PROBLEMS, PATIENCE, AND PERFECTIONS.
“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 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.”
James 1:1-5 KJV
Q: Who has problems?
Man has always had problems.
Will they depress or defeat us?
Why do we have problems?
Do we cause our own problems?
Do others cause problems?
Does the devil cause problems?
Or does God send them?
The world is sinful, and sin is a problem. Sin brings pain and suffering.
We as believers can handle problems. Through Jesus.
Barriers can become blessings.
Hinderances can become helps.
Turn your problem over to God.
He will help you through.
Even the New Testament people had troubles.
We still face some of the same problems.
Regardless, we have hope.
Remember that God will not put you under more then you can bear, But He provides a way of escape. He know what it take to make you better.
When you have problems, learn to develops patience.
When all this stuff happens in life we need to just trust in God to see us through.
Stick it out and don't run off. Count it all joy. It is making you better.
Iron sharpens iron. Tribulation works patience. Good things come to those that wait.
They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength and mount up on wings like eagles.
When you are going through life's trials let the situation grow your faith.
Be mature in the Lord. Facing a problem can strengthen us. God does not allow problems to come to us to destroy us. He is not giving you a hard time. Stop asking why is God laying troubles your way. He is not trying to develop us.
Q: Do you want God to strengthen you?
The world wants it NOW!
Miracles happen where there is need.
Hang on stand fast and don't waver.
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 10:22
Praising God will bring you through.
When there is no place to turn, turn towards God.
Don't give up on the brink of a miracle.
God will help you because He loves you.
David said "I have never seen the righteous forsaken."
The word perfection refers to maturity.
Greek word for perfect used here in James.
Part of Speech: adjective
Outline of Biblical Usage:
brought to its end, finished
wanting nothing necessary to completeness
that which is perfect
consummate human integrity and virtue
of men full grown, adult, of full age, mature
Strong's Definitions: τέλειος téleios, tel'-i-os; from G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness:—of full age, man, perfect.
We need to be mature in the Lord.
It takes growth.
Have you ever met a perfect person?
Do you want to be perfect?
You may not be who you were, but you can become who God wants you to be.
“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:17-21
Q: Is there a sore spot in your life from which you cannot escape?
Q: Have you been hurt?
Q: Has someone done you wrong?
There are times in our life that we need forgiveness.
There are also times we need to forgive.
The way to release and heal from hurt is FORGIVENESS.
Stop carrying around the baggage of wrongs done to you. Its heavy and will run you down.
Revenge will not make you feel better; instead it adds guilt to the burden.
"I don't get mad I get even." Have you ever heard that? That's a bunch of baloney, don't avenge yourself. Let God take care of it. We could stop a lot of problems if we would just turn it over to the Lord. People say they forgive, but not forget.
“And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
The devil don’t:
The devil will do whatever he can to push you away from God. He will remind you of stuff you did years ago. Don't mix what the devil is saying with conviction. It may be God helping you mend past offenses. Yes he has forgiven you, but if you feel like you need to make things right, go do it.
There was a man who got saved, when he was praying at the altar, he was always reminded of a wrench he stole from his boss. He could not break through. Every time he only saw an image of that wrench in his head. He prayed and saw the wrench. He went and found the wrench and brought it back to his old boss. He said every time I get down to pray I see this wrench. He told his old boss he was a Christian and needed to return what he had taken. “I have to make it right.” The next time he went to pray he was filled with the Holy Ghost.
Q: What did Jesus tell his followers to go and do?
“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Matthew 10:8 Give forgiveness, it was free to you from Jesus.
WATCH YOUR TONGUE.
We need to watch what we say when we are on the way home. Some people have roasted pastor on the way home. We complain about the singing, the length, the message, the guy didn't even shake my hand. We gripe all the way home.
Most Christians are hurt by people in the church by church people. This causes people to backslide and leave the church. People find fault in other members and are quick to talk about it.
“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
Q: What are we to do when we come to the place in our life that we know we need to be forgiven?
Q: How are we supposed to forgive people, and how are we supposed to be forgiven?
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Jesus paid for your forgiveness on the cross.
We are all human; we need to try to get a message across without hurting people. Don't hurt, mock, snub, or scorn people. Instead tell people about the love of Jesus.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
He’s all I want
He’s all I want
Jesus is all I want
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Jesus is all I want
DEALING WITH BITTERNESS.
Neither give place to the devil...
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV
Q: Have you ever known someone who was bitter?
Q: Do you know someone bitter towards God?
Q: Do have bitterness towards anyone?
You can be bitter at a parent, bitter towards a child, bitter towards a church member, bitter at your boss; this world is full of bitterness. People Are so easily offended today and the result is bitterness. It is a dangerous thing, bitterness can destroy. Small things can creep into our lives and cause us to get upset over the situation. It is like a thorn feasting under the skin. Dig it out and let God heal you.
Q: What is bitterness? A: Perceived sin.
Q: What makes you bitter? A: When we think someone has sinned against us.
Someone has done us wrong…
That's when we harbor resentment, and that turns into bitterness. We wait for an apology and when it does not come, we can get bitter. When we were in the world we got bitter, what about now that you are a Christian? Are you still getting bitter? It is time that we pray that God will help you get rid of that junk.
You can forgive someone even if they don't say sorry.
5 CHARACTERISTICS OF BITTERNESS:
1- Bitterness remembers details.
We remember the little things and can't shake what happened in the past. Every word, the tone, the place, the event, the time, you remember it all. You have reviewed it over and over.
Your day starts with "Good morning Mr. Bitterness."
Stop playing that song over and over and over again.
2- Bitterness brings obsession.
It's everywhere you look. It becomes part of your life. You become obsessed with all the details of the thing that happened. Sometimes some parts become exaggerated.
Stop talking about it.
3- Bitterness will drag you down.
Harboring bitterness will drag down your spiritual life, and physical life. You will get to church and not feel like praising God. You instead will sit and think about what that person did to you.
It might be time to be a fruit inspector. Inspect the fruit that you are bearing. What fruit of the spirit are you not showing. Or.... Are you showing the works of the flesh?
Stop acting like you have been sinned against.
4- Bitterness is most likely towards those closest to you.
You wife, husband, friends, relatives, co workers, those that are near you. It most often happens in your own family. If you are not careful you can become bitter. It is seldom towards those that are outside our contact zone. You need to pray every day and tell the devil to leave you alone.
Stop giving place to the devil.
5- Bitterness can be over a small thing.
When a small thorn gets under your skin it can be a big problem if you don't deal with it.
A little bit of garbage can stink up the entire house. Stepping on a little Lego, bear-foot, can cause great pain. Stubbing your toe can take you out. Take out the trash. Watch where you are going. Dig out the thorn.
Stop focusing on the event that caused the bitterness.
Have you ever been bitter towards someone?
Are you still bitter now?
Take some time to pray and ask God to show you where bitterness has crept into your hear and ask him to clean your heart and replace it with love.
Message by Pastor Lewis Cushman
St.Cloud Church of God.
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