A FAITH THAT WORKS WHEN

 LIFE DOESN’T

 

September 20, 2020

Bill Stevenson

 

A Faith that Isn’t Troubled by Troubles – Part 1

 

“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ: To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations. Greetings!” 

James 1:1 (NIV)

 

When all kinds of trials crowd into your lives, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize they come to test your faith, and to produce in you the quality of endurance.  But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will become a person of mature character and integrity with no weak spots.”  James 1:2-6 (Phillips)

 

 

4 FACTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT DIFFICULTIES

 

1.  TROUBLES ARE _____________________________!

     “WHEN all kinds of trials crowd into your lives…”  James 1:2a 

 

2.  TROUBLES ARE _____________________________!

     “When ALL KINDS of trials crowd into your lives…”  James 1:2a

 

3.  TROUBLES ARE _____________________________!

     “When all kinds of trials CROWD INTO your lives…as INTRUDERS…” James 1:2b

                      

4.  TROUBLES ARE _____________________________!

     “Realize that they come…to produce in you…”  James 1:2c

 

 

 

3 PURPOSES OF DIFFICULTIES James 1:3-4

 

  • TROUBLES ____________________________ MY FAITH

     “Realize they come to test your faith…”  James 1:3a (Phillips)

 

  • TROUBLES ______________________  MY ENDURANCE

      “…and to produce in you the quality of endurance.” 

      James 1:3b (Phillips)

 

  • TROUBLES _______________________ my CHARACTER

“But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed and you will become a person of mature character and integrity with no weak spots!” James 1:4 (Phillips)

 

HOW SHOULD I RESPOND TO DIFFICULTIES?

 

1.   _________________________ IN THE PROBLEM

      We don’t rejoice FOR the problem, but IN the problem.

      We know God can bring good out of bad!

 

      “Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials…”

       James 1:1 (NIV)

 

2.  __________________________: ASK GOD FOR WISDOM!

      “If, in the process, any of you doesn’t know how to meet any particular problem, you only have to ask God -- who gives generously to all men without making them feel guilty -- and you may be sure that the necessary wisdom will be given to you.”

      James 1:7 (Phillips)

 

3.  _____________________________ GOD!

      “But you must ask in sincere faith, without secret doubts.” 

      James 1:8 (Phillips)

 

4.   _____________________________ GOD’S PROMISE!

      “Blessed is the PERSON who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”  James 1:12 (NIV)

 

 

 

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