sermonette: Why is Life So Hard?
David C. Grabbe
Given 05-Jul-14; Sermon #1221s; 18 minutes
David Grabbe, assessing the impact of struggles, pressures, and tribulations of our spiritual journey, reveals that Christ's followers will have to endure afflictions and fiery trials as He prepares them for His Kingdom. Some detractors have tried to preach that "godliness is a means of gain," implying that if we were better people, we would never enter into tribulation. That assumption is not true. God uses both blessings and tribulations to shape His people. Our peace comes from God's grace, not a life of ease and smooth sailing. Those who have peace with God will also have hardship. The rigors God puts us through are not to crush us, but to shape us, transforming us from carnal to spiritual—the new man we are putting on. True spiritual gain is walking through the anguish in victory. As long as God is involved in our life, we are already experiencing the love of God. We do not have to be dismayed about the transformative pressures from the mortar and pestle of our lives.
Acts 14:21 Barnabus Afflictions Conceit Continue in the faith Expectations I Timothy 6:3-5 God blesses obedience Godliness as a means of gain Hebrews 12:9-11 Job's companions Joy Laodiceans Narrowing in Our future Parable of the sower Peace with God Persecution Perseverance Pressure Romans 5:1- Struggles Tempering process Tribulations