Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: Describes how that some negative things come to our lives and are not intended to stay, but for the sole purpose that we might be healed and thus bring glory to God!


John 11:1-6

1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.


*** There are two words that we are going to be dealing with today; Faith and Trust.

*** We must believe and trust God

FAITH… — n 1. strong or unshakeable belief in something, esp without proof or evidence

2. a specific system of religious beliefs: the Jewish faith

3. a conviction of the truth of certain doctrines of religion, esp when this is not based on reason.

TRUST… 1.reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.

2. confident expectation of something; hope.

3. confidence in the certainty of future payment.

*** We must have enough faith in God to allow Him to take control of the course of our life.

Illustration: FAITH


There was a man who got lost in the desert. After wandering around for a long time his throat became very dry, about that time he saw a little shack in the distance.

He made his way over to the shack and found a water pump with a small jug of water and a note.

The note read: "pour all the water into the top of the pump to prime it, if you do this you will get all the water you need". Now the man had a choice to make, if he trusted the note and poured the water in and it worked he would have all the water he needed. If it didn’t work he would still be thirsty and he might die. Or he could choose to drink the water in the jug and get immediate satisfaction, but it might not be enough and he still might die. After thinking about it the man decided to risk it. He poured the entire jug into the pump and began to work the handle, at first nothing happened and he got a little scared but he kept going and water started coming out. So much water came out he drank all he wanted, took a shower, and filled all the containers he could find. Because he was willing to give up momentary satisfaction, he got all the water he needed. Now the note also said: after you have finished, please refill the jug for the next traveller.” The man refilled the jug and added to the note: “Please prime the pump, believe me it works”!

*** How faith uncovers the glory of God, (see below)

John 11:40

40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? (KJV)

TRUST… 1.reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.

2.confident expectation of something; hope.

3.confidence in the certainty of future payment.

That means trust Him with these Topics(just to name a few): Discipleship, Leadership Examples, God's Provisions…

For future reference a good scripture to consider is: John 1:1-11:1

Illustration: TRUST

The story is told of a man who was a tight rope walker for the circus, and part of his demonstration was that the first step was to come out, bow to the crowd then climb the tower that was at the end of the rope of which he was going to walk. Then he would proceed to walk across the rope to the other side which was approx. 50 feet across. That in itself impressed the crowd, but the man wanted to go even farther with his ability so he brought out a wheel barrel and not only walked across the rope but, to the crowds amazement proceeded to push the wheel barrel across the rope also. After doing this a few times he asked for a volunteer to sit in the wheel barrel as he pushed it across the rope. But even after seeing him successfully push the wheel barrel across the rope several times, he couldn’t get anyone to become a passenger in his wheel barrel. Would you take a ride in his wheel barrel?

What if that man was Jesus? What if that man was your husband? Your wife, etc…

*** See! trust makes it PERSONAL!

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