Journey Into Overcoming
Confession of Faith
I am not moved by what I see or by what I feel.
I am moved by what I believe.
I believe the WORD of God!
The victory is mine!
I have it now!
I can see it through the eyes of my faith!
Everybody has problems.
As someone has said, "Everyone has a problem, is a problem, or lives with a problem."
Our problems vary by type and severity.
There are financial problems, health problems, and relationship problems, as well as problems of guilt, depression, temptation, failure, stress, burnout, etc.
As Believer's we are not exempt from painful problems and often have more problems than non-Christians because the Evil One tries to derail our spiritual lives.
The Greek word translated Tribulation means "pressing or pressure that burdens our spirits."
It refers to severe affliction or anguish.
In other words, Jesus said, "In this world we will have 'big-time' problems."
In Romans 8, Paul writes about all kinds of problems: tribulation... distress... persecution... famine... nakedness... peril... sword and death
What does it mean to be more than a conqueror?
Conquerors defeat their enemies.
If we are more than conquerors, we will make our enemies our friends.
Therefore, God can cause even our worst problems to be our friends if we let Him make good come out of it.
God uses Problems In 4 Areas:
To Direct Us
God often uses problems to direct us—keep us on track spiritually.
The apostle Paul writes of God allowing him to have a thorn in the flesh to keep him from becoming exalted above measure because of his abundance of the revelations
We don’t know what Paul’s Thorn was , but we do know God’s answer to his prayer’s to remove the thorn
God often uses problems to direct us away from sin.
It can be to direct us away from someone who may be a temptation or to direct us away from a bad decision.
On a regular basis, we should pray
2. Inspect Us
Someone has said, "Christians are like teabags.
You don't know what's in them until they get in some hot water."
Problems are really just tests to reveal what kinds of Christians we really are and to prepare us for heaven.
Peter compares the testing of our faith through problems to the refining of gold in his day.
As gold is heated, impurities float to the surface and can be skimmed off, leaving only pure gold.
In the same way, the heat of problems in our lives causes our impurities and defects to come to the surface.
The Bible says the heart is deceitful above all things so we may not even recognize our own impurities when they surface.
God allows us to have problems to direct us, to inspect us, and...
3. Correct Us
We all sometimes get off course and act like the prophet Jonah, whom God tells to go to Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire, and preach to the people about their wickedness
Nineveh is to the east, but Jonah gets on a ship and sails west—the opposite direction of God's purpose for his life.
During Jonah's Mediterranean cruise the Lord sends a mighty storm that threatens to wreck the ship
The ship is being tossed back and forth and seems about to break into pieces.
The sailors are throwing stuff overboard to lighten the load.
They are screaming and shouting as they try to control the ship, but Jonah is fast asleep.
Jonah's sound sleep is an illustration of what happens when we get out of God's will—we become oblivious to spiritual danger and do foolish things because we are spiritually asleep.
When we as Christians get off-course and are content to stay there, God will send a storm to get us back on track.
As long as our sin keeps us awake at night, that's good.
But if you can be disobedient to God's Word, as Jonah was, and still go to bed at night and fall fast asleep, we better look out for the mighty storm God will lovingly send to correct our course.
God allows us to have problems to direct, inspect, and correct us, and...
4. Perfect Us
The word translated perfect means "to bring to completion or maturity."
Therefore, to make us perfect (complete), our imperfections are being removed from our character.
The phrase wanting nothing refers to lacking nothing we need to be used of God.
So, God uses our problems to get us ready to be used by Him.
The Bible reminds us God comforts us in all our tribulation
God uses our problems, past and present, to shape and mature us so we can serve Him by helping others.
God allows us to have problems to direct us, inspect us, correct us, and perfect us.
Read the book of Ephesians