Whatever Comes, We Overcome - Learning to suffer well
Eddie Windsor 7-24-16

What you do when your suffering matters

Isaiah 43:2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (NLT)

Psalm 34:19 Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous,But the Lord rescues him from them all. (AMP)

Suffering is not punishment for sin

Psalm 119:71 My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. (NLT)

Romans 5:3 we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope (ESV)

Hebrews 2:10 God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader (NLT)  

Hebrews 2:10 God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader (NLT)

Hebrews 4:15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testing’s we do (NLT)

The key to suffering well… is not how deeply you feel you're suffering But how deeply you think about your suffering.  

Suffering is clarifying

Suffering can be a wonderful opportunity if we redeem it.

As Paul is sitting and suffering… He turned his suffering into ministry.

2 Corinthians 11:24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, (NKJV)

Effective serving comes out of great suffering.

1 Peter 4:12-13 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. (MSG)

Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. (NLT)

2 Corinthians 1:3-5He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. (MSG)

James 1:2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (N

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