Sermon preached at One Way Christian Center, in Olustee Oklahoma on Nov 3rd 2013 by Bryan Walker. Sermon preached on Romans 5:1-5
How can we rejoice in our sufferings? The key word in today’s verses is “knowing.” We need to know suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character and character produces hope. Suffering can break us down to the point our only option is to trust God and this is where we should be to begin with.
God doesn’t always remove or lessen our suffering. In Paul’s case, he was told, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” This is probably not what Paul initially wanted to hear but this was the truth and this is what he was told. Scripture tells us, “the truth will set you free.” So Paul knowing the truth said, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” If God tells the truth and Christ tells the truth, what should we do?
Scripture tells Christians to expect sufferings, to expect hardships. Jesus told his disciples to expect tribulation. He told them the truth, not what they wanted to hear. They wanted Him to tell them He was finally going to set up his kingdom as an earthly kingdom and rule the nations. The truth was, they were going to suffer for Christ beyond their imagination.
The prosperity gospel or the relative gospel preached today is a false message; it is not rooted in truth and does not prepare Christians for the tribulations they should expect. So, like the seed falling on rocky soil it sprouts up but it has no root in the truth and withers at the first sign of tribulation. The rocks are in the way of the root, keeping it from going deep.
Scripture directly contradicts the teaching of seeking after earthly things instead we are to follow the example of Christ. Luke 6:24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. (25) “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. “Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. (26) “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
Can and does God bless us, yes but we should seek his kingdom first. We should not expect peace in the world but tribulation.
- Romans 5:1 - 5
- Luke 6:20 - 26
- Matthew 13:20 - 21