Romans 8:28 

2 Corinthians 4:17

Why do we have trouble and trials in our lives?  God uses these to make us more like Christ.

We need to apply what we read in the Word because we live in a troubled world.  1 Peter 4:12

God uses our problems to draw us closer to God. 

We feel close to God when we are in our greatest need. 

We need to be thankful to God for the problems because they give us a chance to grow.  Problems also give us a chance to stop and look to God.  2 Cor. 1:8  We need to learn to lean on God.  Things that happen to us are part of God’s plan.  God is in control.

Romans 8:28-29

This doesn’t say that God is going to make everything work the way I want it to.  We live in a fallen world so things here don’t always work out. 

Rom 8:28  We know that God is in control.  God has a plan.  He is the perfect planner.  God can bring God from all situations.  God causes all things to work together for good.  Give God all the things that happen to you and he can make something god.

God can take less than perfect people and make good things happen. 

What is the purpose God has for our lives?  To be more like his son.  2 Peter 1:6.

God gives you chances to develop your spiritual character through the problems he gives you.  Romans 5:34, Hebrews 5:8. 

How can we respond to Problems as Jesus would?  Remember these three things:

1.  God’s plan is perfectly good. Jeremiah 29:11

2.  Remember to rejoice in all circumstances. I Thess. 5:16-18

3.  Don’t give up on God. James 1:2-4

There is no quick fix with God.  When we are faced with problems we should be patient and steadily mature in Christ.

 We should ask, “What do you want me to learn, God?”  How can I react to this situation to show you to the world? 2 Corinthians 4:17

The basic outline for this lesson comes from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

—Bob Rossow, 7-3-05, a.m.

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