Trusting in God Alone
11 Corinthians 1:8-11
Let's talk a little bit about how trouble relates to the Christian life. Bro. Dawson and I were visiting in the home of a young couple the other week. We were talking about the Christian life. I said to them that the Christian life begins with the supernatural birth. You invite the Lord Jesus into your heart and you are instantaneously born into the family of God. But a Christian life continues by growth. God's design, God's purpose for everyone who is saved is that they grow and develop and become the mature, full grown Christian that God intends. One of the ingredients God uses in the process of helping us to grow and become what we ought to be is this matter of trouble. Last week we introduced the subject of trouble. The apostle Paul said to us that one of the reasons we have trouble is that we might experience in our own lives the comfort of God and then pass that comfort on to other people. He is continuing the thought of trouble today because he wants us to understand that trouble is a part of the process of growth in the life of a believer. God wants you to be a strong Christian. He wants you to be able to withstand the strong winds of adversity that blow in your life. You take a mighty oak tree. Thai tree did not get strong by the calm breezes that blow in the summer. Rather it got strong by the gusting winds that blew upon it and caused its roots to go deeper and deeper into the soil. The same thing is true in your life and mine as believers. When the winds of adversity and trouble blow it teaches us that we cannot depend upon ourselves, but that we have to depend totally and completely upon God.
Paul tears a page out of the diary of his own experience and talks to us in the verses I've read about this matter of trouble. Have you ever wondered why you read so much about Paul in the Bible. I was in a meeting with a pastor Thursday and Friday. One of the men there said, I guess I've been on a mi ...
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