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Does God Allow Believers to Go Through Troubles?

Does God Allow Troubles?

God definitely doesn’t tempt anyone to sin. Sometimes trouble comes because of mistakes of our own making, such as failing to pray for protection from troubles, but at other times God does allow troubles sent by the devil to ‘child-train’ you for your profit. After the trouble ends, there is an “after”. The evil day is short, but the good days are long!  

Jesus wants you to have a robust enjoyment of life—He wants you to have life and life more abundantly.
He wants you to enjoy long life and see good days.
When the Bible talks about “the evil day” (Ephesians 6), it’s just singular.
The evil afflictions sent by the devil will be short, but good days will be long!

2 Corinthians 11:18 – All of God’s promises are yes and amen for us. If it’s not clearly stated that a promise is unique for a certain person/nation only (example: Israel), then it is for you too.

“But as God is faithful, our word toward you was not “Yes and no.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, by me, Silvanus, and Timothy, was not “Yes and no,” but in him is “Yes.” For however many are the promises of God, in him is the “Yes.” Therefore also through him is the “Amen”, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:18-20‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

The protection promises in Psalm 91 are yours to enjoy. Say “Amen” to them to release your faith in the promise.

Mary said “Amen” to the words of archangel Gabriel and she bore the Messiah.
When you say “Amen”, then the promise becomes real in your life.

Because of Christ, God says yes to any of the promises in His word.
Don’t listen to sermons that say that only some of these promises are for you, and that others are not for you.

When Jesus prayed the Lord’s Prayer, He used certain terms. Let your kingdom “come” and let your will be “done”.
We are not commanding God—we are lining up our spoken words with God’s will.

If you want to know what is God’s will, look at Heaven. Is there sickness or poverty there? No. Then you can pray for healing and provision—it is God’s will.
That’s what it means to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Is there persecution for a believer? Yes, but you can pray for God to deliver you from it.

Many believers are wondering if God wants you to pray for deliverance from a trouble that you’re experiencing.
If you believe right, you will live right.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He cannot testify to a lie. He cannot testify if you’re still calling yourself a sinner.
You’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

The epistle to the Hebrews says that if a sacrifice has worked, there is no need for another reminder of sins.
It shows that the Old Covenant sacrifices are unable to purge the people of their consciousness of sins.
But Jesus already paid for all our sins with the once-for-all-time offering of Himself at the cross.

Partaking of the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner means that you are not discerning the Lord’s body—the body and blood of Christ.
The Corinthian church was treating the Lord’s Supper like a time to enjoy ‘happy hour’, getting themselves drunk with the wine, and eating the bread like eating a meal to fill their stomachs, instead of contemplating on the Lord’s death.

Repentance is not just about being sorrowful. Judas Iscariot was sorrowful and he hung himself. Repentance means turning to Jesus. Peter betrayed Jesus and he still turned to Jesus.

When God allows you to go through trouble, you will profit through it. You’ll be better off for having gone through it. 

Sometimes troubles come from our own mistakes.
You can have bold faith in asking God to deliver you out of any trouble.
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 – Paul faced a trouble so great that he despaired even of life.
“Dying to self” is actually Hebraism which means that you put your trust entirely in God and not in yourself.
God delivered you, does delivers you, and will still continue to deliver you in the future. That’s the correct posture of a Christian when facing troubles.

“For we don’t desire to have you uninformed, brothers, concerning our affliction which happened to us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, so much that we despaired even of life. Yes, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us out of so great a death, and does deliver; on whom we have set our hope that he will also still deliver us;” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:8-10‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Matthew 6:9-13 – You have to pray daily because grace is given daily.
Grace isn’t given in a lump sum every year or every month—it’s given daily.
Every day, ask God to give you your daily bread.
God loves to hear your voice—He enjoys it when you pray.
The prophet Jeremiah prophesied that Israel would be held captive in Babylon for seventy years.
At the end of the seventy years, Daniel didn’t just sit around and do nothing—he prayed for the promise to come to pass, that Israel would be brought back to the promised land.
The word “temptation” is peirasmos in the original Greek which can either mean the temptation to sin, or it can mean trouble.
A better translation would be “bring us not into trouble”.
God is not the source of trouble—sometimes it’s the devil, or sometimes it’s a mistake of your own making.
God is the one that you put in-charge of keeping you from trouble.
God wants you to pray this—“Lord, bring me not into troubles today.”
We don’t judge God’s word by our experiences, but we line up our experiences with God’s word.
Sometimes there are troubles that God allows us to go through—child training for our profit. Perhaps He wants to call some areas to your attention.
Troubles will not be protracted—ask God to deliver you from trouble, even if trouble has happened already.

“Pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.’” (Matthew‬ ‭6:9-13‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Pastor Prince is teaching this message because he wants you to pray in faith without any reservation.
The world needs to see a God that’s good to His people, who provides for and loves His people.
The church sometimes wrongly portrays God as being angry with everyone and they only talk about judgment.
We are not in the dispensation of God’s judgment—there is a time of judgment in the future, but that time is not now.

We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Spiritual blessings manifest also as tangible blessings.
How did Pharaoh see that God was with Joseph? He saw the wisdom that came from Joseph. Spiritual blessings manifest as tangible blessings.

James 1:13-14 – God does not lead us into temptation to sin.

“Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God can’t be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed.” (James‬ ‭1:13-14‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

James 1:2 – The word “temptations” in the verse above is also peirasmos which also has the meaning of troubles and not the temptation to sin.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations,” (James‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭WEB‬)

Hebrews 11:34-35 – The word “deliverance” in the passage below is apolutrosis in Greek which actually refers to the redemptive work of Jesus Christ at the cross.
Some of the martyrs loved Jesus so much that they wanted to leave this earth and go to Heaven instead of surviving the torture.
Paul was an aged man when he died as a martyr. Some martyrs also died young. Some of them chose to go to Heaven instead of accepting deliverance to continue living on earth.

“quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, grew mighty in war, and caused foreign armies to flee. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.” (Hebrews‬ ‭11:34-35‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Ephesians 1:7 – The word “redemption” here is also apolutrosis.

“in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,” (Ephesians‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭WEB‬)

Philippians 1:23-25 – The way the apostle Paul writes, it sounds like he has power over death. This power comes from God.
Paul had a revelation that he could choose how long he wanted to live.

“But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Yet, to remain in the flesh is more needful for your sake. Having this confidence, I know that I will remain, yes, and remain with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,” (Philippians‬ ‭1:23-25‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

2 Timothy 4:6-7 – Paul was a single man, not a family man. He said that he completed his race on earth and he was ready to go to Heaven.
If you want to be martyred, at least finish your race—don’t just give up on life now.
There is still work to be done here on earth.
There is still a multitude of lost souls on earth waiting to hear the preaching of the Gospel.

“For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Hebrews‬ ‭10:20‬ – The word “new” means freshly slain, as if Jesus just died for you just now.
“Living way” mean that the more you come to God, the more you live.

“by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” (Hebrews‬ ‭10:20‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Luke 22:31-34 – Obviously this was a trouble of Satan’s making.
Satan saw that he had an avenue to ‘sift’ Peter with. Peter was self-righteous and boasted in his love for the Lord.
Peter was allowed to enter this trouble, and he learnt to be humble—that it was all about the Lord’s love for him, and not his love for the Lord.

“The Lord said, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat, but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn’t fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers.” He said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!” He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will by no means crow today until you deny that you know me three times.”” (Luke‬ ‭22:31-34‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Genesis 22:1 – God tested Abraham. God didn’t want to really kill Abraham’s son.
He provided a ram to die in his place.
But at the cross, there was no substitute for Jesus.
God gave us His only Son, the Son whom He loved, so we know that He truly loves us.

“After these things, God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” He said, “Here I am.”” (Genesis‬ ‭22:1‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Is a trial in your life something that God allowed for a purpose? It may or may not be. Sometimes troubles come as a result of our own mistakes. 

Acts 22:24-29 – At Lystra, Paul didn’t use his Roman citizenship to protect himself from being stoned.
But later in his ministry, he learnt to use his Roman citizenship to avoid trouble.
Paul realized that there are some sufferings that are not necessary.
As we saw in “the Lord’s Prayer”, God wants you to pray daily not to be brought into trials/trouble.

“the commanding officer commanded him to be brought into the barracks, ordering him to be examined by scourging, that he might know for what crime they shouted against him like that. When they had tied him up with thongs, Paul asked the centurion who stood by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and not found guilty?” When the centurion heard it, he went to the commanding officer and told him, “Watch what you are about to do, for this man is a Roman!” The commanding officer came and asked him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” He said, “Yes.” The commanding officer answered, “I bought my citizenship for a great price.” Paul said, “But I was born a Roman.” Immediately those who were about to examine him departed from him, and the commanding officer also was afraid when he realized that he was a Roman, because he had bound him.” (Acts‬ ‭22:24-29‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

1 Peter 5:8-10 – If God allows you to go through a trial/trouble, there is always an “after”.
The time of suffering (evil day) is short, while the good days are plenteous.

“Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Withstand him steadfast in your faith, knowing that your brothers who are in the world are undergoing the same sufferings. But may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” (1 Peter‬ ‭5:8-10‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

We are going through a time of famine now because of this COVID-19 pandemic. There is financial famine and also a famine of no answers—there remains no medicine or vaccine for the COVID-19 virus yet.
But like how Pharaoh prospered because of the famine thanks to Joseph, we will also prosper through this famine because of our heavenly Joseph (Jesus Christ).
Don’t say that the worst is yet to come. Declare that the best is yet to come.

If you are a believer, you are a new creation in Christ. The born-again believer is a species that never before existed in the past.

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