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April 4, 2018, 11:09 AM

Talking Points: Affliction, Suffering & Chastening

  • There has been a belief in the church world that God will afflict us, that He will chasten us with sickness and disease or that He will allow sickness and disease for a reason.
  • It is true that we can learn things while facing circumstances in life but God is not using them to teach us a lesson.
  • All sickness and disease is from the devil and is a result of Adam’s fall in the garden.
  • This does not mean that everyone who is sick or has a disease has a devil or that they have or are in sin.
  • We have already established by biblical truth that God and the devil do not work together and that the devil is not a tool of God.
  • The devil is the enemy and adversary of God and man, not a tool or coworker.
  • John 10:10 tells us that the thief (the devil) is the one who steals, kills and destroys.
  • Psalm 34:19 tells us that God delivers us from affliction. He does not send or cause affliction
  • Jesus said in John 16:33 that we would have tribulation in this world.
  • A very important truth that we all need to know is that Jesus was our substitute and He was our example.
  • What Jesus bore for us we need not bear.
  • Jesus our example, our pattern is who we follow and what we do.
  • Jesus suffered things when He was here on the earth and like Him we will too.
  • Jesus never sinned, He was never sick and He was never poor until He became our substitute.
  • Jesus did suffer temptation, persecution, hatred, hostility and being reviled and we too will face and suffer these things.
  • When Jesus became our substitute in the work of redemption He took our sin, sickness, disease and poverty upon Himself.
  • Jesus as our substitute took our place and experienced for us, in our stead so that we would not have to.
  • Jesus died on a cross for our sin. Because He did we do not have to die for our own sin.
  • Because Jesus bore our sickness and disease we do not have to bear it.
  • Because Jesus bore poverty we do not have to bear poverty.
  • Jesus did this for us because we could not do it for ourselves.
  • Because Jesus did we are free from sin, sickness, disease and poverty.

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