Monday, March 30, 2009: 2 Timothy 2:3–4You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
Is enduring hardship part of being a Believer in Christ? Hardship can happen to anyone; enduring hardship to serve the Lord Jesus Christ is pleasing to Him.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009: 2 Timothy 2:8–9Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.
Will the world call you evil if you express your belief in Christ? Yes, they still do so and will restrain you by ‘legal’ means. You will be able to express your beliefs in spite of restrictions.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009: 2 Timothy 4:5But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
What is God’s purpose in you enduring affliction? Do your God given work while enduring affliction and in spite of it.
Thursday, April 2, 2009: James 5:10–11My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
Why is Job an example of enduring suffering? The reward for Job and us is an eternal reward, unlike the suffering, which is temporary.
Friday, April 3, 2009: James 5:13Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
Who truly understands your suffering? The Lord Jesus Christ does: His suffering was for your sin.