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God Answers Man's Sufferings


Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | October 16, 1977

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Whenever Peter talks about suffering, he also talks about glory. Why does he do this? Probably because we often get so wrapped up in our suffering that we forget what God has taught us. 

For the believer, suffering leads to glory. Pastor Wiersbe reminds us of the truth that we are living in glory, both now and for eternity.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Whenever Peter talks about suffering, he also talks about glory.

For the believer, suffering leads to glory.

God’s sixth answer to man’s sufferings is the future crowns of glory.

Suffering by itself does not produce glory, you must add grace.

We often get so wrapped up in our own suffering that we forget what God has taught us.

Four spiritual truths that Peter gives for when you find yourself in the middle of suffering:

-       We are born for glory (1 Peter 1:1-4).

  • We are born as rebels against God, but through faith in Jesus Christ we can be born again.
  • We have a living hope in Christ.
  • Our inheritance will never become old.

-       We are kept for glory (1 Peter 1:5).

  • God’s protection, power, and provision are all around us.
  • No matter what happens on Earth, God has an eternal plan of glory for all believers.

-       We are being prepared for glory (1 Peter 1:6-7).

  • Trials we go through on Earth are preparing us for glory in heaven.
  • The wounds and tears of today will be the crowns of eternity.
  • God knows what we need every day.
  • Trials are not accidents. 
  • God knows how to mix the darks and the lights in the painting of each of our lives.
  • The trying of our faith is more valuable than gold.
  • Jesus saved us for the praise of His glory.
  • Don’t criticize God for the unfinished product. God’s not through with us yet.

-       We can experience glory right now (1 Peter 1:8-9).

  • “A little faith can bring you to heaven, but a lot of faith can bring heaven to your soul.” -Charles Spurgeon
  • We can experience glory right now by loving God and focusing our eyes on Him during suffering.
  • “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

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