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Staying Power – Strength through Adversity

StrengthFor the first-century Christians, suffering was the rule rather than the exception.

Paul holds out encouragement to his hard-pressed readers by painting a portrait of what they will eventually become.

But this is no escapism.  Spliced together with that vision of the future is the understanding that we must overcome now before we can become then.

Interact with God’s Word:  Romans 5:3-5

  1. Is Paul telling us that we should learn to like pain or deny the tragedy of suffering?
  2. If not, why should we rejoice when we encounter difficulties?
  3. If, as verse 5 claims, God dearly loves you, why may He be permitting trials in your life?
  4. How does the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit underscore God’s love?
  5. What does Christ’s death tell you about your value to God?
  6. Why would a strengthened character promote deepened confidence about the future?
  7. How can you deal with the problems you face daily in God’s strength?

Spend Time in Prayer:  Thank God for what you are confidently expecting. Ask Him for the strength of character to grow strong through endurance.

Romans 5:3-5

3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Prayer for the Week: Lord, You’ve placed me in a challenging spot. Give me the faith, courage, and strength to stand tall there.


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