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Summary: A series of questions and narrative answers using both contemporary biography and the story of how Jesus dealt with difficulties and trials.

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Text: Luke 4

Title: Deal With It? How?

Topic: Christian Living

Theme: Living with Difficulties & Trials

Purpose: to be the Holy Spirit’s second witness encouraging God’s people in my care to deal with difficulties and trials as Jesus did.

Response: Individuals will commit themselves to using the same spiritual resources Jesus used as He confronted temptation, rejection, oppression and the expectations of others.

Pattern: A series of questions and narrative answers using both contemporary biography and the story of how Jesus dealt with difficulties and trials.

Visual Aid: A White Board or overhead projector to list the resources Jesus used to deal with His difficulties.

HAVE YOU EVER STARTED TO TELL SOMEONE ABOUT YOUR DIFFICULTIES ONLY TO HAVE THEM CUT YOU OFF WITH “JUST DEAL WITH IT!”? DID YOU WANT TO SAY, “DEAL WITH IT HOW?”

HAVE YOU EVER FACED TEMPTATION?

1) Jana Goetz did. She was an experienced nurse who had just switched jobs. The change had been a long time coming. Jana was excited to join up with two doctors whom she had worked previously. She was back with "family"; she had come home. Her first evening at the clinic a young mother came with her 18-month-old son. He needed his final shot for a routine immunization; his mother came for a physical. Both patients were new to the clinic.

Jana gave the boy his shot, and his mother took him back to the waiting room, where his sister and grandmother sat. The mother then went back to the room for her physical. When Jana went to record the vaccination on the boy’s chart, she noticed that the seal on the vial inside her lab coat was unbroken. Quickly Jana realized that she had given the boy the wrong vaccine. She had given him a shot from a different vial -- a routine vaccination for children, but the boy had already completed that series of shots months earlier.

Jana said she gasped when she realized her mistake and then went into shock, physically numbed by the fierceness of what raged within. Here is the sequence of her thoughts, according to her own story:

"No one will ever know. No harm done."

"I can’t tell the doctor."

"This is my first day on the job."

"The doctor will think I’m incompetent."

"It can’t hurt him, can it?"

"It doesn’t hurt to be immunized twice for the same thing."

"But he needs the right vaccine."

"What will the mother say?"

"But I will always know, and so will God."

Meanwhile, the doctor was examining the boy’s mother. Jana weakly paced outside the room.

When the doctor walked out of the room, Jana told him her mistake, almost vomiting her confession. "Whoa. Let me think about this for a moment," he said. After a few moments, he walked back in the room, told the mother what happened, and asked her to schedule another time for her child’s immunization. Jana’s anxiety released, she was now free.

Citation: Dave Goetz, author and editor, ChurchLeadersOnline.com © 2001 PreachingToday.com / Christianity Today, Inc.

2) Jesus was tempted too (Luke 4:1-12).

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.


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