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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.

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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

given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after

thee shall any arise like unto thee.

V. MANY SUFFER GREATLY ASSUMING WITH MISPERCEPTIONS ABOUT TRIALS, STORMS AND

TROUBLES... NOTHING CREATES DEEPER ANXIETIES AND WORRY THAN TO THING YOU WILL BE

EXEMPT FROM TESTINGS, TRIALS AND STORMS... IN THIS TRIAL IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY...

A. Perhaps some modern teaching suggest you will have a new car, a big boat and an airplane, you

must be failing if you do not?

James 1:2 (KJV) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

B. Some accept Jesus and EXPECT ALL PROBLEMS TO CEASE OR AT LEAST BE DECREASED?

NOT SO!

James 1:2 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

James 1:2 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity

for great joy.

VI. IT IS SO EASY TO BECOME DISCOURAGED WHEN WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE BATTLE

GOES FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE... THIS IS WAR...

A. IN A FEW DAYS GOD GOT THE PEOPLE OUT OF EGYPT, IT TOOK 40 YEARS TO GET

EGYPT OUT THE PEOPLE.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

B. THE CHILDREN OF ISREAL HAD TO BE LEAD THE EASY WAY BECAUSE THEY FEAR THE

DIRECT ROUTE TO THE PROMISE LAND... THEY DID NOT WANT TO BATTLE...

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