The Joy of Tribulation

The Joy of Tribulation

Is it safe to say there are tons of crazy things happening in the world today?

In the past few months, we’ve seen one of the worst hurricane seasons in recent memory. There are still clean up projects happening in many places including Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the list goes on.

There have been wildfires on the West Coast and torrential rain and blizzards on the East Coast.

We hear and see every day stories about violent treatment of girls, women and the elderly. Unsuspecting people who are victims of drugged, sick and deranged minds intent on causing harm to anyone that crosses their path.

Not to mention the senseless shootings of innocent people by irresponsible maniacs using firearms that are way too easy to get and far to powerful to be anything but killing machines.

Here in the United States about 31,000 people take their lives each year.
 Suicide rates have increased over the years and ranks up in the top 10 causes of death.

Why is suicide increasing?
 Is it because life is not worth living?
 The answer is NO!
 The reason why people commit suicide is because they personally feel that life is not worth living.
 That is why it very important that we get inner self thinking correctly.

What I intend to do with this lesson is to present several practical reasons why life is worth living.

Thousands of people give up on life every year because they fail to develop the inner person.

So why doesn’t God stop them?

The world likes to challenge Christians with the question:
”If there’s an all-powerful, loving God, why do bad things happen?”

When many believers are asked this question, they freeze, not knowing what to say. Or they weakly reply, “Well, we don’t know why bad things happen, but we need to trust God.”

When we start with the right foundation, God’s Word, we can give a solid answer.

When we don’t start with God’s Word we have a difficult time providing a satisfactory answer to this important and often emotionally charged question.

2Corinthians 12: 7 – 10 Weakness in infirmity. Stronger when we suffer.
Scripture teaches that many Christians suffer so that they may fellowship with others who are in affliction.

Only those who have known sorrow and suffering can have fellowship with those in affliction.

The Word of God also teaches that Christians suffer in order that they might glorify God in their lives.

The Bible further teaches that Christians suffer in order that God might teach them lessons in prayer.

Also, Christians suffer in order that God might bring them to repentance.

John 16:31 – 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Worldliness cannot provide a satisfactory answer to the idea, because it has no ultimate standard upon which to distinguish between good and bad.

If there is no standard for good and bad, how can anyone ask the question, ”If there’s an all-powerful, loving God, why do bad things happen?”

2Thessalonians 2:1 – 12 [7 – 8]

There are three very important truths about evil.

First, the Bible tells us that evil does not come from God, nor can we blame God for all the evils in the world. Evil comes rom Satan, and it entered this world when Satan deceived Adam and Eve and caused them to turn against God. Both evil and Satan are real, and the two go hand-in-hand.

Matthew 25:41
Second, the Bible tells us that someday all evil will be banished. The vast spiritual conflict between Satan and God that has raged from the beginning of time will be over, and God will be triumphant. Someday all evil will be cast “into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”.

Third, the Bible tells us that in the meantime, God can give us victory over evil. This doesn’t mean bad things will never happen to us—but even when they do, we can know God is with us, and He will give us strength to stand against them.

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Isn’t it better to face life’s problems with God rather than without Him?

2 Thessalonians 2: 13 – 14 Look around to see God’s blessings.

No, we may not understand everything that happens to us—but when we know Christ, we know we are on the winning side.

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