Lie 3 God should fix my problems and Lie 4 God is just like my father
Lie 3 - God should fix my problems
Truth: God is more concerned with changing you than fixing all your problems
8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Joy - anything that causes cheers
Trials - Exemples???Sufferings (illness, bad relationship etc)
Testing - genuineness
Perseverance - Steadfast/endurance - (Power to withstand hardship or stress)
Mature - Perfect - in a sense without blemish or defect
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Character - the quality of being proved
God is more concerned about changing us and glorifying Himself than about solving all our immediate problems.
29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
Does it means God doesnt care about your problems?
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For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song. 1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8 Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
He uses our problems and difficulties to shape us and to make us like Jesus.
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8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered
It talks about Jesus. So, we also must lean obedience from the sufferings in our life. As we just saw in the passage of the book of James.
Even in our trials and our sufferings he is at work in our lives
Truth: The focus of your prayer life should not be “what do I want,” but What does God want”
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Prayer - action of submission
Who made this prayer??
Jesus! Here is a prayer model that we all have to copy.
When we pray that way, we are submitting our wills to God’s will.
He knows what we want and he also knows what is best for us and sometimes what we want and what God wants for us are different things.
We must trust that God knows everything (which attribute is that?)
He knows past, present and future. He knows what is best for us and when we submit our prayer to him like that: “Father may your will be done” we are saying “God, I want for my life what you want for my life”.
This is one way we exercise the “Reviewing of our mind”
Lie 4 - God is just like my father
Truth: “God is a father but he is unlike any man you have ever known”
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Lean to relate to your earthy father through God rather than God trough your earthly father
2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
Lets now make some comparisons between our heavenly Father and our earthly father
Attentive: God hears and responds to the needs of His children. Compassionate: God cares for His children and acts on their behalf. Creator: God made everything. He is uncreated. Deliverer: God rescues and saves His children.
Eternal: God is not limited by and exists outside of time.
Faithful: God always keeps His promises. Generous: God gives what is best and beyond what is deserved. Glorious: God displays His greatness and worth.
Good: God is what is best and gives what is best. He is incapable of doing harm. Holy: God is perfect, pure and without sin. Incomprehensible: God is beyond our understanding. We can comprehend Him in part but not in whole. Infinite: God has no limits in His person or on His power. Immutable/ Unchanging: God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Jealous: God will not share His glory with another. All glory rightfully belongs to Him. Just: God is fair in all His actions and judgements. He cannot over-punish or under-punish. Loving: God feels and displays infinite unconditional affection toward His children. His love for them does not depend on their worth, response or merit. Merciful: God does not give His children the punishment they deserve. Omnipotent/ Almighty: God holds all power. Nothing is too hard for God. What He wills He can accomplish.
Omnipresent: God is fully present everywhere. Omniscient: God knows everything,, past, present and future, all potential and real outcomes, all things micro and macro. Patient/Long-suffering: God is untiring and bears with His children. Provider: God meets the needs of His children. Refuge: God is place of safety and protection for His children. Righteous: God is always good and right. Self-existent God depends on nothing and no one to give Him life or existence. Self-sufficient: God is not vulnerable. He has no needs. Sovereign: God does everything according to His plan and pleasure. He controls all things. Transcendent: God is not like humans. He is infinitely higher in being and action. Truthful: Whatever God speaks or does is truth and reality. Wrathful: God hates all unrighteousness. Wise: God knows what is best and acts accordingly. He cannot choose wrongly. Worthy: God deserves all glory and honor and praise.