by Ernest Easley

Surviving Times of Suffering
Series: Yes - There Is Hope
Ernest Easley
1 Peter 3:18; 4:1-6

Now it's been awhile, but tonight we are continuing our study of the book of 1st Peter under the heading ''YES, THERE IS HOPE.'' So join me for a few minutes tonight in chapter 4.

Let me remind you that Peter is writing to people who had been born again to a living hope. And having been scattered throughout Asia Minor due to persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ, you can know that they needed a word of hope!

He began this letter reminding them that they had been born again to a living hope and to a lasting inheritance. And for that reason, they were to be holy and not forget the Word of God.

Now last time together we learned beginning in chapter 3 that there is Hope for the Home!

Every home needs hope and every Christian home has hope! Now we've been learning on Sunday mornings how God's Word is the supreme Financial Manual to help guide us with money and possessions. But God's Word is more than a Financial manual, it is a Marital manual. It shows us how to have a successful marriage and how to raise young champions for God.

Now we're going to see tonight that God's Word is not only a Financial Manual and a Marital Manual, it is also a Survival manual. And more specifically, when it comes to suffering!

Don't get the idea that now that you're saved that you are somehow exempt from suffering. The truth is, sometimes being saved enhances suffering. It did in the life of Moses and Elijah and Job and Paul and the Disciples and yes, even the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said in John 16.33, ''In this world you will have tribulation.'' Job 14.1, ''Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.'' Jesus said in John 15.20 , ''If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.'' John 10.24, ''A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.''

Sometimes suffering is deserved. Hebrews 12.6, ''For whom the LORD lo ...

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