2 Chronicles 20:1-2
The Moabites, Ammonites, and some Meunites came to start a war with Jehoshaphat. Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A large army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea.” (NCV)

2 Chronicles 20:3-4
Jehoshaphat was afraid, so he decided to ask the LORD what to do. He announced that everyone in Judah should fast during this special time of prayer to God. The people of Judah came together to ask the LORD for help. (NCV)

2 Chronicles 20: 6
LORD, God of our ancestors, you are the God in heaven. You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. You have power and strength, so no one can stand against you. (NCV)

2 Chronicles 20: 7
God, you forced out the people who lived in this land as your people Israel moved in. And you gave this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham. (NCV)

2 Chronicles 20: 9
If trouble comes upon us, or war, punishment, sickness, or hunger, we will stand before you and before this Temple where you have chosen to be worshiped. We will cry out to you when we are in trouble. Then you will hear and save us.’ (NCV)

1: State your problem.

2 Chronicles 20: 10-11
But now here are men from Ammon, Moab, and Edom…They have come to force us out of your land. (NCV)

2: Admit your inability.

2 Chronicles 20: 12
We have no power against this large army that is attacking us. (NCV)

3: Focus on God and wait for his voice.

2 Chronicles 20: 12-13
We don’t know what to do, so we look to you for help.” All the men of Judah stood before the LORD with their babies, wives, and children. (NCV)

4: Receive the Lord’s instruction.

2 Chronicles 20:14-17
The Spirit of the LORD came upon one of the men standing there…He said, “This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. But you will not even need to fight…Stand still and watch the LORD’s victory…Do not be afraid or discouraged…for the LORD is with you!” (NCV)

5: Go out with worship leading the way.

2 Chronicles 20: 21
The king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor…“Give thanks to the LORD; his faithful love endures forever!” (NCV)

2 Chronicles 20: 22-23
At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting…and attacking each other. (NCV)

 

 

A.W. Tozer quote: If God knows that your intention is to worship him with every part of your being, He has promised to cooperate with you. On his side are love and grace, the promises and the atonement, the constant help and the presence of the Holy Spirit. On our side there is determination, seeking, yielding, believing…There really is no argument. We know what God wants us to be. He wants us to be worshipers!

John 4:21-24
Jesus said, “Believe me, woman. The time is coming when neither in Jerusalem nor on this mountain will you actually worship the Father…The time is coming when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, and that time is here already. You see, the Father too is actively seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Luke 19:10
The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.

 

Three proofs of God’s perfect, unilateral, and unconditional love for us:

  1. God proved His love for us while we were helpless, ungodly, sinners

  2. God proved His love for us in a way that far exceeds human love

  3. God proved His love for us through the death of Christ

A.W. Tozer quote: What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.

Revelation 1: 9
I, John…was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus.

Revelation 1: 10 (NIV)
on the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard a loud voice behind me that sounded like a trumpet.

Revelation 1: 11-20
“Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” 12I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. 17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. 19“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Revelation 4: 1 (NCV)
I looked and saw a door that opened into heaven. Then the voice that had spoken to me at first and that sounded like a trumpet said, “Come up here! I will show you what must happen next.

2 Corinthians 4: 17-18
we have small troubles for a while but…we set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.

Revelation 4: 2 (NCV)
immediately I was in the spirit, and before me was a throne in heaven, and someone was sitting on it.

Revelation 4: 8-11 (NCV)
Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. He was, he is, and he is coming.” These living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever. Then the twenty-four elders bow down before the One who sits on the throne, and they worship him who lives forever and ever. They put their crowns down before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, because you made all things. Everything existed and was made, because you wanted it.”

 

 

 

Five reasons that Christians can confidently rejoice in their tribulations:

  1. Because tribulation isn’t purposeless

  2. Because tribulation produces perseverance

  3. Because tribulation produces proven character

  4. Because tribulation produces hope

  5. Because tribulation is an opportunity to be assured of God’s love

 

 


EIGHT REASONS FOR SUFFERING AND TRIALS:

  1. To display the work of God

John 9:1-3 1As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

 

  1. To reveal His comfort and Grace so that we might comfort others

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

 

  1. To prove and perfect our faith

James 1:2-4 2Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

 

  1. For shaping us

Romans 5:3-543And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

 

  1. For our spiritual strengthening

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 7Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

1 Peter 5:10-11  10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

 

  1. For disciplining unrepentant sin and producing holiness

Proverbs 3:11-12  11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

 

Hebrews 12:7–117 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

 

  1. Ultimately we know our suffering is for our good

Romans 8:28 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 

  1. Sometimes We Just Don’t know Why

Job never knew why he suffered…yet in the end he trusted God’s perfect ways.

 

Job 40:1–41 Then the Lord said to Job, 2 “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.” 3 Then Job answered the Lord and said, 4 “Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth.

John 4: 23-24
the time is coming when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, and that time is here already. You see, the father too is actively seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

1 Peter 2: 4-5
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Deuteronomy 10: 8
At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister and to pronounce blessings in his name, as they still do today.

Psalm 84: 10
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psalm 150: 2
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his magnificent greatness.

Genesis 2:7
GOD formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul!

Colossians 1:16
All things were created by him and for him.

Acts 17:22-23
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.

Psalm 115:9
People who make idols will be like them, and so will those who trust them.

Psalm 42: 1-2
As a deer thirst for streams of water, so I thirst for you, God. I thirst for the living God. When can I go to meet with him?

Matthew 6:33 NKJV
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 7:7 NKJV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Here are some mindsets we have to change:

1: I already know what I’m going to do. (Thinking you are in control and that you know everything)

2: This is what I’ve always done. (Bondage to the perceived safety of comfort and routine)

3: This is what is socially acceptable. (This is what other expect of me, I’m just going to do what my friends are doing)

Scripture references that you can look up later:

Deuteronomy 8:7-20
Proverbs 3:5-6
James 5:10-11

How to stay on track: What to do in moments of decision?

1: Seek God First – Determine to give God the opportunity to work things out.2:


2: Listen to God – Pray and expect to receive His answer.


3: Follow God’s Leading – Apply God’s answer to your life.

 

Four blessings that we possess through faith in Jesus:

  1. We are justified

  2. We have peace with God

  3. We stand in God’s grace

  4. We have joyful confidence in the future

2 Corinthians 7: 9-10
Yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended…Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Godly sorrow—Repentance—Salvation

Worldly Sorrow—Remorse—Spiritual Death

We tend to accuse others and excuse ourselves.

Isaiah 5: 20
Woe to those who call evil good.

Romans 3: 23
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

God is holy and sin separates us from Him.

There is a difference between remorse and repentance.

Rationalizing your sin is the first sign your heart is growing cold toward God.

We are going to confess quickly and repent wholeheartedly.

1 John 1: 9
If we confess our sins, (God) is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Matthew 5: 4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Romans 2: 4
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

 

 

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