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God's Purpose For Our Problems (4 of 4)
Series: GOD'S WILL FOR MY LIFE
I Peter 4:12-13; 19
Today we continue to think about "God's Will For My Life". This is the last message in this series and today I want to speak about "God's Purpose For Our Problems". Last week I gave you seven things that the Bible says are definitely the will of God. Those seven things we KNOW are God's will because the Bible specifically says "this is the will of God". But today we want to talk about God's purpose for our problems because many times when we are suffering, when we are going through difficulty, when things are going wrong, we want to assume we are not in the will of God. Because if we were in the will of God then we wouldn't be going through pain, we wouldn't be going through sorrow or hardship.
That is what we think many times, but the fact is, God has a purpose even in our problems. Even our problems are a part of God's plan and God's will to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. I don't believe that God directly sends these things upon us. They are a part of His permissive will. Part of the fact we have freedom of choice. We live in a fallen world. There are many, many reasons why problems come but we do not need to focus so much on the why but the what. Not why did this come, but what is God trying to teach me and what can God use this to accomplish in my life?
Peter said here is a message for those who suffer according to God's will. So today you may be suffering, you may be going through pain, you may be going through reversal, you may be going through all kinds of difficulty, but that doesn't mean you are out side of God's will. Peter spoke of those who suffered according to the will of God.
I. TO DIRECT US
I want to give you five ways God works in our problems. The first way is that God works in our problems to direct us. Proverbs 20:30 says "sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways". Is ...
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