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We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

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Round 2: Debating God

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Scriptures: Habakkuk 1:12-13, 2:1-20, Hebrews 9:27, James 1:2


Have you ever noticed that when you bargain with God and He doesn’t deal that then you start debating God and you start giving God all kinds of reasons why He should have done things your way? That is exactly where we find Habakkuk. Habakkuk had been crying out to God to do something, to bring revival to His nation, to make things right, and it seemed like God had gone deaf and blind. He wasn’t listening to Habakkuk’s prayer and He couldn’t see what was going on. He is debating God and basically trying to convince God He has made the wrong decision. In this message, Dr. Merritt details how to respond to God's answer in tough times, even when we don't understand it.


"You are not going to like what I am about to tell you. When you are in the middle of a difficult situation and you either don’t hear God, can’t see God, or you hear Him, but you don’t like what He said, or you see Him and you don’t like His looks and you really don’t understand what He is up to, the first thing you have got to do is wait. That is super hard to do today in our technologically driven culture. We have accelerated our sense of time. Thousands of years ago we measured time in days and nights. Then, we invented clocks and began to measure it in hours and minutes. Now, we are in the digital age and we can measure it in microseconds. There is a reason why we should be patient." --Dr. Merritt


Keywords: doubt, debate, questions, answers, frustration, answers, prayer, wrestle, On the Ropes, Babalon, difficulty, challenge, understanding, character, remember, patience, waiting, watch, observe, justice, desire, worship, trust


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