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Glory in Living

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Suffering is a part of this life. Nobody gets to avoid it. But as Christians we can glory in our suffering because prior to that we were justified through the gift of faith and recieved God's powerful grace that helps us stand strong. On that foundation, any situation life brings is opportunity to glory in living.

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Illustrated:
Purchase of salvation from the Devil/death/bondage
Romans 5:1–11 NIV
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Re-read text: focus on Justified
Romans 5:1 NIV
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans
Justified because of physically being set free and called clean by Jesus himself.
romans
Romans 4:25 NIV
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Jesus paid for our sin by dying on the cross
Jesus took and broke the chain of slavery to sin and called us forgiven (He has the authority)
You are justified!
Re-read text: focus on through faith
Romans 5:1 NIV
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Through faith given (glasses to see) to be able to see clearly.
Romans
Romans 3:28 NIV
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
RE Read Text focus on: Let us have peace
Romans 5:1 NIV
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Let us have peace with God

romans
Luke 2:14 NIV
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
If God allows his son to die to pay for your sin
Raise him to life so you can be perfectly forgiven before him
Gives you a measure of faith as a gift so you CAN believe and move from spiritual death to life...
Deals with you as one who is at peace.
Doesn’t is make sense that he is going to continue the process of building you up to what is best?
Friends dealing with conflict vs. enemies dealing with conflict
John 15:15 NIV
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Doesn’t is make sense that he is going to continue the process of building you up to what is best?
RE Read Text focus on: Our Lord Jesus Christ
Romans 5:1 NIV
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Our Lord Jesus Christ - What do you mean by, “Our Lord Jesus Christ?
Our Lord Jesus Christ - What do you mean by, “Our Lord Jesus Christ?
Romans 5:10 NIV
For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
He loved us enough to save us, so we must trust he’s also going to lead us in life.
NEW Text focus on: bold access to the father
Romans 5:2 NIV
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Bold access to the Father (Boots)
Ephesians 2:18 NIV
For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
eph
Ephesians 3:12 NIV
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
RE Read Text focus on: Grace in which we now stand
Powerful grace to help us stand. (Power Bar)
Romans 5:2 NIV
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Through faith into grace

Let us boast in the hope of the glory of God

eph 3
What is the hope? The Gospel!
Stand on the Gospel
1 Corinthians 15:1 NIV
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.
Jesus died on the cross
Was buried
Was resurrected forevermore
The shed blood of Jesus is the best news we will ever know!
Do you personally know the Gospel? Are you spiritually born again in Jesus?
We stand on the Gospel! Now let’s talk about Glorying in suffering.

Let us glory in our sufferings

It’s one thing to sit in a Bible study and talk about the Bible. It’s a lot tougher to stand and walk out the Bibles truth in day to day living.
This is where you really find what you are made of!
Proverbs 24:10 NLT
If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.
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Romans 5:3–5 NIV
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:3–4 NIV
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:3–11 NIV
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Suffering produces perseverance

“He that has long been on the road to Heaven finds that there was good reason why it was promised that his shoes should be iron and brass, for the road is rough.”
Romans 5:3–10 NIV
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Romans 5:10 NIV
For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Romans
Thlipsis - Greek for crushing, squashing, sqeezing, distress.
The same word is used for pressing olives.
The pressure of persecution will force the content of your heart into the open for you and others to see.
Do you run every time the pressure is on?

Perseverance produces character

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
“Be thankful for the providence which has made you poor, or sick, or sad; for by all this Jesus works the life of your spirit and turns you to himself.”
Stick with Jesus and you’ll enjoy strengthening character! And so will we!
Don’t we all like a person of character.
We pray our kids marry one
We pray we do business with one
We hope our best friends are people of character
Galatians 6:7 NIV
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Character produces hope

Romans 8:28 NIV
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.
Romans
A stronger character finds a deeper dependance and leaning on the Lord.
How can we glory in suffering?
True tribulation is bigger than your ability. You are not able to “Work” your way out of it. Nobody can talk you through it. Only the touch and leading of Jesus can lead you to hope.
Hope does not put to shame
Conclusion:
Romans 5:8 NIV
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Are you broken? Is your heart heavy with suffering?
Romans 5:10 NIV
For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Are you fighting for control or fighting to lay your life in Jesus’ hands?
Gethsemane: “Oil Press”
Jesus was pressed to the point of sweating great drops of blood.
Matthew 26:39 NIV
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
He concluded with, ‘Not my will, but yours be done.”
Can you boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ?
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