The Pain and Glory

THE PAIN AND THE GLORY

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

 INTRODUCTION – WE WHO ARE PARENTS UNDERSTAND THE PAIN OF WATCHING OUR CHILDREN GROW UP   THE TEEN-AGE YEARS  AND YOUNG ADULTHOOD BRING SO MANY CHOICES AND SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE SERIOUS MISTAKES, BUT WE CANNOT MAKE THOSE CHOICES FOR OUR CHILDREN.  SIMILARLY, IF WE HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS WATCHING OVER US AS A CONCERNED PARENT.   HE HAS MADE COMPLETE PROVISION FOR OUR WELL BEING BUT THE CHOICES ARE OURS.  HE WILL NOT FORCE HIS WILL UPON US.

 

EVEN IF WE MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES PAIN AND SUFFERING AND SORROW ARE OFTEN A PART OF OUR LIVES.   CHRISTIANS ALL DOWN THROUGH THE AGES HAVE SUFFERED.  JESUS WAS MISUNDERSTOOD, PERSECUTED AND WAS CRUCIFIED ALTHOUGH HE WAS COMPLETELY INNOCENT AND ALWAYS DID THE WILL OF THE FATHER.     “WE ARE IN THE WORLD BUT WE ARE NOT OF THE WORLD”.   THIS MEANS THAT WE WILL NEVER BE COMFORTABLE IN THIS WORLD.   IF WE ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THIS WORLD AND THE THINGS THAT ARE CONDONED THEN WE NEED A SPIRITUAL CHECKUP AND YOU WILL NOT UNDERSTAND THIS MESSAGE.   IF YOU ARE FORGING AHEAD TO LIVE THIS CHRISTIAN LIFE BUT ARE SOMETIMES PERPLEXED BY THE TROUBLE AND SORROW YOU ENCOUNTER THEN THIS MESSAGE IS FOR YOU.  (TEXT ROMANS 8: 18-37)

OUR PRESENT SUFFERINGS CANNOT COMPARE TO THE GLORY TO REVEALED IN US: SICKNESS, PAIN, DISAPPOINTMENTS, POVERTY, PERSECUTION, MISTREATMENT, ETC.

a)            CREATION IS WAITING FOR THE SONS OF GOD TO BE REVEALED (VS 22)

b)            ALL CREATION IS GOANING AS IN PANGS OF CHILDBIRTH (VS 22)

c)            WE OURSELVES GOAN INWARDLY AS WE WAIT FOR: (VS 23)

i)               OUR ADOPTION AS SONS

ii)             THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODIES

  1. FOR THIS HOPE WE WERE SAVED (WERE REDEEMED) (VS 24)

a)            THE FATHER / THE SON / HOLY SPIRIT HOPE IN EAGER ANTICIPATION

i)              FATHER GRIEVED OVER DEATH OF SINNERS (LOSS OF HOPE)

ii)             “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD …” JN 3:16

b)            WE HOPE AND ANTICIPATE OUR COMPLETE REDEMPTION

i)              WE WAIT FOR IT PATIENTLY

ii)             REDEMPTION OF OUR BODIES

iii)            SANCTIFICATION FROM SIN

iv)           BEING SET FREE FROM OUR OLD ADAMIC NATURE

c)            THE SPIRIT INTERCEDES FOR US

i)              THE SPIRIT HELPS US IN OUR WEAKNESS

ii)             INTERCEDES WITH GROANS THAT WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS

iii)            IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOD’S WILL

iv)           HE WHO SEARCHES OUR HEARTS KNOWS THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT

  1. ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE:  (VS 28)

a)            WHO LOVE GOD

b)            WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED INTO HIS KINGDOM, ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE

c)            THOSE WHO HE FORKNEW HE PREDESTINED

i)              TO BE CONFORMED TO THE LIKENESS OF HIS SON

ii)             THAT HE MIGHT BE THE FIRST BORN OF MANY BROTHERS

d)            THOSE WHOM HE PREDESTINED

i)              HE ALSO CALLED

ii)             THOSE WHO HE CALLED HE ALSO JUSTIFIED

iii)            THOSE WHO HE JUSTIFIED, HE ALSO GLORIFIED

  1. IF GOD IS FOR US WHO CAN BE AGAINST US (VS 31)

a)            HE DID NOT SPARE HIS OWN SON BUT GAVE HIM UP FOR US ALL

b)            HOW WILL HE NOT ALSO GIVE US ALL THINGS (AS HE HAS PROMISED)

c)            WHO DARES TO ACCUSE OR TO BRING A CHARGE AGAINST GOD CHOSEN

i)              IT IS GOD WHO JUSTIFIES HIS ELECT

ii)             WHO DARES TO CONDEMN GOD CHOSEN?

iii)            JESUS DIED FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION AND REDEMPTION

iv)           HE IS ALSO ACTIVELY INTERCEDING FOR US

  1. WHO (WHAT HAS THE POWER) TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD (VS 35)

a)            SHALL TROUBLE OR HARDSHIP, PERSECUTION FAMINE OR NAKEDNESS, DANGER OR THE SWORD

b)            IT IS WRITTEN: WE FACE DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.

  1. IN ALL OF THESE THINGS WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST WHO LOVED US.   PAUL CONVINCED THAT

a)            NEITHER DEATH NOR LIFE

b)            NEIGHER ANGELS OR DEMONS

c)            NEITHER THINGS IN THE PRESENT OR FUTURE

d)            NO ANY POWERS

e)            NEITHER HIGHT NOR DEPTH,

f)             NOR ANY THING ELSE IN ALL CREATION

g)            WILL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS OR LORD.

h)            READ MATT 5:10-12, PHIL 1:29

i)              READ “MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST”  MARCH 7

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