What is the Purpose of Suffering

Trials, Tribulations And Afflictions

Ps. 25:18 “Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.”

Jesus was perfect and had pharasees (religious spirit) and accusers.  The pharasees and accusers put Him on the cross for our sins.  You are not perfect and when following the Lord and being obedient, you will have pharasees and accusers at your door.

Romans 5:3-5 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

The purpose of suffering is to makes us a better person – more Christ like.  Through suffering we run to Christ to sustain us and through Him, if we allow Him, the suffering produces endurance, character, hope that will not put us to shame.  Not only that, you will see the miracles of God helping you through the suffering … especially for the gospel of God.

1 Peter 4:12-17 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. …”

The purpose of suffering through persecution and hardship for the gospel do happen when sharing in Jesus’ suffering.  In 1 Peter 4:12-17 you see to rejoice in our sufferings and that glory is revealed.  I believe suffering helps humble us and keep pride out of our hearts or remove it if it did enter in our hearts.  We serve a God and there is a roaring devour to eat us up especially when sharing the gospel with others.

Christians are experiencing trials, tribulations and afflictions of all kinds. Suffering is so contrary to our natural fleshly response to suffering.  Afflictions many times is a result of sanctification – dying to self. Times of greatest difficulty and disappointment often lead to repentance and change.  Afflictions are to draw our attention to God and His Word.

What is the value of affliction or the purpose of suffering? In Psalm 119:71 the Psalmist says, It is “good for me that I have been afflicted;that I might learn thy statutes.”

Kinds of Afflictions

1. Men afflicting men

2. Men oppressing widows

3. Husbands mistreating wives

4. Masters or bosses oppressing slaves or employees

5. Conquerors afflicting the conquered (war)

6. Self-affliction of the soul by fasting or like our young people today self afficticting to deal with emotional pain.

7. Wicked men afflicting neighbors in various ways

8. Wicked persecuting the godly

9. Gentiles oppressing Jews

10. Heavy responsibility

11. Sufferings of Christ

12. Various agents of God causing many kinds of suffering according to God’s law of sowin and reaping

Learn The Purposes of Affliction

1.  To work good in a person (Ps. 119:71)

2. Hide pride from man (Job 3314-29)

3. Demonstrate God’s faithfulness (Ps. 119:75)

4. To test sincerity (Mark 4:17; Job 1-2; Jas. 5:10-11)

5. To refine, purify and increase fruitfulness (Isa. 48:10; Jn. 15:2; Heb 12:10-11)

6. To increase power and grace (Rom. 5:1-88; Jas. 1:2-4; 4:7; 1 Pet 5:9

7. To bring back to God – the backslide (Hos. 5:15; Job 33:14-29)

8. To humble and correct (2 Sam. 12:14; Ps. 89:30-32; Heb. 12:5-6)

9. To make examples (1 Cor. 10;5, 11)

10. To manifest love (Pr. 3:11-12; Heb. 12:5-10; Rev. 3:19

11. To give reward (Rom. 8:17; 2 Cor. 4:17; Jas. 1:12; 1 Pet 1:7; 4:14)

12. To learn obedience and truth (Ps. 119:71; Heb 5:8; 12:5-10)

Hope for the Suffering Believer

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Necessary faith in God: Healing by faith and faith without works is dead

The Scriptures say, “If we ask for anything according to his will he heareth us.”  What is His will?  All be saved and All be Healed.

When you pray for healing, Christ authorizes you to consider your prayer answered.

When we begin to act our necessary faith in God begins healing mind, body spirit.

divine healing through Jesus Christ of NazarethNecessary Faith in God Through Praise

Jonah, when inside the fish, acting out his faith by praising and thanking God in advance.  Jonah said, “I will sacrifice with the voice of thanksgiving.”

Hebrews 13:15 teaches us that our thank offering, our “sacrifice of praise,” is to be offered in advance for the blessing God has promised.  Why, we are excepting an answer. Ps. 50:14-15 “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High. and call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee; and thou shalt glorify me.”

Praise God in advance while you are still in need.  “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving.”

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his presence with praise.” Faith is what we have before we are healed.  It is praising Him for the answer before the answer.  It is standing in Faith on His Word that He will fulfill His Word of Promise.

When you base your faith on improvement, symptoms or what you see or feel instead of by the Word of God alone, that is not real faith.  We need to look and stand on God’s promises in His Word and stand that’s done over 2000 years then you are no longer affected by symptoms “shall recover.”

Praising God for your healing before your healing, not just by words but with faith like you know it is done because God’s Word says so.  That means you believe in God’s Word about healing and expect that healing.

Be glad and rejoice; for the Lord will do great things.  That means believe in his word.  In conclusion, Faith has to do Only with the Word of God Heb. 10:35-36

by Traci Morin, Touch of God Ministry of Healing and Deliverance
Servant and Ordained Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Touch of God Ministries does mission work in other countries especially ministering salvation, ministering to survivors of Human Trafficking globally as well as in the United States. Please help support me in this endeavor by giving generously through donations.

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Connection Between Sin and Disease

Connection Between Sin and Disease

Connection Between Sin and Disease – The Power to Forgive

There is a direct connection between sin and sickness.  Today the church has grown weak and looks at the word sin as a wicked word.  The Word of God says we all have sin and if anyone says they don’t have sin is a liar.  Learn more about the connection between Sin and Disease.

1 John 1:8-10 (NCV) “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and we do not accept God’s teaching.”

Connection Between Sin and Disease: Confess Our Sins

According to this scripture, especially vs. 9, if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done. That is why Jesus was sent on earth.  He knew no man could be perfect even though Jesus was perfect.  God knew that and wanted to redeem us from the curse of death and separation.  He sent His son to die and bore our sins and sickness on the cross so that when we do mess up, we can run to Jesus and confess our sins and we are cleansed.  Confession to Jesus refreshes us.  Amen.  Remove sin divine healing through Jesus Christ.

In James 5:15, 16 it says also to confess our sins to one another. “The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that ye may be healed.”

Connection Between Sin and Disease – Sin Kills

We see that there is a connection between sin and disease.  Otherwise, why would we have this scripture?  As in other scriptures, the pardon of sins and the healing of sickness are closely united.  James declares that pardon of sins will be granted with the healing; and for this reason he desires to see confession of sin accompany the prayer which claims healing.  Unconfessed sin presents an obstacle to the prayer of faith or soon the sickness may reappear.

Prayer of Faith

Most of us go to a physician for diagnose the cause of the disease.  If he succeeds he stands a better chance to combat it. You see our Lord also goes back to the primary cause of all sickness that is, sin.  It is our part to confess and God’s to grant the pardon which removes this first cause so that healing takes place.  In seeking healing by means of earthly remedies, the first thing to do is to find a cleaver physician and follow his prescriptions exactly.  If a person takes the prayer of faith, fix our eyes on the Lord, allow the Holy Spirit to show us the reason why we are sick, then we can confess and the spirit of the Lord can heal us.  You need to see the sin and sickness connection to become free.

James points out to us a condition which is essential to the recovery of our health; confess and forsake sin.

Did God put this disease on me?  Where does disease come from? One, God permits it; it is in order to show us our faults, to chasen us, and purify us from them.  Sickness and disease is not God’s perfect will.  Sickness was not in the garden and death was not in the garden.  The source of disease is from the devil and when we sin, he has a legal right to put it on us.  He is out to kill, steal and destroy.  John 10:10  Kill means to bring to death.  Jesus was sent to bring life and forgiveness to those who ask.  God brought the Israelites out of Egypt to give them life.  Another way of looking at sin and sickness is that Sickness is therefore a visible sign of God’s judgment upon sin and Satan carries out that judgment.  Sin separates us from the Father especially when the Lord Jesus Christ is praying for you and standing with His open wide to receive you when you confess to Him so that we are pardoned from our sin.

To confess our sins is to lay them down before God with the fixed purpose to fall into them no more.  When we have confessed our sins, we must receive also the promised pardon, believing that God gives it in very deed.  When the soul has consented to make a sincere confession and has obtained pardon, it is ready to lay hold of the promises of God; it is no longer difficult to believe that the Lord will raise up His sick one and bring healing.

It is when we keep far from God that it is difficult to believe, confession and pardon bring us quite near to Him.  Many believers, when they get sick, blame God so they separate themselves with anger and bitterness towards God instead of standing in faith, going to Him (Jesus) in prayer and making it right.

Now, many times sickness and disease can be inherited but many times it is because we open the door to the same sin.  What do I mean.  The Word of God says to love God with all your heart soul and mind, love your neighbors as yourself.  How many of you like who you are or wish you were someone else or maybe you believe God has forgiven you but you don’t allow yourself off the hook.  Maybe your mother or father has issues and that spirit went down the generational line and now you feel the same way about you.  That is unconfessed sin.

Sick, Oppressed, Stuck! Be Healed, Set Free and Empowered! Attend Touch of God Healing Deliverance Ministries and find your freedom in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

by Traci Morin, Touch of God Ministry of Healing and Deliverance Servant and Ordained Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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If you are not saved or con­fused about God’s love for you, check out the Sal­va­tion / Father’s Love Videos

Free Christ­ian eBooks Download

Thank you for contacting Touch of God Healing Deliverance Ministries DFW

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