Adrian Rogers: Learning to Endure (2470)

Adrian Rogers: Learning to Endure (2470)

January 23, 2020 5 By Stanley Isaacs


NOW LOOK UP HERE AND I WANT TO
ASK YOU A QUESTION. HOW MANY OF YOU THIS MORNING WANT STRENGTH?
HOW MANY OF YOU WANT VICTORY? HOW MANY OF YOU WANT PROSPERITY?
HOW MANY OF YOU WANT CONTENTMENT? ALL OF US DO. BUT
LET ME ASK YOU ANOTHER QUESTION. HOW MANY OF YOU WANT
TRIBULATION? MOST OF US DON’T. BUT IT IS TRIBULATION THAT WORKS
PATIENCE, WHICH LITERALLY MEANS, ENDURANCE. AND WITHOUT PATIENCE,
WITHOUT ENDURANCE, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THESE OTHER
THINGS, BECAUSE TRIBULATION WORKS ENDURANCE. KNOWN FOR HIS
UNIQUE ABILITY TO SIMPLIFY PROFOUND TRUTH SO THAT IT CAN BE
APPLIED TO EVERYDAY LIFE, ADRIAN ROGERS WAS ONE OF THE MOST
EFFECTIVE PREACHERS, RESPECTED BIBLE TEACHERS AND CHRISTIAN
LEADERS OF OUR TIME. WE HOPE YOU’LL HAVE YOUR BIBLES OPEN AS
HE TAKES US THROUGH TODAY’S STUDY. AND IF YOU ARE ENCOURAGED
BY TODAY’S MESSAGE, REMEMBER, YOU CAN STREAM THIS MESSAGE
AGAIN AND DOWNLOAD OUTLINES, NOTES, A TRANSCRIPT AND OTHER
RESOURCES TO GO ALONG WITH THIS MESSAGE ALL AT LWF.ORG. NOW
LET’S JOIN ADRIAN ROGERS. I WANT YOU TO FIND THE BOOK OF
JAMES, IF YOU WILL, AND I WANT YOU TO FIND THE FIRST CHAPTER IN
THAT BOOK. AND, UH, WE’RE GOING TO THINK TODAY ABOUT WHAT GOD
TEACHES IN THAT WONDERFUL BOOK ABOUT LEARNING TO ENDURE. I’M
GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT GOD. GOD IS A STRANGE
TEACHER. HE GIVES THE TEST FIRST AND THEN GIVES THE LESSON. AND
MANY OF YOU ARE GOING THROUGH A TEST OR A TRIAL. LOOK HERE IN
JAMES CHAPTER ONE. LET’S BEGIN IN VERSE TWO, “MY BRETHREN,
COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YOU FALL INTO DIVERS TEMPTATIONS,” THAT
IS, JUST SIMPLY DIFFERENT KINDS OF TEMPTATIONS, “KNOWING THIS,
THAT THE TRYING OF YOUR FAITH WORKETH PATIENCE. BUT LET
PATIENCE HAVE HER PERFECT WORK, THAT YE MAY BE PERFECT AND
ENTIRE, WANTING NOTHING. IF ANY OF YOU LACK WISDOM, LET HIM ASK
OF GOD, THAT GIVETH TO ALL MEN LIBERALLY, AND UPBRAIDETH NOT,
AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN HIM.” NOW LOOK UP HERE AND I WANT TO ASK
YOU A QUESTION. HOW MANY OF YOU THIS MORNING WANT STRENGTH? HOW
MANY OF YOU WANT VICTORY? HOW MANY OF YOU WANT PROSPERITY? HOW
MANY OF YOU WANT CONTENTMENT? ALL OF US DO. BUT LET ME ASK YOU
ANOTHER QUESTION. HOW MANY OF YOU WANT TRIBULATION? MOST OF US
DON’T. BUT IT IS TRIBULATION THAT WORKS PATIENCE, WHICH
LITERALLY MEANS, ENDURANCE. AND WITHOUT PATIENCE, WITHOUT
ENDURANCE, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THESE OTHER THINGS, BECAUSE
TRIBULATION WORKS ENDURANCE. NOW THE WORD PATIENCE IN OUR KING
JAMES BIBLE HERE DOESN’T MEAN THE ABILITY TO THREAD A NEEDLE.
AH, THE GREEK WORD HUPOMONO, MEANS TO ABIDE UNDER. GOD LAYS
CERTAIN BURDENS ON US, AND WE MUST ABIDE UNDER THOSE BURDENS
OR WE’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE ANYTHING ELSE. NOW, FOLKS, LET
ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. WE NEED TO WORK BY FAITH, AND WE NEED
TO, AH, PRAISE GOD BY FAITH, BUT WE NEED TO WAIT BY FAITH. YEARS
AGO, WHEN THE EARTH’S CRUST WAS FIRST HARDENING, I WAS PLAYING
FOOTBALL. [AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] AND, AH, YOU KNOW, WHEN I GOT
OUT THERE ON THAT FOOTBALL FIELD, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY
LIFE I HAD THE BALL AND THERE WAS NO ONE BETWEEN MYSELF AND
THE GOAL. NOW YOU JUST HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT A THRILL THAT
WAS. THE FIRST TIME EVER I HAD THE BALL, I HAD BROKEN LOOSE,
AND THERE WAS THE GOAL LINE. THIS WAS MY BIG DAY. AND I WAS
RUNNING AS HARD AS I COULD, BUT I WAS RUNNING OUT OF STEAM ALSO.
AND I SAW THE GOAL LINE, AND I SAID, “WELL, ONE THING FOR
CERTAIN. THAT GUY BEHIND ME IS NOT GOING TO CATCH ME BEFORE I
SCORE.” AND I DIVED OVER THE GOAL LINE, HAD IT MADE. BUT DO
YOU KNOW WHAT? IT WASN’T THE GOAL LINE. IT WAS THE FIVE-YARD
LINE. [AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] HOW HUMILIATING THAT I NEVER REACHED
THE GOAL BECAUSE I QUIT TOO SOON. SOME OF US CAN QUIT TOO
SOON. WE DON’T LEARN TO ENDURE. NOW IF YOU DON’T LEARN TO
ENDURE, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LEARN MUCH OF ANYTHING. AH,
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO IF YOU DON’T
LEARN TO ENDURE AND DO THE SCALES. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO
LEARN GREEK IF YOU DON’T ENDURE AND DO THE GREEK VERBS. YOU’RE
NOT GOING TO LOSE WEIGHT UNLESS YOU LEARN TO ENDURE. YOU’RE NOT
GOING TO BUILD CHARACTER UNLESS YOU ENDURE. NOW IN THE PASSAGE
THAT WE HAVE HERE, THE WORD FOR TEMPTATION IN VERSE TWO
LITERALLY MEANS TRIALS OR TESTING. LOOK IF YOU WILL IN
VERSE TWO, “MY BRETHREN, COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YE FALL INTO
DIVERS TEMPTATIONS.” WELL, WHAT DOES HE MENTION, WHAT DOES HE
MEAN THERE BY DIVERS TEMPTATIONS? SHOULD WE SAY,
“PRAISE GOD, I’M BEING TEMPTED TO SIN?” NO, THE WORD, THE WORD
MAY BE USED AS A TEMPTATION TO SIN, OR THAT SAME WORD IS USED
IN THE BIBLE AS A TESTING, A TRIAL. NOW LET’S LOOK AT THOSE.
YOU SEE, WE GET THE TEST FROM GOD. WE GET THE TEMPTATIONS FROM
THE DEVIL. DON’T GET THE IDEA THAT GOD IS TEMPTING YOU TO SIN.
IN JAMES CHAPTER ONE, “LET NO MAN SAY WHEN HE IS TEMPTED, I AM
TEMPTED OF GOD, FOR GOD CANNOT BE TEMPTED WITH SIN, NEITHER
TEMPTETH HE ANY MAN.” GOD WILL NOT TEMPT YOU TO SIN. THE DEVIL
WILL, BUT GOD WILL NOT. YOU KNOW IF THE DEVIL, IF GOD TEMPTED YOU
TO SIN, YOU’D HAVE A PERFECT EXCUSE. WHO CAN RESIST GOD? HA,
HA. AH, HE’S THE MASTER TEMPTER. NO, ONLY THE DEVIL WILL TEMPT
YOU TO SIN. GOD WILL TEST YOU. THE DEVIL WILL TEMPT YOU TO
CAUSE YOU TO STUMBLE. GOD WILL TEST YOU TO CAUSE YOU TO STAND.
AND WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS MORNING IS ENDURANCE UNDER
TRIALS, UNDER TESTINGS, THAT GOD GIVES TO US SO WE CAN GROW. AND
NOTICE HE DOESN’T SAY NOT IF YOU’RE TEMPTED, BUT WHEN YOU’RE
TEMPTED. LOOK IN VERSE TWO, “MY BRETHREN, COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN,
WHEN YE FALL INTO DIVERS TEMPTATIONS.” NOW THESE TESTS,
THESE TRIALS, AH, PRODUCE PATIENCE. THAT IS ENDURANCE. LET
ME GIVE YOU AN ANCILLARY SCRIPTURE TO PUT IN YOUR MARGIN
THERE IF YOU HAVE A BIBLE AND DON’T MIND WRITING IN IT. WRITE
RIGHT ALONGSIDE JAMES, ROMANS FIVE VERSE THREE, “AND NOT ONLY
SO, BUT WE GLORY IN TRIBULATIONS ALSO, KNOWING THAT TRIBULATION
WORKETH PATIENCE.” NOW WHEN YOU’RE PRAYING TO GOD, “GOD,
GIVE ME ENDURANCE, GIVE ME PATIENCE,” WELL, YOU’RE GOING TO
HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO ENDURE BEFORE YOU CAN EVER LEARN
ANYTHING ABOUT, AH, ENDURANCE AND PATIENCE. AND SO, WHEN YOU
PRAY FOR PATIENCE, DON’T BE AFRAID TO DO THAT. DON’T BE
AFRAID OF GOD’S TRIBULATION. GOD IS NOT TRYING TO CAUSE YOU TO
STUMBLE, BUT TO STAND. A WISE MAN SAID, “THE BUMPS ARE WHAT
YOU CLIMB ON.” AND THAT IS SO TRUE. NOW I WANT TO SAY TO ALL
OF US WHO ARE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD, DON’T GET THE IDEA THAT
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ALL SUNLIGHT AND ROSES, THAT, AH,
THERE WILL BE NO HEARTACHES, THAT THERE WILL BE NO TEARS.
THERE IS TRIBULATION, AND JESUS SAID, “IN THIS WORLD YE SHALL
HAVE TRIBULATION.” SO IF YOU’RE GOING THROUGH DEEP SORROW,
TROUBLE, PAIN, ANGUISH, AH, DISAPPOINTMENT, THAT DOESN’T
MEAN SOMETHING HAS GONE WRONG. IT MEANS THAT THE WORD OF GOD IS
TRUE. NOW, WHAT IF THE TEMPTATION IS A TEMPTATION TO
SIN FROM THE DEVIL, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? YOU OUGHT TO PRAY. YOU
OUGHT TO PRAISE GOD. I MEAN, IN THE MIDST OF IT, PRAISE GOD. NOW
YOU KNOW WHAT THE DEVIL’S GOING TO SAY? “LOOK HERE WHAT I’M
DOING TO THIS INDIVIDUAL, AND IT’S CAUSING HIM TO PRAY AND
PRAISE GOD. I’D BETTER STOP.” AH, IF IT’S FROM GOD, YOU OUGHT
TO PRAISE HIM AND PRAY BECAUSE HE DOES ALL THINGS WELL. AND
IT’S NOT A SIN TO BE TEMPTED. JESUS WAS TEMPTED IN ALL POINTS
LIKE AS WE ARE. AND, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THESE TESTS.
THESE TESTS ARE TESTS TO LET US KNOW THAT GOD IS REAL IN THE
DARKEST NIGHT. WOULD, WOULD YOU LIKE TO FLY ON AN AIRPLANE THAT
HAD NEVER BEEN TESTED? WELL, LISTEN, THE FAITH THAT CAN’T BE
TESTED CAN’T BE TRUSTED. AND SO, GOD IS GOING TO GIVE US TESTS
AND TRIALS. I WANT TO MENTION FIVE THINGS THAT I’VE LEARNED,
AND I PRAY THAT GOD WILL WRITE THEM ON YOUR HEART AND SEE IF
YOU CAN LEARN THEM ALSO. AND THE FIRST ONE’S GONNA SURPRISE YOU.
I HAVE LEARNED ENJOYMENT, ENJOYMENT. LOOK IN JAMES CHAPTER
ONE VERSE TWO, “MY BRETHREN, COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YE FALL
INTO DIVERS TEMPTATIONS.” COUNT IT JOY. NOW THAT DOESN’T MEAN
GRIN AND BEAR IT, BUT IT MEANS TO REJOICE IN THE LORD. WHY DO
WE COUNT IT ALL JOY? BECAUSE IF GOD GIVES YOU A TEST AND YOU
OVERCOME, OVERCOMING CHRISTIANS ARE JOYFUL CHRISTIANS. BARBARA
JOHNSON WROTE A BOOK. ONE STATEMENT IN THAT BOOK IS WORTH
THE ENTIRE BOOK, WHERE SHE SAID IN THAT BOOK, AH, THAT PAIN IS
INEVITABLE, BUT MISERY IS OPTIONAL. PAIN IN INEVITABLE;
MISERY IS OPTIONAL. NOW YOU CAN BE MISERAB, MISERABLE IF YOU
WANT TO, BUT YOU CAN, IN THE MIDST OF YOUR TRIAL, IN THE
MIDST OF YOUR TRIBULATION, HAVE JOY. PAUL AND SILAS WERE IN THAT
PHILIPPIAN JAIL, AND AT MIDNIGHT THEY WERE SINGING PRAISES UNTO
GOD. AH, THE WRITER OF HEBREWS SAYS IN HEBREWS 10 VERSE 34 THAT
YOU, “TOOK JOYFULLY THE SPOILING OF YOUR GOODS.” ONE OF MY
DEAREST FRIENDS IS A MAN NAMED JOSEPH T’SON, SPELLED T’SON. HE
WAS A MODERN-DAY APOSTLE TO ROMANIA. WHEN THAT CRUEL DESPOT,
CEAUSESCU WAS PERSECUTING THE CHRISTIANS, PUTTING THEM IN
PRISON, PUTTING MANY OF THEM TO DEATH BY ONE MEANS OR ANOTHER,
JOSEPH WAS PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD. THEY TRIED TO PUT A BRIDLE
ON JOSEPH, BUT HE KEPT PREACHING. ONE DAY, AH, THE
GESTAPO, AS IT WERE, THE STRONG-ARMED PEOPLE OF
CEAUSESCU, CAME TO JOSEPH’S HOME, UNANNOUNCED, AND SAID,
“WE’RE GOING TO GO THROUGH YOUR LIBRARY.” WELL, A PREACHER’S
LIBRARY IS VERY PRECIOUS TO HIM. IT’S LIKE A GOOD FRIEND. “AND
WE’RE GOING TO MAKE YOU SIGN EVERY ONE OF THE BOOKS IN YOUR
LIBRARY. AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO GO BACK AND HAVE THE SCHOLARS TO
LOOK THROUGH THOSE BOOKS. AND IF THERE’S ANY BOOK IN THIS LIBRARY
THAT DENIGRATES THE GOVERNMENT, THEN WE’RE GOING TO PUT YOU IN
JAIL.” AND JOSEPH AND HIS WIFE SAT THERE AS THEY WERE TAKING
HIS BOOKS DOWN, ONE BOOK AFTER ANOTHER, AND MAKING HIM SIGN
THAT BOOK. AND JOSEPH TOLD ME, HE SAID, “I WAS MISERABLE, I WAS
MISERABLE. IT WAS AWFUL.” BUT HE SAID, “THEN THEY HANDED ME A
BOOK TO SIGN. IT SAID, ‘JOY UNSPEAKABLE AND FULL OF GLORY:
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING IT NOW?’” AND JOSEPH LEARNED WHAT BARBARA JOHNSON SAID THAT, AH, PAIN IS
INEVITABLE, BUT MISERY IS OPTIONAL. JOY UNSPEAKABLE AND
FULL OF GLORY. AND JOSEPH SAID, “I WILL REJOICE IN YOU, OUR
GOD.” AND HE TOLD HIS WIFE, “ELIZABETH, WE HAVE GUESTS IN
OUR HOUSE. FIX SOME COFFEE FOR THEM.” AND HE BEGAN TO PRAISE
THE LORD. YOU SEE, THE FIRST FRUIT OF TRIBULATION OUGHT TO BE
ENJOYMENT. AH, PAUL SAID IN SECOND CORINTHIANS SEVEN AND
VERSE FOUR, “I’M EXCEEDINGLY JOYFUL IN ALL OUR TRIBULATION.”
NOW HERE’S THE SECOND TRUTH THAT I HAVE LEARNED. NOT ONLY
ENJOYMENT, BUT ENLARGEMENT, ENLARGEMENT. YOU GROW WHEN
TRIALS COME. LOOK, IF YOU WILL, IN JAMES ONE VERSE FOUR. LOOK AT
IT, “BUT LET PATIENCE HAVE HER PERFECT WORK, THAT YE MAY BE
PERFECT AND ENTIRE, WANTING NOTHING.” NOW LOOK AT THAT WORD
PERFECT. AH, IT’S THE GREEK WORD TELEOS. AND IT DOESN’T MEAN
SINLESS. THE BIBLE SAYS OF JESUS, “THE CAPTAIN OF OUR
SALVATION WAS MADE PERFECT THROUGH SUFFERING.” HE WASN’T
MADE SINLESS THROUGH SUFFERING. HE WAS ALREADY, AH, PERFECT AND
SINLESS. BUT IT’S THE WORD TELEOS MEANS MATURE, MATURE. AH,
AN OAK TREE IS THE PERFECTION OF AN ACORN. AND, AH, SOMEBODY HAS
WRITTEN THESE WORDS: WHEN YOU’RE DISCOURAGED AND FEELING A LITTLE
BLUE, TAKE A LOOK AT A MIGHTY OAK AND SEE WHAT A NUT CAN DO.
[AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] THAT, THAT, AH, OAK TREE IS THE PERFECTION
OF AN ACORN. IT IS, IT MEANS MATURITY. WE GROW UNDER STRESS.
I WAS LOOKING AT PSALM FOUR AND VERSE ONE. THE PSALMIST SAID,
AH, “THOU HAST ENLARGED ME WHEN I WAS IN DISTRESS.” WHEN DID YOU
GROW MUCH? WHEN DID YOU GROW THE MOST, WHEN YOU HAD NO PROBLEMS
OR WHEN STRESS CAME? WHEN PROBLEMS CAME AND YOU LEARNED TO
ENDURE, THAT IS WHEN YOU GREW THE MOST. AND IT, NOT ONLY DOES
ENJOYMENT COME, BUT ENLARGEMENT COMES. MATURITY COMES. NOW WHEN
YOU’RE UNDER STRESS, YOUR PHYSICAL BODY IS UNDER STRESS
WHEN YOU’RE LIFTING WEIGHTS, AH, THEN YOUR MUSCLES, AH, BEGIN TO
GROW. YOU KNOW, THE PROBLEM TODAY IS SO MANY CHRISTIANS WHO
ARE NOT TELEOS. THEY’RE NOT MATURE. THEY’RE NOT PERFECT.
THEY’RE NOT FULLY RIPE. I HAD A MANGO FOR BREAKFAST. I LOVE
MANGOS, I, I DO. I BELIEVE THAT THE GARDEN OF EDEN WAS FULL OF
THEM. AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE THEM, IT MAKES ME VERY HAPPY
CAUSE THAT MEANS THERE’S MORE FOR ME. [AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] AND,
AH, MANGOS ARE JUST A WONDERFUL FRUIT. THE BEST MANGO, IN MY
ESTIMATION, IS CALLED A HADEN MANGO, AND IT’S, AH, IT’S
EXOTIC. I WISH I COULD SHOW YOU A HADEN MANGO WHEN IT IS FULLY
SUN-RIPENED. THE TOP IS RED. THEN IT BLEEDS OFF TO SORT OF AN
ORANGEY-RED. THEN IT BLEEDS INTO A YELLOW. AND AT THE VERY TIP IS
A SPOT OF GREEN. NOW THAT’S THE WAY IT IS WHEN IT IS
SUN-RIPENED. THE, THE MANGOES YOU GET IN THE SUPERMARKET ARE
NOT SUN-RIPENED BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE ANY SHELF LIFE. BUT
WHEN A MANGO IS SUN-RIPENED AND YOU SMELL IT, THAT’S EXOTIC.
THAT’S, THAT’S ECSTASY TO THE NOSTRILS TO SMELL IT. AND, AH,
WHEN YOU PEEL IT, THE INSIDE IS LIKE BUTTER. WHAT DOES IT TASTE
LIKE? PINEAPPLE, YES; ORANGE, YES; PEACH, YES; BANANA, YES.
IT’S A COMBINATION OF ALL OF THESE. AND, UH, IT IS ECSTASY TO
GET ONE AND LET THE JUICE DRIP OFF YOUR CHIN. [AUDIENCE
LAUGHTER] THAT’S A MANGO. BUT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT A MANGO. A
MANGO, TO BE THAT WAY, HAS TO BE SUN-RIPENED, NOT RIPENED ON THE
SHELF IN YOUR HOUSE, ONE THAT YOU BROUGHT OUT OF THE
SUPERMARKET. NOW THOSE ARE GOOD, AND IF ANY OF YOU WANT TO BUY ME
SOME IN THE SUPERMARKET, I’M NOT SAYING DON’T DO THAT, [AUDIENCE
LAUGHTER] BUT I’M SAYING THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SH, SOMETHING
THAT HAS BECOME TELEOS. IT HAS BECOME MATURE. HAVE YOU EVER
SEEN ANY CHRISTIANS WHO WERE PICKED GREEN? THEY, THEY NEVER
MATURE. THEY NEVER QUITE GET THERE. SOMETIMES A YOUNG
PREACHER WILL SHOW GIFTEDNESS, ABILITY, AND HE HAS THE NATURAL
GIFT OF PREACHING. HE HAS A GOOD VOCABULARY, AND HE HAS SOME
CONVICTIONS. BUT SO MANY TIMES, HE IS PUT ON THE CIRCUIT IN THE
CONFERENCES AND HE PREACHES HIS HANDFUL OF SERMONS. THEN LATER
ON, YOU LEARN THAT HE FAILED, HE FELL, HE DISGRACED THE LORD.
WHAT WAS THE MATTER WITH THIS YOUNG PREACHER? HE WAS PICKED
GREEN. THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN YOU ORDAIN A MAN, DON’T ORDAIN A
NOVICE, LESS HE BE TEMPTED WITH PRIDE, LIFTED UP WITH PRIDE, AND
FALL UNDER THE CONDEMNATION OF THE DEVIL. NOW WHAT DOES, WHAT
DOES IT TEACH US? ENJOYMENT. WHAT DOES IT TEACH US?
ENLARGEMENT, MATURITY. I’LL TELL YOU ANOTHER THING WE LEARN FROM,
UH, TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS, AND THAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT. WE LEARN
SOME WONDERFUL THINGS. WE GET WISDOM WHEN THESE COME. LOOK IF
YOU WILL, JAMES ONE VERSES FOUR THROUGH EIGHT, “BUT LET
PATIENCE,” THAT IS MATURITY, “HAVE HER PERFECT WORK, THAT YE
MAY BE MATURE AND ENTIRE, WANTING NOTHING. AND IF ANY OF
YOU LACK WISDOM, LET HIM ASK OF GOD, THAT GIVETH TO ALL MEN
LIBERALLY, AND UPBRAIDETH NOT,” THAT MEANS HE WON’T SCOLD YOU
FOR ASKING, “AND IT SHALL BE, BE GIVEN HIM. BUT LET HIM ASK IN
FAITH, NOTHING WAVERING; FOR HE THAT WAVERETH IS LIKE A WAVE OF
THE SEA DRIVEN WITH THE WIND AND TOSSED. FOR LET NOT THAT MAN
THINK HE SHALL RECEIVE ANYTHING OF THE LORD. A DOUBLE-MINDED MAN
IS UNSTABLE IN ALL OF HIS WAYS.” NOW WHEN TRIALS COME,
DIFFICULTIES COME, YOU NEED ENLIGHTENMENT. YOU NEED WISDOM.
YOU KNOW, OLD JOB HAD TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS. YOU’RE FAMILIAR
WITH THE BOOK OF JOB. AND JOB WAS ASKING GOD, “GOD, WHY?” AND
JOB HAD SOME FRIENDS WHO TRIED TO EXPLAIN TO HIM WHY. AND YOU
KNOW THE WHOLE STORY OF JOB, BUT, FINALLY, JOB SAID TO GOD,
“I’D LIKE TO BRING YOU INTO COURT. I, I WANT TO SUE YOU FOR
DAMAGES.” NOW IT WASN’T THAT JOB WAS BEING DISRESPECTFUL, BUT HE
SAID, “O GOD, I WOULD LIKE TO ARGUE WITH YOU ABOUT THIS
THING.” AND GOD SAID, “OKAY, YOU WANT TO ARGUE?” AND GOD BEGAN TO
ASK JOB QUESTIONS, I MEAN, QUESTIONS THAT JOB COULD NOT
EVEN BEGIN TO GIVE THE REASON FOR, ABOUT THINGS THAT JOB COULD
NOT UNDERSTAND AT ALL. AND IN THE END OF THE BOOK, JOB STOPS
ASKING WHY AND STARTS REMEMBERING WHO. AND THAT’S WHAT
WE HAVE TO DO. REMEMBER WHO. THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE COUNSELORS;
YOUR JOB IS NOT TO SOLVE PEOPLES’ PROBLEMS. IF YOU DO
THAT, THEY’LL BECOME DEPENDENT UPON YOU. ULTIMATELY, YOUR JOB
IS TO BRING THEM TO GOD. NOT TO ANSWER THE WHY, BUT TO POINT
THEM TO THE WHO. AND IN TRIBULATION, GOD WILL GIVE YOU
THIS KIND OF WISDOM IF YOU’LL PRAY AND ASK HIM FOR THIS KIND
OF WISDOM. IT IS A, A MARK OF GROWTH WHEN WE STOP ASKING WHY
AND START REMEMBERING WHO. AH, YOU KNOW, A PERSON CAN HAVE A
PH.D. AND STILL ACT LIKE A FOOL. WHEN TRIALS COME, ASK GOD FOR
WISDOM. LOOK AGAIN IN JAMES ONE VERSE FOUR, “BUT LET PATIENCE
HAVE HER PERFECT WORK, THAT YE MAY BE PERFECT AND ENTIRE,
WANTING NOTHING. IF ANY OF YOU LACK WISDOM, LET HIM ASK OF GOD,
THAT GIVETH TO ALL MEN LIBERALLY, AND UPBRAIDETH NOT,
AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN HIM.” BUT NOW WATCH VERSE SIX, “BUT LET
HIM ASK IN FAITH, NOTHING WAVERING, FOR HE THAT WAVERETH
IS LIKE A WAVE OF THE SEA DRIVEN WITH THE WIND AND TOSSED. FOR
LET NOT THAT MAN THINK HE SHALL RECEIVE ANYTHING OF THE LORD.”
AND YOU PRAY IN FAITH AND YOU CAN SAY, “DEAR GOD, I KNOW THAT
IT IS YOUR WILL THAT I HAVE WISDOM. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME
WISDOM.” DON’T BE LIKE A WAVE. A WAVE IS TREACHEROUS. ONE TIME,
JOYCE AND I WERE IN HAWAII, AND, UH, WE WENT DOWN TO THE BEACH.
AND I SAW THE MOST MAGNIFICENT WAVES. AND I SAID TO JOYCE,
“JOYCE, YOU SIT UP HERE ON THE SHORE. THESE ARE THE BIGGEST
WAVES I THINK I’VE EVER SEEN. I’M GOING TO GO OUT AND DO SOME
BODY SURFING.” [AUDIENCE [LAUGHTER] SO I WENT OUT THERE
AND I WAITED FOR MY WAVE. AND I STARTED PADDLING TO GET ON THE
FRONT END OF THAT WAVE. THAT WAVE PICKED ME UP, SHOOK ME,
BODY SLAMMED TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BEACH, AND, FRIEND, I JUST
LAY THERE. I, I, I SAID, “I DON’T WANT TO MOVE ANYTHING. UH,
IS MY SPINE BROKEN?” [AUDIENCE [LAUGHTER] I’M SERIOUS. I JUST,
UNDER THE WATER, I JUST, I JUST WAITED THERE FOR A WHILE. AND I
MOVED THIS AND THIS AND MY LEGS, AND I SAID, “WELL, AT LEAST I’M
STILL ALIVE,” AND GOT UP AND GOT OUT OF THERE. AND WHEN I TURNED
AROUND, THERE WAS A SIGN I’D NOT SEEN. IT SAID, “NO BODY SURFING
ALLOWED; SPINAL INJURY MAY OCCUR.” [AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] HEH,
HEH, HEH, HEH, I WALKED RIGHT PAST THAT SIGN; NEVER SAW IT,
NEVER READ IT. BUT I HAVE LEARNED ONE THING, FRIEND, YOU
CAN’T TRUST A WAVE. AND GOD WON’T TRUST A CHRISTIAN WHO’S
LIKE A WAVE OF THE SEA. NO, WITH A ROCK-LIKE FAITH YOU ASK GOD
FOR WISDOM, AND GOD WILL GIVE YOU WISDOM. DID YOU KNOW THAT
KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM COME FROM GOD? I’M TALKING ABOUT GODLY
KNOWLEDGE. BUT KNOWLEDGE IS LEARNED FROM LOOKING AROUND;
WISDOM IS LEARNED FROM LOOKING UP. AND, REALLY, YOU NEED WISDOM
TO LEARN HOW TO USE KNOWLEDGE. KNOWLEDGE COMES BY STUDY; WISDOM
COMES BY PRAYER. SOMETIMES THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ASK ME, “PASTOR,
PRAY FOR ME. I’M HAVING FINALS; THAT GOD WILL GIVE ME WISDOM.” I
SAY, “SON, I’LL PRAY FOR YOU THAT GOD WILL HELP YOU TO
STUDY.” I MEAN, HUH, HUH, AH, BEING A CHRISTIAN DOESN’T
INCREASE YOUR IQ. YOU SEE, WE NEED WISDOM. THANK GOD FOR THE
WISDOM. AND, FRIEND, IN TRIALS YOU WILL LEARN MORE THAN YOU’LL
LEARN WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING. I WALKED A MILE WITH PLEASURE, SHE
CHATTED ALL THE WAY; BUT MADE ME NONE THE WISER FOR ALL SHE HAD
TO SAY. I WALKED A MILE WITH SORROW, NOT A WORD SAID SHE;
BUT, OH THE THINGS I LEARNED FROM SORROW WHEN SORROW WALKED
WITH ME. FOURTHLY, HERE’S SOMETHING ELSE I’VE LEARNED, AND
THAT IS ENTHRONEMENT. I’VE LEARNED THAT IN DIFFICULTY AND
SORROW AND PAIN AND PERPLEXITY, YOU CAN ACTUALLY LEARN TO LIVE
AS A KING DURING THESE THINGS, NOT WITHOUT THESE THINGS. LOOK
IN CHAPTER ONE AND VERSE 12, “BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT
ENDURETH TEMPTATION; FOR WHEN HE IS TRIED, HE SHALL RECEIVE,” NOW
WATCH THIS, “THE CROWN OF LIFE.” HE’LL BE CROWNED. HE’LL BECOME A
KING. NOW HE’S NOT TALKING ABOUT A CROWN WHEN WE GET INTO HEAVEN;
NOT TALKING ABOUT A CROWN IN FU, IN THE FUTURE. HE’S TALKING
ABOUT A CROWN RIGHT NOW. THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID THAT WE ARE TO
REIGN IN LIFE. GOD WANTS YOU TO HAVE DOMINION OVER ALL OF THESE
THINGS. BUT YOU’LL NEVER LEARN TO BE OVER UNTIL YOU LEARN TO BE
UNDER; UNTIL YOU ENDURE. WITHOUT ENDURANCE, AH, YOU’RE NOT GOING
TO HAVE ENTHRONEMENT. FRIEND, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. IF
YOU DO NOT BEAR THE CROSS, YOU CAN’T WEAR THE CROWN. IN LIFE,
WHEN THESE THINGS COME, GET UNDER AND STAY UNDER UNTIL GOD
IS FINISHED, AND GOD WILL GIVE YOU THE CROWN OF LIFE. GOD WILL
ENTHRONE YOU. YOU KNOW, THE BIBLE SAYS IN PROVERBS CHAPTER
25 VERSE 28, “HE THAT HATH NO RULE OVER HI, OVER HIS OWN
SPIRIT IS LIKE A CITY THAT IS BROKEN DOWN AND WITHOUT WALLS.”
IF YOU DON’T LEARN TO RULE, TO BE THE KING OVER YOUR OWN
SPIRIT, YOU’RE LIKE A CITY WITHOUT WALLS. ENEMIES CAN COME
AND GO. BUT GOD WANTS YOU TO BE A KING AND, AH, TO RULE IN THIS
LIFE. AND IF YOU DON’T LEARN TO RULE, I’M TELLING YOU, YOU’RE IN
DANGER. YOU’RE LIKE, YOU’RE LIKE A CITY THAT’S, WHOSE WALLS ARE
BROKEN DOWN. NOW HERE’S THE FIFTH AND FINAL THING I WANT TO
MENTION, AH, THAT WILL COME, AH, THROUGH TRIALS AND DIFFICULTIES,
AND GOD IS TEACHING ME. I HAVEN’T, I HAVEN’T LEARNED
EVERYTHING YET, BUT YOU KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT GOD? HE NEVER
FLUNKS YOU; JUST RE-ENROLLS YOU. [AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] HA, HA. HE
JUST RE-ENROLLS YOU SO YOU CAN LEARN. BUT HERE’S, HERE’S THE
NEXT THING, ENRICHMENT. LOOK AGAIN IN, AH, CHAPTER ONE AND
VERSE FOUR, “LET PATIENCE HAVE HER PERFECT WORK, THAT YE MAY BE
PERFECT,” THAT’S TELEOS, MATURE, “AND ENTIRE, NOW WATCH THIS NEXT
PHRASE, WANTING NOTHING.” HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME TO THE
PLACE WHERE THERE’S NOTHING YOU WANT? WELL, ACCORDING TO THIS,
YOU CAN COME TO THAT PLACE. NOW THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE THE
KEY TO FORT KNOX. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW RICH YOU ARE, ADD UP
EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE THAT MONEY CANNOT BUY AND DEATH
CANNOT TAKE AWAY. THEN YOU WILL KNOW JUST EXACTLY HOW RICH YOU
ARE. AND GOD SAYS, “IF YOU LEARN TO ENDURE, I’LL BRING YOU TO THE
PLACE WHERE YOU WILL NEED NOTHING.” YEARS AGO, I WENT OUT
TO A CAMP MEETING, AH, BACK IN THE BACK WOODS OF FLORIDA. I WAS
DRIVING A LITTLE VOLKSWAGEN IN THOSE DAYS, AND I LOVED THAT
LITTLE CAR. IT WAS A GREAT CAR. BUT ONE THING ABOUT THE
VOLKSWAGEN IN THOSE DAYS, IT DIDN’T HAVE A GASOLINE GAUGE. IT
HAD TWO TANKS, AND WHEN YOU RAN OUT OF GAS IN THE FIRST TANK,
YOU JUST TURNED A LITTLE LEVER AND, AH, YOU TURNED ON THE
SECOND TANK. NOW IN THE SECOND TANK THERE WAS JUST A MITE MORE,
AS I REMEMBER, OF A GALLON OF GASOLINE, AND SO A VOLKSWAGEN
WOULD GO PRETTY FAR ON A GALLON OF GASOLINE TILL YOU FIND A
SERVICE STATION. BUT I HAD FORGOTTEN I WAS ALREADY ON THAT
LITTLE TANK. AND WE WERE OUT IN THE BACK WOODS. I HAD A FRIEND
WITH ME. AND I SAID, “OH, NO, WE ARE GOING TO RUN OUT OF
GASOLINE. I WAS MEANING TO GET A LIT, GASOLINE BEFORE WE EVER
CAME OUT HERE, AND WE HAVE DRIVEN WAY OUT HERE, AND NOW
WE’RE COMING BACK ON THIS LONELY ROAD.” I SAID TO MY FRIEND,
“LET’S PRAY, O GOD, LET’S P, THAT WE’LL FIND A PLACE, A
SERVICE STATION.” AND WE PRAYED AND WE DROVE AND DROVE, AND I
KNEW BY, AFTER A WHILE WE WERE RUNNING ON FUMES, AND I THOUGHT
WE’RE GOING TO RUN OUT OF GASOLINE, BUT WE KEPT ON
PRAYING. AND I SAW THE GAS STATION IN THE DISTANCE JUST
WHEN THE CAR RAN OUT OF GASOLINE AND THE MOTOR STOPPED. I PUT IT
INTO NEUTRAL AND WE BEGAN TO COAST. NO EXAGGERATION. I
COASTED RIGHT TO THE PUMP, RIGHT TO THE PUMP, [AUDIENCE LAUGHTER]
AND A MAN CAME OUT AND SAID; THAT’S WHEN THEY WERE SERVICE
YOUR CAR. YOU DIDN’T PUT IT IN SELF-SERVICE. AND HE SAID, “MAY
I HELP YOU?” I SAID, “YES, I’D LIKE $.75 WORTH OF GASOLINE.”
[AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] THAT’S ALL I HAD. I HAD GIVEN THE REST TO THE
CAMP MEETING. I HAD $.75 IN MY POCKET. NOW LET ME TELL YOU
SOMETHING. GOD DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK MIRACLES LIKE THAT FOR YOU
OR FOR ME, BUT THE, THE THING I’M TRYING TO ILLUSTRATE IS I
DIDN’T NEED ANY GAS. I CAME RIGHT TO THE SERVICE STATION, I
DIDN’T NEED ANY GAS. AND I DIDN’T NEED ANY MONEY BECAUSE I
HAD $.75. GOD WILL BRING YOU TO THE PLACE, AH, IF YOU’LL LEARN
TO TRUST HIM, I PROMISE YOU THAT GOD WILL BE THERE TO MEET YOUR
NEED. NOW LISTEN, LOOK, IF YOU WILL, IN JAMES FIVE VERSES SEVEN
AND EIGHT, “BE PATIENT THEREFORE, BRETHREN, UNTO THE
COMING OF THE LORD. BEHOLD, THE HUSBANDMAN,” THAT MEANS THE
FARMER OR THE VINE DRESSER, “WAITETH FOR THE PRECIOUS FRUIT
OF THE EARTH, AND HATH LONG PATIENCE FOR IT, UNTIL HE
RECEIVE THE EARLY AND THE LATTER RAIN.” YOU CAN’T HURRY THE
HARVEST. GOD WANTS TO GIVE YOU RICHES, BUT YOU CAN’T HURRY THE
HARVEST. BACK IN BIBLE TIMES IS WHAT YOU CALL THE FORMER RAIN
AND THE LATTER RAIN. OH, IT’S STILL TRUE OVER IN ISRAEL TODAY.
AH, THE FORMER RAIN IS IN THE FALL. IT CAUSES THE SEED TO
GERMINATE. THE LATTER RAIN IS IN THE SPRING THAT CAUSES THE GRAIN
TO SWELL UP AND GET RIPE AND READY FOR HARVEST. NOW THE BIBLE
SAYS YOU’VE GOT TO ENDURE IF YOU WANT THE HARVEST. IF YOU WANT TO
BE ENRICHED? YOU’VE GOT TO ENDURE. THE PROBLEM WITH MANY OF
US IS THAT WE WANT IT NOW. HUH, OUR FOR, FOREFATHERS WOULD, AH,
GET UPSET IF THEY MISSED A STAGECOACH, AND THEY’D SAY,
“WELL, ANOTHER ONE WILL BELONG IN A MONTH.” WE GET UPSET TODAY
IF WE MISS A SECTION OF A REVOLVING DOOR. [AUDIENCE
LAUGHTER] WE WANT IT NOW. THAT’S THE REASON WHY SO MANY PEOPLE
ARE UP TO THEIR EARS IN WORSHIPPING THE GOD OF CREDIT.
THESE CREDIT CARDS HAVE DESTROYED THEM. THEY’RE BUYING
THINGS THEY DON’T NEED WITH MONEY THEY DON’T HAVE TO IMPRESS
PEOPLE THEY DON’T LIKE. [AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] AND THERE
ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE WHO WILL BE HAPPY TO SELL YOU THOSE THINGS.
BUT WHAT GOD SAYS, “ENDURE! ENDURE! I’LL MAKE YOU RICH. I’LL
GIVE YOU THE REAL RICHES OF LIFE.” AND SO, FRIEND, I WISH I
COULD TELL YOU MORE THAT I’VE LEARNED, BUT TIME HAS GONE. I’VE
LEARNED THIS MUCH, INDEED, AND, UH, I THANK GOD FOR IT. BUT LET
ME JUST CLOSE WITH A LINE FROM AN OLD SONG. WHEN THROUGH FIERY
TRIALS THY PATHWAY SHALL LIE, MY GRACE ALL SUFFICIENT SHALL BE
THY SUPPLY; THE FLAMES SHALL NOT HURT THEE, I ONLY DESIGN, THY
DROSS TO CONSUME AND THY GOLD TO REFINE. NOW, YOU SAY, “PASTOR, I
WANT TO LIVE THAT WAY. I WANT TO BE IN GOD’S SCHOOL.” LISTEN TO
ME NOW. YOU’VE GOT TO ENROLL. YOU’VE GOT TO ENROLL. YOU SAY,
“I’M IN THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS.” NO, THAT’S NOT GOD’S
SCHOOL. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFICULTIES THAT ALL OF US
HAVE IN LIFE. I’M TALKING ABOUT THE TRIALS, THE TESTINGS THAT
COME FROM GOD THAT CAUSE US AND ENABLE US TO ENDURE. WOULD YOU
BOW YOUR HEADS IN PRAYER? HEADS ARE BOWED AND EYES ARE CLOSED.
AND IF YOU’RE NOT ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT YOU KNOW JESUS
CHRIST AS YOUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR, I’VE GOT WONDERFUL NEWS
FOR YOU. OUR LORD IS KNOCKING AT YOUR HEART’S DOOR. HE IS CLOSER
TO YOU THAN THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO YOU IN THIS SERVICE. HE
DESIRES TO SAVE YOU. HE WANTS TO SAVE YOU. HE WILL SAVE YOU. HE
DIED TO SAVE YOU. HE PROMISED TO SAVE YOU IF YOU WOULD TRUST HIM.
THE BIBLE SAYS SIMPLY AND SWEETLY AND SUBLIMELY, “BELIEVE
ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED.” TO BE
SAVED MEANS THAT EVERY SIN IS FORGIVEN. TO BE SAVED MEANS THAT
GOD, THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, COMES INTO US TO GIVE US LIFE,
PEACE, POWER, PURPOSE, AND JOY. AND TO BE SAVED MEANS THAT WHEN
JESUS COMES AGAIN, OR WE DIE, WE’LL GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN.
WOULD YOU LIKE THAT TODAY? WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE A PERSONAL
RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH CHRIST? LET ME GUIDE YOU IN A
PRAYER. AND YOU PRAY RIGHT THERE, SILENTLY, BUT FERVENTLY
IN YOUR SEAT. AND MAKE THIS PRAYER, IF YOU CAN, YOUR PRAYER
AND DON’T JUST REPEAT THE WORDS. BUT PRAY THIS WAY, “DEAR GOD, I
KNOW THAT YOU LOVE ME, AND I KNOW THAT YOU WANT TO SAVE ME.
JESUS, YOU DIED TO SAVE ME. YOU PAID MY SIN DEBT ON THE CROSS
WITH YOUR SHED BLOOD. THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT, JESUS. NOW, LORD
JESUS, I OPEN MY LIFE UP TO YOU. RIGHT NOW I RECEIVE YOU AS MY
LORD AND MASTER. I TURN FROM MY SINFUL WAYS TO YOU, LORD JESUS.
COME INTO MY HEART, FORGIVE MY SIN, AND SAVE ME, LORD JESUS.”
PRAY THAT PRAYER AND MEAN IT. LISTEN. YOU CAN PUT IT IN A
SENTENCE, “SAVE ME, LORD JESUS.” DID YOU PRAY THAT PRAYER? THEN I
WANT TO SUGGEST YOU PRAY THIS WAY, “THANK YOU FOR DOING IT.
AND I’LL NOT BE ASHAMED OF YOU BECAUSE YOU DIED FOR ME. I WILL
MAKE IT PUBLIC TODAY. I WILL NOT BE ASHAMED OF YOU, LORD JESUS.
THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME.” YES INDEED FRIEND, WE DO HAVE
TROUBLES, BUT THANK GOD WE HAVE A HEAVENLY FATHER WHO KNOWS, WHO
CARES, WHO WATCHES OVER US AND WHO WILL SEE US THROUGH. NOW
THAT BRINGS UP A QUESTION: IS HE YOUR FATHER? WELL NOT UNLESS
YOU’VE BEEN BORN INTO HIS FAMILY. THE BIBLE CALLS THAT
BEING BORN AGAIN. WERE BORN AGAIN WHEN WE RECEIVE CHRIST AS
OUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR. WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THAT? MAY I
HELP YOU TO DO IT? AND FRIEND, RIGHT NOW, THIS MOMENT, YOU CAN
BECOME A CHILD OF GOD AND YOU CAN SAY, “HEAVENLY FATHER,” AND
MEAN IT IF YOU WILL PRAY AND ASK CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART. I INVITE
YOU TO PRAY THIS WAY, SPEAK TO GOD OUT OF YOUR HEART, “DEAR
GOD, I KNOW THAT YOU LOVE ME, I KNOW YOU WANT TO SAVE ME. JESUS
YOU DIED TO SAVE ME AND PROMISED TO SAVE ME IF I WOULD TRUST YOU,
I DO TRUST YOU. COME INTO MY LIFE, FORGIVE MY SIN, CLEANSE
ME, SAVE ME LORD JESUS.” FRIEND, PRAY THAT, PRAY IT FROM YOUR
HEART. ASK HIM TO SAVE YOU, TRUST HIM TO DO IT. AND THEN IF
YOU DO, WOULD YOU WRITE TO US AND LET US KNOW? WE WILL REJOICE
WITH YOU AND WE WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND WE WILL SEND YOU SOME
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