1. Our own sinfulness causes most of our problems.

  • James 1:14-15,17
  • Matthew 15:18-19

2. It grows us towards perfection.

  • James 1:2-4
  • Romans 5:3-5
  • 2 Corinthians 12:10

3. We sin against God.

  • 2 Chronicles 6:26

4. God knows what is best for us.

  • Genesis 50:20
  • Isaiah 55:8-9
  • Psalms 145:17

5. His power works best through our weaknesses.

  • 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
  • Job 1:21