Expository Essay : ' Persevering Through Trials '

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Persevering Through Trials!
Romans 12:12
West Side Baptist
August 27, 2017

If you would take your copy of the Word of God and turn with me to Romans chapter 12. This morning we are going to look at “Persevering Through Trials!”

Here in chapter 12 Pual has been sharing with us what our walk with Christ should look like! He began by sharing with us that we are to present our bodies a living sacrifice to God with is our spiritual service. Now that last phrase is important! Paul is talking about our service to God.

Then he tells us how we are to do that, Through the renewing of our minds! And the reason Paul challenges us to renew our minds is because the church, those who are redeemed function differently than this world functions.
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Many abandon ship when they are face with trials. But we are going to see today that God wants us to persevere through our trials. Let’s look at our passage text in Romans 12:12

Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer!

Prayer

In his book Seizing Your Divine Moment Erwin McManus points out; “We should not be surprised that a lifelong journey with God might bring us suffering and hardship. If the Cross teaches us anything, it teaches us that sometimes God comes through after we’ve be killed!” (pg. 65)

I just don’t understand Christians who believe that God should remove all of the trials from their lives. I have had believers say to me, I read my bible and I pray and I don’t understand why I am going through these trials! I want to ask them what version of the Bible they are reading.

After all, there was Job, the most righteous man in his day and look at what happened to him. He lost almost everything he had and he trusted God.

David was a man after God’s own heart, and yet for years David was on the run from King Saul who wanted to kill him. And then later, his own son, Asolam wanted to kill him.

As we come to the New Testament, we find Jesus said that John the Baptist was the greatest man ever born (Matt. 11:11), and yet he got thrown into prison and beheaded because he confronted the wicked Herod for his sin.

I just don’t see how

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