July 4th Message: Points to Ponder

Trials Prove to Us - Our Faith is Real

Genesis 15:6 "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."

Genesis 12:1 – 7 God does not need us to prove ourselves to Him. Jeremiah 17:10

So why the trials and tests of our faith?

James 1:2, 3 Experiencing major trials causes us to ask questions. These questions are based on our expectations of God and of life.

Where is this Problem Taking Me?

Hebrews 11:8, 9

Sometimes God’s answer is, "I’ll let you know."

  • Where am I going? "I'll let you know."

  • How long will it take? "I'll let you know."

  • How will I know when I've arrived? "I'll let you know."

vs. 8 “By faith, Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance - obeyed and went - even though he did not know where he was going.”

God wants us to base our lives on His promises, on His faithfulness. Not on explanations, nor on our expectations.


When will things get better? When will I get well? When will I get worse? When will I get a job? When will you deal with this problem?

Hebrews 11:9, 10

Hebrews 11:11, 12

God wants us to base our lives on His promises, on His faithfulness. Not on explanations, not even on our timetable.

God is Faithful and He Will Provide

Philippians 4:19

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”

He may stretch us, but He will always provide what is needed.

God Will Get Us Through

Philippians 1:6 “...being confident of this, that He that began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

God Will Strengthen Us

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

God Will Use Us to Help Each Other

Hebrews 10:24, 25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”