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How To Have A Rock Solid Faith

Romans 5:1-5
(RA-2054, Program: 0517, Air date: 1.29.17)

    1. Many Christians seem to flounder through life’s storms and circumstances.
    2. But rather than being weak, God desires that we stand strong on a sure foundation.
    3. God is not finished with us once we become Christians.
      1. Philippians 1:6
      2. God desires to build into us character.
        1. Reputation is what others think about us; character is what God knows about us.
    4. Scripture gives four ways in which God builds into us a rock-solid faith.
      1. Romans 5:1-5
    1. As Christians, we can expect to experience both peace and tribulation.
      1. Romans 5:1
      2. Romans 5:3
        1. The word “tribulation” in this passage means “conflict” or “pressure.”
          1. This word was used when grapes were crushed to make wine and when olives were crushed to make oil.
        2. God wants to build into our character the wine and oil of His strength and His love.
    2. God allows pressure or tribulation into our lives in order to strengthen our faith.
      1. Where does this pressure come from?
        1. Pressure will come from the world.
          1. Romans 12:1
          2. When we come to Jesus, the world will bring pressure upon us to try to squeeze us into its mold.
        2. Pressure will come from the flesh.
          1. Galatians 5:17
          2. Once we’re saved, we are given by God a new nature. But the old sin nature remains in us.
          3. There remains in us a proclivity to sin.
        3. Pressure will come from the devil himself.
          1. If we do not have any difficulty with the devil, if we are not in collision with the devil, it is because we are going in the same direction as the devil.
          2. Satan came against Jesus.
            1. Matthew 4:1-11
        4. Pressure may also come from God.
          1. Hebrews 12:6
          2. Any pressure that comes from God is not to make us stumble, but to help us stand.
          3. God desires that we be holy.
    1. The word “patience” in this Scripture means “constancy,” “consistency,” “endurance.”
    2. When a crisis comes, it reveals our character.
    3. People typically respond to conflict in one of four ways:
      1. Retreat - some run away from conflict, either physically or emotionally.
      2. Resent - others become cynical and hold a grudge against God.
      3. Resign - some give up and give in to discouragement and despondency.
      4. Resolve - we can resolve by faith to follow Jesus.
        1. Faith is shown more in patience and constancy than in any other way.
        2. If we have faith when trouble comes, we will endure.
    4. Faith is not receiving the things from God that we want nearly as much as it is accepting from God the things that He gives.
    5. Job 13:15
    1. The word “experience” was used in the Bible to refer to gold that was tried in the fire and purified.
    2. God allows us to go through the fire of affliction to test us.
      1. Faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted.
      2. It is in affliction that we learn how much dross there may be in our lives.
    3. God is in the transformation business.
      1. When we go through difficulty, we often wish for God to remove the difficulty or pain.
        1. We desire health instead of sickness.
        2. We want God to give us wealth instead of poverty.
        3. We desire God to give us friendship rather than loneliness.
      2. But God’s method is transformation rather than substitution.
        1. God did not stop the crucifixion; He gave us Easter.
        2. God took Paul’s weakness and transformed it into strength.
          1. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
        3. Job 23:10
    1. “Hope” in the Bible does not mean “maybe so.” It refers to a certainty.
      1. Titus 2:13
      2. Hebrews 6:19
    2. Romans 8:38-39
    3. Hope is faith in the future tense.
      1. It believes God not only for the present, but also for the future.
    4. This hope will never disappoint.
    5. Jesus Christ will never fail, and we will never be disappointed in Him.
    1. It is said that when gold is in the refiner’s fire, the refiner knows it is pure when he can see his face reflected in it.
    2. God desires to see His character, His likeness, reflected in our lives.
    3. The apostle Paul spoke of those who did not know God as being alienated from the life of God without hope in this world.
      1. Ephesians 4:18
    4. Do you have hope in Christ? Do you know Jesus?
    5. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    6. Romans 10:9-10
    7. Romans 10:13
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