Why do Christians Suffer?

Why do Christians Suffer?

    The answer is S-I-N! Before creating man, God prepared a perfect place for him to live, and in that Garden made every beautiful tree to produce food. Also in the midst of the garden, He planted the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Also a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there divided into four streams.  So God prepared a perfect place for the first two people; but perhaps Satan still was raging with hatred toward God for having him cast of heaven and will try to spoil His perfect people. God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of …

God’s Remedy for Man’s Sin

God’s Remedy for Man’s Sin

From the time God slew animals and used their pelts to clothe the nakedness of Adam and Eve, a blood sacrifice has been required to atone for sin. But God knew that blood from animals sacrificed on the altars of man provided only temporary cleansing of sin, and the kind of cleansing man needed would cost Him His only Son.  But I believe that God had this sacrifice in mind when He gave this message to His prophet Isaiah to share with his sinful people. God said, “Come now, let us reason together: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall …

Why Does God Allow Troubles?

Why Does God Allow Troubles?

  As long as everything appears to be progressing as we like, it is easy to thank God and enjoy our blessings, and how many of us while enjoying God’s blessings ever bother to ask God, Why me? But when those same people begin to suffer trials and heartaches, they may be the first to ask in their minds, if not audibly for fear of appearing irreverent, why me, God. The fact that you and I are God’s children, does not mean we’ll be exempt from trials and temptations. I never imagined the extent of Satan’s temptations until after accepting Jesus as the Savior …

Waiting Can Produce Patience

Waiting Can Produce Patience

    “For who hopes for what she sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8: 24-27     I am ashamed to write this, but at almost 100 years of …

All Things Work Together for Good

All Things Work Together for Good

  “For we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord, to those who are called according to his purpose.”   This verse does not say all things are good; we know many things are not good: cancer causes deaths of individuals from infancy to old age, divorce has caused many children to be robbed of two loving parents, wars have caused the deaths of many brave soldiers. And with all the evils Satan stands by and claps with glee! Though all things are not good, God can take some things which in themselves are bad and combine them …

Reward of God’s Pruning

Reward of God’s Pruning

    After saying all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose, Paul added: “For those whom he foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.” Romans 8: 29a.     We are getting into some deep theology here, but in my words I believe this scripture means that in God’s foreknowledge He knew I would be saved, was aware of the years I would waste, but that I would become one of His children, and through the process of sanctification would become more like Jesus. Knowing that …

Adversity: To Get Man’s Attention

Adversity: To Get Man’s Attention

  There is an old saying that sometimes it is necessary for one to lie on her back before she will look to heaven. I remember after retirement and moving back to Arkansas soon the death angel claimed the lives of both my parents approximately six months apart. That really required some endurance and got my attention. But I had three children and a husband who needed me; and I was fortunate to have my parents and their love all the past years. So life continued and soon all was going well: my family and I were enjoying good health, we owned a nice new house, an automobile and pick …

Adversity Develops Character

Adversity Develops Character

  Romans 5: 3-5  “we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Another reason God allows adversity is to develop character. Paul wrote that through Jesus we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces character. But how does suffering produce character? How can anything good result from something so painful? During suffering and we come to …

Adversities Develops Self Confidence

Adversities Develops Self Confidence

  Readers, forgive me for using my personal life and situations to illustrate these truths, but I trust that God can use them to help you. For my life is one true example of how adversities developed confidence. Early in life I developed a sense of low esteem and dependence on others. Usually this inferior attitude occurs during early childhood as a result of others’ negative remarks and attitudes toward a child. But that was not true in my life. Nor was it my younger sister’s fault, who is about eighteen months younger than I, but soon she overtook me in school. I didn’t fail a grade,  but I …

To Test Our Faith

To Test Our Faith

  We know after rain falls on the ground, some soil will remain moist and soft even after it dries in the sunshine; but after the sun dries red clay it becomes hard. The same rain fell on both types of soil, but the kind of soil made the difference in the soil’s response to sun. Likewise God makes His sun shine on the good and evil, and sends rain on the just and unjust. Matthew 5: 45 “your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust” So whether Christian or unbeliever, we …

Adversities for Discipline

  Another reason God allows adversities is to rid us of pride. Even some great preachers, perhaps most, cope with pride, and the apostle Paul was no exception. Therefore, while writing to the believers at Corinth he confessed: “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of my revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I plead with God to remove the thorn, but He said to me that His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect through weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9a. Pride appears to be an …

Response to Adversity

It is said that usually adversity will make a person bitter or better. Perhaps my immediate response to my husband’s diagnoses of having cancer was neither a feeling of bitterness or of well being: I felt a sense of almost numbness while he was being transferred by ambulance from that Hot Springs hospital to Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.   We had been retired only a little over three years, Ray was in his sixties, we had moved into a new house, he was serving the Lord as a deacon and general Sunday school director, and we had not expected this situation.    But I would not …