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Why Christians Suffer

Is it difficult for you to understand why God allows Christians to suffer? Do you question what it means to suffer for God and what your response should be to suffering? No one likes to be in that place of vulnerability, humiliation, and pain (V.H.P.), but we all daily find ourselves in that place of suffering and it is a necessary part of Christian growth. The focus of this course is to learn God’s plan for suffering, to answer the question, “Where is God in suffering?” We will learn how to work with our heavenly Father instead of working against Him.
This free course contains 7 powerful lessons about Christian suffering that will turn your faith around. “Why Christian Suffer” is a vital tool you need to have in your spiritual warfare arsenal. This course will introduce you to the 3-phase cycle of growth: revelation, resistance, and reward and it meant to equip believers as they move into the resistance phase to identify the natural rhythms that tend to occur. You will learn all about how to recognize when your growth cycle moves into the resistance phase and how to spiritually train to overcome every challenge of life. [Lessons are available by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking the links]
What does it mean to suffer for God? Learn what a Christian's respnose to suffering should be.
Knowing that it is part of God’s plan for Christians to suffer lets us also know that the Deceiver will look for ways to counterfeit God’s plan. We will take a close look at those distortions by comparing three Spiritual Curves: 
(1) The Rhythm of the Spirit: “Revelation, Resistance, and Reward,” which is the true tradition of faith in Jesus Christ. Faith remains consistent to follow Jesus Christ.
(2) The Rhythm of Nature: “Mountain Top and Valley” experiences, which is false faith. The natural man is conditioned by the traditions of his own nature and forms faith from the design of one’s own soul. Faith follows the circumstances of life, trying to reverse them.
 (3) The Rhythm of Events:  “Event Theology” experiences, which is false faith. The tradition of man formed by having faith live vicariously through biblical events and Bible characters. Faith follows the event.
We’re going to get  into this study to discover some amazing things. Right from the start I want you to know that we have all been victims of abuse in this world at the hands of Satan. That abuse has left deep scars in the soul, which Jesus heals daily through each cycle of growth.
I also want to be clear about the kind of suffering we are not talking about. When you first think of suffering it is common to pull from the mind images of suffering from places where Christians are persecuted, and while that does happen, that is not the kind of suffering this lesson will address. It’s easy for the mind to slip into this identity when talking about what it means to “suffer for Jesus Christ”. But if we do that we’re going to miss the real suffering of faith the Bible is talking about.
There is another kind of suffering this lesson is going to go into that I know you are aware of, but may have put on the back burner and didn’t pay much attention to. So what I’m going to ask you to do is put away the aspect of suffering in regard to persecution and open yourself to discover what God is about to teach you about this other kind of suffering.
It is well worth the time and effort to learn God’s perspective when it comes to the issues of suffering and faith. You’re going to learn how the mind has a memory pattern it falls into and how there is a rhythm that naturally tends to occur that takes over faith if we are not watchful. Once you are aware of it and how the Deceiver uses it against you, it is a simple matter of choosing which pattern you are going to live by, the pattern of the Spirit or the pattern of the flesh.
To answer the question about why Christians suffer in a way that helps you build with the concepts God is reintroducing we need to build background knowledge. This lesson will introduce you to certain new terms or terms used in new ways such as: The flesh, rhythm (the rhythm of the Spirit, the rhythm of the flesh, and the rhythm of events), and record (the record of man and the record of Jesus Christ). We will provide links for other terms you may not be familiar with or understand how they are being applied to faith. Words such as: the God-Code and moral code, for example.
Our goal is not only to provide you the right answers, but to give you ways to learn new habits of faith while at the same time breaking up old foundations (old thinking patterns).
Scripture: "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8)
This exciting course is divided into eleven (7) lessons. You can use the review questions at the end of each lesson to help you get the most of your studies. Even though several answer choices may be true, students must identify the choice which has the most support in the lesson.

I am confident that as you prayerfully study this course God will issue grace for your understanding and grant you an experience in Him for your spiritual growth.  All scripture quotations are from the King James version of the Bible.

Lessons in the Why Christians Suffer Study Course
  1. The Natural Man
    In this lesson we are going to again talk about the natural man or the nature of man. I know this is fully covered in the course “The Flesh: Win the Battle for Your Mind”, but you need to hear this teaching more than once. It’s a teaching we need to come back to often. You need to know who the natural man (or woman) is and why we are susceptible to using the natural man to fellow...
  2. Accountability to the Record of Christ
    We’re now going to talk about how the spiritual man (or woman) trains to keep himself/herself accountable to the record of Christ. It should be very clear to you now that Satan aims to have the natural man dominate faith. The Deceiver’s lifetime education to the flesh left you vulnerable to it. All your life the Deceiver sowed a perception in your mind that he daily nurtures. We practi...
  3. Suffering for God -Part 1
    When talking about suffering for God and Christian response to suffering, the true tradition of faith is Jesus Christ and follows the rhythm of the Spirit, which is: “Revelation, Resistance, and Reward.” Jesus established this tradition for us when He was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Matthew 4:1-11). It’s right there for us to see in the scrip...
  4. Suffering for God -Part 2
    Resistance Follows Revelation   Just as resistance followed the revelation Jesus received, so resistance follows the revelation you receive. This is what it is like to imitate Jesus and walk in His footsteps. Just as Jesus viewed resistance as an OPPORTUNITY to CHOOSE faith, so you too must view resistance as an opportunity to CHOOSE faith.   Do you see it now? Resista...
  5. Train to Win the Victory in Christ
    The Bible has a lot to say about God’s plan for you to overcome yourself, the world, and the devil. You have to train to win the victory in Christ. Every soul must be tested for reward, “Whether they love Me, or abhor Me, whether they pursue righteousness, or pursue Satan's counsel.” Every soul that is born must be tried for reward.   God puts His plan into ac...
  6. Trust Faith to the Tools
    It’s important to allow yourself to get stronger by using the right tools for your faith. You can confidently trust faith to the tools. Let’s go back to the example of weight lifting to clarify what we’re talking about here. I’m sure that many of you are familiar with weight lifting as a means to build muscle. To make this happen, they say your body needs 2 tools: oxygen...
  7. Keep Faith Consistent
    For faith to stay consistent to Jesus Christ and for you to keep running in the way of righteousness, we have had to shatter some spiritual myths. This course “Why Christians Suffer” is a study in Christian living and how faith works. I want to now go deeper into the counterfeit cycles of growth and spend more time explaining them to you.   All three spiritual curves in...
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