He Can Use Your Affliction for His Glory

Because afflictions cost of so much, they are too precious to waste. Though God may not cause your affliction, he can use your affliction for his glory, others good, and ignore growth, if you’re in Christ. Only by trying less to dissect and avoid our sufferings and instead embracing them as opportunities in Christ to grow, glorify God, and share the gospel will we began to “not lose heart,” and instead find joy in our circumstances, whatever they may be.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 108

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It Does Not Eradicate, But Empowers Us to Endure

While life in Christ doesn’t prevent us from a facing affliction, it does empower us to endure whatever we may face by God’s grace and for his glory and our good. One example of such endurance is found in Ephesians 3:1 – 13.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 102

When We Suffer, We Often Call Into Question God’s Sovereignty or His Goodness

All too often, when we suffer, we question whether God is sovereign or good. Some of us are prone to believing the sovereignty of God while diminishing his goodness. The result is a cold, distant God who can’t be our comforter. Others of us lean toward downplaying God’s sovereignty while retaining his goodness. The result is a false view of a God who doesn’t want suffering to occur but is powerless to stop it.  Sadly, when either the sovereignty or goodness of God is questioned, we are left without comfort or help because our pain distorts our perspective of God

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 100

For This, We Should Contend and Pray

Our cultural differences may distinguish us, but they do not define us and should not divide God’s people or allow them to accept the social structures and idols that wrongly divide people. In Christ, while we have great diversity, we all to live in greater unity because how we do life is far less important than how Jesus has reconciled us to God and one another. I encourage you to each and every day pray and contend for the unity that you have and that is found in Christ Jesus

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 93

It Requires Reconciliation in This Life

Since all of God’s people, regardless of their differences and preferences, will be together forever and his kingdom, the gospel of Jesus Christ and her witness to the world, as his church, require reconciliation in this life.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 86

We Need a Fully Biblical Understanding of Affliction to Know It’s Cure

Without a fully biblical understanding of affliction, we wrongly diagnosed the troubles we (and others) face, and in so doing misdiagnosed protocols and the cure of affliction.  This inevitably occurs when we take only some of what Scripture says on an issue and then wrongly apply it to all situations.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 96

Many a Christian Needs to Reset their Expectations of “Life in Christ”

If we are in Christ, we should expect to suffer like Christ and for Christ. We worship a God who came to earth and was afflicted. And throughout the Scriptures and the history of the church, those who have served him most faithfully have been afflicted most painfully.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 95