Small steps in faith

Sunday, June 06, 2010

"The Test of Fighting"

These are my notes from Rob's sermon this morning

James 1:12-15

The test for today? How are you fighting?
We are all fighting something or for something

Trial and temptation..derived from the same word. One used more as a noun and the other a verb

Trial or temptation?
How you react to it tells you which it is

Reaction..angry,embittered,'s temptation
Reaction...commitment to Jesus, worship, continuing to serve and share the gospel..trial
God is using it to bring death to our lives

Psalm 94:12
Psalm 119:71

There are 2 vertical reactions toward God

1. The first reaction is :

Choosing to be steadfast is proof:
a. You are blessed when you persevere under trial
No matter what happens around us , we have Jesus and we are blessed.
b. That you will be crowned. You have persevered to the end..the finish line..perseverance
is not perfection. You pick up and keep going.
1 Corinthians 10:24 imperishable wreath

True love always translates into true perseverance

Ex. A parent who loses a child in a will continue to look for that child forever

2. The second reaction is :

blaming God for your disobedience
"I can't help this...God made me this way"
"Oh God, why did you do this?"
There will be a day when you stand in judgment. Your parents,friends,children, evil spirits won't be's all you

The Process of Sin
Are you in the pipeline?
It starts in the human heart with:

1. undisciplined desire and thoughts

Ex. kids at Disneyworld wanting need to stay near your dad(God)
You can set yourself up to be vulnerable in your lifestyle. You become jaded to it.
Proverbs 23:19; Proverbs 4:23

Temptation doesn't produce itself in it's true form. It's like the kiss of Judas.

2. Being lured and enticed It's like a trap in the forest covered by grass
We put our foot in the trap

3. A commitment to sin..Psalm 7:14
Sin makes us lie to ourself
We keep feeding it and it separates us from true relationships
The only thing that can break the cycle is a God hanging from a tree

Death is the last part of the pipeline
"O death..where is your sting?"


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