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1 More than Conquerors Romans 8:17-39

2 Testimony of why I became a Christian…RC church for many years…dead orthodoxy …joined SU because free makan…turmoil of my studies…wanted to do well…my sin…accpted Christ 17 years of age Suffering was alien…accpted jesus to meet my needs, my pain my sorrow, my early experience with Jesus..was a source of joy, go to person in pain…fellowship was good all the top students were christian Suffering was optional extra….you try to avoid it if you could, alien word..happens to some people but not me…I will get involved to the extent I am comforable but not if involves sacrifice or pain..middle class christianity..think about the theology, fellowship… Missionary would come …great testimony ,,,,,powerful servant…but not for me..pray for them ..give money feel better Two levels of Christianity

3 Being Christian was cool. focus on positive
Being Christian was cool..focus on positive..God exists to make our lives better..thats why come to church If we are faithful servants..He will bless..confident kind of Christianity

4 Spanish Armada defeated by English in 1588
However, an important reason why the English were able to defeat the Armada was that the wind blew the Spanish ships northwards. To many English people this proved that God wanted them to win and there were pictures and medals made to celebrate this fact.

5 God failed His end of the bargain
The following report is from the CBN News Spanish site, Mundo Cristiano:The unedited rescue of 33 miners, trapped for more than two months 2,000 feet underground, proceeded smoothly and successfully, as one man after another emerged from the tunnel's interior to regain his freedom and finally see the light of the sun again.The majority of those rescued have given evidence of deep spirituality and faith in God. They have all agreed that it was their faith that kept them safe and sound during those 69 days in the depths of the earth.Each of the miners emerged from the capsule named "Fenix" wearing a shirt that said, "Thank you Lord." On the back are the words, "To Him be the glory and honor," taken from Psalm 95:4. "Because in his hands are the depths of the earth, and the heights of the mountains are His."The shirts were donated by the brother of miner Jose Henriquez, who is an evangelical Christian and has been a spiritual guide for the group. The idea for the shirts came to Henriquez's brother, also a Christian, after hearing a sermon from his pastor on Psalm 95.Mario Sepúlveda, the second worker to be rescued and the one who gained the admiration of the world for his good attitude when he came out of the mine, was the first to speak to the press."God and the devil were fighting over me and God won", he said. " I always knew they would get me out. I always had faith in the professionals here in Chile and in the Great Creator."The fourth miner to surface was the Bolivian Carlos Mamani. He knelt down, as soon as he came out of the capsule and pointed to heaven, giving thanks to God.Omar Reygadas, a 56-year-old electrician did the same. He came out of the capsule with a Bible in his hands and knelt down to give thanks to God. Written on his helmet was, "God lives."The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, publicly acknowledged the faith of the 33 miners."Faith has moved mountains," he said. "Because it has been the faith of the miners, the strength, the courage, the will of these 33 miners, and of their family members, of the rescuers, of the Chilean government and of all Chileans that have made possible this miracle.” Since they were discovered alive, television here has been carrying the story of the 33 Chilean miners trapped in a mine on a daily basis.  Today they interviewed a psychologist who has studied the psychic characteristics of those who survive experiences like this and asked him if people’s faith helped get them through.“Sometimes,” he said.  What he found to be the critical characteristic, though, was not faith but a coherent and strong sense of the structure of reality.  It did not need to be faith-based.The psychologist was then asked what percentage of people lose their faith following a near-death experience or long-term trauma like being trapped underground for months.  He said about a third.Apparently, those who lose their faith in circumstances like this feel that God has betrayed his half of the bargain.  God is indeed anthropomorphized into The Lord who asks for loyalty and faithfulness in exchange for his protection.  Faith is lost when God fails to provide that protection.The discussion led me to wonder about the different reasons people abandon the faith in which they have believed.  In addition to feeling that God has failed, I think there are two other significant causes.The first is that the doctrine no longer makes sense.  It seems childish or superstitious or simply out of tune with the view of the world revealed by modern science.Soli Deo Gloria

6 The evil is pointless The Holocaust created a void in the souls of many of those who survived. Elie Wiesel was one of those people. Before the Holocaust he had been one of the most devout Jewish children When rumors of the Nazis' crimes first reached some of the outlying Jewish towns, like Wiesel's Sighet, no one believed them. ``The rabbis said: `Nothing will happen to us, for God needs us.' '' ([Legends], 124) The town felt that God was with them and would protect them from anything as horrible as what these rumors suggested. They felt safe and secure in their faith. Even though things continued to get worse, as Jews were abused in the streets, and the friendly townsfolk started showing deep-seeded hatred of their Jewish neighbors, the Jews still had faith. Wiesel notes, ``Our optimism remained unshakable. It was simply a question of holding out for a few days...Once again the God of Abraham would save his people, as always, at the last moment, when all seemed lost He had only to wait to learn how wrong he was. Even though things continued to get worse, as Jews were abused in the streets, and the friendly townsfolk started showing deep-seeded hatred of their Jewish neighbors, the Jews still had faith. Wiesel notes, ``Our optimism remained unshakable. It was simply a question of holding out for a few days...Once again the God of Abraham would save his people, as always, at the last moment, when all seemed lost.'' ([Legends], 25) God did not save his people in time, and they were carted off to the concentration camps like cattle. In the camps, Wiesel's faith was not shaken immediately, or even quickly. People around him took the evil as a punishment for some unknown crime the Jews as a people had committed before God. They said, ``I have faith in God...If God wants to see us suffer, it is because we deserve it. It is for ou good.'' ([Six Days], 27) It was like a return to Pharaoh's Egypt. In the face of all the suffering Wiesel noted a feeling of guilt in those in his camps, because of which they did not protest and fight back as much as they might have. Wiesel writes: Young people wanted to fight elders stopped them They still had faith that God had a greater purpose in mind, and though they opposed the idea of suffering, they would suffer with pride that they are part of God's plan. And so Wiesel and his town were indoctrinated without incident into the camps, believing that if their faith endured, they would be saved. Soon the delusions faded and Wiesel began to doubt God. In a concentration camp, one evening after work, a rabbi called together three of his colleagues and convoked a special court. Standing with his head held high before them, he spoke as follows: ``I intend to convict God of murder, for he is destroying his people and the law he gave them from Mount Sinai. I have irrefutable proof in my hands. Judge without fear or sorrow or prejudice. Whatever you have to lose has long since been taken away.'' The trial proceeded in due legal form, with witnesses for both sides with pleas and deliberations. The unanimous verdict: ``Guilty

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8 Holiness, silence, and sacrifice are beautiful in themselves, even without promise of reward. I still will have used my life well We rationalize things away to preserve Gods honor Your God non performer! One of the stories he tells is about a Cistercian abbot who was interviewed on Italian television. The interviewer was especially interested in the Cistercian tradition of living in silence and solitude. So he asked the abbot, "And what if you were to realize at the end of your life that atheism is true, that there is no God? Tell me, what if it were true?" The Abbot replied, "Holiness, silence, and sacrifice are beautiful in themselves, even without promise of reward. I still will have used my life well." If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

9 1 Cor 15:19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied (ESV) If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we're a pretty sorry lot (The Message) If we as Christians put all our hope only in Christ for this life we are the stupidest of people Ask any parent…Pa I want you to meet my boy firend…He wants to be pastor….stupid.. Market value …near zero

10 1. Is Suffering Optional for a Christian. 2
1. Is Suffering Optional for a Christian? 2. How do we overcome our suffering

11 Suffering is our path to glory
and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Rom 8:17 My mother used to strengthen us by warning us that this is the way of successful...put in your time your pain you reap success Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, A real condition that must be met for glorification

12 Justification Sanctification Suffering Glorification

13 When I was young I want to be like Bruce Lee
I mimicked all the moves....Whooo tag...finger swipe across the nose, the shifty jump I dreamed of the one inch punch.... I a bunch of nunchakus Played with brother like the real thing Can you Spot. The striking resemblance Then joined Karate Club in school..got my gi The pain ...first lesson ....stand like a horse...horse stance for hours. Sit ups..by the hundred, Master would punch me stomach Practice at home, Com e home in absolute agony in pain, why why why I dreamt of having black belt ....only got as far as the yellow Child t take the pain

14 Nature of the Christian Life

15 Why Suffering is necessary?
Renounce Sin...Self Prioritize His Kingdom Survive in the world My mother used to strengthen us by warning us that this is the way of successful...put in your time your pain you reap success Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, Renounce sin Go against the World John 7:7b but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. They will hate you as they hated me...“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Luke 6:22 “9Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 12And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matt 24 You mission Persecution Fallen world

16 Suffering is our path to glory
that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Phil 3:10-11 Power comes from willingness to suffer Take that away you emasculate christianity.. Our willingness to step out in faith to accept the suffering and depend n His power

17 Know Him His Suffering Experience His Power His Death

18 Suffering Transformation Justification Sanctification Glorification
I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

19 that I may know him For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matt 7:14

20 Declare peace with Sin Stop struggling stop confronting

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23 When I was young I want to be like Bruce Lee
I mimicked all the moves....Whooo tag...finger swipe across the nose, the shifty jump I dreamed of the one inch punch.... I a bunch of nunchakus Played with brother like the real thing Can you Spot. The striking resemblance Then joined Karate Club in school..got my gi The pain ...first lesson ....stand like a horse...horse stance for hours. Sit ups..by the hundred, Master would punch me stomach Practice at home, Com e home in absolute agony in pain, why why why I dreamt of having black belt ....only got as far as the yellow Child t take the pain

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25 1. Is Suffering Optional for a Christian. 2
1. Is Suffering Optional for a Christian? 2. How do we overcome our suffering

26 1. Regain the biblical perspective on the true nature of suffering.

27 Victoria Azarenka Wimbledon 2013
Normal perspective...doom ,gloom ,no hope ,,more. Pain helplessness,God abandoned CNN) -- Victoria Azarenka unleashed a fierce volley of criticism at the Wimbledon tournament organizers after blaming the court conditions for her injury-enforced withdrawal.Azarenka was one of seven players to pull out of the tournament Wednesday with injury, joining Rafel Nadal's conqueror Steve Darcis, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Czech Radek Stepanek, U.S star John Isner, Croatia's Marin Cilic and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova on the sidelines.It is an unwanted statistic for the tournament, which has seen 10 withdrawals in the singles competition overall, with the record currently held by the 2011 U.S. Open when 17 competitors were forced out with injuries.Azarenka, the World No.2 suffered an injury to her right knee during Monday's first round win over Portugal's Maria Joao Koehler and withdrew just minutes before Wednesday's tussle with Italy's Flavia Pennetta on Centre Court.The Australian Open champion, who has reached the semifinal stage in each of the past two years, was clearly unhappy with the conditions of the court and hit out after seeing her Wimbledon dream crushed.Read: Wimbledon grass faces Olympic race"The court was not in a very good condition that day," the Belorussian told reporters.The Wimbledon greatsMurray inspired by friend's cancer fightWimbledon's wild card returns home"My opponent fell twice; I fell badly; there were some other people who fell after."It would be great if the club or somebody who takes care of the court would examine or try to find an issue so that wouldn't happen."There is nothing I could have done to make that better. There is nothing I've done wrong that cost me to just withdraw from Wimbledon."Read: Sharapova stunned at WimbledonBut the All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club responded immediately in a statement following Azarenka's attack."There have been no changes in the preparation of the courts and as far as we are aware the grass court surface is in excellent condition," it read."In fact we believe that it is drier than last year when the prevailing conditions were cold and wet.

28 Bert Trautmann 1956 Chris Simms
If you live in North America, you might be under the impression that all soccer players are soft like Cristiano Ronaldo. However, that’s only because you’ve probably never heard of Bert Trautmann. In 1956, this Manchester City goalie broke his neck with 15 minutes to go in the FA Cup final, but remained in the game and made two more saves to preserve his team’s 3-1 victory.Let me repeat: soccer player broke neck, stayed in game.Now that is tough. Chris Simms was brutalized by the Carolina Panthers defense during a September 2006 game, but he stayed in the game. Only later did he learn that, in taking those hits, he had ruptured his spleen. Tiger Woods tried to clean up his knee with arthroscopic surgery two months before the 2008 U.S. Open, but as you can see from this photo, he was still pretty hobbled at times. Nevertheless, Tiger played through the pain to win the tournament, which he personally considers the greatest of his 14 major championships. Bert Trautmann 1956 Chris Simms

29 It's insignificant compared to the glory
Paul is saying what you se now is not how it will be Consider our current suffering not worth comparing..tow people in two rooms 80 hrs work per week, boring tedious work and the second guy salary 100 vs 100 million dollars..one will quit the other guy whistling..same circumstances... Due to perspective If our deepest hope is anything but God..it will suffer and take you out Creation is waiting..diff btw 5 senses and 4 senses is huge..in life to come there is going to multitude of senses..a material thing Imagine two men doing identical jobs ..tedious repetitive..one paid 100 a month will give up the other 100 million is singing Intern will work if there is pay rise...career structure , future prospects For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18 Focus on being HEIRS Two men same job

30 How many injections do you remember. mLiling
How many injections do you remember?mLiling..case 900 injections over 6 mths..child distracted with toy but need to shift attention...to focus on the glory

31 Ichneumonoidea wasp Cruelty of God It's futile because it was designe d for our good to enjoy as part of relationship with God now it has to bring forth thorns and thistles now it has to kill and maim

32 Reason: It was God's decree due to our sin
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it,. Creation was for man subject to man glorify God by serving man Subject to futility by God Loose its purpose...in stead fruits feed a man ,animals serve a man will in the end die ...like soldiers sacrifice their lives for nothing Counter purpose...cause pain to man...thorns and thistles Reminder to man of his sin and his guilt. Decay and ruin...second law of thermodynamics woven into fabric of the universe..it is running down...entropy ..tendency to disorder Not accident ...decree of God Don't over personalize your pain...it is common lot of man

33 It's the sign of the impending renewal
in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now My mother used to strengthen us by warning us that this is the way of successful...put in your time your pain you reap success Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, Groaning...not only pain but mortal danger...groaning of dying soldiers in the battle fields...death pain Great pain anticipates great joy We think it anticipates dosaster

34 NASCA Indians of Peru So the first thing Paul does to put our suffering in a global context and give us perspective and help us endure our misery is to show us that all of nature is involved in this suffering that we must endure to inherit with Christ.

35 See sand pit every cat in the neighborhood is poohing there
They have started left two pillars that look like a porch Suffering....on ne hand but glimpse of the future on the other Thye have started work......the pain and the joy Pain because house looks like this ..joy because if not start no porch

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37 It's a reflection of our inner yearning for final redemption
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. ) —but frustration at the remaining moral and physical infirmities that are inevitably a part of this period between justification and glorification (see 2 Cor. 5:2, 4) and longing for the end of this state of “weakness.” Gift HS brings pain ,,,new tastes, new oil old engine You taste a hotel so beautiful Children were young accompanied me to hotels when I was on speaking for medical conferences Then we went to church camp....austere... Groan..moaned ,we cannot live here When we get peace joy with Him then you go back to the world of politics..hospital ...trying to cheat n kill each other your spirit groans One person walked 10 rounds the swimming pool in pain The person in remission..sword hanging

38 Saved in hope not yet fully realized
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.24-25 To combat overrealised eschatology...healing we see are first fruits....not everyone healed.

39 CS Lewis If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. ) —but frustration at the remaining moral and physical infirmities that are inevitably a part of this period between justification and glorification (see 2 Cor. 5:2, 4) and longing for the end of this state of “weakness.” One person walked 10 rounds the swimming pool in pain The person in remission..sword hanging Tired of what world has yearning for more

40 In Valladolid, Spain, where Christopher Columbus died in 1506, stands a monument commemorating the great discoverer. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the memorial is a statue of a lion destroying one of the Latin words that had been part of Spain's motto for centuries. Before Columbus made his voyages, the Spaniards thought they had reached the outer limits of earth. Thus their motto was "Ne Plus Ultra," which means "No More Beyond." The word being torn away by the lion is "ne" or "no," making it read "Plus Ultra." Columbus had proven that there was indeed "more beyond." No more beyond

41 2. Rely on prayer because the HS intercedes for us
Romans 8: 26-27

42 The Holy Spirit intervenes for us
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 hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. συναντιλαμβάνομαι Sun..together two men holding a log This is precisely the wonder and poignancy of the eschatological tension:the Spirit does not eliminate or transform believers 'total inability to maintain the proper dialogue between God and man; rather the Spirit works in and through that inability. Two possibilities here Inexpressible or unspoken Option 1. seems to be saying that when we cannot find words in which to express our prayer and can do no better than make inarticulate sounds, the Spirit takes those sounds and makes them into effective intercession. It is an encouragement to all of us who find praying difficult. The natural man does not groan over his weakness in prayer. Believers do, and this groaning is the work of the Spirit in them. It is not only that we do not pray very well; it is also the case that, while we often think we know what we need, we are not always good judges of that either. The groaning is unspoken as the groaning is metaphorical Rationale The groaning of creation is metaphorical in v22 so this must be too The Spirit groans not us as nowhere else in the Bible does the Holy Spirit audibly groan, and thus a literal meaning here is not likely. One might reply that the Holy Spirit’s groaning is expressed through the groaning of believers (cf. Rom. 8:15–16; 1 Cor. 14:14–15). This is probably the case, but even in that case the groaning is not necessarily audible. The point could be that believers have longings that are so deep that they are inexpressible. No Tongues because It involves all Christians where Paul clearly says not all speak in tongues It is intercession not worship which is what tongues is used for here. Paul seems to be saying that when we cannot find words in which to express our prayer and can do no better than make inarticulate sounds, the Spirit takes those sounds and makes them into effective intercession. 118a It is an encouragement to all of us who find praying difficult. The natural man does not groan over his weakness in prayer. Believers do, and this groaning is the work of the Spirit in them. The scenario In times of trouble , as part of our suffering we often feel alone abandoned to circumstances, our own prayers are insufficient, for they are finite and ignorant of God’s true plan. The Spirits very intercession is a foretaste of the future glory that will be ours. That is the very source of our greatest comfort. While we do not know, the Spirit does, and he is praying for us more deeply than we are praying for ourselves. Moo quotes Luther here (1996:526 n.):“It is not a bad but a very good sign if the opposite of what we pray for appears to happen. Just as it is not a good sign if our prayers eventuate in the fulfillment of all we ask for. This is so because the counsel and will of God far excel our counsel and will.” O'Brien goes a step further (1987:70, 73):Our very weakness in prayer is part of the main idea of verses , the glory to come. Our inadequacy points forward to the intercessory power of the Spirit, and that That groaning may be metaphorical is evident from the reference to the groaning of creation in verse 22. Indeed, the groaning in verse 26 must be metaphorical in some sense because the text says that it is the “Spirit” who groans. Nowhere else in the Bible does the Holy Spirit audibly groan, and thus a literal meaning here is not likely. One might reply that the Holy Spirit’s groaning is expressed through the groaning of believers (cf. Rom. 8:15–16; 1 Cor. 14:14–15). This is probably the case, but even in that case the groaning is not necessarily audible. The point could be that believers have longings that are so deep that they are inexpressible.

43 It's not speaking in tongues It's us groaning not HS..metaphorical
HS picks up where we are unable to express..provides precise intercession God totally involved in prayer Our dependency glorifies Him Tow parts of prayer..groaning and asking HK girlfriend Tow parts of prayer..groaning and asking HK girlfriend

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45 3 Rest on the fact that Gods purposes for us will be accomplished
Worried something gone wrong...operating there is blood .. Relatives cannot assist as they freak out don't understand it s Pareto the process.. Worried He does not know or does not care

46 Our Bad Things will be Turned to Good
V 28And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Not one thing Not two but all

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48 Circumstances Character Faith Endurance Integrity Kindness
Lessons you have. Learnt however painful propel you forward in life Job security Faith Child's disability Injustice at work Painful joint Endurance Integrity Kindness

49 His purposes cannot be thwarted
29.For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Joseph's life ..vision of shelves

50 GODS Master plan Glorified Called Justified Foreknowledge
Predestined to be like Jesus Called Justified

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52 Gen 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

53 4. Reassured that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God
Romans8: 30-39

54 Our good things will never be lost
V 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

55 GOD 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34a Who is to condemn? Federal Court Tan Yin Hong Vs Rhb ...title obtained fraudulently is not indefeasible Court of Appeals High Court Sessions Court

56 B.God has already given His Best
V 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Nurse with 1 carat diamond ring

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58 Dr Steve Merten Plastic Surgeon ,Sydney
"Most women don’t want to look better than they did before they were pregnant; they just want to feel comfortable and look good for their husbands,". AUSTRALIAN women in their thirties are paying between $5000 and $20,000 for plastic surgery procedures designed to give them back their pre-baby bodies, usually within one year of giving birth. Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Steve Merten - who specialises in 'Mummy Makeovers’ at his clinic, Pure Aesthetics - told news.com.au that the majority of his patients opt for a breast augmentation and tummy tucks because they no longer feel good about themselves. "Most women don’t want to look better than they did before they were pregnant; they just want to feel comfortable and look good for their husbands," he said. Psychologist Louise Adams, however, has described the plastic surgery procedures as "awful" and is adamant they are not good news for women. "It’s basically taking advantage of women in a vulnerable state. Instead of teaching body acceptance, the surgery is basically saying that how we look and our bodies is the most important thing after giving birth," she said "Women’s bodies are not back to normal after a year. I’ve had two children myself and it’s almost impossible to say what normal is after giving birth. There should be acceptance around this change, because it is part of normal life. In other cultures stretch marks and other evidence of having a baby are a source of pride." But Dr Merten claims his clients concerns about their bodies are valid. "This is not fantasy. These women are not trying to become someone that they are not. Plastic surgery is not about weight loss, it’s about toning. Women tell me that in some cases their abdomens are so stretched that strangers will often ask if they are still pregnant," he said. "These women are also very well informed. They often know other women who have had this surgery and they’ve done their own research. We can thank Dr Google for that." Dr Merten conducts a two-hour consultation with women pre-surgery to assess their medical history and psychological preparedness for surgery. Women are strongly advised to wait to undergo any kind of plastic surgery until they have finished having children. Smokers are immediately ruled out for any procedure because the habit can inhibit the process of skin repair, and Dr Merten advises women to have a good support network at home to ensure they are well cared for after surgery. "Post surgery some women will find it hard to lift young children from their cots," he said. "So it is best to wait until your children are independent before considering surgery." But Louise Adams said women in this age group should avoid plastic surgery altogether. "These procedures should not be encouraged. Plastic surgery does not change your body image, all that ends up happening is that you just go back for more surgery," she said. "If women are struggling with body image after giving birth, they need to know that this is normal and they should seek professional counselling to make sure they are supported correctly. "And if they’re considering plastic surgery, make sure they talk to someone about that to ensure they are not making an irreversible and very expensive decision that they might regret later. " Read more:

59 If you married her would you stay?
Your are worth more than your Job Appearance Personality Past Financial situation Triumphs Failures Cut all away image of God

60 Remember those awful shampoo ads where the woman just tosses her hair and saunters across the road and everyone takes notice and the man just gasps her beauty take his breath away..the glory of the woman is her hair…external public display of the beauty and intrinsic worth

61 C. Jesus is interceding for us
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. John 17:9 UNO people you have to be really connected to make it "Intercession means that Jesus Christ represents us before the throne of God and we do not have to represent ourselves." A Living Intercessor Romans 8 and Hebrews 7 speak of intercession in a present, ongoing tense. What does this mean? Is He praying for us continually? Perhaps making some sort of periodic sacrifice as did the priests in the old covenant? The meaning of this is drawn out in Hebrews. "He always lives to make intercession for us”, simply makes the point that our High Priest will not ever be prevented by death from presenting His sacrifice to God on our behalf. In this regard, He is the perfect High Priest; His redeeming sacrifice needed only to be offered once, and He will always be around to vouch for it. "The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:23-25) Jesus did not go to heaven after His earthly ministry and ‘take a break’ from His role as eternal Shepherd to His people. “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10 emphasis added). If when humble, despised, dying, and dead, He had the power to accomplish so great a work as reconciling us to God, how much more may we expect that He will be able to keep us now that He is a living, exalted, and triumphant Redeemer, raised to life and interceding on our behalf before the throne (Romans 8:34). Clearly Jesus is still very active on our behalf in heaven. After Jesus ascended to heaven and was seated at the right hand of God the Father (Acts 1:9; Colossians 3:1), He returned to the glory He had before His incarnation (John 17:5) to carry on His role of King of kings and Lord of lords—His eternal role as the second Person of the triune God. While this old earth continues to be “won” for Christ, Jesus is the Advocate for Christians, meaning He is our great Defender. This is the intercessory role He currently fulfills for those who are His (1 John 2:1). Jesus is always pleading our case before the Father, like a defense lawyer on our behalf. Jesus is interceding for us while Satan (whose name means “accuser”) is doing that very thing, accusing us, pointing out our sins and frailties before God, just as he did with Job (Job 1:6-12). But the accusations fall upon deaf ears in heaven, because Jesus’ work on the cross completely paid our sin debt in full; therefore, God always sees in His children the perfect righteousness of Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross, His righteousness (perfect holiness) was imputed to us, while our sin was imputed to Him at His death. This is the great exchange Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 5:21. That took away forever our sinful state before God, so God can accept us as blameless before Him. Finally, it is important to understand that Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. No one else—not Mary, not any previous Christian saints, not angels—has the power to intercede for us before the throne of the Almighty. Christ alone mediates and intercedes between God and man. “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Read more: Access Effective..

62 D. We are more than conquerors through Christ: the best is yet to come
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labour is increased. To added affliction He added His mercy, To multiplied trials, He multiplied peace. When we have exhausted our store of endurance, when our strength has failed when the day is half done, when we reach the end of our horrid resources our Father's full giving has only begun His love has no limit, His grace has no measure, His power has no boundaries known unto men. For out of his infinite riches in Jesus He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

63 Live by the Spirit and serve Him Persevere in patience and hope
Conduct our lives in triumphant confidence When I forget justification, I am flooded with guilt and regret about the past. I live in bondage to idols that make me feel better about myself. • When I forget sanctification, I give up on myself and stop trying to change. • When I forget resurrection and hope, I lose my excitement. I become afraid of aging and death. • When I forget my adoption, I become full of fears. I don’t pray with candor. I try to hide my faults from God and myself. • When I forget my honor, I become shy. I lose my confidence. I become self-conscious about my appearance.


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