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BLOG Message, Part 5, CRASH TEST

(our series is based on a study of the book of James by Rick Warren)
3 WAYS TO HANDLE THE WRECKS IN YOUR LIFE

THE FIRST WAY IS TO REJOICE (James 1) -see yesterday's blog-

THE SECOND WAY IS TO REQUEST.
Of all times to pray, pray when you've got problems. What do you pray about? v. 5 "If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him." You ought to pray for wisdom when you're in the middle of problems. Why should I pray for wisdom? So you won't waste the opportunity to grow. If you don't learn it this time there will be one more lap around the cul-de-sac! God will give you another opportunity. Learn from the problem. We become overwhelmed when we don't understand what God's doing. Pray for wisdom. Wisdom is seeing life from God's point of view. Pray for wisdom to understand the problem. Request. There is no situation of life that you can't learn from if you have the right attitude. Don't ask "Why?", ask "What?". “Why” is to purify your faith, fortify your patience, sanctify your character. But ask "What do You want to teach me in this problem, Lord? What do You want me to learn? What characteristics can I develop?"


THE THIRD WAY IS TO RELAX.
Trust God to know what's best for your life. Co-operate with His purpose so you don't short circuit the process. That's what's called faith. "When he asks he must believe and not doubt." Relax. Let God work.

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Skittles Represent What You Have To OFFER.

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Here are the 4 things that make up your life: 1. TIME 2. TALENT 3. TREASURE 4. TONGUE (Words)

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