Posts tagged with ‘Suffering’

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1/16/19 UPHEAVAL OFTEN PRECEDES SPIRITUAL PROGRESS

by Barry Lovett

“We have been delivered from the law… so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit.” Romans 7:6. Throughout the Old Testament, God told His people to expect some major renovation on the road between Him and them. When God sent Jesus, it seemed to the Jews as if their way to God […]

11/19/18 BURDENS CAN BECOME BRIDGES TO BLESSINGS

by Barry Lovett

“For every man shall bear his own burden.” Galatians 6:5. Various kinds of burdens are mentioned in the Scriptures. Some can be shared, but others God intends that we carry by ourselves.  Although the weight of these trials may at times seem unbearable, we eventually come to see that our Lord always has a wise […]

9/26/18 SUFFERING IS THE FIRE THAT GOD USES TO PURIFY AND STRENGTHEN US

by Barry Lovett

“My strength is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9. Diamonds are beautiful and valuable, but their beginning is common carbon – black, dirty, and combustible.  Through years of intense heat and high pressure, they become pure and strong.  This makes them a good metaphor for spiritual strength; God uses intense outside forces to rid […]

5/31/18 THE ONE WHO BORE OUR SINS CARRIES OUR SORROWS

by Barry Lovett

“And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people…for I know their sorrows.” Exodus 3:7. God is fully aware of our troubles and actually enters into our suffering with us.  Writing about the Lord’s compassionate interest in the sorrows of His people, the prophet Isaiah declared, “In all their affliction He […]