What Annoys You? Inconveniences? Imperfections? Insults? • We can not stop them from existing, but we can stop them from annoying
Why Do They? • The more comfortable we become the easier it is to annoy us with little discomforts • We have become far too comfortable • 2 Tim. 2:3-4 endure and don’t be entangled • Age of Instantitus (mircowave generation) • Immediate relief from medicine • Switch for light, warmth, entertainment
Limited Experience • Have not been there or done that • Deut. 6:10-12 (did not fight battles or see miracles) forgot God provided the blessings • Heb. 11:35-39 • We are too young to have faced trials • We have been too pampered in parents home • We are too selfish to consider others 1 Cor. 13:5 (Love is not easily provoked)
Our Former Luxuries Are Seen As Current Necessities • Comforts are expected (disappointed) • Ease is an entitlement (age, nation, union) • We have developed recliner reasoning • Luke 12:16-21 • All thoughts were about himself • Worried because I have a problem • Comforted because I have a solution
Where Are We Spiritually? • Lack Patience (comes by enduring trials) • Rom. 5:3-5 • Lk 21:19In your patience possess ye your souls. • Lack Humility (Esther: Easy Annoyances) • Vashti Vanquished: 1:12, 15-19 • Haman Humiliated: 3:2, 5-6 • Ahasuerus Arrogance: 4:11-14
Where Are We Spiritually? • Lack Patience • Lack Humility • Lack Self Control (Jonah 4:6-11) • Prov. 25:28 • Prov. 19:11 • Prov. 16:32 • Ultimately we lack the character needed to serve God and enter heaven
When Will We Change? • Phil. 2:14-16 • Do all things without complaining • To be children of God • To be different from the worldly people • To display the way of salvation to others • One measure of character is how little or much it takes to annoy you.