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The Troubles We Go Through


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The Troubles We Have

Job 5:17-19

ďHe that outlives this day and sees old age

Shall stand a tiptoe when this day is named.Ē

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Anonymous Ė about the survivors of a great battle)

 

Those who are going through this war in Iraq are probably overwhelmed by their sacrifice and experiences.But they are our heroes.

Today people are experiencing troubles: financial, marriage, family, business.

These are nothing to laugh at.

Jesus wants you to be free from these troubles.He cares.

But often when we pray for our troubles we donít get an answer.

It could be our ďthorn in the flesh,Ē but it probably isnít.

The Lord has purposes for our trials.

It may be a trial of our faith.

 

Consider:

I.                   Who you Worship

Troubles arenít troubles unless God says they are!

Psalms 27:1 ∂ <<[A Psalm] of David.>> The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

a.       The Problem is People worship Idols

                                                               i.      The Love of Money

1.      As Christians we pay too much attention to Money and the things that money can buy.

2.      Too often people get a good job and then several years later have to move to accept a promotion that they think they canít live without.

3.      And they have to move their family away from their home church.

                                                             ii.      Power

1.      Power and pride go hand in hand.

2.      Many of the problems of larger churches is that church leaders become powerful people.

3.      Denominations have a lot of trouble because of this.

                                                            iii.      Fame

1.      Having people recognize you for how wonderful you are.

2.      Sometimes the singers in a church can struggle with this.

b.      Trials that stop your pursuit of your idols are not troubles in Godís eyes.

c.       Bible Says: ďGodliness with contentment is great gain.Ē (1 Tim 6:6)

                                                               i.      We are to be satisfied with a godly life and our basic needs.

                                                             ii.      Worship God and Him only.

d.      Daniel

                                                               i.      He was content to be whatever God wanted him to be.

                                                             ii.      To Daniel it wasnít a problem when the King said stop praying.

                                                            iii.      He didnít have to desert God and please the King.

                                                           iv.      He knew God would watch over him.

e.       Shadrack, Meshak, and Abednego

                                                               i.      They knew God could protect them from the fiery furnace.

                                                             ii.      But if not, they told the king that they still wouldnít bow to his golden Idol.

f.        If you like Daniel or the Hebrew children have a trial come up that is about who you will worship.

                                                               i.      Then donít feel it is a trouble.

                                                             ii.      It is a trial of your faith.

                                                            iii.      You should be happy to be tried for your faith.

                                                           iv.      And faith will sustain you.

 

II.                How you see yourself

Do your troubles disturb your self-image, self-esteem?

Troubles arenít troubles just because they disturb your pride!

 

a.       Maybe you are troubled because people donít show you enough respect.

b.      You are miserable and unhappy because - -

                                                               i.      You didnít get a raise and recognition at work.

                                                             ii.      You didnít get to teach the SS class you wanted.

                                                            iii.      You wanted a better job, but could only get a job at McDeeís

c.       Romans 12:3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

d.      It will sweep away a lot of peopleís troubles just to see who we are.

                                                               i.      Just who am I?

                                                             ii.      The world doesnít owe me anything!

                                                            iii.      I ought to be happy just to be alive.

e.       The Bible calls this being thankful.

                                                               i.      Phil 4:4Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

                                                             ii.      5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

                                                            iii.      6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

                                                           iv.      7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

III.             How you see your church

Do your troubles stop your service to God?

Philippians 3:13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

a.       Troubles arenít troubles unless they can stop you from serving God.

                                                               i.       

 

b.      Luke 9:23And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

                                                               i.      We must deny many things in our personal life if we are to serve God.

 

c.       Luke 9:57 ∂ And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain [man] said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.Luke 9:58And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air [have] nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay [his] head.

                                                               i.      Jesus didnít even have a home.

                                                             ii.      What would we think if we didnít have a home for our pastor?

 

d.      Luke 9:59And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.Luke 9:60Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

                                                               i.      Some trials have to do with previously assumed duties and obligations.

1.      But Jesus said that those are dead issues in your life if you are called to serve Him.

2.      We need to elevate our service to God.

                                                             ii.      Joseph was suddenly gone from his father and off to Egypt.

1.      He could have wasted years trying to get back to his family in the promised land.

2.      But instead God gave him more important things to do.

3.      To Joseph it could have seemed a great trouble.

4.      But God meant it for good.

                                                            iii.       

 

e.       Luke 9:61And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.Luke 9:62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

                                                               i.      Some trials test your love

                                                             ii.      Peace activists in the 60ís carried banners, ďLove, not War.Ē

                                                            iii.      But soldiers must go to battle and leave their loved ones behind.

                                                           iv.      Can you imagine what it would be like to have ďmercy tripsĒ back to the states for those who are homesick for momma and the kids?

                                                             v.      No!Soldiers have to buck up and do their duty.

IV.              Conclusion

a.       Troubles arenít troubles unless God thinks they are.

b.      Some troubles are because we arenít saved.

c.       Other troubles can be because we arenít faithful to God.

d.      And further troubles can be because God wants us to grow.

 

 

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