Summary: The source of our Suffering and how to hang onto hope in the sufferings.

Key Words:

“Hope” used six different times.

“Wait” used three different times.

“Groan” used three different times.

Key: There is purpose behind the pain.

The Source of Our Suffering:

1) Our own Situation.

John 16:33

2) Is our Sin.

Romans 5:12

3) Is our Self.

Galatians 6:7

4) Is Satan.

1 Peter 5:8

5) Is our Salvation.

1 Peter 4:12-16 & 19

The Key to coping with Suffering:

Romans 8:18“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (NIV)

Cardiologist: “Hope is the medicine I use more than any other. Hope can cure nearly everything.”

Hanging on to Hope in Suffering:

1) It is only Temporary.

Arab Proverb: “All sunshine and no rain make a desert.”

2) Is Jesus is coming back.

John 14:1-3

3) Heaven is waiting.

Revelation 21:1-4

4) The Holy Spirit prays for us in our sufferings.

Hebrews 4:15-16

5) God has a purpose in our sufferings.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)

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