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October 6, 2019


October 6, 2019

Life is Better When Positive

Series: “Living the Good Life” part 1

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Dr. Chris Vaught, Sr. Pastor

Genesis 3: 17, (CSB) – And he said to the man, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘Do not eat from it’: The ground is cursed because of you. You will eat from it by means of painful labor all the days of your life.


To Live the Good Life…

  1. Change your about struggles.

James 1: 2-4, (CSB) – Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

Jeremiah 29:11 -For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Romans 8:28 – We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

  1. Struggles give us for new growth

John 12: 24 – Truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces much fruit.

  1. Struggles can be a delayed

John 9: 1-3 – As he was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus answered. “This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him.

  1. Struggles produce

Romans 5: 3-4 – And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.

  • Afflictions (thlipsis) =

  • Character (dokime) =

2 Corinthians 1: 4 – He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.


Where others see failure and struggle,

God sees the qualifications to be used mightily.”

– Author David Whitehead

Man throws broken things away,

God doesn’t use anything until He first breaks it.”

Dr. Adrian Rogers

    1. Struggles us to

    Genesis 3: 22-24 — The Lord God said, “Since the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil, he must not reach out, take from the tree of life, eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God sent him away from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove the man out and stationed the cherubim and the flaming, whirling sword east of the garden of Eden to guard the way to the tree of life.

    1 Corinthians 15:22just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

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