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Experiencing God

again and again,


will develop
great faith,

in 2010!
Experiencing
God
In Difficulty
Pastor John Isaacs
Kingsway Community Church
January 17, 2010
Christianity is …

Primarily a
RELATIONSH
IP
We
Why do
Christians suffer
hardships, times
of difficulty,
suffering,
• Habakkuk
3:16-19
• 2 Corinthians
1:3-7
• James 1:2-12
Habakkuk 3:16-19
16
 I trembled inside when
I heard this; my lips
quivered with fear. My
legs gave way beneath
me, and I shook in terror.
I will wait quietly for the
coming day when
Habakkuk 3:16-19
(cont.)
invade us.
   Even though the fig
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trees have no blossoms,


and there are no grapes
on the vines; even
though the olive crop
Habakkuk 3:16-19
(cont.)
flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are
empty,
   yet I will rejoice in
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the LORD! I will be


joyful in the God of my
Habakkuk 3:16-19
(cont.)
surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the
heights.
1
In the midst of the
trouble, choose to
REJOICE in God.

Experience God’s
help in
NAVIGATING the
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
3
 All praise to God, the
Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ. God is our
merciful Father and the
source of all comfort. 
4
 He comforts us in all
our troubles so that we
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (cont.)
are troubled, we will be
able to give them the
same comfort God has
given us. 
5
 For the more we
suffer for Christ, the
more God will shower
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (cont.)
6
 Even when we are
weighed down with
troubles, it is for your
comfort and salvation!
For when we ourselves
are comforted, we will
certainly comfort you.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (cont.)
things we suffer.
7
 We are confident that
as you share in our
sufferings, you will also
share in the comfort God
gives us.
2
In the midst of the
trouble, turn to God
as your source of
COMFORT.

Experience God’s
help to ENDURE
The providence
of God will not
place you
where His
grace cannot
keep you.
James 1:2-12
2
 Dear brothers and sisters,
when troubles come your
way, consider it an
opportunity for great
joy. 
3
 For you know that when
your faith is tested, your
endurance has a chance to
James 1:2-12 (cont.)
will be perfect and
complete, needing nothing. 
5
 If you need wisdom,
ask our generous God, and
he will give it to you. He will
not rebuke you for asking. 
6
 But when you ask him, be
sure that your faith is in
James 1:2-12 (cont.)
Do not waver, for a person
with divided loyalty is as
unsettled as a wave of the
sea that is blown and tossed
by the wind. 
7
Such people should not
expect to receive anything
from the Lord. 
James 1:2-12 (cont.)
God and the world, and they
are unstable in everything
they do.
   Believers who are poor
9

have something to boast


about, for God has honored
them. 
10
 And those who are rich
James 1:2-12 (cont.)
little flower in the field. 
11
 The hot sun rises and the
grass withers; the little
flower droops and falls, and
its beauty fades away. In
the same way, the rich will
fade away with all of their
achievements.
James 1:2-12 (cont.)
patiently endure testing and
temptation. Afterward they
will receive the crown of
life that God has promised
to those who love him. 
The greatest
value in
trouble comes
to those who
bow lowest
before the
In the midst of
all trouble, see
it as an
opportunity to
REJOICE.
Romans 5:3
We can rejoice, too,
when we run into
problems and trials, for
we know that they help
us develop
endurance.
Philippians 4:4
Always be full of joy in
the Lord. I say it again -
rejoice!
1 Peter 1:6
So be truly glad. There is
wonderful joy
ahead, even though
you have to endure
many trials for a little
while.
3
Trouble is an
opportunity to
GROW toward
spiritual maturity.
4
In the midst of the
trouble, you can
begin to experience
God’s WISDOM.
5
Looking forward to
the future
BLESSING, a
“crown of life”
waiting for you.
Draw NEAR to God in Times
of Trouble and Choose to
REJOICE!
1. God will help you NAVIGATE
through the trouble.
2. Turn to God for comfort and He will
help you ENDURE the trouble.
3. See the trouble as an opportunity
to GROW!
4. Receive WISDOM from God!
5. Look forward to God’s BLESSING!