Millennium Christians by Larry Wynn

THE TRUTH ABOUT TROUBLE
II CORINTHIANS 1: 8-11
JANUARY 24, 1999 A.M.
SERIES: “A SURVIVAL KIT...”
MESSAGE #2
SUBJECT: TRIALS, ADVERSITY

INTRODUCTION

A. I WONDER HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE HAD
ANY KIND OF TROUBLE THIS WEEK.

1. TROUBLE CAN BE ON A SCALE OF
MILD INCONVENIENCE TO MAJOR
CATASTROPHE.

2. WHEREVER YOU MAY FALL ON THE
CONTINUUM I AM SURE MOST HERE
FACED SOME KIND OF TROUBLE
THIS WEEK.

B. BELIEVE IT OR NOT IT IS TROUBLE THAT
MAKES US STRONG.

1. IN FACT WE ARE MADE STRONGER
DURING TIMES OF TROUBLE THAN
WE ARE IN TIMES OF EASE.

2. THOSE WHO EXERCISE
UNDERSTAND THIS ON THE
PHYSICAL LEVEL.

a. IF THERE IS NO RESISTANCE
THERE IS NO STRENGTHENING
OF THE MUSCLES.


b. IF WOULD BE GREAT IF ONE
COULD JUST WATCH A GOOD
WORK OUT VIDEO AND GET
STRONG, BUT IT JUST DOESN’T
WORK THAT WAY.

3. THE SAME IS TRUE IN THE AREA OF
PERSONAL GROWTH.

C. WE ARE IN A STUDY OF 2 CORINTHIANS AS
WE PREPARE FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM.

1. IN 2 CORINTHIANS 1:8-11 THE
WRITER, PAUL, TAKES A PAGE OUT
OF HIS OWN LIFE TO ILLUSTRATE
THE PRESENCE AND PURPOSE OF
TROUBLE.

2. TODAY’S LESSON TEACHES US WE
CANNOT DEPEND ON OURSELVES,
BUT MUST DEPEND TOTALLY AND
COMPLETELY ON GOD.

I. THE REALITY OF TROUBLE. VS. 8-9a.

A. TROUBLE IS INEVITABLE.

1. TROUBLE IS LIKE AN UNWANTED
GUEST IS WHAT PAUL SAYS IN VS. 8.
“WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE
IGNORANT OF OUR TROUBLE
WHICH CAM E TO US IN ASIA.”

2. IT CAN BE MINOR TROUBLE
RESULTING IN INCONVENIENCE.


a. THE FLAT TIRE OR TRAFFIC
JAM ON THE WAY TO WORK.

b. THE TELE-MARKETER THAT
CALLS AT DINNER.

c. THE SLOW LINE AT THE
CHECK OUT COUNTER.

3. IT CAN BE A MAJOR UNEXPECTED,
LIFE JARRING SITUATION.

4. THE TRUTH IS TROUBLE COMES TO
ALL.

a. JESUS SAID IT WELL. “IN THIS
WORLD YOU WILL HAVE
TRIBULATION...”

b. “GOD ONLY HAD ONE SON
WITHOUT SIN, BUT NONE
WITHOUT TROUBLE AND
SORROW.”

B. TROUBLE CAN BE UNBEARABLE. VS. 8-9
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