You Need God’s Encouragement

We all need ENCOURAGEMENT…!

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You Need God’s Encouragement

6/6/10

Are you asking yourself why am I going through this suffering. Are you experiencing a terrible loss? Do you feel like the world is caving in on you?

Are you about to give up all hope? Have you lost all joy in life? Do you feel like you are trapped in a nightmare and there is no way out?

If you are experiencing any of the above then you need God’s encouragement.

The only place to turn when God brings us into His furnace of affliction is to run to His Word for encouragement.

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Purpose: To learn from Scripture the purpose of suffering and how to be encouraged in the midst of any and all suffering.

God’s purpose in suffering is to humble us and test us and to wean us from our confidence in ourselves and to cause us to depend on Him to be conformed to Christ image and to cause us to long for our heavenly home with Christ.

Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.

1. We must be humbled and suffer and be tested in order to be conformed to the image of Christ. The Cross before the Crown—I decrease-He increases—Christ was both the Lord’s Anointed and the Lord’s Afflicted

Rom 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Php 1:29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

Deu 8:2 And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know whatwas in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

Deu 8:3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every wordthat proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.

Deu 8:11 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today,

Deu 8:12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them;

Deu 8:13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;

Deu 8:14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

Deu 8:15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock;

Deu 8:16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end—

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;

1Pe 4:13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings,that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

1Pe 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,

1Pe 1:7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

1Pe 1:8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, –Preparation for Heaven-

2. God is dedicated to strip us of every confidence that we have in ourselves and others so that we are not prideful but humble like Christ.

Deu 8:17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’

Deu 8:18 “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deu 8:19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.

Deu 8:20 As the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God.

Heb 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

2Co 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as beingfrom ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

2Co 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Job 31:24 “If I have made gold my hope, Or said to fine gold, ‘You are my confidence’;

Job 31:25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, And because my hand had gained much;

Psa 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.

Pro 3:25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;

Pro 3:26 For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.

Pro 14:26 In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge.

Pro 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.  Rom. 6:11- Consider ourselves dead to our old nature-alive to God

3. God is the One who has personally ordained all of your frustrations, sufferings and impossible situations to cause you to depend on Him as the God of the impossible.

Psalms 139:16 All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.

Job 23:14 For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such things are with Him.

Psa 57:2 I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me.

Psa 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me;

Notice how God deals with His children in the Bible.  In the impossible He shows Himself as El Shaddai= Almighty God or All-Sufficient God— for His glory

(1) Adam and Eve– God ordained their sin problem and He ordained their solution- The Lord Jesus Christ– It was impossible!

1Pe 1:20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but  was manifest in these last times for you

Rom 11:36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

(2) Abraham and Sarah– God ordained their childlessness and He ordained the birth of Isaac- It was impossible!

Gen 18:14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

(3) Moses and the Red Sea—God ordained their problem and He parted the Red Sea. It was impossible!

Psa 105:25 He turned their heart to hate His people, To deal craftily with His servants.

Exo 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.

(4) Mary and Joseph– God ordained that the virgin Mary would have the Lord Jesus Christ—It was impossible!

Luk 1:37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

Luk 1:38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Eph 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Eph 3:21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

4. God creates all our tribulations in this life to cause us to hate sin and long for our heavenly home with Christ and to be free from sin.

Php 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Php 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Joh 14:1Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

Joh 14:2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Heb 11:24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,

Heb 11:25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

Heb 11:26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them,and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthyto be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from thebondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

God encourages us to look beyond our current tribulation in belief to the future triumph in Christ. My problem is that I want to be comfortable in the devils’ world.

As C.H. Spurgeon has said, “This is the place of the furnace, and the forge, and the hammer.” This is the place to be humbled and tested and to suffer.   This is also a place of warfare and threshing- separating –wheat from chaff. Not self exaltation—

2Ti 2:3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2Ti 2:4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of thislife, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

I forget that I am not at home where my Savior is at this moment eagerly waiting to take me home with Him.

Psa 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints. Christ was always future focused in His earthly ministry.

Mat 26:64 Jesus said to him, It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

“Nevertheless-hereafter”!  Christ mind was immutably fixed on the Word of His Father concerning His life after death and not on His present humiliation as a criminal before Pilate but on the promised future glory and exaltation at the right hand of His Father and on His victorious return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.

5.  What argument does Christ use to encourage His suffering saints?

He has overcome all of our enemies. Therefore, stand by belief alone in His victory.

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Col 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

Our Lords’ battle was infinitely greater than ours.

Heb 12:3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

Heb 12:4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

Col 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

We fight against defeated enemies. Christ commands us in the midst of all our sufferings to be of good cheer because in Him alone we are more than conquerors.

Rom 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

2Ch 20:15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

Therefore let us trust in the love, wisdom and grace of our Father in that He loves us so much that He is using all our disappointments and pain to conform us to the glorious image of His beloved Son the Lord Jesus Christ for His ultimate glory.

Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Pro 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

2Sa 15:26 … let Him do to me as seems good to Him.”

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