Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Why God made us like He did; God's reasons for disaster testing. Part 13.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
1. Knowing the angelic conflict.
2. Knowing the glorification of God.
3. Knowing no man after the flesh.
5. Bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
Why does God allow disasters to take place in the believer’s life or why disaster testing.
Before the believer reaches maturity, there will be some major disasters in the life. How the believer handles these determines whether he accelerates his spiritual growth or retreats and goes backward.
(1) Personal disaster testing is designed as suffering for blessing for acceleration of momentum, or warning of cosmic involvement, in which case divine discipline becomes involved.
(2) Historical disaster, collective disaster, or national disaster testing is related to the bad decisions of others in which you are involved by association.
(a) Pain, e.g., physical or mental pain and anguish.
(b) Crime, where you are the victim.
(c) Persecution (not paranoia).
(d) Privation, meaning hunger, thirst, exposure, fatigue.
(e) Loss of loved ones, property, success, money, etc.
(f) Disease and handicaps.
(1) Violence, crime, terrorism, dope, murder.
Disaster testing always tests our emotions.
You can actually lose by gaining, and gain by losing.
In this momentum test, there is always the temptation to take the easy route of money, security, fame, and lose forever the conveyance of escrow blessing.
Prin - There is always the disaster that will make you prosperous if you rely on the power of God to pull you through.
Historical downtrend is a maximum number of people in a given area living in the cosmic system.
There must be maximum faith, maximum spiritual self-esteem, maximum spiritual maturity if you are going to have your escrow blessing and pass the disaster test.
Trust in the Lord is called a sacrifice of righteousness because in time of disaster the tendency is to trust in yourself.
What God does not remove, He intends for you to bear.
People testing, thought testing, and system testing may exert an insidious pressure on the believer.
The problem is not to identify the threat but to endure the shock and to maintain poise for decision making under extreme duress.
In disaster testing, the spiritually adult believer uses the greatest of all problem-solving devices, the happiness of God, described here as “inexpressible and full of glory.”
JOB 5:20, In economic depression He [God] will ransom you from death, and in battle from the power of the sword.
When a believer suffers disaster testing, he is closing in on the objective of the Christian way of life.
In people testing, thought testing, system testing, or disaster testing, the Christian’s mental attitude can be characterized by eager anticipation and stimulation despite the pain he suffers.
God has a way of bringing something else in that you didn’t expect.