Message: “God I think We have a Problem” from Pastor Joe

Joe Summers - April 26, 2020

God I think We have a Problem

God I Think We have a Problem Lesson Objective: To try and understand why we have problems and how best to deal with the problems Scripture: John 16: 33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Complete Book of Job Introduction When people would ask Charlie to pray for them, he would respond by praying for more problems for the person. He would say that he got more letters from people asking him to stop praying for them. Why Why Why did he pray for he and others to have more problems—that is the lesson for today Why do we have problems? Gain Perseverance James 1:1-4 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Suffering for Christ Sake 1 Peter 4: 12-14 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you Sometimes we cause our own problems Jonah 1: But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. Look at our own lives and see what problems we had or presently have because of something that we did or did not do. What percentage of our problems is caused by us? Sometimes it is so we can be a blessing to others John 6: 1-6 Christ had a problem with a lot of people and very little food Paul had a problem Acts 9:9  He could not see Job had problems He lost his children and his health How to deal with the problems Embrace the problem and be thankful Philippians 4:4 Share with others—It is said that when you share the problem you now only have half and when you rejoice in the solution you now have double happiness Charlie Tremendous Quote “Embrace your problems because sometime in the future, you’re going to cross paths with someone going through the exact same thing and you just might be able to impart some compassion or insights to them. It’s not about you; it’s about using what you’ve been through to help others and to grow as an individual. No one is ever successful being a victim. But if you look at your trials as a godsend, I guarantee you sometime in the future you’ll make a positive impact on someone who desperately needs it, including yourself.”  

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