HOLDING ON TO YOUR FAITH

DURING DIFFICULT TIMES

 

PURPOSE

 

In this study, we will look at some biblical principles that we should reflect on while we are going through difficult times. 

 

OPENER

 

Have you ever been so discouraged that you felt like giving up on your faith?  

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LESSON

 

HERE ARE THREE PRINCIPLES THAT WE SHOULD REFLECT ON WHEN WE ARE SUFFERING PHYSICALLY OR EMOTIONALLY.

 

1.      FIRST, DURING OUR TIMES OF SUFFERING, GOD IS NEAR EVEN WHEN HE SEEMS SO FAR AWAY.

 

Have you ever felt that God was no where to be found when you needed Him the most?

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In (Psalm 13:1), how did David feel while he was running for his life from Saul?

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Even when God seems 1,000 miles away and uninterested in our affairs, He is with us step-by-step during our difficult times.  A wonderful illustration of this unseen presence is described in (Luke 24:13-35).  Read these verses and share how they illustrate God's unseen presence in time of need.

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2.      SECOND, GOD'S TIMING IS PERFECT WITH HIS ASSISTANCE, EVEN WHEN HE APPEARS CATASTROPHICALLY LATE.

 

When we suffer, we naturally want God to immediately take away our pain.  But sometimes, we think that He can be agonizingly slow in solving the problems that we bring to His attention.  Tell us of a time where you felt that God was slow with His assistance.

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But even though at times God seems to be late with His assistance, I would like to say that His timing is always perfect.  In  (John 11:1-46), Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.  How does this story show that God's timing is always perfect?

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Why does God allow us to suffer instead of immediately taking care of our problems?

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3.      LASTLY, DURING OUR TIMES OF SUFFERING, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS KEEP OUR FAITH AND TRUST IN GOD.

 

Why do some people, after experiencing a tragic situation, blame God and give up on their faith?  Should we blame God for all of the tragedies in the world?

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What did Job do after he experienced severe tragedy in his life (Job 1:2)?

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According to (Revelation 2:10), what will we receive if we remain faithful to God?

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CONCLUSION:

 

1.      The Bible teaches us that we are going to suffer in many different ways.  And when we suffer, let us remember these three important principles: (a) If we are faithful, God is present, even when He seems far away; (b) God’s timing is perfect, even when He appears catastrophically late; and (c) During our times of suffering, the most important thing to do is keep our faith and trust in God.

 

2.      If you have been suffering as of late, I hope that this message has uplifted your spirit. 

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