Going Through Dark Valleys
May 6, 2018

Going Through Dark Valleys

Preacher:
Passage: Psalms 23:4

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Psalm 23:1-3

1.  VALLEYS ARE INEVITABLE

2.  VALLEYS ARE UNPREDICTABLE

3.  VALLEYS ARE IMPARTIAL

4.  VALLEYS ARE TEMPORARY (1 Peter 1:6-7)

5.  VALLEYS ARE PURPOSEFUL (1 Peter 1:6-7)

"Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys." ~Billy Graham

1.  Every problem has a purpose.

2.  Faith is built in the valleys of life.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU GO THROUGH DARK VALLEYS?

1.  REFUSE TO BE DISCOURAGED
How do I choose to not be discouraged?  By focusing on God's presence and God’s power rather than on your problem.

2.  REMEMBER THAT GOD IS WITH ME

Even in our darkest valleys, our darkest days, God is there. Don’t equate darkness with distance.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) Don’t resist the shepherd and don’t blame him. Remember we don’t have His perspective, but we have His promises.

“The thing that separates Christianity from all other religions is its personal pronouns.” ~Martin Luther

Isaiah 43:2

3.  I RELY ON GOD'S PROTECTION AND GUIDANCE

David says, "When I walk through the valley of the shadow of death"  -- he didn't walk through the valley of death, but the valley of the shadow of death.  One day a shadow is going to fall over your life -- count on it; you will experience one of those shadow moments.  When those times come, you need to remember three important things about shadows:
1.  Shadows are always bigger than the reality.  Fear is always greater than the actual problem.
2.  Shadows cannot hurt you.
3.  There is no shadow without a light somewhere.
When you're going through a dark valley, you think the sun has stopped shining.  Any time there is a shadow, it means there is a light somewhere.  When you start to get afraid of the shadow in the dark valleys of life, turn your back on the shadow, look directly at the light, and the shadow falls behind you.

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world."  When you look at Him, you cannot be afraid of all the shadows around you, they fall behind you.  If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed.  If you look at Christ, you'll be at rest.  It's your choice.

Psalm 34:19, 18