Pastor Rick Mora

Mora in the Word

Why are you always picking on me?

Why are you always picking on me?

2Cointhians 1-10

Is there a plan and is there a purpose in suffering?

You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t ask – why?

 

You see the word ‘affliction’ in this passage, the word ‘tribulation’, ask yourself do you know this in your life.

 

It’s the Greek word ‘flipsis’, it literally means actual physical pressure on the man.

 

If you read your English history books you’ll find out that those in English history who refused to confess to a crime, the judiciary got them and they laid them down and laid heavy weights upon them on their chest that pressed so hard that they were eventually crushed to death.

 

They did this in order to get them to confess to the crime, but many of them were crushed to death by the weight.

 

Now that is exactly this word ‘trouble, affliction’ that you find in this passage of Scripture ‘flipsis‘, a weight that is crushing me, that I cannot endure.

 

Now one thing that causes us to despair when we’re going through trials and tribulations is misconceptions, (spiritual misconceptions) that we have about suffering.

Wrong thinking

Misconception 

If you are spiritual you will never be perplexed’.

 

In other words, if you’re spiritual you’ll never get in a tizzy, you’ll never shed a tear, you’ll never buckle under pressure.

 

In life you will always have success. (That’s misconception)

EVERYTHING WILL BE A BED OF ROSES

 

This is absolute nonsense!

For the greatest men in the Bible were men that at times were in great perplexion, great distress, and great tribulation, some of them in great depression.

 

2 Corinthians 11:22- we see that life was not like that for Paul.

 

He was beaten, he was whipped, he was put in prison, he was out on the ocean in shipwreck, he was despised, told lies about, he was chased by false prophets – men swore upon their own lives in fasting that they would kill him before they would eat.

Life is not easy, there was never ever a promise that it would be so.

Jesus said in this life you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer I have over come the world.

 

 

2 Corinthians 1:4

‘The God of all comfort’

He comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God’.

 

Now let’s take that first bit: ‘He comforteth us in all our tribulation’. Now this is very simple, write this down if you have a pen: we suffer so that we can be comforted.

 

Have you got that?

 

He comforts us in all our tribulation, that is almost – as far as that goes – an end in itself. We suffer in order that God would comfort us, and we must never in our life think of the things that go wrong as accidents.

 

They’re not accidents!

 

We mightn’t like them while we’re in the middle of them, but they are divine appointments that God has permitted to enter into our lives.

 

 

Paul is talking about here, and that is God in control of our lives – for if God is in control of our lives we can trust God in all our circumstances.

 

So if bad circumstances come into our life, we don’t say: ‘Oh, that’s chance, that’s fate, I can’t do anything about it’, because you have God there and you know that God wants the best for you.

 

God has your future planned – not without your responsibility. You’re responsibility is to trust Him.

 

Jeremiah 29:11

 

We suffer to be comforted, that’s the first thing.

 

The second thing is: we are comforted so that we can comfort.

 

Now if you look at verse 4: ‘Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ’. Suffering is not an end in itself, comfort from suffering is not an end in itself.

 

It’s very good if we can let ourselves be comforted by the God of all comfort, but that’s not the whole story.

 

Now here’s the whole story: you go through an awful tragedy, you go through an awful experience, maybe an awful illness, and a man or a woman – perhaps you know them or you don’t know them – comes down the church to you one Sunday and sits down in the seat beside you, puts their arm around you and says ‘I’ve been through it’!

 

That’s what Paul is talking about: you suffer, then you are comforted in order that you might comfort others with the comfort with which you were comforted.

 

The reason for our sufferings is not just to be comforted, is not just to be comforted and then comfort other people, but the ultimate reason is the ultimate reason for everything that we go through in our Christian life, and that is our sanctification and our Christlikeness.

 

What does Paul say in verse 5: ‘For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ’.

 

He says the sufferings of Christ are in us. Now let me read Paul to you again, in chapter 4 of this book he says: ‘I always bear about in my body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body’.

 

He says in Philippians 3 verse 10, listen to it: ‘That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death’. Now here’s the greatest of all, listen to this, Colossians chapter 1 verse 24: ‘Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church’.

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August 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment