TWISTING GOD'S TRUTH--PART III
SERMON TITLE: RUNNING FROM RATHER THAN TO
SERMON THEME: PRESENT SUFFERING AND FUTURE GLORY
INTRODUCTION: THE TWIST: TRUST IN THE WORLD INSTEAD OF GOD,
BECAUSE GOD DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU, AND HE
ALLOWS YOU TO SUFFER.
· WHEN YOU SUFFER YOU WANT TO KNOW "WHY?" BECAUSE YOU WANT AND NEED TO MAKE SENSE OUT OF THINGS.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
SUFFERING ALWAYS CAUSES YOU TO LOOK UP SO YOU MIGHT CONNECT THE DOTS AND FIND PURPOSE AND MEANING TO YOUR SUFFERING.
THREE TRUTHS THAT WILL HELP YOU ENDURE AND FIND HOPE
IN YOUR SUFFERING
I) REMEMBER WHAT HAPPEN IN THE BEGINNING.
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
· IN THE BEGINNING SIN ENTERED THE WORLD, AND GOD JUDGED THE WHOLE WORLD.
21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
· BECAUSE SIN ENTERED INTO THE WORLD, DEATH FOLLOWED AND EVERYTHING IS IN BONDAGE TO DECAY.
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the
ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
NO ONE IS EXEMPT FROM BEING BORN BROKEN INTO A BROKEN WORLD.
II) TRUST THAT GOD IS WITH YOU IN THE MEANTIME.
23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
· WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME TO LIVE IN YOU, IT WAS A DOWN PAYMENT OF SOMETHING THAT IS YET TO COME.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
· GOD RECOGNIZES THAT SOMETIMES LIFE IS SO HARD THAT YOU CAN NOT SPEAK A WORD.
III) HOLD ONTO WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE END.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
· WHEN THINGS DO NOT WORK OUT LIKE YOU PLANNED FOR THEM, GOD WORKS.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
· GOD IS SAYING THERE IS A PURPOSE AND THERE IS A REASON, AND I AM STILL IN CONTROL, AND I AM STILL WITH YOU.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
· WE MAY NEVER KNOW THE SPECIFIC REASON FOR OUR SUFFERING, BUT WE MUST TRUST IN GOD'S PURPOSES.
CONCLUSION: IF YOU CAN LOOK UP AND ALLOW GOD TO CREATE FOR YOU THE CONTEXT FOR YOUR SUFFERING THERE IS HOPE FOR THE FUTURE AND STRENGTH TO ENDURE.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.