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BIBLICAL REFLECTIONS ON ATTITUDES TO PERSECUTION, AFFLICTION, GRIEF, TROUBLE AND TRIBULATION.

That the Christian life is not all sweetness and light is evident from even a cursory study of scripture. Many of the saints suffered during Gods dealings with them. It seems to be a way of God that He permits and allows suffering of His people in order that they be refined. He does this as an act of His love in order that they can receive more from Him and be more like Him who died for us all.

These verses give considerable guidance in how God's refining fire should be viewed by present day believers as they continue in their walk with the Lord.

WHAT TO DO IN TRIBULATION

1. ...we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance and perserevance, character and character, hope. Rom 5:3-4

2. ...do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached in the name of Christ, blessed are you for the Spirit of glory rests on you. From 1 Pet 4:12-14.

3. ...if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongly....when you do good and suffer for it, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps:

" who committed no sin, nor was guile found in His mouth"

who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously...... From 1 Pet 2:19-24

4. As Abraham was according to what the angel said to him . ..." now I know you fear God " an expression describing Abraham's committment to God in his particular trial.

From Gen 22.

5. Be....rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;....From Rom 12:12

6. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation. From 2 Cor 7:4

7. ...we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life......that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead,....From 2 cor 1:8-9.

8. ...if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. From 1 Pet 4:16.

9. ...They departed,....rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. From Acts 5:41.

10. ...when they persecute you in this city, flee to another...

From Mat 10:23

11. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. From Mat 5:44.

12. I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. From 2 Tim 2:10.

13. ..be watchful in all things, enduring affliction, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. From 2 Tim 4:5.

14. Do not fear any of the things that you are about to suffer.

Rev 2:10

15. ...In all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God; in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,.... as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as and yet having nothing, possessing all things. 2 Cor 6:4,9-10.

Encouragement regarding tribulation.

1. ...do not lose heart at my tribulation for you, which is your glory. From Eph 3:13.

2. ...being reviled, we bless, being persecuted we endure it, being defamed, we entreat. From 1 cor 4:12

3. May the God of grace.....after you have suffered for a little, while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you. From 1 Pet 5:10.

4. For it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him. From Phil 1:29.

5. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. From Ps 103:6.

6. The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. From Ps 9:9.

7. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed - always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. From 2 Cor 4:8-10.

8. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. From 2 Tim 1:12.

9. ...I count all things loss....that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness....that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.. From Phil 3:8-10.

10. ...all who desire to lead a godly life in Christ will suffer persecution. From 2 Tim 3:12

11. ..You became followers of us and of the lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit. From 1 Thess 1:6.

12. ..no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. We told you....we would suffer tribulation... From 1 Thess 3:3-4.

13. Our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the suffering, so also you will partake of the consolation. 2 Cor 1:7.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite heat. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Ps 34:17-19.

15. For in the time of trouble, He shall hide me in his pavilion. From Ps 27:5.

16. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. rom Ps 46:1-2.

17. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me; You will stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.... From Ps 138:7-8.

18. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord....Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait I say on the Lord! From Ps 27:13-14.

19. Lord, who is like You, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him...From Ps 35 :10.

20. ForHe satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. From Ps 107:9.

21. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. From Ps 126:6.

22. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. From Ps 142:3.

Cries and Prayers during tribulation

1. My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. From Ps 62:5.

2. Revive me O Lord for Your names sake, for Your righteousness sake bring my soul out of trouble...From Ps 143:11.

3. Search me O God, and know my my heart, Try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. From Ps 139:23-24.

4. Be pleased Lord to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me! From Ps 40:13.

5. Make us glad according to the days in which you have afflicted us, and the years in which we have seen evil.

From Ps 91:15.

6. I am weary with my crying, my throat is dry, my eyes fail while I wait for my God.......because for your sake I have borne reproach, shame has covered my face.....reproach has broken my heart, I am full of heaviness.......Hear me O Lord, for your lovingkindness is good......do not hide your face from your servant, for I am in trouble; hear me speedily. Draw near my soul and redeem it; deliver me because of my enemies. From Ps 69:3,7,20,16-18.

7. O Lord, I am oppressed; Undertake for me! From Is 38:14.

8. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul. From Ps 94:19.

RESULTS OF ENDURING TRIBULATION

1. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven,... From Matt 5:10-12.

2. ....you who are kept by the power of God.....in this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it be tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. From 1 Pet 1:5-7

3. For you O God have proved us; You have refined us as silver is refined, You have brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; but you brought us out to rich fulfilment. From Ps 66:10-12

4. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for My own sake I will do it.... From Is 48:10-12

5. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord an offering of righteousness. From Mal 3:3.

6. ...no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but grievous; nevertheless afterwood it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11.

If you ever think that you are suffering too much...then go to the cross and see the suffering of Jesus for you!