A. Sometimes things happen to people and it feels overwhelming to the point that fleeing seems to be the resolution (Psalms 55:1-7).
- Even after Elijah stood boldly and destroyed hundreds of false prophets (I Kings 18:17-46), Jezebel’s threat to his life caused him to flee and feel alone (I Kings 19:1-18).
- Another reaction is to be overwhelmed and complain (Psalms 77:1-3).
- In anticipation of the destruction of Jerusalem, the scattered saints (James 1:1; cf. Acts 8:1) were told to be patient [forbear] (James 5:7-11).
- We need to remind ourselves that Heaven is not on earth (I Peter 1:3-4) and that should help us keep moving forward (Titus 3:7-8).
II. Body: I Peter 4:12-19
A. In general, much of what we face as disciples is not uncommon to what all of mankind faces (Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 and I Corinthians 10:13).
- Much of the sorrows we face in life have nothing to do with us being Christians (Job 14:1 and Ecclesiastes 2:17-23).
- Remember, Jesus died to deliver the saints from this present evil world (Galatians 1:4) and things have not improved (II Timothy 3:13).
- If we suffer for righteousness sake, don’t let those things move you (Acts 20:22-24).
- You’re not alone in the things this world does to you because you’re a faithful child of God (I Peter 5:8-9).
- We have been armed by the Lord to overcome these things on a daily basis (Psalms 119:92, Acts 18:22-23, and II Corinthians 7:5-6).
- Look unto Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-3).
- Let the things of this world make you stronger (Romans 5:3, II Corinthians 12:7-10, and James 1:2-4).
III. Conclusion: This world is not meant to be pleasant to the soul (John 16:33). Rather than sinking deep in depressive thinking and being drained, remember our hope (Luke 6:21-23 and I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11).
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