This article shows that prosperity gospel has twisted God's word, and is actually not gospel at all since it promises what God did not promise. Working from Romans 5:3-5, the author shows that the true gospel message is suffering now and glory later. This was the pattern of Christ's life and this is the pattern of His followers, because through suffering God's works out in us the character which He desires.
With an eye to Job, this article reckons with the question, where is God in your suffering? It discusses three truths about suffering: God doesn't promise to keep us from suffering, he doesn't promise earthly goods, and he works through suffering. So the article shows how we can find hope in suffering.
How can you make the best of your suffering? This article suggests avoiding the temptation to succumb to idolatry—hanging contentment on Christ plus something. The article explains this by looking at possible idols from your past, present, and future. It issues the call to train ourselves to delight in all that Christ has done for us.
This article considers three ways we can waste our suffering, all of which have to do with our eyesight. Suffering exposes the nature of our trust, as in, how much or little we look to God. There are two common sources that weaken our faith: looking too much at the problem, and listening too much to our emotions.
This article offers five reasons for rejoicing when facing persecution.
Do you battle to understand how God works suffering for your good? This article mentions eight ways he does.
It is a given that, in one way or another, every Christian will face affliction for the sake of Christ. This is so because God’s hand directs such afflictions. This article shares way to respond in a godly way in times of suffering. Pride and the way it manifests itself causes one respond wrongly to affliction. However, humility and acknowledging God characterize a proper response.
This article looks at the reasons God allows suffering. The author shows that suffering reveals our trust of Christ, convict us of sins, corrects us, and focuses our happiness on Christ.
Suffering, though painful, has advantages. This article lists some of the advantages of suffering.
This article explains how salvation and suffering are inseparable in the life and message of Jesus. The kingdom of heaven has been inaugurated while Satan still acts through sin in the world. The obedience of believers to God often implies sacrifice and suffering. The struggle between the kingdom of God and the revolt of Satan is a reality today.