Published on July 9, 2014
Maintaining commitment to a goal in times of stress…: Maintaining commitment to a goal in times of stress… ” ...Let us lay aside every weight, & the sin which doth so easily beset us, & let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 190-201 Plus various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 2 Who Am I?: Who Am I? In Nature… A gentle member of the order Rodentia Is easily tamed Often takes over the downy woodpecker nest by throwing out the bedding… From Scripture… Volunteered to serve Paul Had a hidden love of the world In times of great stress, he gave up The Flying Squirrel: The Flying Squirrel A nocturnal mammal Gives live birth Has many predators Survives via its gliding Looks similar, but is not related, to the sugar glider, a marsupial (an Australian gliding opossum!) http:// video.nationalgeographic.com/video/weirdest-flying-squirrel On being a “flying squirrel”: On being a “flying squirrel” God has given them a built-in sail, so they tend to stay high. They eat mostly vegis , nuts (not pecans~ too hard to open) , & seeds, (occasionally insects & meat) & when available, drippy sap. Their huge energy needs require equally huge amounts of water. Scriptural Applications: Scriptural Applications Passions? If you can “glide” away, do so. “Flee also youthful lusts” 2 Tim 2:22 Confronting Problems? Then do so with prayer & planning. “ Men ought always to pray & not to faint.” Luke 18:1 “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10 If you are fearful & don’t turn to the Lord? Men's hearts failing them for fear, & for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luke 21:26 When the pressure increased, he left…: What 1 or 2 words describe: Abraham? Lot? Peter? Paul? Judas? Today’s character has only 3 verses that refer to him- Philemon 23-24;Col 4:10-14;2 Tim 4:10-11 But he is usually thought to be: weak disloyal a deserter pulled back into the world When the pressure increased, he left… Demas Demas… a valued helper & a major disappointment: Demas… a valued helper & a major disappointment He was given recognition as a co-laborer of Paul’s & a help to Luke He seemed to be active, until Paul’s last interment in the Mamartine Prison When Paul’s execution is more & more expected, he turned his back on him… There are consequences to abandoning the task in times of great stress….: There are consequences to abandoning the task in times of great stress…. Giving in to stress, & just walking away from a team or personal effort, can tangle up others, demoralize both the team & onlookers, add extra stress to everyone, & even possibly destroy the effort… History gives the perfect application of Hebrews 12:1….: History gives the perfect application of Hebrews 12:1…. One man alone braced the people of Great Britain against the Nazi killing machine, & in doing so, encouraged the entire free world...