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Why Does God Allow Trials in the Life of the Believer? - I

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January 2, 2020 3:33 pm

Why Does God Allow Trials in the Life of the Believer? - I

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January 2, 2020 3:33 pm

It’s a question that’s been asked countless times: why does God allow us to go through trials? Is there even an answer? Pastor Greg Laurie says, yes there is! Thursday on A NEW BEGINNING, get insight on the purpose behind the trials we all face, and strength to go through them.

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The following message from Pastor Greg Laurie is made possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God, to find out how to know God personally go to know God.org KNOW know God.org he would you do me a favor sure this message was someone who needs to hear it when we go Google part one of these. The difficulty growing Christian right soils in your life you will grow spiritually.

There is a silver lining to the dark cloud of trial, Pastor Greg Laurie helps us recognize their benefits from the realm of theory to reality of being the real world trials, make us strong for God's children.

What is use that power to spirit somebody about it's easy to have not so easy to find this answer.

That's what were so glad you joined us for today's addition of a new beginning.

Pastor Greg Laurie tackles the question you get some solid straightforward biblical insight on trials this past year's most requested studies that every believer needs the way in their life, no matter if there brand-new Christian wrote the normal Lord for decades. Certain things that you never move beyond certain things you never outgrow if you want to make progress as a Christian. So let's quickly review what we've seen in the will to get the work topic before us number one if you want to be a growing Christian you must read and study and love God's word.

Joshua 18 says this book of the law shall not depart from your mouth. You shall meditate in it day and night.

Julie observed to do according to all that is written in it and then you'll have good success.

The wise man of Psalm one. The happy man of him. It says happy is the man that doesn't walk in the counsel of the ungodly, or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of the scornful is the lie is in the law of the Lord. Or we could just as easily say the word of God, and in it does the meditate day and night number two if you want to be a growing Christian, you need to have a prayer life Bible tells us that we are to pray without ceasing, for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ concerning you. I mean, it's great to have a time of prayer in your days somewhere, but it's also a great thing to understand that you can pray anywhere any time in any posture, so we need to be an attitude of prayer. Number three if you want to be a growing Christian you must be actively involved in the church.

You're just talking to make it as a solo Christian. I member after I became a believer, I wasn't really sure if I wanted to go to church and I said to couple of my friends and I think I'm just going to cannot do this all on my own.

It just like me and God, okay, but I found a pretty quickly that I needed other Christians in my life and as you mature you'll find that other Christians need to as well listen you need the church and the church needs you and the Bible commands us to go to church and not just to attend but to be a functioning part of it is 1025 says of consider one another to store each other up the Levengood words not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as a matter of some is my brother exhorting and encouraging one another so much more.

As we see the deal. The Lord approached so let's say you're doing all of these things, but you don't see much change in your life. Listen, it takes time to grow spiritually.

It doesn't happen overnight to pull up a chair in front of the Peachtree and just fold your arms and stare at the peach. You can sit there for a week and say there is been no growth whatsoever.

But if someone were to come and visit that tree, one we can come back a week later or two weeks later they would notice the growth sometimes when you're up close and personal don't see it. Sometimes in your own life, you might say no, I don't really see that much growth in my life as a follower of Christ that I don't really think I've changed that much but sometimes the best way to find out if you're growing spiritually is well if you're married, ask your spouse they'll tell you or even people that are close to the scene when I've actually seen changes in you, you're not the same person you used to be, but it does take time and some people grow faster than other people or so would would seem, it just me patient. It takes time to grow spiritually but then sometimes when you're doing all the right things, you may come to a moment in your life when you don't feel God's presence like you did at first.

Some of the pastors from our church and I were out at lunch. Just the other day in and this server is waited on us a number of times. She's very nice and will chitchat with Erin and usually just a light conversation and so she brought Arbela and she said I was serious question for you guys.

We said yes she said one of the service times of your church. We said brother, eight, 10 and 12 on Sunday.

She said good because I'm coming to church this Sunday and I when I commit my life to Jesus and I said to her, no you're not coming to do it Sunday. You're doing it right here right now and she slapped me across the face.

No see the guy to do that which is anyone by the way, but I really felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to do that.

You're doing it right here right now. She says here is it absolutely right here. Let's pray only doing a prayer that she just bowed her head and pray and committed her life to Christ was so fantastic and after she preaches to feel better.

I feel different now come to church Sunday is newly committed Christian, but that's a wonderful thing that does happen when we come to Christ. There often are emotions connected to it could fall company of you had kind of an emotional experience. When you pray then asked Jesus to come in your leveraging County. We did not have an emotional experience for you at the gate by the we are not second-class citizens in category number two because to the point, I had no emotional response when I prayed and asked Christ in my life and because of that, I concluded it must not work for me but of course.

Fortunately, I realize later that it wasn't about my emotions.

It was about faith in what the word of God says, and so forth. But, of course, over the months after I started having wonderful emotional response and you would come to church and you would feel God's presence in such a tangible way and I remember that some of the Christian sentiment are greatly careful to go through trial and I said what it meant to go on trial.

No, no, you're going to go through trials with our trials. You can go through times of testing or you may not feel the presence of God.

That's what I want to talk about in this message. Why does God allow Christians to go through trials and testing.

I mean it happens to all of his things are going along wonderfully and suddenly without warning or so would seem. One problem after another comes tumbling into our life. Things are looking bleak and then the cloud just sort apartment sun shines again and everything is better. Why do we go to those hard times. Why do we go through those emotional lows. Why do we go to those days of difficulty. Why do these things happen to us answer. I have no idea. Good night God bless. The Bible has a lot to say about it.

That's only look at now. James chapter 1 to talk about this for many verses.

But this of your anchor text reverses 2 to 4, my brother's rights. James counted all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the test of your faith produces patience.

But let patience have its perfect work in you that you may be mature. Lacking nothing.

Okay, so we wonder why is this happening. Would've I done to deserve such a fate of her grandson Christopher is three years old. Now you know what his favorite word is why everything is why with him.

Christopher don't climb up there. Why will because if you climbed up you could fall why probably because you lost her grip and we don't want that to happen.

Why because we let why it is why everything is why you know, and we realize ever bothered, there's just no answer just because I said so, that's all it why we say the same thing to God, why, why is this happening to me. Mr. Greg Laurie will have the second half of his message just a moment. It's a privilege to bring these studies from Pastor Greg your way and it's encouraging to know that the program is reaching all parts of the world, including to this soldier in the Middle East. A pastor Greg.

I'm not sure he'll get this email but I was walking through our morale, wellness and recreation center this morning and saw one of your messages on TV.

I got saved at vacation Bible school in your church when I was five years old. My parents also dedicated to God as a child at your church as well. Your book lost boy helped bring me back from a dark place in my life during college. The day I read that book I recommitted my life to Jesus and have been following him ever since her continuing to serve in God's Army thought he would like to know God is using your ministry. Well, we send these daily studies for pastor grading the radio, satellite, or the Internet. Would you like to share how this ministry has made an impact on your life.

If so, just from Pastor Greg an email. It's great@harvest.org again, that's great@harvest.org will Pastor Greg is helping us rustle through one of the tough questions of the Christian life today and what it is most requested messages. Why does God allow trials in the life of the believer. Let's continue gate point number one if you're taking notes you might write this down. God allows trials in our lives, so we will grow up spiritually, you want to be a growing Christian right, God will allow trials in your life so you will grow up spiritually. The JB Phillips translation of verse four says let this process go on to you become men of mature character God wants to make sure were learning the material. Now I remember what I was in school I hated tests and the reason I hated Texas.

I never studied for the and I wasn't prepared and there would be those days in class and the teacher would spend them say you have a pop quiz today and in my stomach would say get all the geeks and nerds it be like in the reason the geeks and nerds are so excited was because they were prepared by the way, we know: geeks and nerds anymore.

Now we call the boss right think Bill Gates right but tell those people were prepared but I never was. And because of that I failed many a test that we did discover that it can be turned into an eight with one line, just make sure you use the same color pin. It's a dead giveaway right so yes, God will allow tests in our life.

He rarely announces them ahead of time, lays them honest and effectively. The Lord say we know you say you know this material, let's test you and see how well you're doing is a classic example of this in John chapter 6.

We have a vivid account of a test that Jesus from on his disciples by the way that particular miracle of that were alluding to the feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle found in all four gospel.

I find that fascinating. You would think that maybe the resurrection of Lazarus might be in all four gospels are some of the other dramatic miracles of Christ.

Know the only miracle repeated four times as the feeding of the 5000. Remember that Jesus was speaking a great multitude gathered 5000+ women and children, so there may have been as many as 10,000 lunchtime kit and stomachs were growling so in John six we read Jesus saw this great crowd of people climbing to the Guild looking for him and he turned to Philip and he said Philip where can we buy bread to feed all of these people listen. He was testing Philip Moriarty knew what he was going to do Phillips that will overtake a small fortune to feed all of them. Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother spoke up. There's a little boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is this with this huge crowd.

So Jesus is trying to determine have his boys learned anything that they learned how to trust him yet. Hey, while there's a big crowd here how we get to feed all of these people noted Jesus know the answer, of course, he just wanted know if they knew the answer. The test was really do believe God can take care of you, even when the odds are not in your favor.

Do believe that God can provide for you. While I know he can and I've been a Christian over 40 years and I I've always had the Lord come through for me. He's promised to provide all of my needs according to his riches in glory in Jesus Christ about the weeding sale of my Greeks. What he did say all of my needs. He gives you what you need doesn't. But this was a test so he could see if they were learning. By the way, just because you've learned something doesn't mean you don't need to be retested again right. I had the I got a physical the other day and I had to have everything tested my hearing was tested. My vision was tested and although do that to see if it's going downhill or not. Any always a moment I'll do better than the time before happy to report that. Actually there were some improvements and I was happy to find out that my cholesterol was lower my blood pressure was down. I use them higher blood pressure and I would say to my doctor. The reason my blood pressure is high as I know you're going to take it and say something about, so goes up when I see three needlelike sneak up on me and take my blood pressure, you stress me out.but so were retested. All you you've learned it you've noted, but do you still know it. Here's what the Bible says about the things coming back to James one let me read on from a more modern translation. Listen to this. All kinds of trials and temptations crowd of your lives. My brothers don't treat them as intruders but Fred Lovett translation don't treat them as intruders but friends realize income to test your faith and to producing you a quality of endurance. Let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed and you'll find you become men and women of mature character men and women of integrity with no weak spots going to make you stronger. So I going to the gym.

How many of you like to go workout at the gym. Not that many futuristic some of you. How many of you don't like to go you like to go.

I'm probably more like you.

You know I I do go I get the gym I hate it the whole time I watch the clock now watch it watch watch almost over so I hate all of it. I could walk away never worked out again and be happy and just eat hamburgers every day. But that's not good form you see and I will go into these things not because I enjoy it because it will help me. You know you get older. Sometimes people say no I'm just so old and just so lethargic. I'm so tired I guess I'm just good no. Could be you're getting fat, too, but that's another subject, I can't stop anything that I can fight the Battle of the Bulge somewhat at least have a passing thought about it looking amazing. Greg you're not doing that well I told you You know the struggle I have a scale I got recently to digital scale away myself in the morning. I forget that it talks to my email account and if I put my email in and it's a wireless thing and I actually got an email and not making this up.

It's like from the name of the scale company business to open it was a big bold headline that says time to step up your game Greg!

Shut up and consulting objects, but you know what skills right but you see when when you workout when you do weightlifting and cardiovascular things you don't.

The objective is to get stronger, not weaker and ineffective break down muscle to build muscle up. Trials are like God chin or your broken down to be built so I like it and I like it. Listen to this. You know like the results because I have to admit that after I worked out pretty happy idea, but I do my makeup so many excuses as to why I can't go oh I have. This will oh you know whatever you discipline yourself.

God uses these trials. Trials take us from the realm of theory to reality so we can start living on our faith in the real world trials, make us strong and people need to understand this know when these trials come in our life we want to hang on to the Lord and learn the lessons he is seeking to teach us. Look at verse three. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. That's really not the best translation. By the way patients come from a Greek word people moaning, but the word could better be translated perseverance. The testing of your faith will produce perseverance or steadfastness or staying power.

Even another translation translated as heroic endurance like that translation is another translation spiritual toughness so that the testing of your faith produces spiritual toughness, heroic endurance staying power. God wants iron to enter your soul.

We all know the story of Joseph that young man will love the Lord and resisted sexual temptation and live the life of integrity. We know how he was falsely accused by the wife of Potter for an older attractive woman who was effectively preying on Joseph sexually said before, she was the original cougar and one day she had all the servants leave the house and and had it all set up to just basically pulled Joseph Donna met Brandon and go for it and when she grabbed him he ran like crazy cheap screamed and falsely accused him of rape. He was arrested and sent to prison unjustly and it was while he was in prison that God was preparing him for a greater work that would take place later.

In fact, we read an interesting patch at some 105 verse 18. They bruise to speed with fetters needs it, but the speed in stocks and they also placed his neck in an iron collar. Can you imagine how hard that must of been a iron collar but there's an interesting twist on this particular verse they can also be translated this way as he was laying in iron iron entered the soul and interesting so as he was in iron iron entered. As always, it was you talking about needs of the toughened up. It means that he got steel nerves of steel you've heard that expression he had a boldness and encouraging the strength he did not previously have.

Frankly, he was a little bit of a pampered young man, his father favored him gave him a really cool shirt while the other brothers said that have basic workout clothing, but special shirt was given to Joseph in it, you know strut around and you guys what's up you know any of his fancy shirt on and if anyone wasn't working hard to go back and and tattle on them right in the brothers really begin to resent and that's why they sold him into slavery.

Granted it was an overreaction, but still he was a little bit pampered perhaps spoiled, but man God changed him from a young pampered boy into a heroic strong man of God. That's a God want to do with you.

Verse four. Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Modern translation puts it this way, so let it grow and don't try to squirm out of your problems from when your patient is in full bloom. You'll be ready for anything strong in character, full and complete. Don't try to dodge it. Don't try to get out of it.

I mean generally, we see approximate about a year and no I want to go to that no member what James said treat these things as not as intruders but his friends because God's in control everything that we go through life's father filter units either done by God or allowed by God.

That's a phrase my friend Randy Alcorn point father filter he knows what you can take. He knows how weak you are or how strong you are, and these things will be adjusted to where you're at in your life at this particular moment, but you should count it all joy. According to verse two when you fall into various trials. By the way that you be translated many colored, many colored trials, various trials, many colored trials. In other words, no two trials are always exactly the same. Are you going to go through different variations of them a notice it doesn't say if you go through trials it says when you go through trials you're going to be tested. The question is will you pass or will you fail so number one God allows trials so we will grow in spirit. Greg Laurie with important insight on trials today here on a new beginning, and there's a lot more to come.

As the study continues is part of our top 10 most requested messages of the year for an instant replay of today's presentation go online and look for the title. Why does God allow trials in the life of the believer are web addresses harvest.orc harvest.org yesterday were excited to make available your new book called Johnny Cash, the redemption of an American icon. Young people are gonna love this biography when when people think about Johnny Cash. They may think of all the challenges and issues he had in his life. Now some may say will, he must not of been a real Christian. Because real Christians don't do those things. How would you respond to that. Well, what is a real Christian.

A Christian is someone who admits service center, they turn from their sin and they put their faith in Jesus Christ Johnny Cash did that at a very young age and I don't think he ever stopped believing that but he did struggle you know I'm not justifying anything that he did what he dealt with major temptation on a level that most people would not face the growth the Bible tells us that God will not allow us to be tempted above which we are able, but will with the temptation make a way of escape, that we may be able to bear it. However, he dealt with a lot of temptations and allurements out there on the road and in time he started giving them to some of them and he also face the consequences for those bad actions. He was married and his first wife and him eventually divorced because of his problems is drinking his infidelities, and other issues, and so he certainly face the consequences of that he did reconcile with his first wife later on in this life but you know he was a flawed guy.

He made a lot of mistakes. He admitted he made a lot of mistakes.

He never presented himself as a perfect man. That's why thought it would be great to write a book about them because he's he's a man like so many of us you know he is a man that stumbled and fell, but he always knew where to go when he got himself into trouble and I know that I'm talking to somebody right now that can relate to someone like Johnny Cash. They know it's right.

They were raised in a Christian home. They put their faith in Christ.

But right now, maybe they're out there living a compromise like you know you're caught in the cycle of drinking or partying or you're involved immorally without some woman or some guardian and you're wondering can I ever get out of this place.

The answer is yes you can.

If we learn nothing else from the story of Johnny Cash, we read that God give second chances and third ones important points really the story of cash is a story of redemption. And that's why I called it the redemption of an American icon. It's right. It's such a great book and the story goes way beyond your sativa music performer, but of a man who at one seem to have the world by the tail also had the weight of the world on his shoulders. He faced so many struggles much like the struggles.

Many of us face it such a powerful story of God's grace to send you your copy of Johnny Cash, the redemption of an American icon call 1-800-821-3300.

That's 1-800-821-3300 or go online to harvest.org. What next time. Pastor Greg continues with his insights from our listeners, most requested messages of the past year with a look at the trials we face. Why does God allow them some encouraging insight coming next time you're on a new beginning with Pastor Greg Laurie and Greg Laurie possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God sign up for pastor grades free daily email, devotions@harvest.org


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