Sun, Jun 21, 2020
A Faith That Isn't Troubled By Troubles
James 1:1-6 by Ruben Ortega
Series: A Faith That Works When Life Doesn’t

“A FAITH THAT ISN’T TROUBLED BY TROUBLES”
(A Faith That Works When Life Doesn’t - Part 1)
June 21, 2020

Preschool Lesson:   The King and The Kingdom
Elementary Lesson: Supernatural

Worship Leaders: Miguel Torres, Jim Carlile, Julie Hellman
Sermon: Pastor Ruben Ortega

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.  2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  (James 1:1-6 )

Four Truths To Remember When You’re Facing Troubles:

(“Troubles”: problems, difficulties, concerns, anxiety, stress, misfortune, trials, grief, suffering, inconvenience, shortcomings)

  1. Troubles are unavoidable.

“... when you meet trials of various kinds …”  (James 1:2 a)

  1. Troubles are unreliable.

“... when you meet trials of various kinds …”  (James 1:2 a)

  1. Troubles are unpredictable.

“... when you meet trials of various kinds …”  James 1:2 a)

  1. Troubles are unfaltering.

“... for you know that the testing of your faith produces …”  (James 1:3 a)

The Benefits of Troubles:

  • Troubles test my faith.

“... for you know that the testing of your faith …” (James 1:3 )

  • Troubles produce steadfastness (= endurance).

“... the testing of your faith produces steadfastness …”  (James 1:3 )

  • Troubles perfect and complete

“... that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  (James 1:4 )

How Should I Respond To Troubles?

  • Rejoice in the benefits!  “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials …”  (James 1:2 a)
  • Relax and trust God.  “For that person must suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”  (James 1:7-8 )
  • Rely on God believing He will help.  “... with no doubting …” (James 1:6 b)
  • Remain faithful and remember God’s promises.  Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”  (James 1:12 )