For the past 8 weeks, we have been talking about faith in the fire.
– When the circumstances do not change
– When the faith formulas fail
– When the soundbites become empty
– When the tragedy, the loss, the unthinkable happens and your faith is flattened in the mud
That’s when you learn the most.
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Job says that God showed up in a whirlwind to speak to him. Maybe you are feeling the same. Chaos seems to rule the day. The tragedies of life have camped at your door for too long.

Take courage; it is God’s School of Drop Forged Faith!
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Opening Scripture:
John 13:7  “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”

You don’t know what the Lord is going to do with your circumstances.
You don’t know the people who are impacted by your life.
You don’t know the people who hear God through your struggle.

What God is doing is preparing a testimony.
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We have looked at the lives of the Saints: Job, Joseph, David, Abraham, and Paul.

Each one is an example of drop forged faith.

All of them submitted their lives to God and trusted Him. God is the common denominator.

Malachi 3:6  “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.

He is the same today as He was then.

God uses trials to build our faith and there is no strong faith without what the Bible calls “diverse circumstances.”

Over and over, God uses the lives of people in ways that other’s are encouraged by.
– Job’s life teaches us that we are God’s champions; the story is not about Job’s faith, but about God’s faith in Job.
– Joseph’s life teaches us that God is always a part of the trial; he sent Joseph ahead to preserve life.
– Abraham’s life teaches us that the unknown and unforeseen future is prepared by the ever-loving hands of the Father.
– David’s life shows that struggle prepares us for blessing. Without it, we would never be humble enough to receive it from God.
– Paul’s life was set apart for trouble and trials. God said of Paul, “He is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Acts 9:15-16
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Effects of poor posture:
– worsens the effect of stress and depression
– causes digestive issues
– prohibits healthy breathing for singers and athletes
– back, shoulder, neck pain
– tension headaches

Our spiritual posture as Christians and leaders in the church has just as much significance to our abilities to be effective in loving God and loving others.

For Elijah, we find his posture responding to his circumstance. He is focused on himself and what the world has presented.
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Three tested truths about the God who does not change:

1.  Psalm 119:75  “In faithfulness You have afflicted me.”

God’s raw material to build faith is trials. Faith and trials go hand in hand.

Maybe you’ve believed that if you have faith, you will not have trials. Not true! Faith is built through trials.

2.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10  “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

“Sufficient” means more than enough, over and above, complete.

3.  Romans 8:28  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

God settles His claims against Him; His design works for our good.
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Close:

John 13:7  “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”

Your life of faith is not about getting stuff from God; a walk of faith always results in others seeing Jesus – trusting Jesus!

A life of faith is lived for others.

Embracing the goodness of God in the midst of trials is the true mark of faith.
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Questions:
– How have trials in your life built your faith?
– What keeps you from going all out in your faith for God?
– How has changing your posture in the past changed your spiritual life for the better?

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