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How to Have a Rock Solid Faith

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January 25, 2024 4:00 am

How to Have a Rock Solid Faith

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January 25, 2024 4:00 am

In these desperate days, we need a faith that will hold fast in times of trouble. When the winds of circumstances, storms of calamity and floods of affliction come, we need faith like an anchor. In this message, Adrian Rogers shows us how God builds us up to have a rock-solid faith.

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Known for his unique ability to simplify profound truth so that it can be applied to everyday life, Adrian Rogers was one of the most effective preachers, respected Bible teachers, and Christian leaders of our time.

Thanks for joining us for this message. Here's Adrian Rogers. I heard somewhere of a little boy who had a horse, and the horse was really just an old, oat-burning nag. The horse was decrepit, sway-backed, and wasn't much of a horse, really, sort of a flea-bitten horse. And a man was making fun of the little guy and his horse. Now, the boy loved the horse very much because they'd been pals for a long time. The man, in order to ridicule the little boy and have some fun with him, said, Son, is that horse any good? He said, Yes, sir, he's the best horse in the whole world. He said, Well, son, he doesn't look so good, said, Can he run fast?

He said, No, sir, but he can stand fast. Now, I want to talk to you about how to have a faith that will stand fast, how to have an anchor that will grip the solid rock, how to put some spiritual steel and concrete in your life because in these desperate days in which we're living, you will need it. Many Christians today are being blown about by the winds of circumstances, and they are being scattered by the storms of calamity, and they are being swept away in floods of affliction, and they don't have an anchor that will hold in the storm.

To the contrary, their life seems to be built on eggshells and jello. They are weak and floundering saints, and God wants us to be strong. God doesn't want us to fold up and give up. God wants us to look up and stand up. God wants us to have a foundation that is sure. A foundation for humans is a foundation for faith, a solid word for an unsure age. Would you like to have rock, solid faith?

Would you like for your anchor to hold? You see, God is in the business of building saints. When God gives you salvation, he's not finished with you. He's beginning with you. Corinthians 1, verse 6, He who hath begun a good work in you will perform it.

So, getting saved does not mean we're now the finished product. One man was wearing a lapel button, and it just had a series of letters on it. It said, P, B, P, G, I, N, F, W, M, Y.

That's all it said on the button. And a friend asked him, what does that mean? He said, it means, please be patient. God is not finished with me yet, and God is not finished with you yet. God wants to build into you a rock, solid faith. Now, scripture tells us how he does that in four steps, and I want you to look at it right now. Beginning in verse 1, Therefore, being justified by faith, peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by faith into this grace, wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope, and hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.

Now, I want to ask you a question. When God saves you, what does God give you as the byproduct of that salvation? Is it peace or is it tribulation?

The answer is yes. Now, we read about the peace of God in verse 1, Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. But notice verse 3, And not only so, but we glory in tribulations. Don't think, dear friend, that when you get saved, that all you get is peace, and there's no problem, no pain, no tears, no disappointment, oh, no.

When God is going to build into you a rock-solid faith, he's going to mix in some tribulation. Four things I want you to notice. Now, folks, this is for your welfare.

Don't let this blow past. I mean, this is God's Word to you now. We're not just playing games. If you hope to have a solid faith, then you're going to have to learn today. Point number 1, conversion brings conflict.

Did you get that? Conversion brings conflict. Verses 1 and 2, he's talking about our conversion being justified by faith. He's talking about peace with God. He's talking about access by faith into this grace, wherein we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Oh, yes, praise God.

We like that, but now move into verse 3. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations. Now, the word tribulation means pressure. That's literally what the word means. It's translated here tribulation, but it was used when you would crush grapes to get wine. The same word, tribulation, is used.

It was used when you would crush olives to get oil. And God wants to build into your character the wine and oil of his strength and his love. And so God is going to bring, God is going to bring pressure into your life because without pressure, God will not make you a strong saint. You need conflict. You need pressure. Conversion brings conflict.

A diamond is a lump of coal that's been under pressure for a long, long time. Now, you need to understand the ways of God, that when you're having trouble and heartache and disappointment, God is over it all. The word luck does not belong in a Christian's vocabulary. And the word fate, F-A-T-E, does not belong in your vocabulary. God is watching over it all.

Now, you may not be able to understand it. Thomas Watson said, where reason cannot wade, their faith must swim. But you must understand that God is over all. And when you come to Jesus, you're going to come into conflict and pressure. Now, this conflict and this pressure may come from Satan, or it may come from God, but God is over it all.

Satan will bring conflict to cause you to stumble. God will bring conflict to cause you to stand. But you're going to know pressure as a Christian. Now, some of this pressure is going to come from the world. You know, the Bible says in Romans 12, verse 1, don't be conformed to this world. The minute you come to Jesus, this world is going to begin to bring pressure on you to squeeze you into its mold, and you'll feel that every day. In the entertainment world, in the business world, in the social world, in the political world, there will be incredible pressure upon the child of God. And this world, with its theories and with its thrills, this world is going to come against you in so many ways.

But not only is the pressure going to come from the world, it's going to come from the flesh. You're going to find out that once you get saved, you receive a new nature. The old Adamic nature is still there.

The proclivity to sin is still there. You feel it. I feel it.

You never get beyond it. The Bible calls this the flesh. It is an enemy inside the fort, and you're going to feel a civil war within you. I felt it when I first got saved as a teenage boy. I can remember a particular time after I'd given my heart to Jesus, I was out with some friends, and an incredible temptation came to me. And I can remember, as it were yesterday, the incredible war that was going on within me because my flesh said, Adrian, that's something you want to do. That's something you need to do. Everybody else is doing it. And the Holy Spirit said to me, No, you're different.

You cannot do that. And I felt the biggest battle going on in my heart, and I prayed, and I struggled as a new Christian. Friend, you'll feel that. When you come into salvation, you're going to find out that the world will be working on you to squeeze you into its mold. And you'll find out that inside, there's something that rises up in you, and there is raging in you, a conflict, a civil war.

That's in all of us. The Bible says the flesh resists the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. Galatians 5, verse 17, The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.

And these are contrary one to another. Then not only will there be the conflict with the world, and not only will there be the conflict with the flesh, but the conflict with the devil himself. Friend, you never really understand the power of Satan until you get saved, until you get saved. You say, Well, I don't have any difficulty with the devil.

Well, if you don't, let me tell you why. It's because you and the devil are traveling in the same direction. You turn around, you'll have a collision with him. Right now, you're in collusion with him.

But you turn around, and you start the other way. If you've never met the devil, it's because you and the devil are going in the same direction. That's all I'm saying to you is when you get saved, when you give your heart to Jesus, Satan is going to level all of the artillery of hell against you. And if you're not struggling against the devil, if you're not in battle with Satan, may I tell you, you must be a little better than Jesus because he was. Satan came against Jesus.

He comes against me, and he will come against you. There was a man who had a farmhand worked on his farm. The man was not a believer. The farmhand was.

The two of them, however, were friends, and they went out duck hunting together. And the man who was not a believer was saying to the farmhand, he said, Look. He said, You're always talking about fighting with the devil and wrestling with the devil. He said, I never have to fight with the devil.

I never have to wrestle with the devil, and I'm not even a Christian. He said, Boss, if you and I shot two ducks, one was wounded and one was dead, which one would you go after first? He said, Well, I guess the wounded duck. He said, That's right. He said, The devil knows you're a dead duck. Now, friend, that is true. I mean, if the devil doesn't bother you, it's just because you're a dead duck, he doesn't have to bother you. But I'm saying this.

Listen to me. Conversion brings conflict, conflict like you've never known. You may get the idea that you're not even saved because here you're sailing along, and then one day you give your heart to Jesus, and bang. Here comes the world. Here comes the flesh. Here comes the devil against you. The Bible calls that tribulation. The Bible calls that pressure. But not only will it come from Satan to cause you to stumble, it'll come from God to cause you to stand.

God himself will bring tribulation and pressure. The Bible says, Whom the Lord loves, he scourges and disciplines every child of God. You see, listen, God is not trying to make you happy. God wants to make you holy.

And temptation and testing and trials are part of life. It's a false gospel that says if you come to Christ, there'll be no adversity and there'll be no misfortune. There'll be no persecution.

There'll be no pain. The late, great Vance Havner said, he said, I'm often amused and amazed by the way we equate Christianity with success, popularity, and prosperity. We may not admit it, but we use the same old gauge that the world uses, except we use religious language. It would appear that gain is godliness with us in spite of Paul's formula, that godliness plus contentment equals prosperity. No, I'm telling you folks that the first step in God building a rock solid faith is conflict. He tells us in verses one and two that we're going to be saved. And then he tells us in verse three that we need to glory in tribulation. And remember the word tribulation means conflict. It means pressure.

Step number two, step number two. This is what God is going to do to build character into your life. Conflict teaches constancy. Conflict teaches constancy. Notice again, knowing that tribulation worketh patience. Now what is patience? Not the ability to thread a needle.

Not the ability to finish a crossword puzzle. No, the word patience means constancy. It means consistency. You see when the pressure comes, the crisis comes, it doesn't make you, it just reveals what you're made of.

The same sun that melts the ice hardens the clay. The word patience, again, it means endurance. The New American Standard says it brings about perseverance.

Goodspeed says it produces endurance. How many would say, Pastor, I want strength. I want victory. I want prosperity. I want contentment.

Oh, you'd say, everybody here wants those. I wonder if I would ask how many of you want patience? Very few of us would say I want patience, but you'll never have these other things that I've just mentioned without patience, without constancy, without endurance. You see, tribulation works patience.

Now come up close, I'm going to tell you something. You will never learn much of anything worth learning if you don't have constancy, endurance, and patience. You just won't do it. If you want to learn how to play the piano, you're going to have to learn the scales. If you're going to learn Greek, you're going to have to study the verbs.

Sorry about that. If you want to lose weight, you're going to have to have constancy. If you want to build character, you're going to have to persevere. You're going to have to endure. There is no instant maturity. Conversion brings conflict, and conflict is meant to teach continuance, constancy. Constancy, the Bible calls it patience. What do you do when the conflict comes?

Well, there are four things you can do. Some people just retreat. They just run away from conflict. They, whether physically or emotionally, they get a plane ticket, they take a pill, they turn up a bottle, they take a needle, they take a gun. They just try to run from conflict. One man said the way to fight a woman is with your hat. He said, what do you mean?

You're going to run. So some, when conflict comes, they retreat. Others, when conflict comes, they resent. I mean, they say, I gave my heart to Jesus Christ. I went down there, I got baptized. I started going to Sunday school.

I started tithing. Now look what has happened to me. And they pout. They get a grudge with God. They become cynical. They don't retreat, they resent. Others resign. They give in, they give up.

They lie down on the field and surrender their shield and they give in to discouragement and despondency. But what is God's plan? God's plan is not for you to retreat, not for you to resent, not for you to resign, but to resolve by faith that you will follow him. Faith, listen to me, faith is shown more in patience and constancy than in any other way. If you really have faith when trouble comes, you will endure. Faith is not receiving from God the things you want nearly so much as it is accepting from God the things he gives. Tribulation works patience. Don't try to wiggle out of what God is doing to you.

He says, though he slay me, yet will I trust him. Winston Churchill was a man that looked like a bulldog, stood like a bulldog. He was the one who said, never, never, never, never give up. And he reminded us that a bulldog has his nose slanted backward so he can hold on and still breathe.

That's a bulldog. All you need to do is to get a bulldog grip on almighty God and like Job say, I don't care what is happening, what my children do, what the doctor tells me, what my banker tells me, I will not let go my anchor hose. You see, what is this constancy? William Barclay describes it so well.

Listen to what he said. It is not the patience that can sit down and bow its head and let things descend upon it and passively endure until the storm has passed. It is the spirit which can bear things, not simply with resignation, but with blazing hope. It is not the spirit which sits statically enduring in one place, but the spirit which bears things because it knows that these things are leading to a goal of glory. It is not patience which grimly waits for the end, but patience which radiantly hopes for the dawn. That's the kind of endurance that the child of God has.

Oh, I wish you would hear what he says. So notice, conversion brings conflict. Conflict teaches constancy, and constancy develops character.

Now, watch it. Look in verse four, if you will. And patience, experience. Now, what does he mean to experience? Character. Patience, constancy brings character, and God wants to build into you character. God wants to build into you rock-solid faith. God is building your saints with spiritual steel and spiritual concrete.

You see, reputation is what others think about you. Character is what God and your wife know about you. God wants to build character into your life. This word, experience, was used in the Bible of gold that's tried in the fire and comes out pure. That is, it has character to it. You see, God is going to put you in the fire of affliction.

Why? To test you. The faith that can't be tested can't be trusted. So God is going to put you in the fire of affliction to test you.

And that's the way that you're going to learn how much dross there may be in your life that needs to be burned out of your life. The sludge that's in the gold ore. You see, that's the way God builds character. I hate to tell you this, folks, but the time that I've grown the most and the time you will grow the most, not when everything's been going fine with me. You think back about those times when you grew the most in the Lord and most likely that there were times you were going through sorrow and pressure and trouble. Isn't that true? Listen, it is just simply true that God in the furnace of affliction, somebody wrote these lines, I walked a mile with pleasure.

She chatted all the way but left me none the wiser for all she had to say. I walked a mile with sorrow and not a word said she, all the things I learned from her when sorrow walked with me. God wants to build character into your life and what God does is not to remove you from difficulty or pain, but to the contrary. God is in the transformation business. You know, God did not take away evil. What God does, he transforms it. God didn't stop the crucifixion.

He gave us Easter. You see, God's method is not the method of substitution. Most of us want God to give us health instead of sickness. We want God to give us wealth instead of poverty.

We want God to give us friendship rather than loneliness. We just want God to substitute things, but God is not in the substitution business. God is in the transformation business. God took Paul's weakness and he transformed it into strength. He took his suffering. He transformed it into glory. That's the reason why Job said, he knows the way that I shall take. And when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Now, God wants to build into you character and there's no way that you're going to have character, which is also translated experience, without experience.

That's the reason why I think the King James version translates it experience. Somebody was talking to a businessman. He said, how do you become a success in business? He said, good decisions.

Well, he said, that's fine. He said, where do you learn how to make good decisions? He said, experience.

He said, well, where do you get experience? He said, bad decisions. You see, what God is going to do, God is going to put you in the furnace of affliction and God is going to build your character. Now, you can be instantly spiritual, but you cannot be instantly mature.

And by the way, you can be young once, but you can be immature for a long time. Now, listen here. Conversion brings conflict. Conflict teaches constancy.

Constancy builds character. If you will stay in the fire, God knows what He's doing. We don't want to get out of the fire.

We don't want to stay there. But they say that the refiner who is refining the gold, he knows it's pure when he can see his face reflected in it. What God is looking for is his character, his likeness reflected in our lives. Now, here's the fourth and final thing. Are you following with me?

You're following along? Now listen, conversion brings conflict. I'm sorry, but that's true. Conflict teaches constancy, patience, endurance. Stay in there. When you do, that constancy will build character. Then you know what will happen to you? That character will give confidence.

That's the last thing. That's the rock solid faith I'm talking about. The confidence, look at it here in God's Word.

And patience, experience, character, and experience what? Hope. Hope. Now, what does the Bible mean when it says hope? It doesn't mean maybe so.

It might be. No, friend, you need to understand this. And if you don't get this, you're going to miss the whole thing. When the Bible uses the word hope, it means rock solid faith. That's what it means.

For example, the second coming of Jesus is called what? The blessed hope. That doesn't mean a blessed maybe.

No, no. He is talking about hope as an anchor of the soul. All right, now let me give you the scripture that I thought of. Hebrews chapter six and verse 19. Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.

What good is an anchor without a solid rock? The hope we have as an anchor of the soul, steadfast. Sure, you say, well, I want a rock solid faith. All right, conversion brings conflict and conflict teaches constancy and constancy brings character and character brings confidence. You've been through the fire and you know he has not failed you.

You know that he has kept his word. You know that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Do you know what hope is? Hope is faith in the future tense. I mean, it believes God not only for the present, but it believes God for the future. Thomas Brooks said, hope can see heaven through the thickest clouds.

It doesn't matter what. I have that absolute confidence. Now look at it. He says here, look, and patience experience and experience hope. Now watch this, and hope maketh not ashamed.

What does that mean? Maketh not ashamed. It means it will never disappoint you. He cannot fail. He will not fail.

But you need to get a bulldog grip on the things that really count. No one ever has or ever can put his faith in Jesus and be disappointed or ashamed that he did it. There's a kid somewhere of a Salvation Army lass who had been witnessing to a family in a poor neighborhood. There were some people who lived in an upstairs tenement, and the father in the home was an atheist and a vowed atheist, a philosophical atheist. And this girl who worked in the Salvation Army had been trying to lead this family to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the father was in a conflict with her, and he kept loving and kept going. The son in that family grew ill, and he was critically ill. They didn't have enough of whatever it took to put him in the hospital. He was dying at home.

This girl went back one more time to see if she could witness to see if she could share the love of Jesus, and as she stood outside the door, she could hear what was going on in the door and reported it later. And he asked his dad, Dad, am I going to die? And the father said, Son, you will die, but don't worry about it. After you die, it'll be all over. You won't feel anything.

You won't know anything. It'll be all over, all over. Son, hold on. Just hold on. That Salvation Army lass said, I heard that boy pathetically say, Dad, you're telling me to hold on, but there's nothing to hold on to.

Friend, I want to tell you something. When you know Jesus, and when your feet touch those chilly waters of death, and when the winds are blowing, your anchor will hold. You will have a rock, solid faith. That's what hope means. That's what hope means.

Conversion brings conflict. Conflict teaches constancy. Constancy builds character, and character enables us to trust God in the darkest storm. All we have is an anchor of the soul. The apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians talked about those who were lost, and he talked about them being alienated from the life of God without hope in this world. Aren't you glad there is a hope? Maybe, a hope, a certainty.

That's what we have today. Now, it begins with conversion. If you're not certain that you're saved, let me tell you how to be saved. Would you pray a prayer like this? Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus, I know that you love me. Thank you for paying for my sin with your blood on the cross. My sin deserves judgment. Thank you for taking my judgment. Thank you for bearing the penalty for my sin.

Thank you for being my substitute. Thank you for such great love. Thank you, Lord. And now, Lord, just by faith, I open my heart. I receive you. I believe you're the Son of God. I believe you paid the full debt for my sin.

I believe that God raised you from the dead. I, right now, I receive you into my heart as my Lord and Savior. Would you pray that right now? I receive you into my heart as my Lord and Savior this moment. Forgive my sin, cleanse me, and save me. I'm not asking for a special feeling.

I'm not looking for some kind of sign. I stand on your Word. I trust you by faith. And Lord Jesus, because you died for me, I will live for you. I will not be ashamed of you. I will confess you openly. I will follow you the rest of my life by your grace and for your glory. Amen. If you would like to learn more about how you can know Jesus and your relationship with Him, simply click the Discover Jesus link on our website, For a copy of this message or additional resources, visit our online store at, or call 1-800-274-5683. Thank you.
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