WHEN TRIALS COME OUR WAY


Luke 7:1-10, [ESV]

7 After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.” 6 And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.



Memory Verse: Romans 8:28

28 And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose,



When trials come our way we can be certain that..


I. GOD allows difficulties to draw us to His Son, JESUS CHRIST


Luke 7:1,2

1After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him.



Job 23:10 [ESV]

10 But he knows the way that I take;

when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.



When trials come our way we can be certain that..

1. GOD allows difficulties to draw us to His Son, JESUS CHRIST

2. Desperation drives us to JESUS.



II. Desperation drives us to JESUS.


Luke 7:3-5

3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant.


4 And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”



2 Chronicles 14:9-13 [LEB]

9 Zerah the Cushite came out against them with an army of a thousand thousands and three hundred chariots. And he came to Mareshah. 10 And Asa went out before him, and a battle was put in order in the valley of Zepah at Mareshah.

11 Then Asa cried out to Yahweh his God. And he said, “O Yahweh, there is none with you to help between the great and the powerless. Help us, O Yahweh our God, for we rely upon you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Yahweh, you are our God! Let no man prevail against you!”

12 So Yahweh defeated the Cushites before Asa and before Judah, and the Cushites fled. 13 Then Asa and the army with him pursued them to Gerar. And many from the Cushites fell, for they had no deliverance, for they were shattered before Yahweh and before his army. And they carried away much war booty.




When trials come our way we can be certain that..

1. GOD allows difficulties to draw us to His Son, JESUS CHRIST

2. Desperation drives us to JESUS.

3. JESUS always responds to our cry for help.



III. JESUS always responds to our cry for help.


Luke 7:6

6 And Jesus went with them.



Psalm 145:17-20 [ESV]

17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways

and kind in all his works.

18 The LORD is near to all who call on him,

to all who call on him in truth.

19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;

he also hears their cry and saves them.

20 The LORD preserves all who love him,

but all the wicked he will destroy.




When trials come our way we can be certain that..

1. GOD allows difficulties to draw us to His Son, JESUS CHRIST

2. Desperation drives us to JESUS.

3. JESUS always responds to our cry for help.

4. Know that Entrusting Faith Impresses JESUS CHRIST.



IV. Know that Entrusting Faith Impresses JESUS CHRIST.


Luke 7:6b-9

When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”



Luke 18:15-17 [ESV]

15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”




When trials come our way we can be certain that..

1. GOD allows difficulties to draw us to His Son, JESUS CHRIST

2. Desperation drives us to JESUS.

3. JESUS always responds to our cry for help.

4. Know that Entrusting Faith Impresses JESUS CHRIST.

5. JESUS rewards the entrusting faith of people



V. JESUS rewards the entrusting faith of people


Luke 7:10

10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.



Joshua 6:25 [ESV]

25 But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.


When trials come our way we can be certain that..

1. GOD allows difficulties to draw us to His Son, JESUS CHRIST

2. Desperation drives us to JESUS.

3. JESUS always responds to our cry for help.

4. Know that Entrusting Faith Impresses JESUS CHRIST.

5. JESUS rewards the entrusting faith of people

6. Celebrate the inclusive salvation of JESUS CHRIST!




VI. Celebrate the inclusive salvation of JESUS CHRIST!

Luke 7:9

9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”



John 3:16-18 [ESV]

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.




When trials come our way we can be certain that...

1. GOD allows difficulties to draw us to His Son, JESUS CHRIST

2. Desperation drives us to JESUS.

3. JESUS always responds to our cry for help.

4. Know that Entrusting Faith Impresses JESUS CHRIST.

5. JESUS rewards the entrusting faith of people

6. Celebrate the inclusive salvation of JESUS CHRIST!



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