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Human S uffering. ?. ?. ?. ?. Why. “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NKJV “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ESV. ?.

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“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NKJV

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ESV

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“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NKJV

Tribulation = pressure, trouble, persecution, burdened

Good Cheer= have courage, have comfort

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Sun and Shield

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.

O LORD of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Psalms 84:11-12(NKJV)

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God

Sun and Shield

Sufferer - in darkness

Light for guidance

Shield for protection

Will give grace and glory

Walk uprightly

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God

Sun and Shield

“He is my refuge and my fortress” Ps.91:2

“He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence: I shall not be moved.” Ps.62:6

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Causes of Suffering

“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” Job 14:1

“Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” Job 5:7

“For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night.” Eccl. 2:23

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Causes of Suffering

  • A Dilemma
    • Suffering is present
    • God is Good but weak
    • God is strong but not good
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Causes of Suffering

  • A Dilemma - Answer
    • Man has ability to choose
    • Placed in garden
    • Violated God’s command
    • Death – suffering and sorrow
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Causes of Suffering

Could be Result of our own actions

World governed by natural laws

Violate - then consequences

We live in a sinful world

1 Cor. 15:21

Result of our own sin

Galatians 5:19-21

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Causes of Suffering

Sin is not always the cause

  • John 9:1-3
    • Man blind from birth
    • Who sinned ? This man / parents
    • Neither
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Causes of Suffering

Sin is not always the cause

False to say that suffering is always caused by sin

Can suffer consequences of others sins

Ezek 18:1-4

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Why do Christians Suffer ?

Exempt ?

Christians for wrong motive

Rom. 6:17 obey from the heart

Could not sympathize with others

Keeps this world from becoming too attractive

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Benefits of Suffering

  • Helps to know self
  • Proper set of values
  • Helps us to be thankful
  • Helps avoid self-pity
  • See the value of prayer
  • Blessing not to see the future
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Prepare for Suffering

  • Understand that it comes to all
  • Think of the benefits
  • God knows us individually
  • God requires us to be faithful
  • Christ prays for us
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Prepare for Suffering

  • Recognize the place of prayer
  • Make daily life a walk with Jesus
  • Live just one day at a time
  • God will not allow us to be tempted above that which we are able to bear
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Prepare for Suffering

  • Endure by Bible reading
  • Remember the example of Job
  • Always choose suffering over sin

What A Friend We have In Jesus

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Evening Sept. 5, 2010

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