- Slides: 26
God is Good? ! All the Time? ! God is Good!
God doesn’t desire faith 하나님은 믿음을 원하는 것이 아닙 니다 GOOG Stock Similar to our faith?
Rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. (v. 20 -22) 돌밭에 뿌리웠다는 것은 말씀을 듣고 즉시 기쁨으로 받되 그 속에 뿌리가 없어 잠시 견디다가 말씀을 인하여 환난 이나 핍박이 일어나는 때에는 곧 넘어지는 자요 가시떨기 에 뿌리웠다는 것은 말씀을 들으나 세상의 염려와 재리의 유혹에 말씀이 막혀 결실치 못하는 자요 (v. 20 -22) Sang Slide
• Abraham lied about his wife twice (Gen 12, 20) • Abraham had children w/ slave (Hagar), even though God said His promises will be fulfilled by his wife Sarah (Gen 15) • But in the end, he got his unshakeable faith, and he was commended for it! Abraham believed that God is faithful and will keep His promises Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness. 아브람이 여호와를 믿으니 여호와께서 이를 그의 의로 여기시고 (Gen 15: 6) Abraham (아브라함)
Hebrews 11: 17 -19 (NLT) 17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, 18 even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted. ” 19 Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead. Sang Notes
Israelites saw the power of God @ Red Sea (Ex 14) • 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. ” • 14 여호와께서 여러분을 위해 싸우실 것입니다. 그러니 여러분은 가 만히 계십시오. ” But many had temporary faith (Num 13) - Let’s go at once to take the land! (Joshua/Caleb) 자, 올라가서 그 땅을 점령합시다! 우리는 충분히 그들을 이길 수 있 습니다 - We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are! 그렇지 않습니다. 우리는 그들을 당해 낼 수가 없습니다. 그들은 우 리보다 훨씬 강합니다 (Rest of Israelites) Israelites and Joshua/Caleb
They wanted a king They wanted gods of other nations They did not remember God’s goodness They did not have enduring faith Do you remember what happened to them? Story of Israelites after Canaan
(v. 2) Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. Trials are GOOD! It tests our faith and makes us stronger! It questions what we really believe James 1: 2 -8
If we waiver, then we never had faith in that belief in the first place; if we hold on (even despite the circumstances), that means we believe and have greater confidence in God than the circumstances around us. This is particularly important to the individual visions God has given us. If, let’s say, God said you would marry a very loving-husband. But you find yourself not able to meet anyone for many years – would you believe that God never meant that vision for you? The question is really about your faith — do you believe that God speaks to you, and if He did, would he take it back? Sang Chart
(v. 3 -4) For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. God desires us to be constant, as He is constant James 1: 2 -8
(for v. 3 -4) Faith has to grow so that it will endure. Only when endurance (perseverance) is developed, will we be perfect (in our trust and confidence in God) — then we will need nothing. Sang Slide
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. If there’s one thing that we do not have, it is wisdom. Fortunately, the promise here is that when we ask, it IS given to us. 우리에게 한가지 부족한 점이 있다면, 지혜입 니다. 다행이, 우리가 물어보면 하나님이 주신다고 합니다 James 1: 2 -8
In some sense, if someone were to ask me how to know if God is speaking to us, I think this is the easiest to explain. First, we get an impression, a thought or some way to cause us to think — maybe this what God wants me to do or go after. Then we pray seeking wisdom (a short prayer is fine). Then in faith, we go forward and believe this is what God wants us to do and do it. More practically, as an example, if you ever felt that God wanted you to pray for someone, we ought to ask in prayer, and if there’s no push-back in our hearts, we should go do it. (But often, many of us are afraid and just conclude, “well, let me pray about it some more” — then your chance to take action on your faith passes) — this is not the boldness of a person of faith. Some situations are more complex and may require longer time in prayer. And this is justifiable –just humble yourself before the Lord and wait on Him to give you full assurance. However, don’t skimp out on small acts that you can do in faith during the time of humbling. (And remember — this is a joyful thing that your faith is being tested!!!).
6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. After hearing from God, carry on in faith 하나님이 말씀하셨으면, 믿음갖고 이루세요 (7 -8절 대로 애굽으로 돌아가려던 사람들을 본받지마세요!) James 1: 2 -8
v. 6 – Again, this verse points of acts of constancy. After having prayed — we must move in faith believing that God has willed what you are about to do and carry on. If we are uncertain, then we should go back to our knees and humble ourselves before Him — but for the most part, many of us have made XYZ commitments to the Lord (which means we’ve already gone through the humbling!), but go back to where we started! (like the Israelites wanting to go back to Egypt, the land of slavery!). Sang Slides
Most practical application here is when we feel God has given us a vision for our lives. As we go along trying our best to fulfill that vision, it may seem as if it is not working out. These are times to say, “this is of God and I’m going to go forward with full confidence in God. ” (Instead of going back on your knees and asking, “God are you sure? ”). The reason why we shouldn’t is shown in verse 7 -8, we are divided — especially blaming it on circumstances. When our hearts and faith is divided like that, you’ll be missing out on the blessings of faith. Sang Slides
Be sure to include our faith for our regular day things – like work, school, tax of america, etc Sang Slides