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Post  Admin on Wed 05 Nov 2014, 11:03 pm

12 Things to Thank God for in the Midst of Affliction
Mark Altrogge

One of the most important things we must do when we suffer is to give 
thanks. I don't say this lightly and I know many believers who have endured 
unimaginable
pain and tragedy. Giving thanks in the midst of agony and affliction is 
certainly not easy to do.

Yet
Ephesians 5:20
tells us we should give thanks always and for everything to God the Father 
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and
1 Thess 5:18
says to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in 
Christ Jesus for you.Giving thanks helps us focus on God in our 
affliction,
steers us away from complaining, strengthens our
faith,
and brings glory to Jesus.

There are many things we can give thanks for when we suffer, but here are 12 
that I try to remember:

1) That God is sovereign and in complete control of the intensity and the 
duration of your affliction.

I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose
Is 46:9-10

2) That God's love and mercies never cease

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lam 3:22-23

3) That Jesus will never leave nor forsake you.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, 
for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Heb 13:5

4) That God is with you in your affliction

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the 
rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall 
not be
burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Is 43:2

5) That God hears your every
prayer

The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
Ps 34:15

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Ps 34:17

6) That God is using this affliction to make you like Christ.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, 
for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he 
foreknew
he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that 
he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Romans 8:28–29

7) That this affliction is momentary and light compared to the eternal 
reward it is producing

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of 
glory beyond all comparison
2 Cor 4:17

8) That Jesus is your sympathetic High Priest who intercedes for you 
constantly

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our 
weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet 
without
sin.
Heb 4:15

Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God 
through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
Heb 7:25

9) That God is near you in your pain

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Ps 34:18

10) That Jesus is your refuge, strength, and strong tower you can run to.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Ps 46:1, ESV

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and 
is safe.
Pr 18:10

11) That God has saved you, washed away your sins, and adopted you as his 
own child.

Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Rom 4:7

12) That someday Jesus will wipe away every tear from your eyes and you will 
see his glorious face.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, 
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the 
former
things have passed away.
Rev 21:4
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