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The Truth about trials

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Sermon shared by Ralph Juthman

May 2002
Summary: A sermon about the purpose of trials in our life
Tags: Peace (add tag)
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
TITLE: The Truth About trials
TEXT: James 1:2-12
THEME: trials, faith, believers under test, testings, perseverance
P.S. The Christian does not have to be a victim of his circumstance, but can have victory even in times of trials and testings.


INTRODUCTION:

Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm, Word Publishing, 1991, p. 11.

Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over.

The problems began when Chippie’’s owner decided to clean Chippie’’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. She’’d barely said "hello" when "ssssopp!" Chippie got sucked in.
The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum, and opened the bag. There was Chippie -- still alive, but stunned.

Since the bird was covered with dust and soot, she grabbed him and raced to the bathroom, turned on the faucet, and held Chippie under the running water. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do . . . she reached for the hair dryer and blasted the pet with hot air.

Poor Chippie never knew what hit him.

A few days after the trauma, the reporter who’’d initially written about the event contacted Chippie’’s owner to see how the bird was recovering. "Well," she replied, "Chippie doesn’’t sing much anymore -- he just sits and stares."

It’’s hard not to see why. Sucked in, washed up, and blown over . . . That’’s enough to steal the song from the stoutest heart.

“Sucked in, washed up, and Blown over” That about sums up how many of us feel at times isn’t?
It describes the certainty of trials and feelings of powerlessness that trials bring. An Army Chaplain had a sign on his door that said, “If you have troubles, come in & tell me all about them. If you don’t have troubles, come in & tell me how you do it.”

James reminds us of the reality that even in the Christian life, there are trials and temptations.
However, the Christian does not have to be a victim of his circumstance, but can have victory even in times of trials and testings. James tells us No matter what the trials on the outside, we can experience victory through faith in Christ. How do you respond when Life Deals You A Lemon?……..

There are four essentials for victory in Trials:-
Count - A Joyful Attitude James 1:2
Know -An Understanding Mind James 1:3
Let - A Surrendered Will James 1:4, 9-11
Ask - A Heart that Wants to Believe James 1:5-8

1. Count - A Joyful Attitude James 1:2 Count or consider is an accounting term. It means to take stock of. Consider carefully. Investigate fully. Line up all the numbers them add them all up. What are the things we are to consider?
a. Consider the facts about trials: James does not say if trials come, but when they do come. Expect them! Do not hide your face inn the proverbial sand. Notice that just because you are a believer, you are not exempt. The Proverbs tell us that rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. Satan fights us, the world opposes us and makes this life full of battle!

B. Consider many different trials: James says we face trials of many kinds. This can refer to two things. Firstly, it can refer to types of trials. Emotional trials, trials
Comments and Shared Ideas
David Mortiz
February 8, 2014
To be original is over rated. After all, we are called to be effective, not original.
John Kiddy
April 24, 2013
I spent some miserable early years trying to be original with everything I shared, but have come to a very freeing understanding that we are meant by God to glean from one another. None of us have anything to give that has not been given us...every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights
Harold Goff
April 14, 2012
I am a bivocational Pastor with limited education. I owe it to my congration to deliver the best sermon I can. I agree it should not be used in place of my personal study time ,but it''s Gods word and if its inspirational and will edify my listener''s I use it if I am allowed. I Told the church at the begenning of the sermon when I had borrowed it from another pastor until the Deacon''s came to me and said to stop. I wonder when I hear all the discussion if we should try putting ourselves in the other man''s shoes before we pass judgment
Jose Sanchez
August 18, 2011
As I have pondered the last two comments - I would like to post my personal conviction and that is that the word of God is not copyrighted , therefore what the lord inspires in our heart to write whether for sermon or bible study should not have a copyright. If a person does not want their material used then it should not be posted. There is no plagiarizing when it comes to the teaching and preaching of God''s word -If it will save souls and if it is used for the kingdom then use it for his purpose and Glory. Amen
Charles Blose
February 13, 2009
If you truly beleive in your heart that the word of God is given to each and everyone of us through many different messengers and in many different ways. Let us look through the Bible and read, many times the word of God has been repeated and borrowed from other books. Could the use of Gods word or the use any other educational material be considered plagiarism? Gods word is His word and when we use it are we plagiarizing?
Willem B. Slomp
August 8, 2007
Hi, I am a fellow pastor. I was looking for some ideas for my own sermon. I read this one and liked some of the ideas expressed. However, I ten looked at Wiersbe's commentary and found that most of this sermon was taken directly from him. I don't think that such plagiarism is ethical. god bless. Bill Slomp

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