Handling Hard Times With Faith and Hope in God

1. Do not be surprised when you face hard times because of your faith in Christ. 1 Peter 4:12a; John 15:20, 15; 1 Peter 4:4

2. View your trials as positive tests designed to demonstrate your faith to others. 1 Peter 4:12b; Psalm 66:10

3. Learn to rejoice in the fellowship with Christ that sufferings bring to your life. 1 Peter 4:13-14; Acts 5:27-42

4. Be sure that you are suffering for the cause of Christ and not your own sin. 1 Peter 4:15

5. Realize that God may use your response to point someone to Christ. 1 Peter 4:17-18

6. Entrust your soul to your God by doing what is right. 1 Peter 4:19; Proverbs 3:5-6

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