Posted: April 26, 2014 in Uncategorized



1. Are you currently suffering? How? Review the five reasons for suffering given in this chapter.
• Others around you.
• Circumstances of life.
• Your ministry.
• Direct Satanic activity.
• Your own sin.
Which reason(s) might be behind your current suffering? If you discover your suffering is through your own sin, you need to repent. If your suffering is caused by others, because of your ministry, through the circumstances of life, or by direct Satanic attack, what might be the purposes God has for allowing this?
2. Review the positive benefits of “suffering according to the will of God” listed below. Identify the ones you feel God is working to accomplish in your life, then begin to cooperate with the process.
• Your faith is tested.
• You are equipped to comfort others.
• You learn not to trust in self.
• You develop positive spiritual qualities.
• The works of God are manifested.
• The power of God is perfected.
• That which is unstable is removed.
• Your focus is changed.
• The old self-nature is changed.
• You are prepared for ministry.
• You are prepared to reign with Christ.
• You receive spiritual blessings.
• You learn obedience.
• The Word of God is tested within you.
• You are humbled.
• You are enlarged spiritually.
• You come to know God intimately.
3. In natural warfare, soldiers help one another in the battle. When one soldier is under attack, others come to help him. They fire their weapons at the enemy to provide cover
for him so he can run to safety. Do you know of a wounded warrior, a casualty of war for whom you can provide such spiritual cover? Can you help someone in their battle with the enemy by praying for them and encouraging them?
4. Study more about suffering in I Peter. This book focuses on the subject of suffering.
5. Study the following references about suffering:
Hardness: II Timothy 2:3
Tribulation: Acts 14:20; Romans 5:3; 12:12; I Thessalonians 3:4, II Thessalonians 1:4
Persecution: Matthew 5:10-12, 44; 13:21; Mark 4:17; Luke 11:49; 21:12; John 15:20; I Corinthians 4:12; II Corinthians 4:9; Acts 8:1; 11:19; 13:50; II Timothy 3:12; Romans 8:35; Galatians 6:12
Suffering: I Peter 5:10; Philippians 1:29; 3:8; 4:12; II Corinthians 1:6; II Timothy 2:12; 3:12; Galatians 5:11; 6:12; Acts 9:16; I Thessalonians 3:4; II Thessalonians 1:5
Affliction: Psalms 34:19; 119:67, 71, 75; Matthew 24:9; Acts 20:23; II Corinthians 2:4; 4:17; 6:4; I Thessalonians 3:3; II Timothy 1:8; 3:11, 4:5; II Corinthians 1:6; James 5:10; Hebrews 10:32-33.


1. Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (II Timothy 2:3)
2. Sin and Satan.
3. Review the five ways suffering enters the life a believer discussed in Chapter Twenty- Two.
4. Review the positive benefits of suffering discussed in Chapter Twenty-Two.
5. Review the proper attitudes towards suffering discussed in Chapter Twenty-Two.
6. a. False b. False c. False d. True



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