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The Victory to Be Found in Suffering (8 of 8)
1 Peter 5:9-11
INTRODUCTION: Peter hastens to remind us of our invincible Lord, ''The God of all grace,'' who enables his willing servants to overcome the subtle attacks of the devil. For this reason we are not to look about with fear and dismay, but to look up with the assurance of hope and victory. The believer may say with confidence, ''I will lift up my eyes to the hills- -From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.'' Psalms 121:1-3
This is a very encouraging passage for those in the context of suffering. We are promised by Holy Scripture that we can:
1. Draw ENCOURAGEMENT from the family of God. 9b 2. Draw STRENGTH from the God of all grace. 10a 3. Experience GROWTH in our own personal walk. 10b 4. Devote PRAISE to the glory of God. 11
I. THE LORD'S PERSPECTIVE ON OUR SUFFERING. 9b
'knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world'' - the Holy Spirit seeks to encourage them by showing that their circumstances are not unusual but, in fact, to be expected by Christians everywhere.
A. THE BROADNESS OF SUFFERING.
The sense is,
Do not give way under the attacks of the devil. Remember that you do not stand alone in your struggle against him; the same kinds of sufferings you are expressing are being accomplished in other Christians elsewhere in the world. They, like you, are in the world and like you, must expect such trials. They are, in fact, an inseparable part of life as long as believers are in this world.
1 Corinthians 10:13, ''No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.''
The enemy will intimidate you through isolation. We need a bro ...
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