"MANY ARE THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE RIGHTEOUS,

BUT THE LORD DELIVERETH HIM OUT OF THEM; ALL."

PSALM 34:19

 

How Many?

How many times have you encountered problems and issues, while journeying

through life as a faithful Christian?

I am sure the answer is; "Numerous Times."

 

Why Does This Happen?

The answer to this is found in multiple reasons.

Let's get started.

 

1. Afflictions are not hidden from a Christians life.

God has told us, that Christians will have many afflictions.

PSALM 34:19

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of

them all."

JOB 5:19

"He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee."

The Good News

God has promised to deliver us out of all our afflictions.

 

2. What is the reason for our afflictions?

A. The Bible tells us that storms come in every life.

MATTHEW 8:23-27

"And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that

the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us:

we perish.

26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?

Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great

calm.

27 But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that

even the winds and the sea obey him!"

MATTHEW 13:1-30

"The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went

into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower

went forth to sow;

4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came

and devoured them up:

5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith

they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root,

they withered away.

7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold,

some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them

in parables?

11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know

the mysteries of

the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more

abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that

he hath.

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and

hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye

shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not

perceive:

15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing,

and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their

eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and

should be converted, and I should heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have

desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear

those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not,

then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.

This is he which received seed by the way side.

20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth

the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation

or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of

this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it;

which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man

which sowed good seed in his field:

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in

thy field? From whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that

we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers,

Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."

Direction.

God tells us to hold onto him during the storms, and not to forsake him.

Many people turn bitter at God, and forsake him to their own ruin and sometimes perdition.

These people feel let down and very disappointed in God; that a storm or crisis has arisen.

These people end up hating him and walking away from Christianity.

This is what the devil wants and is longing for.

We must hold onto God during our crisis times, and let God lead and guide us through the crisis;

No matter the length of the trial.

God will take you through the storm to the other side called - "Victory - Storm Over."

But your heart must remain soft and tender toward him, instead of turning on him in

order to hear his specific directions; To the answer in the storm.

PROVERBS 3:5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

 

B. The Bible tells us that we will enter heaven through many tribulations.

ACTS 14:21-22

"And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again

to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,

22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we

must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

Note.

Trials and afflictions are a normal part of this life on earth.

No one is exempt from them.

Be patient through the affliction.

JOB 1:1-12

"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect

and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five

hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that

this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called

for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified

them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of

them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.

Thus did Job continually.

6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and

Satan came also among them.

7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said,

From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,

that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God,

and escheweth evil?

9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house,

and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands,

and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power;

only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord."

Direction.

The devils kingdom is always launching a destruction; on the saints.

The devils kingdom desires for you to be offended at God,

and walk away from him to your ruin and perdition.

You must endure through all attacks.

You must out last the devil, to your victory as Job did.

JAMES 5:11

"Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and

have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy."

 

C. The Bible shows us that we open up our lives to attack; thru sin.

Romans 6:19

"I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded

your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your

members servants to righteousness unto holiness."

Direction.

Repent from your sin, and do right.

 

D. The Bible tells us that God will at times turn us over to satan.

This is for our flesh's destruction; in order to produce repentance, righteousness and eternal life.

1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-5

"It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not

so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might

be taken away from among you.

3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were

present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the

power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved

in the day of the Lord Jesus."

Answer

Repent from your sin, and do right.

 

E. The Bible tells us that sifting comes in the saints life.

LUKE 22:31-32

"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you,

that he may sift you as wheat:

32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art

converted, strengthen thy brethren."

Sift in the Greek is = siniazō.

Meaning = Inward agitation to try one's faith to the verge of overthrow.

Answer = Remain calm, faithful and peaceful, in every situation.

 

F. The Bible tells us that the refining fire will come; in the Christians life.

DANIEL 12:10

"Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried."

 

The Christian needs to be aware that Jesus Christ; sits on top of the refining process.

ZECHARIAH 13:8-9

"And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall

be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined,

and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them:

I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God."

 

G. The Bible tells us that Christians will experience; the trying of their faith.

1 PETER 1:6-7

"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness

through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth,

though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at

the appearing of Jesus Christ."

 

The Bible tells us Joseph's faith was tried, until God's word came to pass.

PSALM 105:16-22

"Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.

17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:

19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.

20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.

21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:

22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom."

 

H. The Bible tells us that God proves; the lives of Christians.

PSALM 66:8-12

"O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:

9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.

11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.

12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water:

but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place."

PSALM 81:7

"Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder:

I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah."

 

I. The Bible tells us that God will prove our work.

1 TIMOTHY 3:2-10

"A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good

behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler,

not covetous;

4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into

reproach and the snare of the devil.

8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine,

not greedy of filthy lucre;

9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being

found blameless."

2 CORINTHIANS 8:22

"And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in

many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you."

1 CORINTHIANS 3:13-15

"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall

be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."

 

J. The Bible tells us that we will be tested.

The test will be in our doctrine and ability to resist the devil, as Jesus was tested.

MATTHEW 4:1-11

"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command

that these stones be made bread.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by

every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written,

He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear

thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him

all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt

worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him."

EPHESIANS 6:13-18

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand

in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate

of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery

darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with

all perseverance and supplication for all saints."

 

K. The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus is with; the persecuted Christians.

DANIEL 3:16-30

"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar,

we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace,

and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship

the golden image which thou hast set up.

19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should

heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.

20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach,

and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments,

and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot,

the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst

of the burning fiery furnace.

24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said

unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered

and said unto the king, True, O king.

25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they

have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and

said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and

come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together,

saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed,

neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,

who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's

word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.

29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss

against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall

be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon."

 

L. The Bible clearly tells us that affliction promotes; the knowledge of God in our lives.

PSALM 119:71

"It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes."

 

3. More to remember during afflictions, trials and spiritual attacks.

A. Examine your life for any ongoing sin that needs to be; confessed and forsaken.

PROVERBS 28:13

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and

forsaketh them shall have mercy."

 

B. Keep calm, trust God and allow him to lead you during your trials; to  victory.

ISAIAH 41:10

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen

thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

ISAIAH 40:28-31

"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord,

the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no

searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up

with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

 

C. Endure affliction as a soldier; as God leads you to victory.

2 TIMOTHY 2:3

"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

2 CORINTHIANS 2:14

"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh

manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place."

 

D. Count it all joy, because this trial, affliction or spiritual attack will pass.

You will grow and mature as a result.

1 PETER 5:10

"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."

 

E. Remember that all things work together for your good.

ROMANS 8:28

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them

who are the called according to his purpose."

 

F. Thank God for the deliverance coming.

1 THESALONIANS 5:18

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

 

G. Remember that God is for you, and not against you.

ROMANS 8:31

"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"

 

H. Remember that God chooses the refining process.

This is individually and specifically designed for you.

JOHN 15:1-2

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that

beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."

 

I. Remember that in order to be delivered; you must first experience affliction.

PSALM 34:19

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all."

 

J. Remember in order for God to heal you, you must first experience disease.

PSALM 103:2-3

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases."

 

K. Be sure to remain with God.

Do not turn from him with bitterness and offense; into the arms of satan.

JEREMIAH 17:5

"Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm,

and whose heart departeth from the Lord."

 

L. "The How" of your deliverance and "The Timing" of your deliverance is God's decision.

ECCLESIASTES 3:1

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

 

M. You are to keep close to God; and let him lead you; step by step.

PROVERBS 3:5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

 

Final Word

Victory will be the result of every trial you go through; if you go through it with God.

JEREMIAH 29:11

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace,

and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

 

ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.

ANN ELIZABETH

REALORON FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

REFERENCE: THE HOLY BIBLE (KING JAMES VERSION).

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