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Profiting From Our Problems

August 30-31, 2014
  1. Introduction
    1. James 1:1-2 (NAS) 1James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.2Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.
  2. Facts About Problems
    1. Problems are inevitable.
      1. James 1:2 (NAS) Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.
      2. John 16:33b (NAS) “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
      3. I Peter 4:12 (NAS) Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.
    2. Problems are not planned.
      1. James 1:2 (NAS) Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.
    3. Problems are diverse.
    4. Problems have a purpose.
  3. The Purpose of Problems
    1. They test and purify our faith
    2. They produce endurance in us
      1. James 1:2-3 (NAS) 2Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
      2. “Endurance” (hupomone) - - “The ability to stay under pressure”
    3. They make us more like Jesus
      1. James 1:4 (NAS) And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
      2. Hebrews 5:8 (NAS) Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
  4. How to Profit From Our Problems
    1. Rejoice
      1. James 1:2 (NAS) Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.
      2. I Thessalonians 5:18 (NAS) In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
      3. Romans 8:28 (NAS) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
      4. The difference is our attitude!
        1. “Consider” (hegomai) - - “To evaluate, to make up your mind, to take a deliberate look at”
      5. Psalm 34:1b (NAS) God’s praise shall continually be in my mouth.
    2. Pray
      1. James 1:5 (NAS) But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
      2. “Wisdom” - - “Seeing life from God’s point of view”
    3. Trust God to know what’s best for my life
      1. James 1:6a (NAS) But he must ask in faith without any doubting.
      2. James 1:12 (NAS) Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
      3. I Peter 5:7 (NAS) Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
  5. Conclusion