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Peace in Troubled Times


Sermon shared by Stephan Brown

May 2002
Summary: Shows the importance of trusting in God to get through uncertain and troubled times. Also shows the specific reasons and ways we can trust in God.
Denomination: Assembly of God
Audience: Believer adults
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remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.”

And I believe this doesn’t just mean temptation as in temptation to sin. I believe that this pertains to every kind of the trial the enemy can put you through. You may not yet see the light at the end of the tunnel. You may not see any hope. But you can trust God’s word when he says that he will show you a way out.

Even on the earth, he will provide a way out for you. But our ultimate release is going to come when he returns to get us like he promised. He’ll take us out of the grip of this world and its troubles forever. And at that time, every unfair trial and circumstance you were put through will be made right.

Job was put through a terrible trial. First, having been rich, he lost all of his possessions. He lost his cattle, his house, and his children. Then Satan cursed him with a terrible sickness. Even his wife advised him to curse God and die. But in that moment, we see the most intense trust of God’s deliverance.

Job 19:25, “"But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. “
Job knew that no matter what he was going through now, he could endure it, because it wouldn’t last forever. As surely as his problem existed, one day his vindicator would stand triumphant.

III. We have what we need.

Jesus further comforted the disciples with his statement, “You know how to get there.” Now the disciples didn’t even think they knew how to get there. They didn’t think they knew the way out of their coming trials. But Christ explained that they knew him and he was the Way. He assured them that he would be sufficient for them. He would be all they needed.

So many times when we’re in a stormy time, it seems that something is missing. That there is something we need to get out. But Jesus said, “You have everything you need, as long as you know me.” And I would like to briefly mention that he’s not talking about knowing About him. He’s not talking about book knowledge. He’s talking about an intimate personal knowledge. He’s talking about the way you know your husband or wife, or your kids or brothers and sisters. This is a knowledge that comes with time and companionship.

And it’s this personal and intimate relationship with Christ that will get you through the hard times. If Christianity is just ritual for you, something you do out of a sense of requirement, then you’re going to give up in the hard times. But if Christianity is for you a very real friendship with the Living Savior of the World, then that relationship will help get you through.

If we return again to the example of Paul with the thorn in his flesh, we see that he said all he needed to get through his trial, to endure through his hardship was the grace of God.

2 Corinthians 12:9a, “Each time he said, "My gracious favor is all you need.”

IV. We’re not left alone. He will send us another Counselor.

This final assurance is, I think, the greatest and most powerful. Jesus was about to leave his disciples. They had known the presence of Christ for 3 ½ years and now there would be no more presence. Surely that thought
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