How To Turn Your Trials Into Joy by Ronnie Floyd

"HOW TO TURN YOUR TRIALS INTO JOY"
I Peter 1:6-9
May 26, 1991
INTRODUCTION:
In 1 Peter 1:1-2:12 our theme is the "Power of Salvation."
Within this section is a preview of the last section of the book
on suffering. The Lord's Spirit pens an interesting series of
verses in 1 Peter 1:6-9.
Through the first four messages of the book we have learned
about "The Trinity In Your Salvation" and about "The Security
of Your Salvation." This evening we are going to preach about,
"How To Turn Your Trials Into Joy." In order to turn your
trials into joy you must follow the following steps:
L. REMEMBER THE PROMISE OF HEAVEN. (v. 6a)
Explain:
"In this" - in what? In your inheritance (v. 4). Your
future hope!
"You greatly rejoice" - This means a strong, deep,
supporting exultation. As- w-ell, a deep spiritual ioy!
This joy comes only from God.
This phrase literally means, "Always rejoice in going
to heaven!"
Illustration:
Happiness is dependent on your circumstances; Joy
is dependent on your position in Jesus Christ.
Application:
Do you have the joy of the Lord living through you?
We can have it because of a Living Hope.
God's Word instructs us to be joyful people: Psalm
9:2; 32:11; 37:4; Philippians 4:4.
In the middle of your trials never forget the promise
of heaven.
II. RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF TRIALS. (vs. 6b-7)
Explain:
Trials in this section refer to the general poblems in
life. Also undeserved suffering in life.
There are four facts about trials that teach you their
value:
1. Trials are temporary. (v. 6b)
"Now for a little while" - At times God knows
we need trials. The encouragement is to praise
God even though for a time we will go through trials.
* Very few of your trials ever last over a long
length of time.
2. Trials can hurt. (v. 6b)
"distressed" - Greek word is "Lupeo" meaning grief,
pain, a legitimate emotion, heaviness, meaning as
well the mental anguish of suffering.
* Do not ignore or deny that trials can cause ...


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