Why so many Christians suffer and fail to live the blessed, prosperous, healthy life of victory that is promised in the Word of God.
Learn why so many Christians suffer needlessly in this
summary of the Audio CD "Why Some Suffer"
• Why Do Christians suffer?
• Why Does God Allow Suffering?
• Why Do Bad Things Happen to Christians?
• Why Do Christians Experience Suffering?
• Why Doesn't God Stop Disasters?
• Why Do Christians Die Early
• Why is There Christian Suffering?
• Why Hasn't God Healed Me?
• How Come I'm Not Prospering?
• Why Doesn't God Answer Me or My Prayers?
These are the questions that so many people are asking? And the answer to all of these is found in Scripture.
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"As a follower of the Lord, I order you to stop living like the godless people live: in the vanity of their mind. They are SELF-BANISHED and SEPARATED from the life of God with no share in it; this is because of their ignorance and willful blindness due to their hardness of heart"
[Ephesians 4:17 - CEV & AMP]
If you were to ask the average Christian what they thought was the
cause of the majority of their problems and troubles - what do you think their answer would be? Depending on whom you asked, you will probably hear a variety of answers:
-- Lack of finances (Not enough money)
-- Problems with their spouse (infidelity, lack of communication etc)
-- Problems with their children
-- Problems at work (a co-worker, an employee, their boss etc)
-- Health Problems
-- Substance abuse (by you, your spouse - kids or relatives)
Some might even get real spiritual and say that the devil
is the cause of all their troubles...and quote
well-known scriptures like: 'he goes about like a roaring lion seeking to devour who he
The truth is that not one of these reasons is correct.
The Bible states clearly what the REAL problem is and the answer is found in Hosea
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because they have rejected knowledge."
Notice that according to the Bible: the cause of EVERY problem that you are currently facing is one of
-- A lack of knowledge or
-- A rejection of knowledge
Contrary to what so many Christians say every day:
-- It's not your spouse
-- It's not your children
-- It's not your job
-- It's not a co-worker - employer - supervisor or employee
-- It's not that you don't make enough money
-- It's not your health
-- It's not the devil
Yes, all these are common woes that Christians experience - but these are
symptoms not the cause. They are the result of the problem - not the cause of it.
How can you say that Brother?
I don't - it's what God says:
God is the one who has said that "My people are DESTROYED for LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: because they have REJECTED KNOWLEDGE."
Notice that he didn't say that his people are destroyed because they "don't make enough money" - or because their spouse has been unfaithful - or their children are uncontrollable - or they have cancer - or they can't find a decent
job - the devil has hold of them...etc.
NO! He said that the reason His people are DESTROYED is because they either have
NO knowledge, or they have REJECTED the knowledge that has been
That doesn't mean that Christians don't experience problems.
As long as you are on earth in your body as it is, you will experience problems - but those problems should not
destroy you! "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD
delivers him out of them all." [Ps:34:19]
According to the Word of God... nothing can destroy your finances, health, marriage, children, career etc -
EXCEPT the lack of knowledge - or - your rejection of knowledge.
Believe it or not - any problem that you may be currently dealing with is a COMMON one! And it is similar to those faced every day, by every other Christian since
Christ went to the cross.
"There is no trial that has come on you that is nothing but that which is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tried beyond your ability (in Him) to bear; but will with the trial also
make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
" [1Cor: 10:13]
We love to think of our situation as: 'Special'. But the truth is that our situation is common (not special) - and the answer lies in our
understanding of God
and how He says we should deal with it (escape) - and NOT
reject the knowledge offered.
THE REAL PROBLEM
Today's Christian, as a rule, does NOT esteem the Word of God, as he/she should. They treat the Word like it is
A suggestion - rather than the source of LIFE.
Something that can be interpreted many ways all of which are
Not so brothers and sisters! The Word of God is not open
to private interpretation [2Pt:1:20]- nor is it negotiable! It is the source
of life [John 6:63] - and victory to everyone who will believe it and do
it! [James 1:22-23]
Blessings and Curses:
The Word of God contains numerous promises of blessing for the doer of the
word - But the Word of God also promises that refusal to DO the Word (all of it) will result in: hunger, thirst, sickness, poverty, nakedness, lack of all things and finally: destruction. [Deut: 28:48]
I have seen Christian after Christian in dire need of help...but they simply REFUSE to be helped. They refuse to accept the truth and to act
on the Word of God and/or the prompting
of the Holy Spirit.
They will use every reason (excuse) in the book NOT to OBTAIN the information they need - or worse -
they REJECT the Word of God that is the
key to delivering them from their situation....and they suffer the
consequences: Every Time!.
WHY CHRISTIANS SUFFER - AND KEEP ON SUFFERING:
The Bible says that Christians are alienated (self-banished) from the life and the blessings (promises) of God because of their ignorance (lack of knowledge) and/or because of the blindness of their heart (rejection of knowledge). [Eph 4:17-18]
They do this in any number of ways - but the final result is always the same.
- If a Christian fails to OBTAIN the knowledge needed to deal with a situation...then the result will
- If a Christian REJECTS the knowledge provided that is meant to deal with a situation...then the result will
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE:
So often, the problem is that the average Christian has no clue
WHAT is needed to help them in their time of Crisis.
That is because they usually blame the source of the problem on something
other than what it actually is: Their own lack of knowledge - or the
rejection of knowledge.
God always endeavors to help them. Unfortunately they often do not realize that it
is God speaking. So they REJECT the very thing that can help them.
GOD HELPS US:
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers...For the perfecting
(maturing) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ..." [Eph: 4:11-12]
God has provided different ministries to assist the believer in
OBTAINING the knowledge that they need in order to live a VICTORIOUS life.
Yet time and time again Christians fail to act.
-- They NEED help
-- They NEED knowledge
-- They NEED to be taught
But they find every reason they can think of NOT to go and
What's So Bad About That?
Because there are consequences for decision
we make - and everything we do!
Yet, even though the Word clearly teaches that we are to 'Acknowledge and consult the Lord in EVERYTHING we do' [Prov: 3:6] - for the most part the average Christian
fails to do this - and then they wonder why they face the problems they do.
They are confused, and bewildered as to why things are NOT like the Bible says they should be - and more often then not - they blame it on the devil - instead of placing the blame where it lies - with them!
Listening to the Spirit:
Most Christians don't realize when it is GOD speaking to them in an effort to help them. For example:
- How many times have you missed the special services at your church?
- How many times have you been invited to a prayer meeting but didn't go?
- How many times have you been invited to hear a guest minister and didn't act on it?
- How many times have you been given a tape or a book by a friend for you to read - but you didn't
- How many times have you been invited to a certain Bible Study - but you just never seem to make it?
The average Christian doesn't associate these
invitations with the fact that it is God speaking
- trying to get them to a place where they can obtain
the knowledge that they need to deal with
the situation that they are facing?
- It isn't just some church trying to 'fill their pews"
- It isn't just some well-meaning friend that has a book or tape that just happens to contain
exactly what you need.
- It isn't just some traveling minister who just happens to be in
- It isn't just some teacher trying to have more people attend their Bible study
It is GOD, who knows the situation, and is trying to get an answer to
them through these various opportunities - but they keep refusing to listen.
"See that ye refuse not him that
speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall
we not escape, if we turn away from him that speaks from heaven" [Heb: 12:25]
The worst possible thing that a Christian can do is REJECT the Word of God - whether it is the written word, or that which is
spoken by the Spirit of God directly to us as individuals. As we have already seen in the Word, the result of rejecting knowledge is destruction.
Develop a Sensitivity to the Written Word.
Don't make the mistake of treating the Word lightly. As James says: "Be a DOER of the Word and not just a hearer.... and you will be blessed in all that you
do". [James 1:19-25]
By doing the Word, all of it, you will be blessed in everything you do.
Develop a Sensitivity to the Voice of the
I also encourage you to develop sensitivity to the voice of the Spirit. His voice is no less important than the written Word - it is still the WORD OF GOD - and there are consequences for NOT listening. When He speaks: listen. And you can be sure that blessings will follow your obedience.
A Final thought:
Doing some of the Word some of the time - results in some of the blessing some of the time.
Doing ALL of the Word ALL of the Time - results is ALL of the blessings ALL of the time.
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