Hello, Saints, and welcome to this episode of the Speak Life Today Podcast. I’m your host Felton Thompkins, Gospel Minister and Ambassador for Jesus Christ our Lord. On this episode of the Speak Life Today Podcast, I want to talk to you a little bit about “suffering.” Now, again this is not one of those topics that we deem to be glamorous or fun to discuss. And yet it is a necessary topic. Because you see saints of God we are all going to have to go through some hardships on the way to getting where our Heavenly Father wants us to be.
In this life, there are going to be some…trials and tribulation, conflict and contentions, sickness and death, idolatry and witchcraft, rejection and persecution, drunkenness and drug abuse, inordinate affection and fornication, marriage and divorce, children and the choices that they make, jobs and unemployment, money and lack, inadequate housing and homelessness. The list goes on and on… And all of which many of us as members of the human race have been acquainted with and/or have suffered.
The topic of suffering as a Christian is a vast one. It’s a topic that can be, and is to be discussed at great lengths. It’s definitely not a subject that can be completed or exhausted within an hour or two of bible study. And yet it is a topic that most of us as Christians don’t like to discuss or choose not to discuss. In this episode of the SLT Podcast, I’m going to do my best not to be long winded and I promise you that this will be one of my shorter episodes of the Speak Life Today Podcast. And my prayer is that what I have to share with you will help you to see and understand that God is in total control. There is nothing going on in our lives that our Father doesn’t know about, and nothing in our lives has caught him off guard. So please stick around and be encouraged.
Here is a question….
Is all of our suffering from God? The answer is No. But God will and does allow suffering to take place in all of our lives.
Here’s another question…. Where does our suffering come from?
Sometimes we suffer because of the choices that we make, and other times we suffer because of the choices that others make around us. Be it family members, friends or strangers.
You may be asking… Is that the only place that suffering comes from? Wel,l the answer to that is also no as well.
The bible tells us that we as believers shall suffer persecution. In fact, it states it like this…Yea and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2nd Timothy 3:12.
Here is a statement that I read in a devotional one day as I was studying for this lesson. “changing your circumstances isn’t always possible, and it’s certainly not always obedient to God”. Quote by Haley Morgan.
1st Peter 5:10 puts it this way…But the God of all Grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. Paul tells us in his letter to the church at Rome that being heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ that we suffer with him (Christ) that we may be also glorified together Romans 8:17.
You see saints most times we have such a narrow view as to what suffering looks like when it comes to living life as Christians. We have a tendency to forget that suffering comes in many shapes and sizes, so to speak.
For example: We have a tendency to look at the conflict that we may experience with others as some strange thing happening to us brought on by Satan or some other source, other than God allowing the conflict to come forth as a teacher to show us ourselves, to purge us, and to show us if we are going to trust in him, or are we going to try and go it alone in our own strength and understanding.
I am learning more and more that it’s the hard stuff that stretches us and causes us to grow in our relationship with God, and others. I believe that if we can begin to view suffering from God’s perspective and not our own we would be the better for it. Beloved, let’s face it, no one wants to suffer for anything! Yet we will… and Lord willing if we can learn how to use our suffering as a weapon to combat against our enemy “Satan” we could stop him in his tracks and he wouldn’t be able to gain such a foot hole in our lives as believers and followers of our Dear Lord and Savior Jesus.
Let’s look at a few biblical examples of suffering that are ordained of God and of those that are brought about by our rebellion and disobedience to God.
Now as I said earlier in this episode, I’m not going to be long winded. So what I’m going to do here is give you a few verses and what to expect when you study them out for yourself.
First, we will start with Rebellion and Disobedience:
Genesis 3:1 The first sin.
Exodus 7:3 The hardening of Pharaoh’s heart and the 10 plagues that followed.
Daniel 4:1-37 The humbling of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel 5:1-31 The rebellion and death of Belshazzar.
Suffering Ordained of God:
Genesis 37:16-36 Joseph thrown into a pit and sold into slavery. Genesis 45:4-8
John 9:1-3 Jesus and the man which was blind from birth.
Acts 9:15-16 Jesus tells Ananias that Paul has been chosen of him and that Paul must suffer great things for his name’s sake.
John 19:16-18 Mathew 27:28-35 of Tells us about the and crucifixion and death of our Lord Jesus, the ultimate sufferer.
Paul’s admonishing of the Church at Corinth: 2nd Corinthians 1:1-7
2Co 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
2Co 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
2Co 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
2Co 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
2Co 1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
After all is said and done 1st Peter 5:11 Puts it like this…To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. We must learn to exalt The Lord Jesus above all. Why?
We find the answer here in Mathew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. And with that in mind saints, we must keep trusting in the promise that we find in Hebrews 13:5 where the Lord tells us that he will never leave us nor forsake us. Bless the holy and majestic name of Jesus!
Well, beloved of God, that’s going to do it for this episode of the Speak Life Today Podcast. And as always I want to thank you for listening and I count it a blessing that you do. So, until the next time always remember… Proverbs 18:21 Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Hey, Lord willing I will talk to you soon. God bless you, and Speak Life Today!