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Joy in Trials?

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Delivered By
Bro Kevin Murray
Delivered On
October 26, 2016
Central Passage
James 1:2-8


You have to listen for the directions of God.

Each day is different. Some days are full of trials and tribulations. Other days, everything seems to go your way.

We question God in times of trouble and many times we demand an explanation from God.

At our worst times, the devil will slip in and use your current trials to place blame on God.

The devil desires to destroy the relationship between you and God.

The devil causes us to question God about His:

  • whereabouts
  • reasons
  • purpose
  • love for us
  • goodness
  • time frame for deliverance

Through all of your trials, God is with you if you trust Him. (Ref vss Deut 4:31; 14:27; 31:6; Josh 1:5; I Kings 8:57; I Chron 28:20, Nehemiah 9:31; Hebrews 13:5)

We cannot hold our earthly possessions as more important than God.

If God asked you to let go of something of this world, something you hold precious, would you give it up?

Do you trust God to provide something better in turn?

Are you allowing your possessions to replace God (money, fame, career, etc.)?

You must allow God to have control. He has control in all situations. He has been in control and is still in contro;l.

God's Word has a direct purpose. God is always there to hear what we have to say.

We have to work at our relationship with God. 

We cannot be ashamed of God. Paul tells the Romans in Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Jesus tells us in Mark 8:38, "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." (Ref vs Luke 9:26)

Do not be ashamed to talk about God. 

What you are going through, someone has gone through before and someone will go through it in the future. 

Perserverance through trials allows us to witness to others who experience trials themselves.

God can change the outcome of any situation.

God's plan is 100% perfect, until we add our own two cents worth and mess it up.

When you give your problem to God, don't try to continue fixing the problem, don't try and give your input anymore.

GOD is the great I AM. In His Word, God tells us, "I AM..." the:

  • bread of life (John 6:35, 48, 51)
  • light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5)
  • door (John 10:7, 9)
  • good shepherd (John 10:11, 14)
  • true vine (John 15:1)
  • way, truth, life (John 14:6)
  • resurrection (John 11:25)
  • alpha and omega (Revelation 1:8, 11; 21:6; 22:13)
  • first and the last (Revelation 1:11, 17; 2:8, 19; 22:13)

God is in control and leading each of us. We have to let go, have trust and faith in Him.



From the Pastor

   "Freedom Worship Center"

Our foundation is laid upon the principles of biblical holiness. Even before the church experienced the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, it's roots were set in the holiness revival of the past century.  It was and is, a holiness church--holiness in fact and holiness in name. The passing of 18 years has not diminished our holiness position or convictions. The years have, instead, strengthened our knowledge that without holiness it is impossible to please God. We hereby remind ourselves that the Scriptures enjoin us at all times to examine our own hearts. Conditions of our day desperately require it. The basic doctrines of the church have remained constant since the inception of the church."

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