Sermon Review IX: Trials of Faith

A sermon from Pastor Phil Pringle.

Praise is the atmosphere of triumph in the midst of trial. We should never underestimate the power of praise. In fact, the church should be the house of praise.
In the book of Ruth, Elimelech and his family left Bethlehem Judah (house of bread of praise) and went to Moab. There Elimelech and his two sons died, leaving behind Naomi and the two daughters in law. One of them is Ruth. Naomi planned to return to Bethlehem Judah. There Naomi and Ruth met Boaz.

– Lesson: when we left the house of praise, death comes. But, when we return to the house of God, we meet Jesus again, our Source and Provider.

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It is normal to have trials. If you do not want them, don’t become Christians.

James 1:2,12; 1 Pet 4:12; Rm 5:3

Be happy when trouble comes. Don’t get nervous, instead say, “This is good for me.” When we look back, we will laugh it off. So, if it is gonna be funny later, it is funny now too.
As I go through hardship, I will be equipped for future. Without wilderness, there is no Canaan.
Without trial, my faith can never grow. Sometimes our biggest problem is our biggest opportunity. God does not send trial to weaken me, but to strengthen me.
Life is gonna be tough. It is never easy. Marriage can be hell. Church life can be difficult. Lord Jesus called us to pick up cross and follow Him.
In the midst of trials, we live by promises, not by explanation. Life can be quite a mystery. Hence, we should always trust God.
All kinds of troubles come even if we live righteously, yet God delivers us from them. We just need to be faithful in the midst of temptation of not being faithful.
Even Lord Jesus experienced suffering. Why don’t we? We can endure it through Christ who strengthens us.

What is the purpose of trial?
1.) Patience. Patience is capacity to cope. Impatient people can’t cope much in life. Patient people can bear with life in great attitude for a long time. Trials of faith helps me to have bigger patience. With bigger capacity, I can become bigger person.
2.) Hope. With good character, I can expect good future. Pain trains my character.
3.) Glory. There is glory in my future. It does not have to be glory in heaven. It can be glory I enjoy on earth. Trials are like simulator for my future. David experienced this simulator through killing lions and bears. All that prepared him to face Goliath. Gad always has a plan behind all trials.
4.) Authority to reign in life. Every time I pass through the pain, there is crown of glory in the end.

 

How do I travel through trial?
1.) Keep having faith in God.
2.) Speak God’s word as faith overcomes discouragement.
3.) Keep the vision alive. I keep looking unto Jesus Lord, the Provider of miracle.

Acts 27-28.
Apostle Paul had experienced storms although it was not his fault. Yet, through storm, he started a national revival in Malta.
A snake bit him. Yet, he did not die. That snake bite became an eye-opener for the people around him.
Apostle Paul then healed the sick at Malta and had a chance to evangelize them.

There is always beauty after trial.

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Posted August 14, 2011 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon

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