Dealing with Difficulty as a Believer (18 of 24) by Jerry Watts

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Dealing with Difficulty as a Believer (18 of 24)
Series: How to Do Life
Jerry Watts
James 4:1-10

• Ever since Genesis 3, mankind has been in the throes of fights, wars, struggles, suffering, which are generically called, difficulties. It is a never ending battle. No matter what you call them, we face these every day. You have heard me say that each one of us is either in the middle of a storm, coming out of a storm, or about to enter a storm. These struggles are a part of life for this fallen and depraved race known as 'mankind.' So it is no surprise that we find this addressed in God's word.
• We have been working our way through the epistle of James. (Turn to text) If you recall, the last time we studied this book, we saw James address the issue of wisdom and should remember that we saw 3 types of wisdom; demonstrated, deceptive, and divine. To read the end of chapter 3 is to gain a clear understanding that when we give our lives to Jesus is to have a life changing and mind-altering experience which, if followed, leads us to a develop a wisdom that is from above. However, because God gave us the capacity to choose, we can choose something else and every time we choose to follow our own path, our own way, and our own mind, we choose the lesser and give the enemy an opening into our life
• Let's read our text.
• Without a doubt, in 6 short verses James hits us between the eyes with a very practical approach to our difficulties. Let's do the same.
1. The Source of the difficulties - James asks a very direct and powerful question, and as it turns out, it may be a different question than we perceive him to have asked. He doesn't "What are you fighting over?" Rather, he asked about the "source", the "basis", or the "root" of your wars, quarrels, and fights. He goes for the jugular vein. The reason is simple; "not until you deal with the root of the problem will you affect the result of the problem." For instance, when we bought our house we ...


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