The Sufferings Of This Present Time (10 of 19) by Daniel Rodgers

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The Sufferings Of This Present Time (10 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Dan Rodgers
Romans 8:18-39
Sunday, September 8, 2009

TEXT: Romans 8:18-39

INTRODUCTION: In this lesson, Paul talks about the sufferings of this life; how, though terrible as they may be, are not even worthy to be compared with the glory that awaits us. In spite of the trouble we experience now, we know that God has something far better tomorrow; and His love will sustain us until that brighter day.
POEM: The following poem was written by Annie Johnson Flint. It is entitled, "Passing Through," and comes from Isaiah 43:2: When thou passest through the waters, they shall not overflow thee.

"When Thou passest through the waters,"
Deep the waves may be, and cold,
But Jehovah is our refuge
And His promise is our hold;
For the Lord Himself hath said it,
He the faithful God and true;
"When thou comest to the waters,
Thou shalt not go down, but through.
Seas of sorrow, seas of trial,
Bitterest anguish, fiercest pain,
Rolling surges of temptation,
Sweeping over heart and brain,
They shall never overflow us,
For we know His word is true;
All His waves and all His billows
He will lead us safely through.
Threatening breakers of destruction,
Doubt's insidious undertow,
Shall not sink us, shall not drag us
Out to ocean depths of woe;
For His promise shall sustain us,
Praise the Lord, whose word is true!
We shall not go down or under,
He hath said, "Though passest through."1

Let's look at our outline…

I. OUR PRESENT SUFFERING (VV. 18-21)

A. In Comparison (vs. 18)

1. How do you compare heaven with the
time we spend here on earth? There really is no comparison. We spend our 'three-score and ten' as a moment in eternity. In Psalm 103:15-16, the Bible, says, "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. [16] For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more." Psalm 144:4 tells u ...


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