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40/7- 'Sup with That?40/7IF God loves meJob + Health + RelationshipGodLoves Me IFWhy?Moralism!He's punishing me

He's punishing me

(Jesus took all our punishment)

I'm not good enough

I'm not good enough

(Good luck with that!)

That's not fair, God!(Who saidGod is fair?)

That's not fair, God!Every hardship is an Opportunity to

Grow in your faithAnd become what you were Created to be

What you don't get to choose:

What you get to choose:

Your ResponseDetermines God's activity

In your life

4 3 Reasons:

- Trial- Discipline- Circumstances of Life

17Where we gonna get grub?

Where we gonna get grub?

Jesus said this to test him, for he knew what he would do- John 6:6

Worried, scared of the crowdAnxious about what to do

Worried, scared of the crowdAnxious about what to do

Jesus said this to test him, for he knew what he would do- John 6:6

Peirazo- tempt, try, test

Peirazo- tempt, try, test

Satan: tempt with the goalof causing failure and sin

Peirazo- tempt, try, test

God: Test with the goal ofCausing the Growth Of your Faith

5,000 Fed with 5 + 2Disciples Learn:

Things are toughWe're in need

Jesus has got this!

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds

Peirazo!

for you know that the testing (proving) of your faith produces steadfastness.

And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.The trial contains a gift,An opportunity to become

What you wish you were

Careful:

Shortcut the process

Complain my way through it

Don't turn it into a"Poor me!"

Don't get bitterGod may not have caused itBut the trial is evidence

That God is workingIn your lifeDon't miss the blessingBecause you're busy

Cussing the problem

Marriagenot fair!If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith- James 1:2-6

Your ResponseDetermines your blessing

Don't curse what God is using to blessEvery hardship is an Opportunity to

Grow in your faithAnd become what you were Created to be

IF you choose to Respond in faith3 Reasons:

- Trial- Discipline- Circumstances of Life

43The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?If you are not disciplinedand everyone undergoes disciplinethen you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.

Proof of God's love

Which Parent?

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it- Hebrews 12:6-11Options

- Ignore- Get angry- Justify

Options

- Ignore- Get angry- Justify

Seek, Confess, Repent, Grow

it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by itWillful, ongoing sinGod needs to weed it out

- Conviction- Messages- Discipline

Continued to lie to customersCustomer came back angry

Threatened to sueLost job

Repented instead of ignoring

Hardship= Search Heart3 Reasons:

- Trial- Discipline- Circumstances of Life

57Creation:

Idyllic

Fall:

Cain kills Abel

Fall:

Cain kills Abel

What did Abel do wrong?Is that fair?

Affected by The Fall:

Free WillNatureHealth

As Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.

And his disciples asked him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?

Moralism

Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him"Not everything that happens Has a Spiritual reason

But everything that happensHas the potential for Divine Purpose

Jesus spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud and said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam

So he went and washed and came back seeing- John 9:1-3, 6-7Who sinned?

No specific sin

But Circumstances of LifeIn a Fallen world

Circumstances of LifeCreates Opportunity

For God to Show UpBased on our ResponseEvery hardship is an Opportunity to

Grow in your faithAnd become more like What you were Created to be

I can't control:

Their behaviorNature's brokennessMy own Fallenness

But I can choose my response

- God's not punishing you

- God's not punishing you

- It's not about being Good enough

- God's not punishing

- It's not about being Good enough

- God is absolutely unfair

For many of us

Hard times are how we Come to know Jesus