The secret to enduring trials

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    Here are the notes from last Sunday Evening’s message........




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    July 24, 2011 -THE SECRET TO ENDURING TRIALS-
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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES James 1:5-8
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    Tonight’s message....is in direct response to last weeks message:
    (About the trials and troubles........we will experience in life:)
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    And it continues to give us instructions...on how to fulfill God’s desire for us:
    While we are going through life’s trials:
    (The Lord wants us to........rejoice during trials!)
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    LETS READ THE TEXT James 1:5-8
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    The place of “Faith”......when it comes to enduring trials!
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    V.5A “If any of you lack wisdom,”
    -UNDERSTANDING “WHY”.....THIS IS HAPPENING TO US-
    (This is a question the Lord...”wants to answer”:)
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    But we need to be willing...to accept “His answer”!
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    V.5B “let him ask of God,”
    -THE LORD’S DOOR.....IS ALWAYS OPEN “TO US”-
    (For us to come before His throne:)
    And ask Him.....for help and guidance;
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    But sometimes His answers come slowly:
    As a test of our faith!
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    V.5C “that giveth to all [men] liberally,”
    -THE LORD’S DESIRE......TO GIVE US LIGHT-
    (He wants us to understand what is happening:)
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    But He want’s us to....”learn the answer”:
    Rather than just....”be told the answer”!
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    And learning the answer...takes time!
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    V.5D “and upbraideth not;”
    -HE WILL NEVER REPROVE US....FOR ASKING QUESTIONS-
    (Because asking questions....demonstrates a good attitude:)
    Because we are still wanting to know the truth:
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    It’s those who stop asking questions:
    Who are really in trouble!
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    V.5E “and it shall be given him.”
    -THE LORD HAS PROMISED......TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS-
    (But His answers might not come immediately:)
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    -ONE CONDITION........TO GETTING THESE ANSWERS-
    (We will get them.....in “God’s time”:)
    Not our’s!
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    -THE LORD’S GUARANTEE....TO ALL HUMANITY-
    (Everyone....will be told everything....in the end:)
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    The trick is...to learn the truth...about what life is all about:
    On this side of eternity!
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    V.6A “But let him ask in faith,”
    -THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO RECEIVE ANSWERS.........FIRST-
    (Are those.......who ask in faith:)
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    -THE LORD WANTS US.......TO KEEP ASKING HIM QUESTIONS-
    The more & longer....we keep asking “Him” for answers:
    The more we are demonstrating our faith:
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    Because we are going to “Him”.....for answers!
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    V.6B “nothing wavering.”
    -WHAT TRUE FAITH........IS ALL ABOUT-
    (It's all about....who we are trusting in:)
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    (1)(Trusting that God...is Who He says He is:)
    (2)(And that He is in “complete control”:)
    (3)(Then not doubting his promises!)
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    -THREE EXAMPLES OF....BEING BLESSED....BY NOT “WAVERING”-
    (And simply trusting the Lord:)
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    Note: 3 places this same Greek word is used.........
    (1) When Peter went to Cornelius’ house.....Acts 10:20
    (“Doubting nothing”/not wavering)
    (2) Abraham was promised a son.....Romans 4:20
    (He “staggered not”/didn’t waver)
    (3) And when life’s mountains are moved.....Mark 11:23
    (Not “doubting in his heart”/not wavering)
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    V.6C “For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea”
    -THE UNSETTLED LIFE......OF UNBELIEF-
    (Never having an assurance...about anything:)
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    You can’t be sure about anything....when your filled with unbelief!
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    V.6D “driven with the wind”
    -THE CONFUSED LIFE.......OF UNBELIEF-
    (Going in whatever direction the wind is blowing:)
    By following every wind of Doctrine...that comes along:
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    While never getting any “real answers” in life!
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    V.6E “and tossed.”
    -THE END RESULT......OF UNBELIEF-
    (It's long term effects:)
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    (1) (Being up in the air about....”everything”:)
    (2) (Being absolutely sure about.....”nothing”:)
    (3) (Being the kind of people...who will fall for...”anything”!)
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    V.7A “For let not that man think”
    -THE LORD DOESN’T WANT US.....TO DECEIVE OURSELVES-
    (Thinking that we are right....when we aren’t:)
    And being surprised....when we stand before Him:
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    A lot of Christians....will be ashamed at this time.......
    Qt. 1John 2:28 "And now, little children....”
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    V.7B “that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
    -THE LORD......WANTS US TO SEE THE TRUTH ABOUT OURSELVES-
    (So that we can repent:)
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    Before it’s.....”eternally too late”!
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    V.8A “A double minded man”
    -THE RESULT OF NOT BEING....GROUNDED IN THE TRUTH-
    (We won’t know what to ask for:)
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    ➀Because one part of us....will want the Lord:
    ➁While the other part of us....will want the world!
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    So we just won’t ask the Lord for anything!
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    V.8B “[is] unstable in all his ways.”
    -THIS WILL EFFECT......EVERY PART OF YOUR LIFE-
    (Causing you to be totally unreliable:)
    To the LORD....or anyone else:
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    The Church is filled with these kinds of people!
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