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The Problem Is Not The Problem

Problems, Problems, Problems! We can’t escape life with experiencing problems.

Problems begin the very moment we are born. We are spanked on the bottom and begin to cry.

We can’t express ourselves in words, so we not only cry, we scream hoping someone will figure out our problem and fix it.

We begin to walk and then fall down.

We run and trip, perhaps breaking an arm or leg.

We try to be friends with others only to be misunderstood, then jealousy sets in.

We get a job, only to realize life can be a dog-eat-dog world.

We get married and discover our mate is just as broken as we are.

Kids come along and add to the problems and confusion.

What are we to do? What are we to think? What are we to say?

Problems are a part of this life! Aren’t They?

JESUS said in John 16:33 – “In the world ye shall have tribulation.”

Don’t keep hoping for a trouble-free life. It’s not going to happen.

Problems are a part of this life! Aren’t they.

Instead, let’s think of what and how the Bible tells us to face problems.

The Problems is not the Problem. The Problem is YOUR ATTITUDE about the Problem.

John 16:33 – “These things I have spoken unto you, that in ME ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 – “These things I have spoken unto you (Are You Listening?), that in ME ye might have peace (Peace IN JESUS). In the world ye shall have tribulation (Problems): but be of good cheer (ATTITUDE); (WHY?) I have overcome the world.”

Here’s how we sometimes face our problems:

Run—Remember Elijah? He RAN from Jezebel / 1 Kings 19:1-3

Here’s how we sometimes face our problems:

Deny—Remember King Saul? 1 Samuel 15:14— “And Samuel said, “What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

Here’s how we sometimes face our problems:

Worry—Remember The Words of JESUS? Matthew 6:27,28 (LB) – Will all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies in the field! They don’t worry about theirs.”

Here’s how we sometimes face our problems:

Fight – Remember Saul of Tarsus – Acts 9:1 (NIV) “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against THE LORD’S disciples. HE went to the high priest

So, when facing problems, we can try to either RUN from them, DENY them, WORRY about them, or FIGHT against them. Many people do one of these four when facing problems. Which are you most guilty of?

Let’s go back to John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you (Are You Listening?), that in me you might have peace (Peace IN JESUS). In the world ye shall have tribulation (Problems): but be of good cheer (ATTITUDE); (WHY?) I have overcome the world.

Just how important is ATTITUDE? By Charles Swindoll

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude ... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our Attitudes

Let’s read these verses . . .

John 10:10

1 Thessalonians 5:16

Philippians 4:4

1 Peter 5:7

1 John 2:13,14

1 John 4:4

1 John 5:4,5

The Problem is not the Problem. The Problem is YOUR ATTITUDE about the Problem.

I’m mad! I’m not in good mood! I’m discouraged!

The REAL QUESTION is:

Are you walking in THE SPIRIT or in the Flesh?

Galatians 5:16 – “This I say then, Walk in THE SPIRIT, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

The Problem is not the Problem.

The Problems is YOUR ATTITUDE about the Problem.

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