January 13, 2019
Sermon Title: Bumps-Good and/or Bad
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2 Corinthians 4:17
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James 1:2-4; John 16:33; Exodus 1:12
Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 4:17
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory"
2 Corinthians 4:17 (niv) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
Bumps-Good and/or Bad
Summary: The bumps/trials of life seem like things that hinder us and stunt us, but in reality, the bumps are spiritually the only way we can advance the inner life upward. Jacob's frequent troubles enhanced the overcoming nature latent within him.
1. A "bump" is defined as "a light blow or a jolting collision" as of a "nasty bump on the head." Or it can mean a dip or bulge on a level surface, as of a "bump in the road."
2. We speak of difficulties and trials as being "bumps" on the road of life.
We all have "rough patches,"
3. So today we're talking about trials and difficulties. Normally these are the kinds of things that get us down, but tonight I want us to look at some positive aspects of trials.
4. I'm making the comparison of trials being like bumps, and the title of this message is: Bumps--Good and/or Bad; The Bumps are what you Climb On.
There are four reasons:
Point I. The Bumps keeps us fresh & alert
THE VALUE OF POTHOLES
I really can't stand potholes. I always grind my teeth when I hit a bad one. There are many reasons.
Potholes are bumps that shake us
Point II. Bumps test our lives
A. BUMPS REVEAL WHAT'S INSIDE
B. BUMPS SLOW US DOWN
Point III. Bumps are advantages to us!
A. PROBLEMS ARE GOOD FOR YOU
B. THE ADVERSITY PRINCIPLE
Point IV. Bumps are meant to climb on!
A. THEY LOOK BAD, BUT THEY'RE GOOD
ILLUSTRATION: WHAT ARE YOU FOCUSING ON?
"The secret is not to stare at what you don't want to hit."
The point is, we have to get our eyes off our troubles and onto the Lord. When you're focused on God, your faith will be intact; if on your troubles, you will feel overwhelmed.
Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose".
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