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Deliver us from evil - Suffering and pain


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Deliver us from evil - Suffering and pain

  1. 1. Deliver Us From
  2. 2. Suffering, Pain, and
  3. 3. 1. Why me?2. Where‘s God?3. How can I stand this? -Os GuinnessThe three questions people ask when tragedy strikes
  4. 4. Sources of Suffering and
  5. 5. Source #1: Satan ―Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ‖ (1 Peter 5:8)―For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, more than once—and yet Satan hindered us. ‖ (1 Thessalonians 2:18) ―And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bentdouble, and could not straighten up at all. ‖ (Luke 13:11)
  6. 6. Satan is on a Leash―Does Job fear God for nothing? Hast Thou not made a hedge about him and his house and all thathe has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the workof his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.‖ (Job 1:10)
  7. 7. Source #2: The Fallen World ―Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may becompared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. ―And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on therock. ―Everyone who hears these words ofMine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. ―The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.‖ ‖ (Matthew 7:24–27) The same storm came upon the wise man and the fool
  8. 8. God’s Dual Promise―These things I have spoken to you, so that inMe you may have peace. In the world you havetribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.‖ (John 16:33)
  9. 9. Source #3: Punishment from God―You have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, ―My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of theLord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him; For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives.‖ It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as withsons; for what son is there whom his fatherdoes not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have becomepartakers, then you are illegitimate childrenand not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? ‖ (Hebrews 12:5–9)
  10. 10. Punishment that Bears Fruit―For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we mayshare His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. ‖ (Hebrews 12:10–11)
  11. 11. ―God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.‖ - C. S. Lewis
  12. 12. Source #4: Persecution This is a voluntary form of suffering that comes from following Christ. It likely involves a combination of the previous sources mixed together. ―You will be hated by all because of My name‖ (Matthew 10:22)―If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. ‖ (John 15:18) ―Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. ‖ (2 Timothy 3:12)
  13. 13. ―The wind still blows toward hell and the man who is walking in the oppositedirection will have the wind inhis face. And we had better take this into account whenwe ponder on spiritual things.If the unsearchable riches ofChrist are not worth suffering for, then we should know it now and cease to play at religion.‖ - A. W. Tozer
  14. 14. Expect Persecution ―Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, orthief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as aChristian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.‖ (1 Peter 4:12–16)
  15. 15. The End Result of Persecution ―For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while welook not at the things which are seen, but at the things whichare not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. ‖ (2 Corinthians 4:17–18)
  16. 16. Source #5: Sinful HumanitySin, working within fallen people, producesa huge amount of pain and suffering in the world.―Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry,sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts ofanger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I haveforewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. ‖ (Galatians 5:19–21) ―Because lawlessness is increased, most people‘s love will grow cold. ‖ (Matthew 24:12)
  17. 17. Is there more to Suffering and
  18. 18. ―The more improbable a statement is, the moreinformation it contains.‖ - William Dembski
  19. 19. ―If God has singled youout to be a special object of His grace you mayexpect Him to honor youwith stricter discipline andgreater suffering than less favored ones are called upon to endure.‖ - A. W. Tozer
  20. 20. Radical Truth or Plain Wrong? This radical statement stands in stark contrast to what most Christians believe regardingsuffering in their lives and what many health-and-wealth preachers teach.It reveals that God may intentionally use suffering in His plan for maturing His saints. Tozer‘s statement is so revolutionary compared with how most view pain and suffering that it simply must be given attention. What evidence can be found to support such an assertion?
  21. 21. Evidence From Scripture Joseph – abandoned by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused for sexual misconduct and imprisoned, and forgotten in jail for two years after helping fellow prisoners. Moses – rejected by his own people, ‗forgotten‘ for forty years, walked every mile with the disobedient Israelites in the desert, and oftentimes was challenged and overwhelmed by Israel‘s demands on him. Elijah – fled from a wicked king (and perhaps a more wicked queen) after delivering God‘s judgment, forced to endure life on the run in remote parts of the wilderness, and was so depressed and exhausted that he despaired of life before being comforted by God in a remote cave. David – the man after God‘s own heart composed countless psalms from a weary and tearful heart after being on the run from King Saul as well as experiencing many other painful trials. Daniel – taken into captivity by the Babylonians, persecuted by jealous political enemies, and thrown into what should have been certain death in the lion‘s den.
  22. 22. ―The more we believe that God hurts only to heal, the less we can believe that there is any use in begging for tenderness. A cruel man might be bribed – might grow tired of his vile sport – might have a temporary fit of mercy, as alcoholics have fits of sobriety. But suppose what you are up against is a surgeon whose intentions are wholly good. The kinder and more conscientious he is, the more inexorably he will go on cutting. If he yielded to your entreaties, if he stopped before the operation was complete, all the pain up to thatpoint would have been useless. But is it credible that such extremities of torture should be necessary for us? Well, take your choice. Thetortures occur. If they are unnecessary, then there is no God or a bad one. If there is a good God, then these tortures are necessary. Forno even moderately good Being could possibly inflict or permit them if they weren‘t.‖ - C. S. Lewis
  23. 23. ―For to you it has been granted for Christ‘s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake‖ (Philippians 1:29)
  24. 24. ―Pain is the gift that nobody wants‖- Philip Yancey
  25. 25. Do You Want to be Made Like Jesus? ―Make me like You, Lord, make me like You. You are a servant, make me one too. Lord, I am willing, do what You must do, To make me like You Lord, make me like You.‖
  26. 26. Do You Want to be Made Like Jesus? ―He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Himstricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But Hewas pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed . . . But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted . . . Byoppression and judgment He was taken away . . . But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief . . .‖ (Isaiah 53:3-10)
  27. 27. ―For whatever reasonGod chose to make man as he is – limited andsuffering and subject tosorrows and death – He had the honesty andcourage to take His own medicine.‖ - Dorothy Sayers
  28. 28. ―The nations of the worldgot together to pronounce judgment on God for all the evils in the world, onlyto realize with a shock that God had already served his sentence.‖ - N. T. Wright
  29. 29. The Apostle Paul: Glory and suffering ―I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— was caught upinto Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that noone will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me. Because ofthe surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! ‖ (2 Corinthians 12:2–7)
  30. 30. Scary ThoughtCould it be possible that thecloser you get to God, themore He reveals Himself toyou, that more suffering will come into your life to keep you humble?
  31. 31. ―It is doubtful whether God can bless a mangreatly until He has hurt him deeply.‖ - A. W. Tozer
  32. 32. Is there Good to Suffering and
  33. 33. Power in Weakness ―Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leaveme. And He has said to me, ―My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.‖ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ‘s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. ‖ (2 Corinthians 12:8–10)
  34. 34. The Perfect End result ―Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter varioustrials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.‖ (James 1:2-4)
  35. 35. The Perfect End result―And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured outwithin our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.‖ (Romans 5:3-5)
  36. 36. ―And we know that God causes all things to worktogether for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. ‖ (Romans 8:28)
  37. 37. ―As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. ‖ (Genesis 50:20)
  38. 38. ―About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ―Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?‖ that is, ―My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?‖ ‖ (Matthew 27:46) ―Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesusthe Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man,delivered over by the predetermined plan andforeknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. ‖ (Acts 2:22–23) When God seemed the farthest away from Jesus, He was dead center in the Father‘s will. God was redeeming good from evil.
  39. 39. Is there an End to Suffering and
  40. 40. ―Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the firstheaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. ‖ (Revelation 21:1)
  41. 41. ―I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; And therewill no longer be heard in her Thevoice of weeping and the sound of crying. ‖ (Isaiah 65:19)―and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will nolonger be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.‖ (Revelation 21:4)
  42. 42. 1. Why me?The Bible makes it clear we all will suffer in someform or fashion; in fact, it seems that those whoGod uses most endure more suffering than others.2. Where‘s God?In control, redeeming good from evil.3. How can I stand this?God tells us His grace is sufficient and that He willbring an end to the suffering either in this life or thenext.
  43. 43. Suffering, Pain, and