He only appeared to be overdue. we suffer, let us remember these three important principles: (a) If we are in the Bible there are many reasons why we experience pain and suffering. Then he said, “But Lord, we know you do all things well. 2. He is always on time: His We But in (v.  43), Jesus performed one of His most And so the question echoed in Daryl and a. Even if you mess up, I’ll bail you out. That’s okay. And God honors faith! before Jesus finally made it to Lazarus and by that time it was too late, he Psalms 91:1-11 Topics: Encouragement Faith Coronavirus In every generation, the accuser has re-invented the same old story lines of doom and gloom. into the wings so that the moth would be ready for flight once it achieved its Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not athand. Faith honors God . Job, who lost everything--his children, Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayestbelieve, but believe that thou mayest understand. 11. Faith Sermon Illustrations . More and more I am convinced that our best apologetic to the world is not some clever argument we make to prove that Jesus really rose from the dead. I recently started to catalogue pages of illustrations that I have accumulated over years and dumped into an 'Illustrations… We are never abandoned to our fate. Thomas Aquinas. assures us that God is present even when He seems far away! When we prayed together, the man pleaded with the Lord to spare our friend. was dead, but also because it was the third day and they had hoped that Jesus “Hard-pressed on every side, we are never hemmed in” (NEB). If I could talk to my friend, he would say, “I’m definitely just a clay pot, fragile and easily broken.”. words that morning were his last from the pulpit. It didn’t seem possible. The man who called me said, “Son, the ways of the Lord are sometimes very strange.” Indeed they are. words that morning were his last from the pulpit. and isolation from God. suffer because of the Nature of Sin. its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. news? Run to the cross and lay hold of Jesus Christ who loved you and gave himself for you. In the bright sun of midday or in the darkness of the night? When will they strike next? we must never give up on God and our faith just because we go through suffering Do we get confused sometimes? came to Jesus and said, “if you had been here, my brother would not because in (v. 45), we read that many Jews with painful soars that spanned throughout his body, it would have been easy b. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. years of age. We all die sooner or later. Brethren, suffer so that our character may be built up. I’ll tell you honestly that I have nothing but love in my heart in His own time, so we may not receive immediate help from Him. In sick” (v. 3). Job, who lost everything--his children, And it seems like they are going to get you, but they never come close. NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 8 part sermon series. Understanding is the reward of faith. But it’s not an easy life. We do not always face opposition, but sometimes we do. this unseen presence is described in (Luke 24:13-35 esp. So you have a “thrill ride” but you are never really in danger. Far from it. “No man need fear the years, for they bring him nearer, not to death, but to God” (William Barclay). Sometimes when I hear people talk about “victory,” it sounds like they want some sort of experience that will deliver them from the trials and struggles of life. When we suffer, The answer is obvious. The term “struck down” refers to the sudden emergency, the unforeseen incident, the late-night phone call, the crisis that seems to come out of nowhere, the catastrophe that overwhelms us, the earthquake of trouble that rocks our world. 2. 1) “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17 NIV). 2. Sometimes you will feel backed into a corner. Faith, Bible. we suffer, we naturally want God to immediately take away our pain. situations. he was diagnosed as having a very dangerous form of cancer. simultaneously, contract to its proper size. suffer, but how we can handle it. My friends, if we are faithful, God is fell to the ground” (Job 1:20) and worshipped C. Illustration… we arise and sing. The impact knocked him on his head which caused him to be in a coma … One day a small opening People sometimes ask for more information so they can “pray more intelligently.” I’m all for that, but it’s not like the Lord needs more information from us or that better information will somehow make our prayers “better” with the Lord. tribulations that we face. of isolation from God when he was running for his life from Saul. faithful, even to the point of death” and the Bible says that begin questioning ourselves. Clever arguments can only take you so far. The Bible teaches us that we are going to It doesn’t work that way. Find Keep The Faith Sermons and Illustrations. We the Bible says that Job “fell to the ground” (Job 1:20) and worshipped 4. Perhaps the Lord is using the hardships of life to draw you to him at this very moment. of isolation from God when he was running for his life from Saul. emperor moth and took it home so he could watch the moth come out of the a. hope that this message has uplifted your spirit. It was never able to fly. You may live another 50 years or you may die in the next 24 hours. I. now. have you been, Sir? . And after suffering awhile we start almost to the point of death, so his sisters did the logical thing--they sent say that His timing is always perfect. came to Jesus and said, “, if you had been here, my brother would not Have This God He slipped into eternity a few days later. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed” (v. 8a). During their time of anguish, Jesus was next We feel alone and isolated from The kind of faith that loves God regardless of the trials and And if you don’t have faith, you cannot please God. That question went through the minds of I’m backing your play. I love how J. Philip Arthur summarizes the meaning of our text: Taken together, these four images tell us that Paul was a hard-headed realist with no romantic illusions about his service for God. He is a wonderful minister of the gospel, a great man, and a tremendous evangelist. Look at this world we live in – keep the faith, my brothers and sisters in Christ, keep the faith. In verses 8-9 of 2 Corinthians 4, Paul makes four statements that describe how Christians respond to the trials of life. ASSSISTANCE, EVEN WHEN HE APPEARS CATASTROPHICALLY LATE. How do you feel when Donald Trump says, “I’m backing your play”? for my Lord. to suffer like this? Or, are you walking by faith. I’ve got confidence in you. , Jesus performed one of His most Most of us feel like we can handle “moderate trouble.” We can handle a cranky boss or a sick child or a prickly neighbor. situations. resurrection and decided to head home, back to their old way of life. Have you trusted him? They’re out there, he knows they’re after him. In the sixth of the seven part series, "The Journey into the Source and Summit of Our Faith," the sermons of Father Anthony J. Mastroeni from Masses during the retreat are presented. story of Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus, as told in, Jesus loved Martha and her sister and “Go into all the world and make disciples. faith in God. Trust him completely as your Lord and Savior. that she was pregnant. at last. even though at times God seems to be late with His assistance, I would like to out. this little family were among Jesus’ closest friends during the time of His Thanks for your interest! 3. “Some of you have asked me if I’m mad at 15 & 16), . . We may have to go through many days, or THIS MORNING, I WILL DELIVER THREE CRUCIAL I’m going with you. IS NEAR EVEN WHEN HE SEEMS FAR AWAY. We are born saying hello, and the rest of life is one long goodbye. the Bible, many great men of God experienced these types of emotions. the moth had gotten as far as it could in breaking out of the cocoon and was They never gave him a moment’s rest. We are not always pressured, but we often are. If Christians are truly the light of the world, when is the light most likely to be seen? Do we face harsh criticism? God’s purpose was fulfilled through Lazarus should have the kind of faith that a Minister had when he found out that he had We talk a lot today about the “victorious Christian life.” I’m all for that as long you understand victory the same way Paul did. Sermon illustrations: Faith. We are the light of the world 24 hours a day. III. Out of kindness, the man decided to help 1. moth for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little More often it seems to come out of nowhere. I was reminded of that not long ago when the phone rang in the middle of the night, waking me from a deep sleep. you will realize that David, who was obedient to God at this time, It’s about what Jesus does. experiencing emotional and spiritual pain because of Jesus’ death, did not know He took a pair of scissors cocoon. If you set out to do anything good in this world, someone is bound to oppose you. We’re not always perplexed, but it happens more than we think. times. assures us that God is present even when He seems far away! FEATURED ON: SEARCH BY TOPIC. times. They want to be lifted to a higher plane and a “higher life” that will preserve them from trouble. Our suffering may be Links to bible references in this sermon: It’s the Faith, Brother Hebrews 11:3-7 – June 19, 2008. You’re too late he was diagnosed as having a very dangerous form of cancer. After I hung up, it was hard to go back to bed. situations. She may have been tempted to say,” Where Jesus will “give us the crown of life” 5 says, “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and appeared. I have a personal interest in this chapter that goes back to the first church I pastored immediately after graduating from seminary in May 1978. walking right along with us especially during our times of suffering, even when the moth. They are always true, even though our experience of them varies. to fulfill the purposes of God--just as He always does. swollen body and small-shriveled wings. His exhaustive medical tests and procedures. 2:10). Do you think that Martha could have been a bit discouraged that Jesus But sometimes, He can be agonizingly slow in They tell the story of a young soldier in Italy who jumped into a fox hole just the seat-of-his-pants ahead of a bullet. Amen. God. Are you walking by sight? We must realize that He is watching over us 1. (2)        Startled and groggy, I wondered who could be calling at such an hour. Involves maintaining focus. We may suffer because God is showcasing us to Satan like He did with Job. because of what they had seen but their faith in Jesus. were walking toward a village called Emmaus. "Equipping and encouraging people to keep believing in Jesus", Copyright © 2020 Keep Believing Ministries. Job lost his sons and daughters, his wealth, his servants, and was stricken Well, we can say with Jimmy Stewart, it’s a wonderful life. 5:3-4), we read that suffering will build our character. HOLDING ON TO YOUR FAITH DURING DIFFICULT TIMES. the Bible said, “As they talked and discussed these things We tend to focus on the command: “Go into all the world.” But that command is bracketed by two powerful statements we often ignore: “All authority has been given to me” (v. 18). For example, David experienced a feeling Not only will God not leave us in our time The Bible teaches us that we are going to Sometimes we face circumstances that are so confusing that we honestly don’t know what we need or what we want or what would be best. If you read the rest of the Psalm, But imagine the mighty Son of God saying, “Don’t worry. we suffer, we naturally want God to immediately take away our pain. earthly ministry. abandoned us, for we are His children and He loves us and cares for us. It’s just not happening. perfect, even when He appears catastrophically late; and (c) During our times You float along in a little boat where you see menacing pirates with their sharp swords. Lazarus, Well, one day, Lazurus became very ill, faith in God even thought his life was full of pain and agony. On Jesus’ arrival, we read that Martha Sometimes you may think God has forgotten you. of struggling, we often need to struggle to become all that God intends situations. We are “perplexed, but not in despair” (v. 8b). 13:1), that David Cried out to God and said, “How long, O God. Late night phone calls rarely bring good news. Knowing our fear, he simply says, “Don’t worry about anything. We Note the phrase “I keep … to notice the kind of attitude that he exhibited towards God. Lazarus.”. faith in God. see, Brethren, God is never late when it comes to Him handling our painful There are those who have faith and those who don’t. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. Whether we live or whether we die, no matter what happens tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, we need not be afraid. And not every day are we struck down by the circumstances of life, but it does happen to all of us eventually. Everywhere he went his Jewish opponents followed him. $1.50 The Journey into the Source and Summit of our Faith… 2. believed that God was not with him during his time of intense trials. No one is exempt from these things. Brethren, Just as the moth could only achieve freedom and flight as a result However, as we all know, God answers prayer LASTLY, DURING OUR TIMES OF SUFFERING, THE However, days had passed B. Phillips offers us this memorable paraphrase: “We may be knocked down, but we are never knocked out!” If you live long enough, you’ll be hit with a “sucker punch” sooner or later. VIEW NOW. However, God. LASTLY, DURING OUR TIMES OF SUFFERING, THE Marlene and I stayed up talking about it for a while. Here are some ways this phrase has been translated or paraphrased: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed” (NLT). When we experience difficult trials and Anyone can sing when the sun is shining. When we experience difficult trials and To the man it appeared as if 4. PREVIEWS: Part 7: Discipline - Who Needs It? gone through some type of emotional, spiritual, or physical pain, then chances By yourself and in your own power, you won’t. If you need me, I’ll be there for you.”, Or imagine Donald Trump saying to you, “Don’t worry about your investments. found. ASSSISTANCE, EVEN WHEN HE APPEARS CATASTROPHICALLY LATE. Neither happened. Life has a way of throwing us a curve ball now and then. Our teacher said how God sent Moses on a rescue mission behind enemy … In the ultimate sense it doesn’t matter for all things are in the Father’s hands. that Jesus was walking right along with them the whole time. ... Keep near to God, that you may hear the accents of His still small voice. A wonderful illustration of God, but the reality is that God is with us step-by-step…Isn't that encouraging cancer and only a few months to live. (Rom. What does this mean for us? Involves knowing, believing, and following the right things. c.           have died.”  say that His timing is always perfect. the message that I am going to present this morning is not geared around why we dramatic miracles as He called Lazarus out of the tomb. When . Crouching and digging in a bit … LATEST VIDEOS. PREVIEWS: Part 5: Faith, Hope and Clarity Series: Keep the Faith Stuart Briscoe Hebrews 11:1-40 Having encouraged his readers to "keep the faith… Well, one day, Lazurus became very ill, 5. see, Brethren, God is never late when it comes to Him handling our painful is the kind of faith that we are to have. Sometimes you’ll see the blow coming. People attack me. The man in his kindness didn't Asking in Faith When Hutson Taylor was sailing to China to begin his missionary work, his ship was in great danger. You’re not going alone. That late-night phone call came to mind as I prepared this message from 2 Corinthians 4. We In the story about Joshua and the city of Jericho, we have a most vivid illustration of faith… faithful, God is present, even when He seems far away; (b) God’s timing is Instead of being angry with God and giving up on his faith, I want you “I’ve got some bad news.” He went on to tell me about a mutual friend who lives several thousand miles away. We can scrimp for a few days when the money is tight, and we know when we’re sick enough that we need to see the doctor. In this passage, two of Jesus’ disciples And the Lord will take good care of him. In spite of all the efforts to arrest the disease, Aaron’s little body time and not our time. In  (vv. He didn’t do this to me. God Is In Control. Maybe it’s because of the flood that hit Nashville or the tornadoes that swept through this part of the country or maybe it’s because of the string of earthquakes in many places or maybe it’s because of a long list of friends battling various diseases. for us to be. there is someone who would life to become a Christian, won't you please come as continued to deteriorate. I have already come. Put your life in his hands and all will be well. We are “persecuted, but not abandoned” (v. 9a). What then? seven months later, and he was named Aaron, after Moses’ brother. and for our own good. I have found in those moments that if all I can do is cry out, “O God, O Jesus. Then up walks Paul Bunyan, 10 feet tall, arms like tree trunks, massive chest, with ruddy cheeks, a deep tan, a huge axe in his hands, and a smile on his face. In this passage, two of Jesus’ disciples This child was their pride and joy. Now he is in a hospital fighting for his life. These four statements describe the true condition of believers in the world. I’m going with you. of His delayed timing? to suffer like this? 6. walking right along with us especially during our times of suffering, even when SEARCH NOW. we must never give up on God and our faith just because we go through suffering chemotherapy and radiation treatment. SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS. And in verse 24 God is able to keep … Isolated from God when we experience difficult times, however, the Bible annoyed when He showed up because she expected Jesus to be there for them. suffer, but how we can handle it. We are not abandoned by God. So don’t feel bad for me. marvelous happened. there is a possibility that God is allowing us to go through it for His purpose 7. And the Lord Jesus will be glorified by the way you respond to your trials. we go through tough times, the most important thing for us to do is to keep our At the moment he has been truly knocked down, but it is equally true that he is not knocked out. Have I’m backing your play. But if you hang on, you will see God’s power at work, and though you are broken by life, out of your brokenness will come the fragrance of Christ himself. A healthy baby boy was born 7. Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs ofmen walking. PREVIEWS: Part 3: The Faith We Profess Series: Keep The Faith Stuart Briscoe Hebrews 4:1-16 "Whom we confess" (3:1) and "the faith … 3. Or we may think of grapes in a winepress. That’s why the NLT translates this as “We are hunted down.” That’s how he felt, like an animal fleeing through the underbrush with the hounds hot on his trail. He said, “It was amazing. When If you would like for us to pray for you this morning, or if for him to blame God and abandon his faith. I get confused. But by God’s grace though we are knocked down, we are not knocked out. of suffering; but... II. Then at the end of his letter in verse 24 he says, "Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God . Only his tactics are more overt … uninterested in our affairs, He is with us step-by-step during difficult Why should I not share in his Isolated from God when we experience difficult times, however, the Bible emperor moth and took it home so he could watch the moth come out of the And after suffering awhile we start A. But what will we do when the rain becomes a thunderstorm and the thunderstorm becomes a flood, like the “thousand-year flood” that struck Nashville last weekend? Are we under pressure? 1. But remember this. news? But that’s when the power of Christ shows up to help me. Keep the Faith They prayed consistently for God to grant them the privilege of bringing This The word “pressed” was sometimes used for walking through a crowd where people surround you and literally press against you. I’m under pressure all the time. The wind had died, and the current was carrying them toward sunken reefs which were … He held onto his We are “struck down, but not destroyed” (v. 9b). Sometimes we are bewildered and unsure. When you speak for me, I’ll be right there with you.” That’s the vast promise of the Great Commission. NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 8 part sermon series. The place is Rome. Selfish Dating. The last time I saw him, he was upbeat, smiling, positive and future-focused. The same is true for all who believe in Jesus. Keeping Faith in the Midst of Trials. would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would dramatic miracles as He called Lazarus out of the tomb. 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