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Scars for Jesus

Alistair Huong

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In December 2007, Alistair experienced a sudden and life-threatening illness that left him paralyzed from the neck down.  He shares this story of God's miraculous healing in his life, and presents seven reasons why God permits His people to endure trials and afflictions.

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Alistair Huong

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  • August 17, 2013
    11:30 AM
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him everyone message this morning actually it has been asserted for a personal story is me and it has been hosted on earth before under the title when he will but under that he hasn't my dear wife she suggested that I really going to story because a lot has happened since I first shared as and that there is more information than others could be blessed by and I he thinks that I better picture now I would like that but don't tell her I said that before we get into it I might die with me on in heaven I asked now that you will be with us as we recall the workings you have performed in my own life and also through the lives of others as we investigate some principles of your teaching and the manner in which you with us they really encouraged and perhaps there might be one or a few of us who need to hear this message I asked for your spirit easier to custom tailor the words so that is exactly what we need here bless us now with your presence and Jesus was the morning of December nineteen two thousand and seven I woke in the hotel at CYC which was held in Minneapolis Minnesota that here I was a vice president of logistics and UIC which meant I was responsible for the coordination of all the nuts and bolts of the conventional hotel rooms registration the Neil of the rating for the life stage of the chairs in the hotel transportation and during the security log law all around Salem and eighty days UIC will begin that day and I have spent most of the previous year getting ready for this convention so I went in the hotel room with my friends and I was sitting on the couch on my computer when all of a sudden I felt this strange sensation in the back of my if I also did she and many got more painful and became the shooting burning sensation that's a repeat it down from my neck into my shoulders into my chest and my back into my arms and I thought this is strange so I put my computer down and I tried to get up out of my seat only to find out on my legs were wobbly and I couldn't even hold myself the I collapsed on the floor my friends rushed over this and what's wrong is wrong and within a few minutes I couldn't move my arms my legs are still a little bit mobile so they try to pick me up a my friend literally had to carry me and set me on the bed and started frantically calling all the doctors that they knew as they share this the symptoms that will be manifested in my bottle to his doctors one of them said let me talk so I got on the phone with this physician that don't know who he was never met him he said from one of your friends are telling you have a very serious problem she says I don't know what it is that you need to get to the emergency room right now and he even warned me you said you need to prepare that based on what I am hearing it is likely that it will happen into the which means sedate you stick to God for me to help you read as though my friend is scattered trying to get a wheelchair trying to find a car for anyone getting all the things worked out at all meanwhile as they were cushioning to the hotel I was unlikely to have that calling all of my associate and telling them do that it is a sure all of these things are working because Eliseo is starting the work and I have Helen's life two thousand people and this was not a good time for this to be happening so they went with me on the hotel to the hospital which happened only ten minutes away ordinarily and as I got wheeled into the emergency room the friend who went with me he was actually my current brother-in-law 's position as well he told them exactly what my symptoms were and immediately they brought me into the bathroom and they started to analyze my situation well before long before at UIC Louisiana that evening I wasn't sleeping your lines from the neck down I could no longer breathe on my own and just said that Doctor told me on the phone they sedated me and integrated and for the next three days I was unconscious and the doctors did all of the tests that they needed to do to try to regret what is in my parents were already on the way it arrived on Wednesday right after I was sedated and half through the course of the next few days of the doctors try to figure things out the doctor had the unpleasant task of telling my mother that your son may not survive and if he does because the low alive than it was in my spinal cord in the spinal cord was this such a small area not any damage there has huge consequences and so the doctor said even if he were to survive all he likely will never recover he will never be able again not a word as any sensible mother would want here and so Friday evening she wants he was in full swing Sabbath was coming any group of friends came to my hospital room to conduct an anointing service for me after Mark Finley was there a speaker and so he let out an anointing service out Friday evening the very next morning Saturday morning things out of full-time all of you I see all I six thousand people had a special prayer session specifically for my healing it was broadcast on radio as I travel around the world now there are still people who said we were wanting that day and we pray for you so rarely being uplifted around the world my feeling and I believe it is in direct answer to those affairs that on that Sabbath day I began to recover so I went down down down down down until Sabbath and then I began back saliva and WIC on Sunday the very next day I was able to breathe on my own and they were able to excavate it together to the next day on Monday they moved me out of the ICU into a step down unit by the end of the week I could actually stand on my own power and I want and in two weeks time I was discharged out of the hospital in Minneapolis University of Minnesota Minneapolis and I was flow back to Loma Linda where my parents live for inpatient rehabilitation I was there for a few more months and I had coffee in rehabilitation after that and so from that time I can like my recovery disk to go and I was well enough to be able to travel by the London redesign in December by the month of May I was able to speak for graduation and low Academy were actually with the teacher sent out to you more about that little bit and then that summer I was able to travel to Malaysia Singapore W rivers and exactly one year and one day later from the day I got sick I was standing at the open on Sabbath morning the next he wipes the telling the story and encouraging that the people is a low is because of your prayers their prayers that I'm standing here online before that and so forth all of you medical nuts out there are probably wondering so what happened what was your condition well the doctor diagnosed me with what's called transverse myelitis transversely that affected both on my body myelitis is inflammation of the myelin the insulating cells around the nerves in my spinal cord of Wolcott and the doctors don't fully know the best guesses they call it holds liable so some autoimmune response to some virus that I had but that the best yesterday so I have been recovering ever since I still have lingering effects in my upper extremities of the most part I survived an ally in the normal functioning human being and I praise God that I'm in reading of God 's healing power in his answer to fervent prayer so I share this story to set the backdrop because I want to use this story to share with you or to discuss the question I think lays a lot of Christians in fact when I was in Loma Linda at the at the patient there I would have visitors come in and many of them have this question active articles are just wrong and then they just couldn't not get over it and practicing this question bought been more than a bother me the question goes something like this if God is all powerful and go all capable than God is so good and so loving and compassionate why would we allow this to happen to generalize the question a little bit it goes something like this why would God allow bad things to happen to good people why would God allow evil and suffering to enter into the experience of his people is any capable of holding back all of that pain and misery why would he permit this in fact I have a friend who left the church who turned his back on God because he could not find an answer to this question at the young man he and a friend nine years old who died of cancer and that young man his friend was still alive he's that I simply cannot accept a God wouldn't allow that to happen will now he's afraid it wasn't all it is important questions have an answer to him giving any notice I'm limiting the discussion today not to the bigger question of why is there evil and suffering in the world at all in a general sense that is a discussion for another time neither am I saying why do people suffer maybe put it this way why do bad things happen to bad I'm in a pretty sensible Randy you suffer when he makes stupid decisions there is little long on the fact that he made that choice we a while okay so dealing with that either I specifically dealing with this scenario where there is a good outstanding righteous innocent person who you want to know all their own software paying loss injury loss whatever persecution what happened is that the question on trying to answer but before we go there let's just take a look first in the Scripture reading for the day second Timothy chapter three and verse twelve seconds in the three verse twelve is is he a and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus might suffer persecution is now the person that is saving my they may perhaps some time they should do you realize that this is a promise that you can clean my heavy articling this promise God you have said that everyone was okay for your name Wells of religion I love you presently right now Lord likely natural we don't clean back on a promise but nevertheless it is a guarantee it is a guarantee that he shows the following Jesus Christ follow where along the way not on all will suffer persecution one way when so rapidly coming to go on this sort of this is that entitlement that sometimes we have to send more don't you know how much I had to give up the following don't you know that I have eczema this scholarship to this camp with this goal I have to quit this job I think when this relationship because I showed up while you help your area let me separately at the wrong quest because God made it very clear if you follow me you must take your wrong there will be me there will be loss there will be difficulties make no mistake so the question really is so why does God allow one month is the case I want to share with you seven reasons this morning how many reasons seven reasons why God allows bad things to happen reason number one God allows things this bad thing to happen to people in order to reveal his goodness and his hearse now you're probably thinking out God uses pain in our lives to demonstrate how good and merciful he is a doesn't make any sense or have never heard of this idea all of this theme where you don't know I have no use they also life is so good life is so see the past is so smooth that we take it for granted when I was laying there in the hospital room I could not I could not even which is tuned down my throat I couldn't even breathe on my own and I'm laying there on my back and then I went developed an inch right here what does a guy do who was paralyzed from the neck down when he got a new job is no I couldn't talk I couldn't say anything so I lay there with it it's on my notes and it would drawn the crazy me and you don't like try to make gurgling sound that people come over and elect with Rob I can't say anything so here's the point how many of us this morning woke up and say the Lord for the ability to use sometimes going to take away certain for us to recognize just how much we can we came and we can express our nose all of a sudden everything is a blessing and a gift from God me realize how much we depend on the board everything is gone to come down and give it a kick in the wrong they looked all you okay and all other good things that you take for granted it is only will so minutes bad thing to happen to people for us to win her to remember where offering gives and here's my first year I think we all know from this chapter a recently there's more to this that I want to dig into relish of papers twenty eight is another principle in the way that God works Romans eight twenty eight sex and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God then what Paul according to his purpose another way of saying this is that in all themes gone working for the good and I think that anything that is what you necessarily good and sometimes it does hurt sometimes it is not painful but everything that does happen God can use it to do something great something good at the end of it but another when I read this passage in that role all experiences through all circumstances no matter how dark it might be we can see the fingerprints of God if we are looking so in my experience I told you that I was in Minneapolis Minnesota as I was being wheeled around the hospital I was looking up at the banners and it's just so I have at the hospital that I was ten minutes away from was one of them meeting near a logical medical centers in the country there were more qualified and better equipped to deal with my specific illness that even if I was home in Loma Linda I couldn't have picked a better hospital and I've never been to Minnesota before not only just twenty four hours earlier I pointed out within CYC just twenty four hours earlier I was living up in the mountains of Tennessee in Dayton Tennessee teaching at a school column over the Academy I was living by myself and how the country no roommates neighbors faraway and our always been the cause of the what happen what would happen if I got sick just one day earlier who know 's moreover at the time I was still under my parents health insurance coverage which was set to expire in just a few months not only that I got sick during July three of all-time how often do you get a say now than of God 's people gather together conveniently to pray for you how often is it unmarked in the income the road and anointing there is a right and wrong and prayer sessions and career services for your healing brought it around the world that we can you see that even in the midst of whatever law they might have experienced it was as though God is in heaven orchestrating everything so that it happened at the Battle possible to find the best book on I can imagine I think but imagination Satan not believe Satan is the cause of illness got the closet recently permits it as a dotting the throne of heaven on the throne of heaven and he cc and up he was working about two no touch my spinal cord or whatever and got the West Wing lately all I listen and let me check his schedule rejected count of a visit okay that they are rapidly going in the God that only when they need now can you work in the law that I can't help but think that God 's fingerprints are everywhere of course we had friends there I discern from equipment run along the doctor and another friend of mine became to be within the ER you in the neurologist that he saw everything that was happening and he was able to go call when I needed oxygen it wasn't a moment in my brain had walked into it I mean one thing after the other it was as though God allowed it to happen in the best possible reasonable one God allow such things to happen to demonstrate to reveal his goodness and his mercy even in the midst of pain we can see that God is still there is we train our eyes to look for some reason number two why does God allow his people to suffer to do just to pray that you just pray and notice I don't say to change how to pray Institute just simply to pray how many of you have experienced what I have life is going well is generally in the middle of the semester sometime right before final exams some time after the Virginia school were settled wherein the rule finals is still a ways off and the prayer life of the same sort of just evaporate it's sort of like lower down the priority list but when trouble final exam next week all of a sudden all the students are the only people on the earth can we remember all of a sudden all they got to pray using God will find three meter and so we give us some rough water some difficulty so that we will not forget to pray of course we have to pray even when the going is good but it helpful sometimes to be reminded in James chapter five is there James chapter five will begin meeting in verse thirteen we read this passage James chapter five beginning in verse thirteen is as if any among you afflicted let them pray is getting married let him sing songs is any sick among you let them call the elders of the church and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord verse fifteen and the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up so specifically in illness God calls us prayer I want to make a special note here notice in the state and apparently will heal the sick that's not necessarily the case but if there is faith attending the prayer of the same he shall be saved and instead and if ye have committed sin being shown before giving important distinction God save the soul that does not necessarily mean that the well-heeled the sickness in fact Mark Finley when he was an anointing service mentioned something I will never forget is that it is always God 's plan it is always in God 's will to steal his now that sounds contradictory to what we just read hear me out by the way when will God sometimes got healed immediately miraculously instantaneous other times he healed over a period of time usually in natural means the natural course of events other times he may heal on the resurrection and so if you take the applications of this passage in James Semper Fi indeed God will heal the sick and needy on the resurrection morning but he will heal his people and of course my mom was standing there next image in the number one or two in the living room but the point I was going back to his to teach us to pray God wants us to pray and so he allow bad things to happen to us sometimes in great controversy page five hundred twenty five paragraph two this is what I read it is a part of God 's plan to grant testing answer to the prayer of faith that what she was not still did we not the act so what is this telling you that there are certain things that God simply will not do he chose and then somehow I don't fully understand that children somehow cannot do certain things unless we ask him to do so I just imagine God sitting up there he let out that all of these blessings right over you you can open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing so that we have no room to receive it but he's a I can't unless you are for it so you think you home I can make the highlight of a diplomat I hate to do but I'm going to allow some pain into the line so the remembered for the reason number two God wants to teach us prayer I got a letter while I was in the hospital and e-mail from a friend of mine this is what you I first heard about your sudden paralysis Thursday it really shouldn't young outside and it was none of us were expecting it as I know you weren't in left knee with this urgent sense rate for you now have to tell you struggling with my prayer life recently somehow it seemed like my prayers aren't getting past this feeling it has seemed as though there just empty rituals but suddenly with urges us to pray for you I make time for real prayer Al I don't know how much good it did for you but it changed me I've learned the secret to meaningful prayer life training for others God felt near to me when I was praying for you that he ever felt when I was praying for myself and asked me to ask how much the rest of my spiritual life would be revised and I started focusing more of it around other instead of myself so I just wanted to tell you you've help bring life to my prayer time and help us all to be the miracle prayer again God allows bad things happen to people sometimes too tedious to pray and that's exactly what happened in my friend 's life but this letter illustrates one of the three point number three is that sometimes God allows bad things happen to people for the benefit of others for the benefit of others so we talk about the review godliness in his mercy to teach us to pray and now for the benefit of others just like in this friend of mine her life she did not realize that she needed a jumpstart in her prayer life in a devotional life but through my experience that will that was I told you earlier I was a student or run out of the student-teacher and over the cattle I taught Bible the number of students and for those of you have ever been in high school and Bible class you know that there are always those troublemakers not everyone is converted in Christian school course we all know that as I was praying earnestly for mice to and in fact one night specifically I said Lord do whatever it takes one at RFK Stadium people even in the second disaster calamity what is better be careful what you pray for you that's exactly what happened after I got sick I was supposed to go back for second semester after Christmas break but honestly I was sick and I can go back to my students with a left where the future what happened in at all of the things I was trying to convince them out all of a sudden they begin taking more series a good friend like you remember he's been here before he actually went for we can prayer later that year that he allowed testimonies from the students as they want God has done in your life my skin is one of the other one after the other set I didn't really believe I didn't really take Jesus seriously until he took our teacher all of a sudden all of the things I learn the Bible class I have to know it for myself and then another student she was a Catholic student she came to class she did a research paper for me on the teaching of how he went back to her her her trees that shed all the questions they had no answers and then after the Christmas break and come back and showed been a teller teacher made she wanted to study the human out of this but of course I wasn't there and she made a commitment that she was going to be faithful and true and later several years later she got in the car and now paralyzed the waist down but he is a faithful this still to this day but there's more sometimes the benefit of others in the benefiting role on prolonged high as last week I was in Florida I met up with a friend of mine that I went back I went to school and then back to Hong Kong in elementary school way back and we lost contact with each other and she always knew me by my Chinese name and so fast for a little bit and around the year two thousand seven about this time he was living in this is brought up in the church he went after the schools he had and have his girlfriend but they were living together they were living in sin and he was virgin with a guilty conscience he was putting on the show outside but inside he was committing sin and he nearly is the last week he told me the story first Everhart he said to the nurse he was a nurse back then he's a nurse and he said he decide he was getting killings and he managed to gather all of the necessary drugs they were all lined up in his back and he knew exactly what he was going to do to take his own life we got a call from his parents got a call from his parents said please pray for your friend this friend they went to school with in Hong Kong way back when so this friend of mine he dropped his plans and started to pray and has he started to pray over the next few days somehow miraculously the desire to kill himself started to go away into the next few weeks and months he broke up with his girlfriend he changed December he met me at UIC when I shared this story and he had a look on his face of surprise because he realized to I was only why my Chinese name but separately he knew of a guy call Alastair one and in fact he heard some of my sermons on your thank you I see all the other he realized I was missing person and so he told me he said we haven't seen in years but I want to thank you for saving sometimes God allows bad things to happen to his people for the benefit of others you may never know but in heaven will I praise the Lord that I was able to hear the story of my friend just last week and the blessings continue to roll on his life as he's now committed to seeking the circle so we talk about rabies in so far God reveals his goodness and his mercy to us he wants to teach us to pray sometimes it's for the benefit of others reasonable for some time Scott wants to demonstrate his power system rooted in the bad things that happened his people God demonstrates his power you remember the story of Lazarus understood and briefly go to the store you remember how it goes Lazarus was sick as a messenger sent to Jesus instead of going right away what is he waits he waits until last dress has wrought according the to but actually look at what Jesus said specifically in John chapter eleven verse John chapter eleven verse four Jesus her when Jesus heard that he said this is a Knesset is not unfit that but for the glory of God the son of God might be glorified thereby these NGOs have the permanence and allowing things to progress sometimes we even get this sense of inconvenience within more things are going have gotten bad enough like vanities doctors and dentist nothing but a legal battle are about exactly what happened here in the story of Lazarus document allows things to go from bad to worse but let me ask you this question suppose that Jesus when he heard the news of Lazarus sickness he immediately think of everything anyway and he healed less whether he touched them more different natural remedies or whatever or even if he just said the prescription wanting to take some echinacea golden seal talk about this article and coming back every day one of the .net what is the labyrinth in that way what I have been as great a live demonstration of the power of God then when Jesus came four days after driving the doom and brought them back I'm in the contract this star is clear isn't it the point I'm trying to make in the some time 's gone permit me to get sold that so difficult soul with so that there can be no mistake when God 's and my case you remember the doctor very emphatic looking at my Mother's Day her son probably one survivability his injury is so severe that we don't think he will ever move ever recover again as I hear I have a week or two later in the hospital walking around chatting with the nurses at the nursing station just don't tell me friendly and walking around the doctor comes in the same doctor and she was a resident and so my mom a look at the resident myself that I had my moms a nurse to searches of the nose out anyway I wanted on it but anyway my mom and I went out when you say now I definitely think you what native is now known to doctors and will you his body just spontaneously healing itself those are her exact words and that happens all so my mom and my dad looked at each other like ride so there's singing a very different tune now rather than credit for healing to go when there's no way to explain it some people rather credit things to chance but we know better than it was a demonstration of God 's power things got so bad that when gone awry I stepped into the situation we could not deny that he had moved so we talk about for reason so far God allows bad things happen to people to surely goodness and his mercy to teach us to pray for the benefit of others and to demonstrate his power the reason number five reason of a file God wishes to you these experiences to reveal our character because ask yourselves who we really are those that come out when things get rough when things get back nowhere looking good and happy and clean-cut and friendly and nice on church on Saturday right we got assumed on our ties and everything is so prim and proper read that the we go home and there's something something goes wrong all of a sudden it seems that we sprout horns and a tail the pitchfork are true colors even in the Bible when Jesus was taken captive in regard of defending the disciples true colors came this at all I been away our isn't it the same with us just think that Jesus for a moment when was the character of Christ the most clearly revealed was Jesus most of his character clearly revealed whenever the baby in the manger and so when is baptized when you stress figure owed that we really get the clearest picture of who Jesus was on the cross when Esau heard the keenest pain when it was separated from his father went in phase with the dark and in the most hopeless the character of Christ shown the right and that you should wait with us now when I was in the hospital and I could I can scratch the itch on my nose I could do anything so I became quite a grouch I mean I was laying in bed I mean don't get a shower you don't get paid to be disrespected now I can smell myself I was in bad shape so I was not in the happiest but when I was moved out of ICU down to the step down unit I was pushed into my room and my nurse was there just waiting to did all of her testing on no neurological things nowhere are you going to use today and all that stuff she looked at me so funny she left the room as you can she quietly finishing percentages that are what church do you go to that I could have and she said really is you and you shall like junk that I know that you weren't all have in it and do nothing in the living they knew what happiness is I will only do I know a little role-play and will continue here and there was something different about you in on my own mercy I need to know whether the butt I was naturally shocked by not considering how grouchy and grumpy I was appointed even when we are paralyzed in the neck down we haven't been believed in over a week when we are initiated as I was I hadn't eaten anything when we are terribly a quadriplegic on our is in the hospital even in that shook the world not creation of the world people look at us as they've either got in the same way revealed himself on the cross should we not demonstrate a Christ like character in the midst of our but how often it is that it is through the painful experiences that we realize just how bad you like and narrative lower down and would like to live in a music written to help an ERA in fact this is what it says an industry viewing page one seventy one that God in his providence bringing these persons into different visit very certain that different position they are circumstances read difficulty I painful experiences that they may discover in their character and that these acts which have been concealed from their own knowledge and we can be self-defeating when everything is going well we've been on a pretty good person but the certain situations happen that push those buttons and we realize oh maybe I really am still impatient maybe I do have a weakness in this area and God is trying to reveal these things to us and that's reason number five to reveal our character but of course he doesn't believe that there is reason number six he revealed our character and the number six he wishes to develop or improve our character in the same passage ministry Jimmy page four seventy one he said he gives the opportunity to correct the defects and to fit themselves is service to God reveals what are our weaknesses but in order to help us to grow out of them to improve upon and you see in every sacred and history every holy person great person of God can think of the Jews of Jesus John the Baptist most of all before they could and should perform the duties not intended that their children a test trial and suffering some of them very intense and keen stuff and got these things because it is the school in which to train us for greater trust to larger responsibilities to do baby and mighty things for him same half testing page administered viewing page four hundred and seventy one percent while in office all are the Lord 's chosen method of disciplining and his appointed conditions of access so how many of you on here do they want to be successful not very many hands because you know what I meant to say next there's only one way to get there through trial on the cool pain suffering God recognizes it is the only way for us to learn certain less so he permits but there's a problem here I continue reading the fact that we are called upon to King George Drive show that the Lord Jesus even on something precious which he desires to develop if you sign up not being whereby he might glorify me see what I spent time in refining this he does not have to work with stones into his furnace it is valuable or any refunds and put another way are you going to pay a dictionary suffering trials optical the not that it is not show that God does not care for you is that it shows the very opposite the fact that you are going through the liar that they should show you things you are valuable enough to remind if you are warrantless you'll learn he won't even spend time but the fact that you are valuable to him she doesn't want to see and refined but there's only one way that we wanted to take place all who live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution of some kind so remember six while the fellow characters to refine us for greater trusts and it is a demonstration a revelation that we are valuable in his in his site the gone through six reasons of reasonable one trivial godliness in his mercy number two two G just to pray over three for the benefit of others number four to demonstrate his power number file to reveal our characters and number six to refine our characters number seven the seventh reason is perhaps the most significant of all that is sometimes God permits bad things happen to people for his own sovereign purposes what I mean by that I mean that there might be a reason out there that bigger than what we can understand we just might be immediately gone a long understand that we just can't let me try to explain it this way we are living in the great controversy and there is evil in the world there is a a picture that is bigger than what we are small spheres of influence can understanding graphs and other things that God have to do that affects the greater good of his universe that we simply cannot I heard a story once a friend of mine she is a young son at the time and she was cooking in the kitchen should be no big night and she was cutting means and she turned her back to want something to think whatever he turned around hello Maura I don't know how it was four five six maybe somewhere in there I climbed up on the table and had a big knife in his he wasn't real steady he wasn't real 's no standing will firmly on the tabletop real playa holding a big knife a good thing the mother didn't panic but she saw the situations you realize you need to act fast and so she said about Daniel give up the mommy all my right she said again in a more forceful tone give me the night he held his position moves slowly over to him and she grabbed back tears as she rinsed the knife out of his hand and all of you ladies out there probably bravery the cyber leave a aware the thing that can and will persecution suffering all how can you today in a struggling my mother is so evil I was just an innocent candidacy knife in my hand I wasn't doing the wrong but for those of us who know better we understood that sometimes you can't the little pain to prevent a greater problem and in the same way God is in heaven seeing the bigger picture and we are that little kid holding a knife standing on the edge of the table and sometimes God allows certain people situations I happen to wrench the knife out of our hand and might not even the injury to our salvation preventing it might be injury to the greater good of the universe immediately dog only draft that we just have to understand that there is the there with David and us who know him or not going more loving and capable then I too made the right call there is actually a story in the Bible illustrate the story of Joan I chase any any sermon about not suffering for the Christian probably in a talk about guilt a little bit but it would be from Jonah but the righteous Matthew of perfect Bible set up right as you enable and all calamities on the course wiki from there and happened docketing on them to happen before the end of the book of Joe the last few chapters of guilt you never got come down the whirlwind and got the job girl of yourself like a man and serve me and God this rattled off a long list of questions as you read of them is a long question and then the whole ordeal to answer things like who had the start in their places can you lose them or Ryan felt can you look at Leviathan in all the way the companies asking this question they don't you got all the answers wanting you try to answer my questions of course Joe couldn't answer any of a lot of the point the point is gone is trying to show Joe you do understand everything and end of the story at the end of the story of Job do you realize that God never explained to Joe what they found a job in August what happened in heaven thinking and you know he's accusing me of those and I'm trying to help defend myself here know your my demonstration of wanted you what righteousness by papal flag and hauling of people management on the north elevation simply a lot of they didn't only have to then you have the right to questioning jointly about this small and the storage of this unborn whenever you whenever you decide is fine with me because I understand that you have your own sovereign purpose belief in the benefit of seeing behind the veil you recognize dual you recognize what would happen individual has to heal Dooley will and I got stated in high government and entire reputation on the shoulders of one he said that they can I am making this statement in front of all the universe Joe will remain faithful he will not send any game will be a righteous no matter what you get in the just imagine if Jill Thao what kind of would have been ungodly and God never explained the Job so usable are you going to suffering perhaps there is a celestial reason perhaps are in heaven is counting on you to make a point to the universe that you may not even fully understand what is critical within the scope of the great controversy you are important in God 's plan even if it makes those because God has his own sovereign the Bible tells us his thoughts are not our thoughts his way that always what are the odds of heaven is your again ministry viewing a four hundred seventy nine paragraph two is that God will never leave his children of the wine and they would choose to be led in Vegas TV and from the beginning and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as coworkers with so even if we were to know that the way is the best way and is best that we learn that lesson now and to submit ourselves to him now the seven reasons why God permits his people to suffer to reveal his goodness and his nurse too tedious to pray for the benefit of others to demonstrate his power to reveal our character to refine our character as and for his own sovereign purposes couple years ago I heard a story about a Chinese Bible in the country of China at the time of the story he was in his mid to late sixties and he was a faithful worker for the Lord he had been imprisoned over forty times in his ministry and he had been mercilessly beaten many times his body was just one giant step yes scars everywhere from the beating and lashing that he receives in prison but every time he comes out he goes right back to so one night he was laying there was a convert 's house because they were poor people they shared one that so one person 's head was over year the other workers is headed this way they were doing the best they can and in the middle of the night the conqueror hurt the Bible workers start thrashing and yelling innocently as I know I of course we set up a conference in my coworker Timothy Bradley so I I just had a dream and in my dream I saw Jesus coming in the clouds of Jesus amen I saw the clouds part and new economy seat is wrong everything went well about the cultural Jesus thought midway and he asked the question to everyone of us very good at pool of you have born scars from how many of you have scars for me how many of you have born scars for Jesus and not by worker rolled up the sleeves and he said I I have scars for Jesus this done this elderly gentleman died shortly after that he not only died in the hope of the resurrection he died with scarves for Jesus liable tells us that all who live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution I leave you this final promise found ministry of human good four hundred seventy eight of all the kids that have intended the Stowe upon fellowship with Christ in his sufferings is the most awaited trust and the highest on I want to have scars for Jesus would you not because I enjoy or relish the thought of paying at some point the point is that for me to be ready for him to come independently as a soldier for Christ I will have scars and I want this car is to be the testament I have been faithful regardless of the cost let's pray gracious father in heaven we thank you that you are God of mining works and while we understand that you are more than capable to heal and even to prevent the disaster and calamity and disease we thank you that you work not only work but you see the bigger picture and you care for us and you allow things to happen to us for the best not today though we commit ourselves to you asking that you will grant us that face like chilled faith should be faithful even when we don't fully understand and meet Unitas from this place and you give us the courage to face obstacles and trials in the coming week to give us success that comes to go with us during this this media was brought audio nurse a website dedicated to spreading God 's word through reading sermon audio and much more you would like to know more about our universe is good like the more certain and www. audio tours .org

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