Rejoicing In Hard Times
1. You must learn to rejoice in the paradoxes of your trials.
A. Trials are distressing.
B. Trials are varied.
C. Trials test you.
D. Trials are an opportunity for rejoicing.
E. Trials are temporary.
F. Trials are of God.
2. You must learn to focus on the purpose of your trials.
A. God gives trials so that the genuineness of your faith can be demonstrated. 1Peter 1:7
B. God gives trials so that the quality of your faith can be purified.
C. God gives trials so that your love for God and your faith in Him can be strengthened. 1Peter 1:8-9; John 20:29
3. You must learn to access the grace that is available in your trials.
A. The prophets diligently searched for the grace you have received.
1 Peter 1:10-12
B. The angels desire to see grace you received in action.
1 Peter 1:12