Pastor Robert Madu

Get to the Good Part

Scripture

Romans 5:1-15 (NIV)

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Main Idea

It seems like everybody is in this mode of rushing, grinding, going fast, with a “hurry up and get to the good part” mentality. The problem is many of us don’t know what the good part is. Our gauge on the “good” part is broken. You could be rushing past the good part in your life right now and not even know it. So now in retrospect, when looking back on the seasons that you thought were bad, they actually ended up being the good parts.

Paul says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” You may not know if you are in a good or bad part but GOD can make your mess a miracle, and He can make your test a testimony.

POINT 1: We have been justified through faith to have peace with God. We’re all guilty and none of us are worthy of Him but in Romans 5, Paul gets to the good part by saying we’re “justified” which means God looks at us as if we have never sinned. But why? Because of the finished work of Jesus dying on the cross and his resurrection.

POINT 2: There are benefits of justification from God

  1. Peace with God: it’s what the human soul has always wanted. Some of us are trying to find peace in shopping, smoking, drinking, sleeping around, or even mixing spiritually with witchcraft. We have peace WITH God, not the Peace OF God. Peace of God is subjective and an inner feeling. It surpasses all understanding…but Paul is talking about Peace with God which is a fact that I’ve been justified…I’m no longer in hostility with God.
  2. Access to Grace: Grace is the unmerited favor of God, supernatural assistance. Your life, your food, your spouse, your house…everything you have is standing in the grace of God. Paul says you have access to it. You’re being brought into a place that gives you access to something you wouldn’t have had it not been for Jesus.
  3. Future in Glory: Paul boasted in the hope of the Glory in God. This earth is not my home, heaven is my real home. The only way to face the hell you’re in today is to have heaven on your mind. When you live your life with a perspective that heaven will make earth make sense.

Questions

  1. Do you ever catch yourself wanting to skip to the “good part” in life? How do you prevent this feeling?
  2. Even though you have been given access to grace, do you ever feel like you are a stranger to God?
  3. What benefits have you seen in your life from choosing to preserve in the midst of suffering?

Summary

Paul says we must rejoice in our suffering and have to understand the power in what suffering does. We have a unique ability to rejoice in suffering. This is one of the most difficult things for believers to do. We tend to try and just tough it out, but Paul gives us the formula for hope:

Suffering → Perseverance → Character → Hope

Suffering produces perseverance, which then molds character, and builds hope.

Suffering is inevitable. Putting your faith in Jesus doesn’t mean you’ll win the lottery. If your financial prosperity has to line up with you faith, that can’t be preached everywhere. The bible doesn’t say this! But suffering can be preached everywhere. God’s word for that is PERSEVERE. The problem with us is we quit too soon, and never get to the place of hope. You wanna get to the good part? You have to stay even in the suffering.

Joseph experienced suffering when his brothers plotted to have him killed. Potiphar’s wife tried to frame him, and he was prison bound – most of us would’ve gotten even when given the chance, but Joseph says “they meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” Know that what you’re going through is producing something in you that success can’t do. It positions you to pray more, takes pride out of your life, and stops judgemental thoughts.

God says if you persevere, and not look to skip to the “good part,” you’ll receive hope and hope does not fail.

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