In 1 Thessalonians 3:3, Paul warns against being moved by afflictions. The Apostle was concerned that the enemy might use the relentless persecution and trouble to shake the confidence of the saints and tempt them and draw them away. Paul reminds them that such affliction is to be expected. God uses affliction to work in us a far more exceeding weight of glory. Affliction is normal for the Christian living in a rebellious world of sin. Having come to Christ, we are destined for it.
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Affliction in life is going to happen. It can be physical, spiritual, emotional and other degrees of affliction. How can we live with this affliction in a way that glorifies God?
Hannah (which means Grace) was afflicted by her adversary Peninnah, because Peninnah bore children, but the Lord prevented Hannah from bearing children. This was of the Lord, who gives his church a picture of Christ in the husband, Elkanah. Peninnah pictures the religious who are left to bear fruits of the flesh in religion. Elkanah does something for Hannah he does not do for Peninnah and her children. Elkanah gives Hannah "a worthy portion", which pictures the grace our God gives to his chosen people whom he loves. Being tormented by affliction, Hannah could not eat the spiritual food, which was Christ. But when her husband speaks to her comfortably, she eats. After she eats, then she is moved to a heaven-born prayer confessing, if you will Lord, then I shall bear eternal fruit of my husband.
Pastor teaches his family a selection from "the Proverb of the day." In these four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us to employ God's good gifts in a manner that responds rightly to Him in the situations that His providence assigns to us.
This intensely personal psalm is the celebratory account of God's grace and mercy in loving response to the psalmist's plea for help when all hope was lost and death itself seemed certain. Our great God is gracious, righteous, and merciful, and gives help to the helpless: He delights to pour out abundant, undeserved, and purposeful mercy when we cry out to Him."Help for the Helpless" is a line from the hymn "Abide with Me." And, as we walk through Psalm 116 we will see the application of that great hymn from this great Psalm.
I. What God did for the Psalmist (vv1-11)
---A. God Delivered him from the Threshold of the Grave
---B. First Half of Psalm Ends in an Odd Way (vv10-11)
---C. Conclusions Drawn from First Half of Psalm
------1. The LORD is gracious, righteous, and merciful (v5)
------2. The LORD preserves the simple (v6)
------3. Who can return to their rest in God all the more (v7)
------4. LORD delivers our souls from death (v8)…
---------…so they may walk before the LORD in the land of the living. (v9)
------5. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints (v15)
II. What is the Psalmist to do in Response (vv12-19)
---A. Need to Tell Others about God's Mercy to Us (vv18-19)
---B. Take up the Cup of Salvation and Call Upon the Name of LORD (vv13-17)
Today we're taking a closer look at the eighth chapter of the Book of Daniel.
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The Lord calls us to be patient during trials and affliction, not just to simply endure them begrudgingly until they're over; but to actively anticipate the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. For He WILL come again!