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The God Who Sustains

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Ben Lovelady

on 4 September 2018

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Transcript of The God Who Sustains

The God Who Sustains
Trials Pull Out of Us What’s There
Trials Help Identify Our Idols
What do you see as your rights?
When do you get angry?
What are the times when life doesn’t seem worth living?
What do you love? What do you hate?
What do you hope for, want, crave?
What is your goal?
What are your dreams or fantasies?
What do you fear?
What do you worry about?
What do you feel you need?
Where do you find refuge, comfort, pleasure, or security?
What defines success or failure for you?
When do you say, “If only…”?
Where do you believe that God has let you down?
When have you struggled with bitterness or jealousy?
What are you saying you want?
When do you get depressed (because your idol has let you down)?
"Most of [our answers] are not bad in themselves, but when we value them more than God, they become idols. The problem is not so much that we want these things, but that we want them too much. They become our goal, our hope, our purpose. We feel like we need them. When they are out of reach, life seems meaningless."
Edward Welch
“In the beginning God….”
Genesis 1:1
Trials Give God an Entrance
"The sharp contrast between God’s promises for the future and the threatening reality of the present is a recurring theme in the patriarchal narratives."
Nahum Sarna
“God says, ‘Here is one, if he could be rid of this lust I should never hear of him more; let him wrestle with this, or he is lost.”
John Owen
"I know now, Lord, why You utter no answer. You are Yourself the answer. Before Your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?"
C.S. Lewis
“…He humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you.”
Deuteronomy 8:3-5 ESV
“…the LORD appeared to him and said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you….”
Genesis 26:2-3 ESV
“’…Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.’ So Isaac settled in Gerar.”
Genesis 26:5-6 ESV
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