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1 Affirmations about Afflictions “A pressing, pressure, anything which burdens the spirit…has reference to sufferings due to the pressures of circumstances, or the antagonism of persons” (Vine, 17)

2 2 TribulationTribulation DistressDistress TroubleTrouble CalamityCalamity BurdenBurden AnguishAnguish SufferingSuffering Synonyms of Affliction Arise from wars, want, persecution, illness, ailments, accidents, etc.Arise from wars, want, persecution, illness, ailments, accidents, etc.

3 3 Trials & Troubles will Come Jesus said they would – Jno. 15:20Jesus said they would – Jno. 15:20 Apostles taught same thing – Acts 14:22Apostles taught same thing – Acts 14:22 –Godliness leads to a certain amount of persecution, 2 Tim. 3:10-12 –We must prepare to face them before they come, 1 Ths. 3:4

4 4 Not Proof of Sin or Guilt Evildoers will suffer sooner or later – 2 Pet. 2:9 (Rom. 2:9; 1:27)Evildoers will suffer sooner or later – 2 Pet. 2:9 (Rom. 2:9; 1:27) But, present affliction is not proof one has sinned – Lk. 13:1-5 (Job 4:7; 1:8, 22; 2:10)But, present affliction is not proof one has sinned – Lk. 13:1-5 (Job 4:7; 1:8, 22; 2:10) Innocent & godly suffer – Jas. 1:27Innocent & godly suffer – Jas. 1:27

5 5 Not Proof of Sin or Guilt You may appear to be an evildoer when you suffer for righteousness – 2 Tim. 1:8-9You may appear to be an evildoer when you suffer for righteousness – 2 Tim. 1:8-9 Suffering may occur because one is doing what is good – 1 Pet. 3:13-17 (4:15-16)Suffering may occur because one is doing what is good – 1 Pet. 3:13-17 (4:15-16)

6 6 Troubles & Trials have Potential Benefit Can teach contentment – Phil. 4:11-13Can teach contentment – Phil. 4:11-13 Help us learn submissive obedience – Heb. 5:8-9Help us learn submissive obedience – Heb. 5:8-9 –Accept the discipline they bring, Heb. 12: 3-11 Occasion of strengthening our faith – Jas. 1:2-4; 1 Pet. 1:6-8; 2 Tim. 2:3; 2 Cor. 12:9-10Occasion of strengthening our faith – Jas. 1:2-4; 1 Pet. 1:6-8; 2 Tim. 2:3; 2 Cor. 12:9-10

7 7 Trials can be Successfully Overcome God promises we can overcome present troubles – Jas. 1:12; 1 Cor. 10:13God promises we can overcome present troubles – Jas. 1:12; 1 Cor. 10:13 Can turn unjust suffering into God’s glory – 1 Pet. 4:15-16Can turn unjust suffering into God’s glory – 1 Pet. 4:15-16 –Commit your soul to God (1 Pet. 4:19; 2:23)

8 8 They are Powerless to make our Service to God in Vain Romans 8:35-39 Our faith need not be disturbed – 1 Ths. 3:3Our faith need not be disturbed – 1 Ths. 3:3 Can endure afflictions by keeping heaven as our goal – 2 Tim. 2:12; 2 Cor. 4:16-18; Rev. 2:10; 1 Pet. 4:13Can endure afflictions by keeping heaven as our goal – 2 Tim. 2:12; 2 Cor. 4:16-18; Rev. 2:10; 1 Pet. 4:13

9 9 Keys to Facing Afflictions Phil. 3:7-11, Be willing to sacrificeBe willing to sacrifice Maintain your spiritual goalsMaintain your spiritual goals Face your trials with faith, commitment, joy & the hope of future restFace your trials with faith, commitment, joy & the hope of future rest The power of Christ will sustain you! 2 Cor. 12:9-10The power of Christ will sustain you! 2 Cor. 12:9-10


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