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  1. 1. s b lem pro e av ll hWea
  2. 2. Psalm 25:17 My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! s l em pr ob ve ll ha aWe
  3. 3. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  4. 4. 1. Impatient. s l em pr ob ve ll ha aWe
  5. 5. Numbers 21:4Then thepeople of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the roadto the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey…
  6. 6. 1. The driving force behind impatience is control. Psalms 115:3 Our God is inthe heavens, and he does as he wishes.
  7. 7. 2. You can’t accelerate God’s blessings, but you can delay them.1 Corinthians 10:10 and don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. 11 Thesethings happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
  8. 8. 2. Insolvent. s l em pr ob ve ll ha aWe
  9. 9. Proverbs 28:25 Greed causesfighting; trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.
  10. 10. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darknesswas over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 1. Formless 2. Empty 3. Darkness 4. Deep
  11. 11. Average credit carddebt in USA is $15,779. Average number of credit cards per household is 3.5
  12. 12. But there is hope… “the spirit of Godwas hovering over the waters”
  13. 13. 3. Insecure. s l em pr ob ve ll ha aWe
  14. 14. Acts 15:11 We believethat we are all savedthe same way, by theundeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”
  15. 15. We are saved by grace through faith, plusnothing. Period.
  16. 16. We are saved by grace through faith, plusnothing. Period.
  17. 17. Why do we need grace?
  18. 18. 1. Unshakable peace.Romans 1:7 I am writing to allof you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to behis own holy people. May Godour Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
  19. 19. 2. Unlimited power.Acts 6:8 Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles andsigns among the people.
  20. 20. Main problem whenJesus is not central:Knowledge withoutpower.
  21. 21. 1. Knowledge without power isfrustrating.2. Knowledge without power isdangerous.3. Knowledge without power makessecondary issues, primary.
  22. 22. Problems? We have grace…
  23. 23. 2 Corinthians 12:9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, sothat the power of Christ can work through me.