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1 Peter 1:3-9
 
Scripture is clear that we will face problems.
They both experienced storms that challenged the foundation of their lives.
 
#1. This problem is only temporary.
  • Our problems aren't going to last forever, and we need to remember that they are, by their very nature, only temporary.
1.) Don't sweat the small stuff.
2.) Remember it's all small stuff.
  • When we look at our problems they don't seem temporary, they seem permanent.
  • When we look too closely at them, we lose perspective and they begin to seem larger than they really are.
  • You can endure anything if you know that it will not last forever. 
#2. This problem doesn't have to make me miserable.
  • We can live this life with a sense of hope and optimism.
  • God's mercy, God's power, and eternal life.
  • "A person is as happy as he makes up his mind to be." 
#3. This problem will help me grow.
  • Pain precedes growth.
  • No Pain--No Gain.
  • You don't get character because you're successful; you build character because of the hardships you face.
  • There is no gain without the pain of discipline, perseverance, and self-denial.
  • We have the power to overcome any test or temptation.
  • He gives us strength to match our problems.
  • Every problem can work out for our best.
  • No matter how bad things look, remember that God takes great pleasure in turning the tide in the course of our lives.
  • Remember that the problems we face are not meant to take the strength out of us, but to put strength into us.
  • "For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again." (Proverbs 24:16)
  • “No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long; Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces.” Proverbs‬ ‭24:15-16‬ ‭MSG‬‬

 

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