WHY CHRISTIANS HAVE SUFFERING OR TROUBLE
In the book according to Saint John Chapter 16 Verse 33, Jesus said, in the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
One of the questions that I was asked after I was saved was why is it that believers have suffering I don’t agree to have all the answers, but I think I have learned something since I have been saved.
Suffering means to test a Christians character neither we can pass or fail Luke. 6: 27-31 God can use suffering as a way to blessing the spiritual adult believer.
Christianity is not a religion suffering because throughout the time of church history the only thing that is there was, suffering is part of life we are mortals living in the devils world among other mortals.
God has incorporated human suffering to advance the believer spiritually after this we may move into spiritual maturity and we must have evidence testing. Suffering may come through Satan in other to test our faith whither we are real Christian or fake one. Job 1: 6-11, 2: 1-6, Matt. 4: 1-11.
Suffering may come through when will lay our hands upon sin when we know that our God is God of Holy and hate sin 2 Samuel 12: 9.
THE REASON WHY MOST CHRISTIANS SUFFER
To produce the fruit of patient Roman 5: 3, James 1: 3-4
To produce the fruit of joy Psalm 30: 5, 126: 5-6
To produce the fruit of maturity 1 Peter 5: 10
To teach us Psalm 119: 6-7, 17
To make us be like Christ 1 Pet 4: 12-13
To glorify God John 9: 1-3, 11: 1-4
To help our prayer life Isaiah 26: 16
To become an example to others 11 Cor. 6: 4-5, 1 Thess. 1: 6-7
To further gospel witness Acts 8: 1-5, Philippians 1: 12-13
To drive us closer to God 11 Cor. 12: 10
To prepare us for a greater Ministry John 12: 24
PROPER REACTION TOWARDS SUFFERING
You must be expecting suffering John 15: 19-20, 11 Tim. 3: 12 commit your soul to God at the point of your suffering Daniel 3: 14-18, 1 Peter 4: 19. Don’t try to understand all the reason for your suffering Romans 8: 28. Pray while in your suffering James 5: 13, Mark 9: 20-24. Don’t faint because you are suffering Proverb 24: 10. Rejoice because of your suffering Acts 5: 40-41, 16: 25. Thank God for your suffering 1 Thess. 5: 18.
SOURSES OF SUFFERING
Suffering may be caused by satanic activity for the glory of God. Job chapter 1 & 2, Acts 10: 38. Suffering may be caused by ungodly man 11 Tim. 4: 14. Suffering may be caused by worldly system. Suffering may be caused by carnal Christian Philippians 1: 15-16, 11 Tim. 4: 10.
WHAT WE CAN DO AS A TRUTH CHRISTIANS
Pray to God Luke 18: 1 commit your sin unto the Lord 1 John 1: 9 let Jesus be head of your house, separate the special time for Bible reading Psalm 119: 11 beware of Satan he want to tempt you 1 Peter 5: 8.
CONCLUSION:- The only way to overcome suffering in our life is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and to put Jesus Christ into our heart Acts 4: 12, John 16: 33.
MAY GOD HELP US (AMEN)!