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This book is for anyone that has gone through a storm and maybe going thru one now. Learn the types of storm and how they relate to you. Trust Gods word and learn his way out of each and every storm.

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  1. 1. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser Storm ChaserJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 1
  2. 2. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserPrefaceThis book is for anyone thathas gone through a stormand maybe going thru onenow. Learn the types ofstorm and how they relate toyou. Trust Gods word andlearn his way out of each andevery storm.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 2
  3. 3. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 3
  4. 4. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser Tables of ContentGod’s purpose for stormsEven great men go through 17Real men don’t run from Storms 45Buffed but Blessed 55Speak to your peace 75Join The National Schools of Theology Page 4
  5. 5. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser GOD’S PURPOSE FOR THE STORM "For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us inAsia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life."--II Cor. 1:8. "We are troubled on everyside, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken;Join The National Schools of Theology Page 5
  6. 6. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chasercast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in thebody the dying of the Lord Je-sus, that the life also of Jesusmight be made manifest in our body."--II Cor. 4:8-10.The surge of trouble is nothingnew to God’s people. The Bi-ble is filled with stories ofthose in trouble. The Hebrewchildren had their fiery fur-nace. Daniel had his den oflions. Joseph was cast intoprison.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 6
  7. 7. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserPaul was shipwrecked andbeaten with stripes. Peter wassent to prison. John was exiledat Patmos. James had his headcut off. David fled from Saul.Samson had his eyes put out.Psalm 34:19Many are the afflictions of therighteous: but the Lord delive-reth him out of them all.Clyde Gordon, who was com-pletely paralyzed from hisJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 7
  8. 8. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserneck down, edited a magazinecalled The Triumph. In it hesaid:"Christ is no security againststorms,But He is perfect security instorms.He does not promise an easypassage,But He does guarantee a safelanding."The road to success is alwaysunder construction. It seemsthat those who seem to haveit hard always get more done."Join The National Schools of Theology Page 8
  9. 9. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserPaul said in I Corinthians10:13, "There hath no tempta-tion (trouble) taken you butsuch as is common to man: butGod is faithful, who will notsuffer you to be temptedabove that ye are able; but willwith the temptation (trouble )also make a way to escape.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 9
  10. 10. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser7 ways God may use a“surge of problems” inour lives:1. To Direct Us.Sometimes God must light afire under you to get you mov-ing. Problems often point us ina new direction and motivateus to change. Is God trying toget our attention?Proverbs 20:30The blueness of a woundcleanse away evil: so dostripes the inward parts of thebelly.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 10
  11. 11. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserThe world deceives us. But af-ter a serious bout withtrouble, we don’t usually careas much about what peoplethink.Pride is plowed under, theworld loses its value, the ap-petites for sin lose their taste.God could have kept Danielout of the lions’ den, Paul andSilas out of jail, the Hebrewchildren from the fiery fur-nace; but it was good for allthese to go through these ex-periences.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 11
  12. 12. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser2. To Inspect Us.People are like tea bags…if youwant to know what’s insidethem, just drop them in hotwater! Has God ever testedyour faith with a problem?What do problems revealabout you?James 1:2-3My brethren, count it all joywhen ye fall into divers temp-tations; [3] Knowing this, thatthe trying of your faith wor-keth patience.3. To Correct Us.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 12
  13. 13. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserSome lessons we learn onlythrough pain and failure. It’slikely that as a child your par-ents told you not to touch ahot stove. But you probablylearned by being burned.Sometimes we only learn thevalue of something by losingit."Psalm 119:71It is good for me that I havebeen afflicted; that I mightlearn thy statutes.4. To Connect Us.When someone dies in theJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 13
  14. 14. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserfamily, loved ones gather fromfar and near for the funeral.People want to be togetherwhen in trouble. When some-one is seriously ill, their friendsand neighbors gather in tocheck on them and make surethings are all right.Trouble not only draws peopletogether, but it also drawsthem to the Lord. David said,"Before I was afflicted, I wentastray" (Ps. 119:67). Many aperson has called for apreacher in time of trouble toJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 14
  15. 15. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chasermake things right with God.Then trouble also drawspeople to church. It is not un-common to see a whole familyshow up at church after a fu-neral.Sometimes when people getbad news from the doctorabout their physical condition,they take a renewed interestin church. So trouble unifies.5. To Protect Us.A problem can be a blessing inJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 15
  16. 16. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserdisguise if it prevents you frombeing harmed by somethingmore serious. I read about aguy who was fired for refusingto do something unethical thathis boss had asked him to do.His unemployment was aproblem - but it saved himfrom being convicted and sentto prison a year later when themanagement’s actions wereeventually discovered.Joseph said to his brothers inGenesis 50:20But as for you, ye thought evilagainst me; but God meant itJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 16
  17. 17. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserunto good, to bring to pass, asit is this day, to save muchpeople alive.God is the only true “surgeprotector!”6. To Perfect Us. the perfectstormProblems, when responded tocorrectly, are character build-ers. God is far more interestedin your character than yourcomfort. Your relationship toGod and your character arethe only two things you’reJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 17
  18. 18. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chasergoing to take with you intoeternity.Romans 5:3-4And not only so, but we gloryin tribulations also: knowingthat tribulation worketh pa-tience; [4] And patience, expe-rience; and experience, hope.David said in Ps. 71:19-21O God, who is like unto thee!Thou, which hast shewed megreat and sore troubles, shaltquicken me again, and shaltbring me up again from thedepths of the earth. Thou shaltincrease my greatness, andJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 18
  19. 19. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chasercomfort me on every side."Here we find the effect oftrouble. It was a blessing indisguise, a benefit to the life ofthis good servant of God.All things work together forgood to them that love God, tothem who are the called ac-cording to his purpose"(Rom. 8:28).The graduate degree of spiri-tuality comes from attendingthe University of Hard Knocks.7. To Project Us.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 19
  20. 20. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserThe surge of trouble focusesus outwardly, on what is mostimportant…it furthers God’scause.Philip. 1:12But I would ye should under-stand, brethren, that thethings which happened untome have fallen out rather untothe furtherance of the gospel;“For God to make manifest thefact that He gives songs in thenight, He must first make thenight!”Who don’t get TiredJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 20
  21. 21. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserI suppose all of us at sometime or another get de-pressed, or want to give upand quit. In the heat of a mo-ment we’ll say, "I’ll just leavethis job, this church, or thisfamily, and they’ll missme…they’ll wish they hadtreated me different!"Often we have some of thesefeelings:“there’s no use, harder I try,worse things get, don’t wit-ness, no one listens, just spin-Join The National Schools of Theology Page 21
  22. 22. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserning wheels, getting nothing atchurch, daily stresses andproblems (life is just mundane,repetitive, like Chinese watertorture!)I know this is true for 2 rea-sons:I talk to many of you goingthrew itI’ve gone threw it!Sometimes God’s people needa spiritual 2nd wind…Examples:• MosesJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 22
  23. 23. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserThe Greatest leader, hand-picked by God!Had God’s power on his life,but in Numbers 11:15 he saidto God, “if thou deal thus withme, kill me, I pray thee!”• JoshuaGreatest General, handpickedby God to lead Israel into thePromised Land…but in Joshua7:7, he said, “would to God wehad been content and dwelton the other side of Jordan”(so this is what we get forserving God, he said, after agreat defeat!)Join The National Schools of Theology Page 23
  24. 24. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserHe felt like quitting! He gotover it, thankfully!• ElijahGreatest prophet of OT willingto challenge the idolatry of hisday called fire down from hea-ven won a faceoff with proph-ets of Baal, but in I Kings 19:4after it was all over, he re-quested for himself that hemight die, and said, it isenough now, O Lord, takeaway my life!• JobWe talk about his patience andfaith, and he was truly a greatJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 24
  25. 25. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserman…he had a great beginningand a great ending, but in-between, when he lost every-thing, he wished he had notbeen born, became suicidal,extremely depressed for a pe-riod of time!Job 3:3 he said, let the day pe-rish in which I was born!• JonahHe wanted God to kill him, andwas spiritually depressed andnot even happy for the all thesouls that just got saved in Ni-neveh!• PaulJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 25
  26. 26. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserIn Acts 18 we find Paul in his2nd missionary journey, arriv-ing from Athens to Corinth ex-periencing a low time in hislife (of depression)I Cor. 2:3 Paul says of thattime in Acts: “I was with you inweakness and in fear, and inmuch trembling” (could betranslated: “I was far fromstrong, nervous, and rathershaky!”-He was fatigued (53 milewalk)He was aloneHe was bi-vocational (v. 3:Join The National Schools of Theology Page 26
  27. 27. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chasertentmaker)Stressed-v. 5 “pressed in thespirit” (spiritual stress)Had a sense of failure (notmuch success in Athens calleda “babbler” (bird brain)Frustrated, leaving a city ofidolatry and heading for theworst in the world for immo-rality! (Sin city! The Temple:Aphrodite, goddess of sex, anda thousand prostitutes soldtheir bodies in the temple inthe name of religion!)unappreciated…he later wroteto the people of Corinth:Join The National Schools of Theology Page 27
  28. 28. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser2Co 12:15 -And I will very gladly spendand be spent for you; thoughthe more abundantly I loveyou, the less I be loved.At this point on this trip alone,he’s been beaten and jailed atPhilippi, persecuted at Thessa-lonica and Berea, ridiculed inAthens, and now he has toface Corinth! He was at a lowpoint, a crossroads in his min-istry, and he was just about toquit!But the Lord came to Paul onJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 28
  29. 29. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserthis day, and showed him thattrying times are not the timeto quit trying!v. 11—he didn’t quit, he con-tinued! Why? Because Godtold him in 9 and 10: “it’s toosoon to quit!”3 Promises for the ‘Winded’We have the promise of …1. God’s presencev. 10 “I am with thee”• In times of lonelinessHeb. 13:5, Jesus said, I willnever leave thee, nor forsakethee! (gk. Word “never” thereJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 29
  30. 30. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser3 times…never, no never, nonever!)Gospel of Matthew, 2 wonder-ful bookends:Beginning: “Emmanuel, Godwith us”Ending: Great commission,where Jesus said, “Lo, I amwith you always” (don’t fly!)Your best friend my stab youin the back, but He’s a friendthat sticks closer than a broth-er!In loneliness…• In the valleyJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 30
  31. 31. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserWhen defeat comes discou-ragement sickness financialreversal, heartaches, familyproblems…remember that theGod of the mountain. is stillGod in the valley!Ill.—little boy went home afterschool very sad/told momabout Billy, his best friend,who had been absent for 3days/found out today whywhen he returned to class…hisdaddy died, and when he toldus, he cried and just laid hishead flat on his desk/mom:“what did you do?”/I didn’tJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 31
  32. 32. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserknow what to do, so I just laidmy head on my desk andcried, too!that’s the kind of Savior wehave! The Bible says, “He’sTOUCHED” with the feelings ofour infirmities!Jn. 11:35 says Jesus wept,why? Lazarus had died Jesuseven knew he was going toraise him from the dead,things were going to get bet-ter, but Jesus’ heart still brokein the meanwhile!He’s there in the valley withyou!Join The National Schools of Theology Page 32
  33. 33. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserIn loneliness, in the valley… In deathIf we’re honest, we’ll admit wehave a fear of death. (normaldefense mechanism)Ps. 23: “yea, tho’ I walk thruthe valley of the shadow ofdeath, I will fear no evil…forthou art with me!Joke- a preacher asked church,how many want to go to hea-ven, all raised their hands ex-cept 1 old man you sir, don’tyou wanna go someday? sure,if you put it that way…Ithought you were getting up aJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 33
  34. 34. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserload to go right now!But when our time comes, theLord comes Himself with dyinggrace and takes away our fear.He doesn’t send an angel…Hecomes for us Himself!It’s too soon to quit! We havethe promise of His presence!2. God’s protectionv. 10 “no man shall set on theeto hurt thee” (the Lord didn’tsay no man would set on thee)…not that he wouldn’t be hurt,but that he wouldn’t beJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 34
  35. 35. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserharmed!They might have killed theapostle Paul, but not until hewas able to say, “I have fi-nished my course.”They killed the Lord Jesus, butnot before He said, “It is fi-nished!”God has a purpose for yourlife. Greater than your job!And if you choose to, you canlive it out, fearlessly…thoughthere will be persecution, tri-als and hardships…but untilJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 35
  36. 36. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaseryour work here is done, God’snot finished with you, the devilcan’t harm you, man can’t hurtyou, disease cannot touch you,there are no accidents withGod…He and He alone will callyou home when the time isright!So good to know, that nothingcan happen without the Lord’spermission.To live is Christ, to die isgain…God, take me whenyou’re thru with me…untilJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 36
  37. 37. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserthen, I’m gonna serve you!It’s too soon to quit!First let me summarize thisphenomenal story of Elijahand his confrontation with theprophets of Baal.The first we see of Elijah is in 1Kings 18. He is told by God togo and announce that therewill not be rain on the land un-til he says so. Baal worship hadbecome common and Baalwas thought to be the god ofrain, so what better way to putJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 37
  38. 38. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserthat to rest than to stop allrain.Elijah makes his announce-ment and then leaves. After acouple of years, the wickedKing, Ahab sends anotherprophet Obadiah, a goodprophet, in one direction whilehe goes another. Obadiah runsinto Elijah. Elijah tells Obadiahto go tell Ahab that Elijah ishere. Read this passage whichshows how strongly Ahab waslooking for Elijah:Join The National Schools of Theology Page 38
  39. 39. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser1 Kings 18:9-46"What have I done wrong,"asked Obadiah, "that you arehanding your servant over toAhab to be put to death? [10]As surely as the LORD yourGod lives, there is not a nationor kingdom where my masterhas not sent someone to lookfor you. And whenever a na-tion or kingdom claimed youwere not there, he made themswear they could not find you.[11] But now you tell me to goto my master and say, ’Elijah ishere.’ *12+ I don’t know whereJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 39
  40. 40. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserthe Spirit of the LORD maycarry you when I leave you. If Igo and tell Ahab and hedoesn’t find you, he will killme.Obadiah did not want to takethe chance on giving Ahab thisgood news, only to find thatGod had called Elijah away. Ithink he assumed that Ahabwould kill Elijah, so God mightcall him away to save Elijah’slife.But Elijah convinces him thatJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 40
  41. 41. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserhe will be there when hecomes back. This is what Ahabsays:I Kings 18:17When he saw Elijah, he said tohim, "Is that you, you troublerof Israel?"Elijah debates that point brief-ly but then sets up a challengeto prove who is the true God.This is what happens:1 Kings 18:19Now summon the people fromall over Israel to meet me onJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 41
  42. 42. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserMount Carmel. And bring thefour hundred and fifty proph-ets of Baal and the four hun-dred prophets of Asherah,who eat at Jezebel’s table."vs20 So Ahab sent wordthroughout all Israel and as-sembled the prophets onMount Carmel. vs21 Elijahwent before the people andsaid, "How long will you waverbetween two opinions?If the LORD is God, follow him;but if Baal is God, follow him."But the people said nothing.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 42
  43. 43. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserElijah was looking for someoneman enough to stand up withhim, but no one would. Thestory is a great story, one ofmy favorites in the Bible, so Iencourage you to read it later,but right now I want to dis-cover how Elijah was able tostand alone. What made himman enough to do this?Personal dangers didn’t mat-ter to Elijah. The mob mayhave been ready to lynch himwhen he came, but he didn’tcare. Elijah was God’s man, inJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 43
  44. 44. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserGod’s place, at God’s time. Doyou have the same attitude asElijah? Do you want to beGod’s man in His place and inHis time?Real Men Don’t Runfrom StormsWe live in a society that wantsto neuter manhood. Peoplewant you to believe that thereis really no difference, it is allJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 44
  45. 45. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserlearned. Because of that, weare raising a generation ofmen that do not know what itmeans to be a real man.I am going to tell you what Ibelieve to be the traits ofmanhood in the life of Elijahand especially in the life of Je-sus. Men and boys, I want youto know that if you want to bea real man, you will have thesetraits.These four traits come out of abook called “Raising a ModernJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 45
  46. 46. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserDay Knight” by Robert Lewis.The first trait of a man is …I. A Real Man Rejects Passivi-ty.Elijah was told to go andpresent himself to Ahab. Heknew that was not a safe thingto do, but he could not be pas-sive. He does so and sets upthis challenge with the proph-ets of Baal. But there wereothers that day that were pas-sive, sitting on the sideline,seeing what would happen.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 46
  47. 47. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserI Kings 18:20-21So Ahab sent word throughoutall Israel and assembled theprophets on Mount Carmel.[21] Elijah went before thepeople and said, "How longwill you waver between twoopinions? If the LORD isGod, follow him; but if Baalis God, follow him." But thepeople said nothing.Did you hear the passivity?“But the people said nothing.”Elijah was man enough tostand alone, but passivity keptothers from joining him.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 47
  48. 48. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserAnyone who has been aroundboys knows that they seem topossess a natural aggressive-ness to initiate, to explore,and to achieve. They are muchmore apt to trip their youngerbrothers, tackle their sistersand punch each other in thearm.Though it varies from man toman, this inbred aggressive-ness – both physical and psy-chological – is not a learnedbehavior; it is innate. It is partJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 48
  49. 49. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserof being a man.But, for some reason, men ofevery age become passivewhen it comes to initiating thisaction in their homes, with thefamilies, and in their commun-ities. Why? The reason isfound in Genesis.In Genesis 3, the serpent ap-proaches Eve with a tantalizingproposition. He convinces herthat the forbidden fruit is ac-tually the path to life. Satancoaxes Eve with the promiseJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 49
  50. 50. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserthat if she takes one bite, she“will be like God" (Genesis 3:5)The stage is set for Adam tointervene. After all, Adam hasbeen given responsibility ofthe garden; the prohibitionagainst eating fruit was spo-ken to him. God has given thefirst man a will, to obey“don’t eat the fruit , a work todo (“cultivate the garden”),and a woman to love (Eve).These are his explicit respon-sibilities as a man.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 50
  51. 51. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserYou fully expect Adam tocome running with a gardenhoe, cut off the serpent’shead, and end this heinousapproach of evil.But confronted with his socialand spiritual responsibilities,Adam becomes, of all things,passive.Have you ever wondered whatAdam was doing while Eve wasbeing propositioned? Mostpeople assume that he wasabsent at the time, commun-ing with nature or tilling theJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 51
  52. 52. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chasersoil. Not true. He was rightthere, watching his wife con-template moral and spiritualsuicide. Genesis 3:6 tells us so:Genesis 3:6When the woman saw that thefruit of the tree was good forfood and pleasing to the eye,and also desirable for gainingwisdom, she took some andate it. She also gave some toher husband, who was withher, and he ate it.Did you hear it? The text saysshe gave “some to her hus-Join The National Schools of Theology Page 52
  53. 53. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserband, who was with her.” Asnaturally aggressive as Adamwas, when the moment of au-thentic manhood arrived –when he was called upon toact responsibly, to take chargespiritually, and protect hiswoman – Adam just stoodthere. He went flat. He be-came passive.Men have been imitatingAdam’s example ever since.Have you ever wondered whythe Bible constantly calls mento love their wives, spirituallyinstruct their children, andJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 53
  54. 54. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserresponsibly lead their homes?The reason is because menhave a fallen nature that ac-tually bends away from theseresponsibilities. It comes withmaleness. It comes fromAdam. Buffeted But Blessed Text: 2 Cor.12: 9, 10 Intro: Most of us would think the ideas of buffeting andJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 54
  55. 55. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser blessing are totally foreign to one another. It’s difficult to wrap our limited insight around the biblical idea thatthe former could actually pro-duce the latter. As a matter of fact, the average Christian probably isn’t the least bitconcerned with understanding such a concept. The Apostle Paul saw a defi- nite connection between be- ing “buffeted” and being “blessed.” This great servant of God realized that the Lord was purposeful in all He did,Join The National Schools of Theology Page 55
  56. 56. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser and in all He permitted to come into his life, whether good or ill. Paul realized that though he could not live obli-vious to the billows and blows of life, it was better to look beyond them, and see theblessings of growth, effective-ness, and maturity they would inevitably produce in him. That all sounds very noble,doesn’t it? However, as noble as this concept may sound, itis often excruciatingly difficult to seize, spiritually. It isn’t easy to learn to “…count it allJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 56
  57. 57. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser joy when ye fall into divers temptations (various trials);Knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1: 2-3), as James says. It’s far easier to read the con- cept than to realize it. But realize it we can and must, if we are to live victoriously to the honor and glory of Christ.In Second Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul explains what God had taught him when it seemedthat life was giving him a good beating. There are some very important principles to beJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 57
  58. 58. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser learned in this brief passage. Let’s consider them together. Theme: Paul lists three things for us to consider in our diffi- culties: I. THE BUFFETING A. Its Purpose.2 Cor.12: 7a “And lest I should be exalted above measurethrough the abundance of theJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 58
  59. 59. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser revelation…”2 Cor.12: 7c “…lest I should be exalted above measure.” NOTE: [1] Paul indicates thatone of the purposes of his buf-feting was to prevent religious pride. The word “exalted”means, “to become haughty.” Albert Barnes notes that: There is abundant reason tobelieve that Paul was naturally a proud man. He was by na-ture self-confident; trusting inJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 59
  60. 60. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser his own talents and attain- ments, and eminently ambi- tious. When he became aChristian, therefore, one of hisbesetting sins would be pride;and as he had been especiallyfavored in his call to the apos- tleship; in his success as a preacher; in the standingwhich he had among the other apostles, and in the revela- tions imparted to him, there was also special danger that he would become self-confident and proud of his at- tainments.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 60
  61. 61. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser If the Apostle Paul could have a problem with pride, believe me; any of us could have the same problem. As a matter of fact, most all of us have a pride problem from time to time. However, God knows how to deflate our over- inflated ego, just like this guy: Some people think they are a wonder when they are not. I heard about a bachelor who was on an airplane. He saw apretty stewardess and decidedJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 61
  62. 62. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser to get her attention. She passed by and said, “Sir,you do not have your seat belt fastened.” He replied, “Well, my dear,Superman doesn’t need a seat belt.” She never hesitated, but re- sponded immediately, “Yes,and Superman would not needan airplane either, fasten your seat belt!”(3) The potential for religious pride lay in the “…abundance of the revelations” given to PaulJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 62
  63. 63. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser [3a] Paul was blinded on the Damascus Road, by thebrightness of the glorified Chr- ist (Acts 9: 3; 22: 6).[3b] Paul had seen a vision inwhich he was instructed to go preach to the Gentiles (Acts 22: 17-21). [3c] It was through a vision that Paul had been called to go preach the Gospel in Ma- cedonia (Acts 16: 9).Join The National Schools of Theology Page 63
  64. 64. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser *3d+ Paul was taken up “into paradise,” where he heard “unspeakable words” (2 Cor.12: 2-4). [3e] Paul received the revela-tion of divine truth concerningthe “mystery” of Christ and His Church (Eph.3: 3).[4] Christians sometimes fail tounderstand that Satan will use good things to corrupt ourlives. If we don’t stay alert, Sa- tan will turn a blessing fromJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 64
  65. 65. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserGod into boasting in the flesh. B. Its Properties. 1. It was painful. 2 Cor.12: 7b “…a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me…”NOTE: [1] The word translated “thorn” refers to a “‘a sharpstake used for torturing or im- paling someone.’”(4)*2+ The word “buffet” also im-plies pain, in that it means, “toJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 65
  66. 66. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserstrike with clenched hands, to buffet with the fist.”(5) [3] One is caused to wonder why God would allow such a choice servant as Paul, to suf- fer this kind of satanic anta- gonism.[3a] Paul said that the trials he endured were a constant re- minder of his personal weak- ness and inability apart from the enabling power of God (2 Cor.12: 10).[3b] Difficulties in the Christian life produce much the sameJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 66
  67. 67. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chasereffect as the ocean does upon the rocks on the shore. Rocksfound in the quiet coves, sepa-rated from the crashing waves of the sea, are jagged andsharp. However, the rocks that are exposed to the constantpounding of the ocean’s wavesbecome smooth, polished and beautiful. Satan wants to smash us with the trials and difficulties of life, while God wants to smooth and sanctify us with them. 2. It was physical.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 67
  68. 68. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser 2 Cor.12: 7b “…in the flesh…” Paul was simply saying thathe suffered from “…a physical affliction.”(6) Robertson alsoagrees with this deduction. He says, “Certainly it was somephysical malady that persisted. All sorts of theories are held (malaria, eye-trouble, epilep-sy, insomnia, migraine or sick- headache, etc.). F.W. Farrar adds the following comments concerning Paul’sJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 68
  69. 69. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaser There have been endless con-jectures as to the exact nature of this painful and most hum- bling physical affliction. It is only by placing side by side agreat many separate passages that we are almost irresistibly led to the conclusion which is now most generally adopted, namely, that it was acute and disfiguring ophthalmic, origi- nating in the blinding glare of the light which flashed round him at Damascus, and accom-panied, as that most humiliat-ing disease usually is, by occa-Join The National Schools of Theology Page 69
  70. 70. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chasersional cerebral excitement.(8) C. Its Producer.2 Cor.12: 7b “…the messenger of Satan…” NOTE: The word “messenger”is the Greek word “ANGELOS,” which is the same word oftentranslated “angel.” The “angelof Satan” was the delivery boy for the bodily affliction thatPaul suffered. Though Satan or his cohorts cannot touch God’s children at will, GodJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 70
  71. 71. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chasermay sometimes use Satan andhis messengers, to accomplish His divine purposes. II. THE BURDEN2 Cor.12: 8 “For this thing I be-sought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.” John 16: 33b “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheerJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 71
  72. 72. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserListen to what God is saying,Don’t loose your joy, stayhappy, it’s your joy that de-stroy storm.Satan would love nothing bet-ter than to make you upset,angry even mad at God.Singing songs and making me-lody to God in your heart iscrucial. Those that masterholding on to their joy mastersthe storm. We tend to letpeople with no joy steal ours .Storms don’t last as long whenyou keep your joy. manyJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 72
  73. 73. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm Chaserpeople of will get their bestpraise on during the storm. Solearn to shout it out.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 73
  74. 74. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserSpeak to your peaceLet’s go back to what GodSpoke to the wind and therain. Peace! he called it,Peace belongs to God, so it be-longs to the people of God.Being that it belongs to us wehave the power to control it.No matter the storm we havepower to speak to our peace.You may not be able to controlthe storm but you can controlyour peace. Storms come todistract us from our vision,work or your purpose.Join The National Schools of Theology Page 74
  75. 75. Dr. Orlando E Short/Storm ChaserIf you like this book and it wasa blessing to you please makea donation to the NationalSchools of TheologyFeel free to call 302 465 8077We can do this book in aworkshop, sermon revivaletc…..,www.drshortschoolsoftheology.comJoin The National Schools of Theology Page 75