(Hebrews 12:2 MSG) Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed--that exhilarating finish in and with God--he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.
(Matthew 27:46) “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Lesson #3 - Aim your hard questions at God; not man.
√ Trust in His nature.
(2 Corinthians 1:3) “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.”
√ Trust in His promises.
(2 Corinthians 1:20) For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
√ Trust in His final destination.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18) Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
· Don’t Let the Bad Experience – Keep You From a God Experience.
· When you are let down, God Wants to Exceed Your Expectations.
(Isaiah 63:9 NLT) “In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy, he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years.”
1. Learn while asking why.
(2 Corinthians 1:9 NLT) “In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.”
2. Love while asking why.
(Hebrews 13:16 NLT) “And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”
3. Worship while asking why.
(Hebrews 12:28-29 NLT) “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.”
(Psalm 22:22-24 NLT) “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people. Praise the Lord, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help.”
WIN: Real worship is trusting God when life doesn’t make sense.
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