Why Christians Suffer...
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Why do Christians Suffer?
The first and foremost answer is that Satan is the ruler of this world:
John 12:31 (Jesus speaking) Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
John 14:30 (Jesus speaking) I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming , and he has nothing in Me.
John 16:11 (Jesus speaking) “…the ruler of this world is judged.”
Furthermore, it is Satan’s nature to kill, steal and destroy.
John 10:10 (Jesus speaking) “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Also remember, Satan hates God. He will do anything he can to hurt God. By extension, he will do anything he can to hurt God’s children. Isn’t this the best way to hurt a parent, by hurting their kids?
How did Satan become the ruler of this world--how did he get that authority? He stole it. In the beginning, Adam and Eve were given authority to rule the earth:
Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them (Adam and Eve), and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
When Adam and Eve fell, their authority was usurped by Satan. We know this because of the conversation Satan had with Jesus when He fasted in the wilderness. One of the temptations was to have authority over the earth without having to go to the cross:
Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."
Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you , Satan! For it is written, ’You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
Satan had those kingdoms, Jesus did not deny this. Instead Jesus resisted Satan, with the word of God. Satan left.
In all this, Scripture, there is this hope: although Satan is the ruler of this world, Jesus said in John 16:11 that the ruler of this world is judged, and in John 14:30 that Satan has nothing in Him. That is, that Satan has no authority over Jesus.
Here is our hope: when Jesus went to the cross, all the requirements--all the legal consequences that were against us were nailed to the cross, Col 2:14. Therefore, in Christ Jesus, we may have life and life abundantly, John 10:10. Furthermore, we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us, Romans 8:37.
Still, Christians suffer. Satan attacks and comes to steal, kill and destroy. Sometimes he is successful, sometimes not. Why?
The following is a list of reasons of why Christians suffer. I have arranged these from the easiest answers to the more complex.
Please understand. I do not have a complete understanding of this topic myself. I can only offer what I have garnered from years of study. Still, I offer these answers in hope that they may help someone who is under the attack of the evil one, our foe and adversary Satan.
Christians may suffer because of one of the following reasons:
From lifes first cry, to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.
I wasnt born again yesterday..