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The Refreshment of the Spirit in Times of Trial: All We Need, All We Have

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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November 17, 2021 3:00 am

The Refreshment of the Spirit in Times of Trial: All We Need, All We Have

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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November 17, 2021 3:00 am

It’s been said that, when we get to the end of our rope, we get to the beginning of God. A lot of truth in that statement. When we’re out of answers, and short on hope, God opens His supply of reassurance and direction. And today on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie has good insight for those challenging times. We’re glad you’ve joined us for his new series called “Refresh: What Every Christian Needs to Know.” Valuable information for believers who face the challenges of life.

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You are listening to a new beginning with Greg Laurie, a podcast supported by harvest partners for more ways to deepen and challenge your spiritual walk and roll and pastor breaks free online courses sign and harvest out a word on the drawing wastelands of live I will find God more than anywhere else.

As we grow closer to the Lord in times of excitement pastor Greg Laurie said as we often realize God is always so. I would love to the mountaintop, never having an emotional low, but the reality is spiritual fruit does not grow on Rose Valley to the end of our we get to the beginning of God's truth out of answer short on God opens to supply reassurance and direction today on a new beginning. Greg Laurie has good insight challenging time to join this new series called every Christian needs to know valuable information for believers face the challenge is working on your uterine sort of free and I have a little bar THE WEEK MY COMPUTER UP AND SOMETIMES I WILL WAKE UP, I MAY HAVE TO RESTART IT REBOOTED AND EFFECTIVELY BRUSH IT IN THE SAME WAY IN OUR LIVES AS CHRISTIANS SOMETIMES WE FIND OURSELVES WELL A LITTLE BIT DOWN A LITTLE BIT FROZEN WERE NOT LIVING THE WAY WE OUGHT TO BE.

IT'S NOT WORKING AS WELL FOR US WERE STRUGGLING SPIRITUALLY. THAT IS NOT A 21ST-CENTURY PHENOMENA WAY BACK WHEN THE PSALMIST WROTE THESE WORDS IN PSALM 42.

MY HEART IS BREAKING.

AS I REMEMBER HOW IT USED TO BE SOMEONE HERE SAY THOSE WORDS. MAYBE TODAY DESCRIBING THE LIFE THERE WAS A TIME WHEN YOU ARE STRONGER SPIRITUALLY THAN YOU ARE TODAY SO YOU THINK I REMEMBER HOW IT USED TO BE AND THEN THE PSALMIST CONTINUES. I WALKED AMONG THE CROWDS OF WORSHIPERS LEADING A GREAT PROCESSION TO THE HOUSE OF GOD SINGING FOR JOY IN GIVING THANKS, THEN HE HONESTLY ADMITS THIS SO WHY AM I DISCOURAGED, WHY IS MY HEART. SO SAD THAT YOU HAPPEN TO ANY OF US TO COME IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORSHIP SERVICE YOU FIND YOURSELF DOWN YOUR DISCOURAGED YOUR SAD AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PSALM HE CORRECTS HIMSELF AND HE SAYS I WILL PUT MY HOPE IN GOD ALL PRAISE HIM AGAIN, MY SAVIOR, MY GOD, SOMETIMES I DO THAT I PREACH TO MYSELF. I'LL BE THINKING SOMETHING DOWN ABOUT THIS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT OR SOMETHING ELSE AND I'LL EVEN SAY GREG SHUT UP. I'M VERY CLOSE TO MYSELF SO I CAN TALK THOUGH IT WAS A GOOD SHOT UP. THE BIBLE SAYS, AND SOMETIMES I'LL QUOTE THE BIBLE OUT LOUD TO MYSELF TO SORT OF WRITE MY COURSE. I MET THEN THE PSALMIST CONTINUES AND SAYS, AS THE DEER LONGS OR STREAMS OF WATER, SO I LONG FOR YOU. OH GOD, I THIRST FOR GOD THE LIVING GOD HEARS WHAT HE SAYING I NEED SOME SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT AND THAT SOMETHING GOD WANTS TO GIVE TO EVERY ONE OF US REMEMBER IN OUR LAST MESSAGE WE MENTIONED IN EPHESIANS 5 WHERE PAUL SAYS BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT SPEAKING YOURSELF IN PSALMS AND HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS, SINGING AND MAKING MELODY IN YOUR HEARTS TO THE LORD IN THE ORIGINAL GREEK. THAT IS A COMMAND OF THE LORD IS SAYING I COMMAND YOU TO BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.

ALSO, IN THE GREEK IT SPEAKS OF SOMETHING THAT'S CONTINUOUS.

IN OTHER WORDS THE LORD IS SAYING I COMMAND YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY TO BE FILLED, REFILLED AND FILLED AGAIN WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. SO WE NEED TO ASK GOD TO FILL US IN.

BY THE WAY, THAT IS AN UNEMOTIONAL THING NECESSARILY AS I ILLUSTRATED I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I DON'T HAVE AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE. WHEN I FILL MY CAR WITH GAS OR IF YOU HAVE AN ELECTRIC CAR WHEN YOU PLUG IT INTO THE WALL EMOTIONAL ONE LECTURE SENDING THE WATER NEW PLUG-IN ON THE WALL THAT WILL BE VERY EMOTIONAL.

KNOW THE IDEAS IS THAT IT'S JUST SOMETHING YOU DO. IT'S FUNCTIONAL. AND WHEN YOU PRAY FOR GOD TO FILL YOU. IT'S NOT SO MUCH AM I GOING TO HAVE AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE, BUT RATHER AM I GONNA RECEIVE THIS FROM THE LORD. AND THAT BRINGS YOU REFRESHMENT. AS PETER SAID ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST TIMES OF REFRESHMENT COME FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD IS THAT GOD WANTS TO REFRESH YOU TODAY RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. HOW DOES HE DO THAT WILL ONE WAY HE DOES IT IS THROUGH READING AND STUDYING THE BIBLE READING AND STUDYING THE BIBLE BECAUSE PSALM 19 SAYS THE WORD OF THE LORD IS PERFECT, REFRESHING THE SOUL, PROVERBS 2525 SAYS GOOD NEWS FROM FAR AWAY AS LIKE COLD WATER TO THE THIRSTY. SO AS I READ AND STUDY THE WORD OF GOD. IT REFRESHES ME NUMBER TWO.

THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

I WILL FIND MYSELF SPIRITUALLY REFRESHED WHEN I THINK OF OTHER PEOPLE MORE THAN MYSELF.

THAT'S COUNTERINTUITIVE, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF I WANT TO BE REFRESHED. IF I WANT TO BE HAPPY. I HAVE TO FOCUS ON MY NEEDS WILL EVEN FIND MYSELF SAYING SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF I NEED MORE MEANTIME YOU EVEN USE THAT VOICE WHICH IS ESPECIALLY OF NOT JUST I NEED MORE MEANTIME YOU DON'T NEED MORE MEANTIME YOU NEED MORE JESUS TIME THAT THAT'S WHAT'S GOING REFRESHES SPIRITUALLY AND THINK OF OTHERS. THE REALITY WHAT I DO THINGS ONLY FOR MYSELF THAT MIGHT BRING THE MOMENTARY HAPPINESS, BUT STUDIES HAVE FOUND THAT SELFLESSNESS BRINGS HAPPINESS NOT SELF FISH NETS LEAVE EVEN COME UP WITH THE DESCRIPTION OF IT. THEY CALL IT THAT HELPERS HI YOU KNOW IT WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE. THEY CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS HOLDING THE DOOR OPEN FOR SOMEONE OR HELPING SOMEONE LOW THE GROCERIES INTO THEIR CAR OR IT MIGHT BE PROVIDING SOME FOOD FOR SOMEONE THAT IS IN NEED OR SHARING YOUR FAITH WITH SOMEONE THAT YOU DO THAT YOU FIND YOURSELF REPLENISH IN THE PROCESS AND WERE TOLD IN SCRIPTURE PROVERBS 1125 A GENEROUS PERSON WILL PROSPER HOWEVER REFRESHES OTHERS WILL BE REFRESHED HIMSELF OKAY HERE'S ANOTHER THING THAT BRINGS REFRESHMENT IN THIS ONE MIGHT SURPRISE YOU SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT COME SOMETIMES OF SPIRITUAL TESTING.

GOD SAYS IN ISAIAH 4319.

I'M ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING YOU SEE, HAVE ALREADY BEGUN. DON'T YOU SEE IT MAKE A PATHWAY TO THE WILDERNESS AND RIVERS IN THE DRY WASTELAND. SO MY CHOSEN PEOPLE CAN BE REFRESHED.

SO LISTEN SOMETIMES AND THE DRY WASTELAND OF LIFE. I WILL FIND GOD MORE THAN I FIND HIM ANYWHERE ELSE.

I WOULD LOVE TO PERPETUALLY LIVE ON A MOUNTAINTOP, NEVER HAVING AN EMOTIONAL LOW, BUT THE REALITY IS SPIRITUAL FRUIT DOES NOT GROW ON MOUNTAINTOPS.

IT GROWS IN VALLEY BUT ONE WAY HAVE TO GO THROUGH TRIALS AS A FOLLOWER OF JESUS. HERE'S THE ANSWER. JAMES ONE VERSE TWO DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHEN TROUBLES OF ANY KIND.

COME YOUR WAY CONSIDERING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GREAT JOY. ANOTHER WHEN YOUR FAITH IS TESTED, YOUR ENDURANCE HAS A CHANCE TO GROW SO LET IT GROW. WHEN YOUR ENDURANCE IS FULLY DEVELOPED. YOU'LL BE PERFECT AND COMPLETE. THERE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT OFTEN HAPPENS WHEN CRISIS COMES OUR WAY.

WHEN HARDSHIP COMES OUR WAY.

MAYBE IT'S TROUBLE AT WORK.

MAYBE IT'S TROUBLE WITH YOUR FAMILY.

MAYBE IT'S TROUBLE WITH YOUR HEALTH, BUT WHATEVER IT IS IS US WHITE. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME WOULD'VE I DONE TO DESERVE SUCH A FATE. I'D BEEN WALKING WITH THE LORD. I'VE BEEN READING HIS WORD. I BEEN PRAYING I'VE BEEN GOING TO CHURCH.

I'M DOING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS. I'M CHECKING ALL THE BOXES IN THIS HARDSHIP IS HAPPENING. WHY SIMPLE ANSWER FOR YOUR OWN GOOD, BUT OH YEAH TRIALS ARE ALLOWED IN THE LIFE OF THE CHRISTIAN FOR THEIR OWN GOOD, SO YOU WILL GROW UP SPIRITUALLY THAT FIRST PETER SAYS DON'T BE SURPRISE AT THE FIERY TRIALS YOU'RE GOING THROUGH, AS THOUGH SOMETHING STRANGE WERE HAPPENING. INSTEAD, BE GLAD FOR THESE TRIALS. PQ PARTNERS WITH CHRIST IN HIS SUFFERING IS NOT A MATTER OF IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TRIALS AND HARDSHIP IS JUST A MATTER OF WHEN JESUS SAID IN THIS WORLD YOU SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION, BUT BE OF GOOD CHEER OF OVERCOME THE WORLD.

SO IF YOU'RE TAKING NOTES IS POINT NUMBER ONE GOD ALLOWS TRIALS IN THE LIFE OF THE CHRISTIAN SO WE WILL GROW UP SPIRITUALLY AGAIN. GOD ALLOWS TRIALS IN OUR LIVES, SO WE WILL GROW UP SPIRITUALLY. JB PHILLIPS TRANSLATES VERSE FOUR AS FOLLOWS. LET THIS PROCESS GO ON UNTIL YOU WILL BECOME MEN OF MATURE CHARACTER. BASICALLY IT IS GOD TESTING YOU TO SEE IF YOU WILL LEARN THE MATERIAL BACK WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL I MEMOIR THE TEACHER WOULD COME OUT AND SAY CLOSER TEXTBOOKS WERE HAVING A POP QUIZ. ALL THE NERDS AND THE GEEKS GOT EXCITED.

THEY'RE ALL LIKE TO KICK AND EVEN HAD VOICES, I CANNOT REALLY BUT I WAS NOT EXCITED BY THE WAY, WE DON'T CALL THEM NERDS AND GEEKS ANYMORE DOING WE CALL THEM BOSS. NOW WE PROBABLY WORK.

ISN'T IT INTERESTING HOW THE WORD GEEK IS POSITIVE NOW RIGHT SO YOU GOT TO GET MY COMPUTER WORKING I NEED A GEEK HELP ME SOMEONE SO THEY WERE EXCITED WHY BECAUSE THEY WERE PREPARED THAT STUDY THE MATERIAL. I WAS NOT EXCITED WHY BECAUSE I WAS NOT PREPARED BY DON STUDY THAT I SENT THE BACK OF THE CLASSROOM MOCKING PEOPLE CREATING DISRUPTIONS PERPETUALLY BEING SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE. KIDS DON'T DO THIS AT HOME. I'M A PROFESSIONAL IDIOT.

SO DON'T FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE. BUT WHY WOULD A TEACHER DO THAT THEY WANTED TO SEE IF YOU WERE LEARNING THE MATERIAL. GUESS WHAT GOD GIVES POP QUIZZES TO YOUR LEARNING THE MATERIAL TO GREG LAURIE WILL HAVE THE SECOND HALF OF HIS MESSAGE JUST A MOMENT. WE HEAR FROM LISTENERS ALL OVER SOME WHO LISTEN TO A NEW BEGINNING.

PASTOR GREG'S PODCASTS AND EVEN TO THE RECENT SOCAL HARVEST GREG LAURIE AND I MAY HELP OUT HARVARD. I WALKED OUT MY CELL PHONE AND I CRYING AND LET HIM KNOW THAT MY DIED IN A CAR LIKE AND YOU NEVER GET OUTBREAK THAT I HAVE A GRANDSON AND CALENDAR THAT AND THEY HATE THEY HAVE TO GO TO PAY YET NOT HAVE THE PATH TO My CURRENT PARTICLE PRAYER WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT YOU LET THE WHOLE THING HELP CLEAR AND I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, Greg LAURIE TO COME BACK BY HIS SHIRT. WHEN YOU REQUEST PRAYER WILL MAKE SURE TO PRAY FOR YOUR NEED. IF YOU HAVE A STORY OF HOW ONE OF PASTOR GREG'S OUTREACHES IS TOUCHED YOUR LIFE TO: SURE WITH US. CALL 866-871-1144 BATCH 866-871-1144 WELL IN TODAY'S STUDY. PASTOR GREG HAS BEEN EXPLAINING HOW GOD OFTEN BRINGS TIMES OF TESTING IN OUR LIVES TO SEE IF WERE LEARNING THE LESSONS HE'S TEACHING US. IT ALSO IS GROW AND MATURE TAKE AS AN EXAMPLE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, WHY DID IT TAKE THEM 40 YEARS TO GET FROM EGYPT TO ISRAEL. I MEAN IF THEY TOOK THEIR TIME. THEY COULD HAVE GOTTEN THERE AND 40 DAYS IF THEY PICKED UP THE PACE I COULD HAVE GOTTEN THERE IN THREE WEEKS OR SO. WHY DID THEY WANDER LIKE THAT BECAUSE MEN WERE IN CHARGE AND THEY WOULD NOT STOP AND ASK FOR DIRECTIONS SO THAT SOME OF THE RECENT HERE'S THE REAL REASON. DEUTERONOMY 18 SAYS REMEMBER HOW THE LORD YOUR GOD LED YOU ALL THIS WHEN THE WILDERNESS 40 YEARS, TO HUMBLE YOU TO TEST YOU IN ORDER TO KNOW WHAT WAS IN YOUR HEART, WHETHER YOU WOULD KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS OR NOT, GOD ALLOWS TESTS IN OUR LIFE TO HUMBLE US BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE THINK WERE ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS WE CAN YOU BELIEVE OUR OWN PRESS SO AWESOME.

I'M SO SMART I'M SO SPIRITUAL YOU MIGHT NEED TO BE HUMBLED A LITTLE BIT AND BE BROUGHT BACK TO REALITY AND SO THE LORD ALLOWS THE TESTERS A PERFECT ILLUSTRATION FOUND IN JOHN CHAPTER 6 A HUGE MULTITUDE TOGETHER TO HEAR JESUS AND IT WAS LUNCH TIME AND PEOPLE WERE HUNGRY MAYBE YOU HEARD THEIR STOMACHS GRUMBLING. YOU CAN SET A CLOCK TO MY STOMACH.

I AM READY TO HAVE LUNCH AT 11 O'CLOCK NOT 12.

THAT'S LATE TO MEET 11 O'CLOCK AND I'M READY FOR DINNER AT FIVE. BY THE WAY, SO THAT THIS THERE HUNGRY AND SO I LOVE THIS BECAUSE JESUS GOES TO PHILIP AND ACTUALLY SAYS DON'T PAY PHILIP WERE WE GOING TO BUY BREAD TO FEED ALL THESE PEOPLE DIDN'T JESUS WAS LIKE PERPLEXING TO DO. PHILIP ONLY KNOW OF COURSE HE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO A FACT THAT VERSE GOES ON TO SAY JESUS KNEW WHAT HE WOULD DO WHAT HE WAS TESTING PHILIP PHILIP WHERE WE GOT UP FIND BREAD WHAT WE CAN BUY BREAD TO FEED THE PEOPLE DON'T THINK I HAVE NO IDEA AND UNDERSTANDING THEIR BODIES THOSE THINGIES AS WELL THIS KID HERE WITH FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISH AND THEN CATCHING THEMSELVES AS WHAT IS NOT AMONG SO MANY SO BOTH OF THEM EFFECTIVELY FAILED THAT TEST.

WHAT WAS THE TEST THAT TEST WAS CAN YOU TRUST GOD WHEN YOU NEED FOOD ON YOUR TABLE. CAN YOU TRUST GOD WHEN YOU NEED YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS MET. CAN YOU TRUST GOD WHEN YOU'RE HAVING A CHALLENGE, PHYSICALLY OR IN SOME OTHER AREA. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL COME THROUGH FOR YOU. HE HAS AFTER ALL, PROMISE TO PROVIDE ALL OF YOUR NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY IN CHRIST JESUS, SO TRUST GOD WILL TEST YOU AND RETEST YOU AND RETEST YOU AGAIN AT A PHYSICAL RECENTLY JUST A MY HEARING. THEY TESTED MY EYESIGHT. THEY TESTED EVERYTHING AT WHY I DID THIS TO HEAR ABOUT WHY MY DOING THIS AGAIN BECAUSE YOU NEED TO BE TESTED AND RETESTED. WHY AM I GOING TO THIS TRIAL RIGHT NOW BECAUSE YOU NEED TO BE TESTED AND RETESTED. THINK OF THIS. ANOTHER WAY INSTEAD OF SEEING THESE TRIALS AND CHALLENGES AS HORRIBLE THINGS.

COULD YOU POSSIBLY THINK OF THEM AS GOOD THINGS, ACCOMPLISHING A GREATER THING.

ANOTHER TRANSLATION OF JAMES ONE IS AS FOLLOWS. WHEN ALL KINDS OF TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS CROWN OF YOUR LIES. MY BROTHERS DON'T TREAT THEM AS INTRUDERS BUT TREAT THEM AS FRIENDS. THEY'VE COME TO TEST YOUR FAITH IN PRODUCING YOU A QUALITY OF ENDURANCE, SO LET THE PROCESS GO ON UNTIL THE ENDURANCE IS FULLY DEVELOPED AND YOU'LL FIND YOU BECOME MEN AND WOMEN OF MATURE CHARACTER MEN AND WOMEN OF INTEGRITY WITH NO WEAK SPOT FOR GOING TO THE GYM.

HOW MANY OF YOU LIKE TO GO TO THE GYM YOU LOVE TO WORK WELL ON A REAL ACTIVE BUNCH OF WHAT I'M ACTUALLY ONE OF YOU. I DON'T LIKE TO BUT I GO TO THE GYM A COUPLE TIMES A WEEK. YOU PROBABLY SURPRISE YOU THAT MAYBE JUST TO REMAIN MOBILEME A NOTE TO TO STAY IN RELATIVELY GOOD SHAPE. I WOULD FAR RATHER SKIP IT AND SIT AROUND ANY DONUTS ALL DAY LONG. I LOVE DONUTS. I WATCHED A DOCUMENTARY THE OTHER DAY WITH MY WIFE ON DONUTS AND WHY WOULD YOU WANT SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I DON'T KNOW WHAT I DID AND IT'S LATE AT NIGHT AND GUESS WHAT I WANTED DONUTS. WHERE CAN I BUY A DONUT AT 920 AT NIGHT ANSWER WILL BE NOWHERE UNLESS IT'S A SUPERMARKET AND THOSE DON'T COUNT THOSE ARE NOT LEGIT DONUTS. OKAY WHAT ARE YOU ANTI-SUPERMARKET, BUT HERE YOU GO TO THE GYM. PEOPLE DO INTERESTING THINGS IN JIM'S DON'T THINK THERE'S A PERSON THAT DOMINATES ALL THE EQUIPMENT LIKE TO BE THERE LIKE USING THREE THINGS AT ONCE AND YOU WANT TO GET IN THERE, BUT THE GOD THEIR OWN PRIVATE CIRCUIT GOING ON. THEN THERE'S THE GUY WHO MAKES LOUD NOISES ONE SHOULD YOU NOT THINK SERIOUSLY USUALLY HAS HEADPHONES IN AND IT'S THE SAME GUY THAT WHAT HE'S DONE DROPPED HIS WAY LIKE BOWMAN HITS THE GROUND. THEN THERE'S A PERSON THAT GETS ON THE TREADMILL AND SWEATS ON EVERYTHING. THERE'S LIKE POOLS OF PERSPIRATION.

PEOPLE ARE PLAYING IN HORROR WHY WE GO TO THE GYM TO SHOW OFF. I DON'T KNOW YOU GO WHEN YOU BREAK YOUR MUSCLE DOWN TO BUILD IT UP OKAY. TRIALS ARE LIKE GOD'S GYM. WE BREAK THIS DOWN TO BUILD A SET NOT TO MAKE US WEAKER, BUT ULTIMATELY TO MAKE US STRONGER BECAUSE CHARACTER IS NOT MEETING CRISIS. IT IS REVEALED. THINK ABOUT JOE BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WHEN THEY HAVE HARDSHIP. THEY JUST TURN AGAINST GOD, THEY WALK AWAY FROM GOD. I'VE HEARD PEOPLE SAY I LOST MY FAITH IS CRISIS AT THIS TRAGEDY HAPPENED. I LOST MY FAITH. OKAY, MAYBE THAT'S GOOD. WHAT WAS YOUR FAITH THAT LISTEN TO THE FAITH. IT CANNOT BE TESTED IS A FAITH THAT CANNOT BE TRUSTED. WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING YOUR FAITH IN ARE YOU PUTTING IT IN A PERSON. ARE YOU PUTTING IT IN THE CHURCH LESSON PUT YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST IN YOUR FAITH WILL GROW STRONGER THROUGH DIFFICULTY, NOT WEAKER. SO SO HORRIBLE. THE PROBLEM WITH JOB, AS HE NEVER READ THE BOOK OF JOB BECAUSE IF HE HAD, HE WOULD REALIZE THAT GOD WAS IN CONTROL, BUT HE HAD NOT AS WOKE UP ONE MORNING AND EVERYTHING IN HIS LIFE COLLAPSED HIS CHILDREN DIE, HIS CAREER WAS GONE. HIS HELP WAS GONE.

HE PROBABLY WAS HIS WIFE WAS GONE TO BECAUSE OF WHAT SHE SAID TO HIM, SHE LOOKED ABOARD JOB LOSING EVERYTHING COVERED HEAD TO TOE IN MASSIVE, BOILS, AND SHE SAYS WHETHER TO JUST CURSE GOD AND DIE.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE ENCOURAGING WORDS.

MRS. JOB US, OPEN FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE HOPEFUL RIGHT BUT HERE'S WHAT JOB DID. HE COULD'VE SET UP. I DON'T BELIEVE YOU ANYMORE. GOD, I'VE SERVED YOU AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GIVE ME KNOW. SO WE READ JOB 121 HE SAID I CAN MAKE IT FOR MY MOTHER'S WOMB, AND I'LL BE STRIPPED WITH EVERYTHING.

WHEN I DIE, THE LORD GIVE ME EVERYTHING I HAD IN THE LORD IS TAKING IT AWAY. PRAISE THE NAME OF THE LORD AND THEN IT SAYS JOB DID NOT SIN BY BLAMING GOD. THIS IS THE WHOLE THING. WE TURN TO GOD IN TIMES OF TRIAL. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF TRIALS AGAIN TO MAKE A STRONGER, SPIRITUALLY SO IRON WILL ENTER OUR SOUL. GOD IS TOUGHENING YOU UP FOR SOMETHING HE HAS IN THE FUTURE AND REMEMBER THIS, EVEN WHEN THINGS LOOK BLEAK ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOD'S GLORY AND YOUR ULTIMATE GOOD. GOD HAS A PLAN GOD HAS A PURPOSE.

YOU NEVER KNOW HER STORY SHE READ THE STORY, BUT A GUIDE WAS BITTEN BY A GREAT WHITE SHARK. HOW MANY OF YOU BEEN BITTEN BY A GREAT WAY TO BEGIN THE PROJECT WITH THIS GUY WAS BITTEN BY A SHARK IN THE HEADLINE WAS MAN IS BITTEN BY GREAT WHY AND IS THANKFUL IT HAPPENED, WHAT SO I CLICK THIS AND HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED. THIS GUY IS NOT SWIMMINGLY'S ATTACK MAY GREAT WHITE SHARK. HE'S RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL AND AS THEIR DOING SURGERY TO SAVE HIS LIFE.

THEY SEE THAT THERE IS A TUMOR ON HIS KIDNEY. IT'S CANCER.

THEY REMOVE THE CANCER AND THE MAN LATER SAID HE WAS THANKFUL FOR THE SHARK ATTACK BECAUSE OF THE SHARK ATTACK DID NOT HAPPEN.

HE WOULD NOT HAVE KNOWN OF THE CANCER WOULD EVER THINK YOU WOULD GIVE THANKS TO GOD FOR BEING BITTEN BY A GREAT WHITE SHARK.

THEY TRY TO CONTACT THE SHARK FOR COMMENT, BUT WHEN HE WAS UNAVAILABLE HE WAS TOO BUSY LOOKING FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO FIGHT HOPING FOR A POSITIVE OUTCOME.

BUT ANYWAY SO THERE'S A REALLY BAD THING THAT TURNED OUT TO BE REALLY GOOD EVEN WHEN THINGS LOOK BLEAK, ALL THINGS WILL ULTIMATELY WORK TOGETHER FOR GOD'S GLORY IN YOUR GOOD TODAY. PASTOR GREG LAURIE'S MESSAGE CALLED THE REFRESHMENT OF THE SPIRIT IN TIMES OF TRIAL. MANY OF US IN HINDSIGHT CAN LOOK BACK AND SEE HOW GOD USED THE CHALLENGING TIMES OF OUR LIVES TO BRING ABOUT A GREATER GOOD. PASTOR GREG, YOU HAVE A ONE HOUR WEEKLY MUSIC PROGRAM CALLED REFRESH HEARD ON MANY CHRISTIAN MUSIC STATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WERE EXPANDING TO EVEN MORE STATIONS THAT CITE BUT IT WASN'T SO MANY YEARS AGO THAT THE NUMBER OF STATIONS THAT PLAYED CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC LORD JESUS MUSIC WAS CLOSE TO ZERO AND THE STORY OF HOW THAT MUSIC WAS BORN AND WAS INCUBATED IS TOLD IN A BRAND-NEW BOOK, A BEAUTIFUL HARDCOVER EDITION THAT WERE MAKING AVAILABLE THAT'S RIGHT THE TITLE OF THE BOOK IS THE JESUS MUSIC SO I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A FRONT ROW SEAT TO THE BEGINNING OF THIS MUSIC. WE DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS GOING TO BECOME AN INDUSTRY WITH CHRISTIAN RADIO STATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. WE JUST WERE CARING WHAT WE BELIEVED IN MUSIC THAT WE COULD CONNECT TO IN THE LATE 60S, YOU KNOW, GROUNDBREAKING ARTISTS AND BANDS LIKE LOVE SONG AND LARRY NORMAN AND ANDRE CROUCH AND THE DISCIPLES AND MUSTARD SEED FAITH AND MANY OTHERS THAT FOLLOWED TO THE PRESENT DATE OF THE BANDS THAT YOU LOVE SO THIS IS SORT OF A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT HOW IT ALL GOT STARTED. IT'S CALLED THE JESUS MUSIC AS YOU MENTIONED, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL HARDCOVER BOOK WRITTEN BY MY FRIEND MARSHALL TERRELL THAT I'VE WRITTEN THREE OTHER BOOKS WITH AND I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WRITING THE FORWARD FOR THIS BOOK, AND SO WE ARE OFFERING TO ALL OF OUR LISTENERS. A COPY FOR THEIR GIFT OF ANY SIZE. SO WHATEVER YOU SEND WILL SEND YOU A COPY OF THE JESUS MUSIC.

BUT I'M IN NO ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE GENEROUS.

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