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Faith in the Fire | Vol 1: Pt 6 (12.1.19)

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“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
1 Peter 1:6-7

 Is my trial based on persecution (for righteousness sake)?

 Is my trial the rest of what I have been planting (good or bad seed)?

 If we’re sowing bad seed, we’ll walk in a bad harvest.

 Could this trial be something that God will use to purge something out of me.

 Could the Lord be using it to prove something?

 Prove His word to us?

 Could the Lord be using the trial to produce something in your life?

 Psalms 105:17-19 speaks of Joseph and his trial.

 There will be days when our lives don’t look like the image we built off the word.

 Will we let the trail change us or will we let it produce faith.

 

“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:”
Hebrews 6:11

 For faith to be functional and operable, there are seven things that must be defined: (7 Things that define faith)

1. Faith begins with a decision.

2. It’s not faith if you’re not hearing the word. (Romans 10:17)

3. Meditate on what I’ve been hearing. The enemy wants to replace the word with fear and anxiety. (Proverbs 23:7)

4. Confess the word! It needs to come out of your mouth. (Matthew 12:38 & Romans 10:8)

5. Act on the word!

6. Apply the pressure of patience. Patience is to stay under, to remain, to endure.

7. Expect! Expectation determines what you’ll apply patience to.

 Don’t stop what you’ve been doing. We will never inherit His promises if we don’t remain patient.

 Don’t let the trial change the vision, what you’re confessing, what you’ve been meditating on.

 The trial tests patience!

 Patience is today’s expense (price) at tomorrows gain (benefit).

 Don’t stop what you’ve been doing. We will never inherit His promises if we don’t remain patient.

 

“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
Hebrews 10:35-39

 The will of God is the word of God. After you’ve done the word of God, you’ll receive the promise.

 Will you stay true in the to the word or give up, cave in, and quit?

 The just shall live by faith is mentioned four times in the word: (1) Habakkuk 2:4, (2) Romans 1:17, (3) Galatians 3:11, (4) Hebrews 10:38

 Your situation does not dictate your faith, your faith dictates your situation.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
James 1:2-4

 “worketh” means to employ

 The trying of my faith employs patience.

 But let patience – allow patience.

 How do you know when patience is complete? It is complete when (1) we don’t want the thing we were waiting for anymore, or (2) we got what we wanted.

Sunday, December 1, 2019 – 9:45AM Service