7 Reasons people suffer
1. Some people volunteer to suffer.
What is the will of God? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 2 Peter 3:9
Bouleme: Already been determined (set in stone)
Thelema: God’s desire (wish but not set) - Matthew 6:10
2. The Tree of Life isn’t there any longer
3. The earth is dying (deterioration of the planet)
Gen 3:17 - 18, Rom 8:22,
4. The Selfishness of Mankind
Most suffering is from this!!
What can we do when we suffer because of the selfish decisions of others.
- Forgiveness - Not forgetting or ignore justice but letting go of the responsibility to punish or revenge this, giving it to God instead!
5. The Devil/Satan
Col 1:16 - Visible & invisible
Ezek 28 - sinned 4 ways
- dishonest trading
- tried to be like God (Is 14:14)
Rev 4 - drew 1/3 stars to him
Ezek 28: 17, Is 14:12 - Sent to the Earth
Dan 10 - Fear
1 Peter 5:8
Luke 13 - spirit of illness
Matt 12:22 - spirit of blindness
Luke 11:14 - mute demon
God gives us 7 things to use as “weapons” against Satan & his demons - Ephesians 6
1. Committing to walk in the truth - vs 14 - Belt of Truth
“Alethia” - not covered
2. Doing the Right Thing - vs 14 - Breastplate of Righteousness (Justice)
“Dikaios” - Justice & Righteousness is same word, Always does the right thing
3. Remaining Calm under Pressure - vs 15 - Shoes of Peace
“Eirene” Tranquility, being prepared
3. Staying True to my Personal Convictions - vs 16 - Shield of Faith
“Pistis” - Moral Conviction (Faith) - Vision for SDB: killed the bear but Momma Bear is coming after.
4. Knowing who I am in Christ - vs 17 - Helmet of Salvation
“Soterios” Salvation - 2 Cor 10:5
5. Fighting with/Having the Word of the Lord - vs 17 - Sword of the Spirit
6. “Rhema” God’s spoken Word to You personally (not “logos” which is the entire Word)
7. Praying in the Spirit Always - vs 18
6. Neglect or Abuse of God’s Physical Laws
Laws of Gravity, Thermodynamics, Aerodynamics, etc - Fixed Laws
If God has fixed laws and we have the ability to abuse or neglect them, then a possible outcome is suffering (Fire burns down house - wasn’t trying to teach lesson) God can speak to the Storm but often He doesn’t intervene when we abuse & neglect these physical laws. He expects us to be wise about them.
Some things happen because of our stupidity or chance.
Luke 10:31 by Chance a priest was coming down the road
Acts 17:17 “happened to be there” - same word
- Be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit - 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- Be wise - Ephesians 5:15
- “Ekpeirazo” to put God’s power to the test (Matt 4:5-7)
7. Some suffering comes from God
Because God is morally just, there are things He will not do & things He must do.
Physically - Finite
Morally - live within the law, whether correct or incorrect
God lives by the same rules that He gave to us. That is why He is Just!
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