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I Can Succeed Even Though Hardships Buffet Me (4 of 5)
Series: Points Of Pondering For The Pilgrim's Progress
I Peter 2: 19-21
I. The Reason Of Depravity - Sin In The Natural Flesh
A) Facts About The Flesh
B) Falsehoods About The Faith Healers
C) Faith That Can Be Fruitful
II. The Reason Of Design - The Sovereign Plan Of Our Father
A) Job, Who Suffered Catastrophically
B) Joseph, Who Suffered Conscientiously
C) Paul, Who Suffered Consistently
III. The Realm Of Dedication - The Savior's Path We Must Follow
A) Our Practice Of Sin
B) Our Position In The Savior
C) Our Participation With The System
In the areas of human experience, there are those occurrences that are common and universal to all people. One of those that certainly ranks near the top of anyone's list, is that of hardships and suffering. No nation, no ethnic group and no individual person can go through life without experiencing some kind of hardship and suffering. While there are many categories of suffering, and even levels of suffering, most instances can be listed in three main categories, those of mental, physical and spiritual suffering. No one is exempt and no one is allowed to bypass suffering or hardship. Life is full of them, and each of us will be in one line or another. As with all human experiences, the Bible is our authoritative source of information. From those inspired and God breathed pages, we learn:
1. The History Of Why We Suffer
If we started on the last page of Revelation, and traced all the accounts of hardships and suffering, we eventually would end up in the third chapter of Genesis, reading the account of Adam and Eve and their sin against God, which plunged all mankind into depravity. Before that first act of sin, there was no death, no disease and no suffering. We would have to conclude that all suffering and hardships are a direct result of that first sin, whether it is an individual's personal sin, or whe ...
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