by Daniel Rodgers

The Three Tenses of Deliverance
Dan Rodgers
II Corinthians 1:1-10


1. In (vs.8) Paul talks about his suffering in Asia. He and Timothy were so threatened and persecuted that they actually thought they would die--in his words, "Insomuch that we despaired even of life."

2. If there was ever was a man who knew something about suffering, it was Paul:

a. He had been beaten many times for his faith
b. He had been shipwrecked
c. He had been falsely accused and thrown in prison
d. He had suffered greatly the hands of evil men. In II Timothy 4:14, he spoke of Alexander the coppersmith. He said, "Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works."

3. Let me just say at the outset, nowhere in Scripture has the Lord promised exemption from suffering. As a matter of fact, just the opposite is true. The child of God will suffer until Jesus takes him home. And, I might add, if he can't take it, he will amount to little in the Christian life. Suffering is part of the maturity and growth process for every saint of God.

a. 1 Peter 5:10, "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."

b. Philippians 1:29, "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake."

QUOTE: Joni Eareckson Tada wrote; God is a Master Artist. And there are aspects of your life and character-good, quality things-he wants others to notice. So without using blatant tricks or obvious gimmicks, God brings the cool, dark contrast of suffering into your life. That contrast, laid up against the golden character of Christ within you, will draw him. Light against darkness. Beauty against affliction. Joy against sorrow. A sweet, patient spirit against pain and disappointment-major contrasts that have a way of attracting ...

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