Moving From Trouble to Triumph
Bridge: "By Your Spirit I will rise/ From the ashes of defeat/ The resurrected King, is resurrecting me/ In Your name I come alive/ To declare Your victory/ The resurrected King, is resurrecting me."
Chorus: "Your name, Your name is Victory/ All praise will rise to Christ our King" (Elevation Church)
"...and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith..." (Hebrews 12:1&2, ESV)
Moving from Trouble to Triumph
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, ESV)
"Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help" (Psalm 22:11, ESV)
"Loss of hope and courage can have a deadly effect on man. When a man no longer possesses a motive for living, no future to look toward, he curls up in a corner and dies. Any attempt to restore a man’s inner strength in camp, had first to succeed in showing him some future goal.” ~ Victor Frankl (Man's Searching for Meaning)
1. Victory in Christ will show up in a Joyful Attitude!
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds
"You can't be a smart cookie with a crummy attitude" ~ John Maxwell
2. Victory in Christ requires an Understanding Mind!
3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." "For you know..."
"God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:13, ESV)
"A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't" ~ Charles Spurgeon
3. Victory in Christ will be revealed by a surrendered life!
4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20, ESV)
4. Victory in Christ requires having a Believing Heart!
5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God..... 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting"
"1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him." (Hebrews 11:1-6, ESV)
Week 1 - Moving from Trouble to Triumph
Pastor David spoke this weekend from James 1:1-12 on the topic of Moving from Trouble to Triumph. This is a struggle for each and everyone of us. Being able to do this consistently requires us to be able to look at a situation and realize there our perspective is only one of many different ways to view the situation and that our perspective may not always be accurate. If we want to be able to move from ‘Trouble to Triumph’ we must train ourselves to see things the way that GOD sees. This is hard for us because we put ourselves at the center of everything while GOD, rightfully, has His Glory at the center of all things.
As a group look at Is. 48:11. How does this verse illustrate that GOD’s perspective is usually different from ours?
Describe a time when either you or someone else saw things the way GOD would see it? This could be giving/receiving an encouraging word at just the right time, or sharing the Gospel with someone who, unaware to you, was really struggling with life, etc… Please share these stories with your group.
Is it possible to, on a consistent basis, see things how GOD would see them?
As a group, read Rom. 12:2. What light does this passage shed on the idea of being able to see how GOD sees?
In Gen. 17: 1-8, 15-16. We see that GOD is making a covenant with Abram (Abraham)--that He will give him a son [through Sari (Sarah)], and through that son will be many descendants…a nation of peoples. This is important because having a son will preserve Abraham's’ legacy. This sets the stage for a great example of how to turn trouble and trial into triumph. Let’s examine as a group the story of Abraham and Isaac.
1. Read Gen. 22:1-14. As a group, discuss what is happening in v1-3?
2. Read v6-8. Discuss as a group what must be going through Abraham’s mind as his son, Isaac, begins to innocently ask questions about the missing lamb?
3. What can we learn about Abraham from v9-10?
4. It is obvious that Abraham is looking at this situation differently than we would expect a human father too. He is not using his human eyes in this situation; He is seeing this situation as GOD would see it. How is it that Abraham could have this kind of faith…to do what we would describe as the unimaginable?
5. This truth is particularly evident when we look at v5. How do we see Abraham’s faith and confidence in the covenant promise of GOD in this verse?
6. Abraham’s faith in the covenant promise of GOD is also evident from v8. How so?
It is remarkable that Abraham was able to behave in the way that he did during this situation. It is obvious that he was not looking at this situation through a human perspective, otherwise, he could not have handled himself the way he did. He was able to see this situation how GOD saw it, because of his close relationship with GOD. Abraham knew the word and promises of GOD and relied on them during this time and that GOD. Abraham knew that GOD would not allow anything to happen to his son…and if he did, it would be for GOD’s glory and GOD would be faithful to his covenant promise and provide another son from which all Abraham’s descendants would come. This is Abraham moving past the trouble/trial stage to Triumph! Without knowing and holding fast to the promises of GOD, Abraham would have quickly begun to doubt GOD and worry about his son’s life--he would have been stuck in the trouble/trial stage. We can learn from Abraham, that if we truly want to move from trouble to triumph--then we must train ourselves to see the way that GOD sees. This comes through scripture, prayer, and time spent with GOD. We need to learn GOD’s promises so that we can claim them in tough situations. If we know GOD’s promises, then we can easily diagnose satan’s lies--and move right through trouble into the GOD’s glorious Triumph.