, laughter will spill through the doors, things will get better and better.  Depression days are over. They’ll THRIVE, they’ll flourish.  The days of contempt will be over.

 

This only came as a result of some real thriving on the edge living

Victory comes to you as a result of how you live on the edge. (Giving up is not an option if you walk away you lose.)

The question is – does your life experience storms of discouragement; pressures that don’t seem to stop?  Are you finding it difficult to stay focussed on Jesus?

Do you feel like you’re just hanging on the edge?

The truth is we live in turbulent times: 

A fluctuating economy.
Out of control crime;
Disease – disasters.
Financial pressures.
Job dissatisfaction – job losses.
Drug abuse.
Broken relationships.
Problem children – marriages.

Stress has become the norm in our society

A preacher, Joseph Parker, told a class of seminary bible school students, “Preach to the suffering and you will never lack a congregation”.

We all understand a broken heart.  We all want the abundant life that Jesus spoke of, but at times we seem to miss it.

Isn’t it maybe because we feel cheated, hard done by, so we don’t thrive but rather retaliate and live with bad attitudes? (becoming lukewarm – we go into survival mode)

 

Philippians 4:6 (Amp) – Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.  (There’s a breakthrough on it’s way for the thrivers)

Even though we’re living on the edge, we can do more than merely survive.  We can actually THRIVE.

What do I mean by the term “Thriving on the edge”?  It’s not some superficial thing that ignores the heartaches and pains of your circumstances.

It’s not about material success.  It’s all about trusting God and experiencing soulfulness.

Soul-ful-ness = Is when your soul is well nourished.

(Nourished is: – You’re prayed up, you’ve read God’s word, you sharing your faith you have a great attitude

Then your life will be God-centred, and you’ll find power and strength in times of need.

 

Psalm 118:13-16 & 23 (Msg) – 13I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall, when God grabbed and held me. 14God’s my strength, he’s also my song, and now he’s my salvation. 15Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? “The hand of God has turned the tide! 16The hand of God is raised in victory! The hand of God has turned the tide!” so the victors can enter and praise. 23This is God’s work. We rub our eyes – we can hardly believe it!

 

In the midst of life’s most difficult overwhelming struggles, when you feel your life is on the edge, a thriving person lives by trusting God’s faithfulness.

Thriving people know His peace and His awesome supernatural staying power.

That enables them to live life fully despite the struggles.

Living on the edge is not about denying reality.  It’s about responding to reality by knowing there is a greater eternal reality.

It’s not only about this life. God is maturing us for Home

Someone said, “When circumstances are at their worst, we can find our best”.  That is: God’s best in us.

It’s on the edge of tribulations and trials that God’s heroes are made.

It’s on the edge that God does His greatest and most miraculous work in us.

Think about this:  If you never had to face any Goliaths in your life you would never know God’s power to deliver and sustain you.

We see in times of sorrow, deep heartache, tribulations, trials, obstacles – seemingly hopeless situations, we can thrive because He lives.

These times equip us to minister to others.  That is, “Thriving on the edge”.

We can be fully alive and thriving – experiencing God’s grace and peace amid all the negatives that surround us.

 

2 Corinthians 4:7-9(Amp) – However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.  We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair.  We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed.       

 

I remind you again, it’s on the edge when we thrive, that faith heroes are made.