Sunday, February 10, 2013

God’s Purpose for Pain (Part 2)

I Peter 4:19
Troubles come to all of us. We may ask the question, “How can I avoid trials?” The truth is that we can’t. The question we should be asking is, “How can I change the way I respond to hard times?” Knowing that trials have a purpose can make a big difference in how you face the hard time you’re going through.

When Experiencing Trials or Suffering…

I. Reflect on the Purpose of Trials and Suffering James 1:2

·      We also are made perfect through suffering. I Peter 5:10
Immature people are often impatient –– they want the blessings of maturity without walking the road of growth.
Immature people are weak.
Testing provides the proving of our faith. I Peter 1:6-9
We are called to reflect the image of God and to be conformed to the image of Christ.
God is not as interested in our comfort as He is our character.
The real tests of my faith have been internal, not circumstantial.
The testing of our faith is more about who He is more than who we are.
God may negotiate my failure for my success.
Perseverance means, "to stand under."
Victims who choose to be victims do not honor God.
So when suffering under the hand of cruel or manipulative persons, what should the Christian do? 

1.     Seek God’s opinion as to who is at fault in the trial

2.     Affirm my right under God to stand up against unrighteous oppression, insult or other controlling actions. 

3.     Seek counsel from others who I feel will share God’s wisdom and desire for my life. 

4.     Boldly confront the oppressor in love with my concerns and desires.

5.     Act with courage if the oppressor fails to cease their behavior

6.     Trust God with the outcome to be faithful to His word to save and deliver me. 


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