Summary: So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God’s hands because... It depends whose hands it’s in.
Theme: CLAIM YOUR BLESSING
Text: James 1: 5-7
Date: February 27, 2k5
Place: FBC Kodiak, Alaska
Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your Heart
Focus: Courageous acts of Claiming
I. WITH CONFIDENCE. Stresses faith in oneself and
one’s power w/out any
suggestion of conceit and arrogance.
How to attain confidence:
A. Experience extreme condition of faith
“it is good to be Christian and you know
it, but it is better to be a Christian and
show it!” -copied
Illus” ..two more aisles -copied
A man observed a woman in the grocery
store with a three year old girl in her basket.
As they passed the cookie section, the little
girl asked for cookies and her mother told her
no. The little girl immediately began to whine
and fuss, and the mother said quietly, "Now
Monica, we just have half of the aisles left to
go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long."
Soon they came to the candy aisle, and the
little girl began to shout for candy. And when
told she couldn’t have any, began to cry. The
mother said, "There, there, Monica, don’t cry--
only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be
When they got to the check-out stand, the
little girls immediately began to clamor for gum
and burst into a terrible tantrum upon
discovering there’d be no gum purchased. The
mother patiently said, "Monica, we’ll be through
this check out stand in 5 minutes and then you
can go home and have a nice nap."
The man followed them out to the parking lot
and stopped the woman to compliment her. "I
couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with
little Monica," he began. Whereupon the mother
said, "I’m Monica .....
my little girl’s name is Tammy."
B. Challenge every detailed circumstances.
C. Never gives up on goal.
whatever God calls us to do, He also makes
possible for us to accomplish! Do not dream
of great achievements, but achieve great
II. WITH HOPE (I TIMOTHY 4: 8-10)… to cherish a
desire with anticipation
“When you say a situation or a person is
hopeless YOU ARE SLAMMING THE DOOR in the
face of God.” (Charles Allen)
“Remove hope from a man and you make him a
beast” (Darnell Neister)
A. Includes Faith (inseparable)
“ feed your faith and doubt will starve to
B. Packed with trust
(transitive verb) to influence the
composition of so as to bring about a
A1. Trusting God (Psalms 91)
“when you have nothing but God,
then you become aware that God is enough”
B1. Trust your people around you
Illus: a fellow wrote to a mail
order house: -copied
“Please send me the engine you show on
page 878, and if it is any good I’ll
send you the check. A week later he
received the reply: “Please send the
check, If it’s any good we’ll send you
“The men who trust God are the men who
can be trusted” -copied
C1. Trust your work.
Persian proverb) “trust God, but tie your
So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God’s hands because... It depends whose hands it’s in.
God bless you all,
Pastor Butch Magsino