Summary: Seasons of testing are neither good or bad, they are neutral. It is how we handle these situations... We need toUNDERSTAND: to know meaning or know how, to grasp, to be familiar, to achieve, this test is an opportunity for promotion.
UNDERSTAND BAIT? TRY TO UNDERSTAND TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS...
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I. LET US DEFINE SOME TERMS WE NEED TO DEVELOP:
Seasons of test are neither good or bad, they are neutral. It is how we handle these situations...
A. UNDERSTAND: to know meaning or know how, to grasp, to be familiar, to achieve,
B. TRIAL: A SOURCE OF VEXATION, to test for value for a period of time,
to test the value, quality, or usefulness; to test one's abilities to do something; to check out
performance; putting to proof; examination to determine, A TEST OF FAITH, PATIENCE, OR STAMINA,
TO SUBJECT TO SUFFERING OR TEMPTATION,
C. TEMPTATION: a strong urge or desire to do something, enticement, lure,
D. TROUBLE: worried, anxious, concerned, Problems or difficulties, distress,
E. TO AGIGATE MENTALY, PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUALLY, to confuse, complain,
To make someone worried, upset or bothered, to cause pain,
F. STORMS: to attack something,
a situation in which one becomes, angry, upset, or bothered, a disturbance, agitated state,
occurrence of something in a differing amount,
G. BAIT: a trap in order to attract, to try and make someone angry.
II. DO WE REALIZE GOD IS SEARCHING FOR PEOPLE THAT WILL PRACTICE UNDERSTANDING...
A. THERE ARE SOME TRAITS THE FATHER DESIRES US TO DEVELOP AND GROW...
Psalm 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were
any that did understand, and seek God.
B. Those that have understanding applies great effort to KEEP GOD'S WORD.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they
that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
III. MANY ARE SATISFIED TO STAY THE SAME AND NEVER GROW, THERE ARE NO EXCUSES...
GOD GIVES A FREE GIFT TO THOSE THAT ARE STABLE IN SEEKING...
A. Are you like a horse or a mule in understanding?
Psalm 32:9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must
be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
B. God's tender mercy plan is GIVE WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, the question is:
DO YOU WANT UNDERSTANDING?
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth
not; and it shall be given him.
C. Understanding and wisdom require EFFORT and for one to apply themselves...
Understanding is not AUTOMATIC...
Proverbs 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
IV. SOLOMON IS AT A DANGEROUS JUNCTION IN HIS LIFE... LOOK WHAT HE DESIRES?
A. SOLOMON IS YOUNG AND KNOWS HE NEEDS HELP.
1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern
between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
B. GOD IS PLEASED WITH SOLOMON'S REQUEST...
1 Kings 3:11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself
long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked
for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have