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Survival Guide for bad circumstances

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[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B][SIZE=3]The Righteous Man or Christian may have bad circumstances in his life.

[COLOR=#b22222]1) We are not guaranteed pleasant circumstances
[/COLOR]Job said:[/SIZE]
8 [/B][/FONT]And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]9 [/B][/FONT]Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
[FONT=Arial][B]10 [/B][/FONT]But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? [B]shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?[/B] In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
Job 2:8-9

[COLOR=#b22222][B]2) Regarding of your circumstances rejoice in God anyway-[/B][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]17 [/B][/FONT]Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]18 [/B][/FONT][B]Yet I will rejoice in the [/B][B]Lord[/B][B], I will joy in the God of my salvation.[/B]
Habakkuk 3:17,18

[COLOR=#b22222][B]3) Paul talks about his not so feel good circumstances. [/B][/COLOR][B][COLOR=#000000]Jesus and Paul suffered and shall we not.[/COLOR][/B][/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]23 [/B][/FONT]Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]24 [/B][/FONT]Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]25 [/B][/FONT]Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]26 [/B][/FONT]In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]27 [/B][/FONT]In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]28 [/B][/FONT]Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]29 [/B][/FONT]Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]30 [/B][/FONT]If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]31 [/B][/FONT]The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
2 Corinthians 11:23-31

[COLOR=#b22222][B]4) It is allowed to Petition God about your circumstances, but regardless of your circumstances changing think on everything that is praise worthy in your life.[/B][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]6 [/B][/FONT]Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]7 [/B][/FONT]And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Helvetica Neue][FONT=Arial][B]8 [/B][/FONT]Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
[FONT=Arial][B]9 [/B][/FONT]Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.[/FONT][/COLOR]
Philippians 4:6-9


I have had bad circumstances all my life, especially the last 30 years.

but God won't bring it to you and not bring you through it.

[SIZE=5][SIZE=4]Do we not see God at work in our circumstances?
Dark times are allowed and come to us through the sovereignty of God.
Are we prepared to let God do what he wants with us?
Oswald Chamber[/SIZE]
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Updated Oct 13th 2017 at 11:19 PM by undertheblood (Tweeting - sorry)

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  1. undertheblood's Avatar
    Your take away from this post is the victory over our unpleasant circumstances is that God is the designer of them for our good.

    "...we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Roms 8:28

    Also, our attitude should be that of acknowledgement that God put bad circumstances in our lives for our perfection and betterment.

    We should have the attitude of thanks, "in all things give thanks, for this is the will of God" [concerning you].

    We should have the attitude of praise and worship.
  2. undertheblood's Avatar
    I have, from an earthly point of view, horrid circumstances that would make you or crush you. Oh, my limbs are in working order and you couldn't tell from looking at me, but they are horrid and unpleasant just the same. Nevertheless, I am commanded to endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ and I know that they are custom fitted just for me.

    I see the benefit of one of them and I thank God for it. I also know that I should thank God for the rest knowing that they work in me "an exceeding weight of glory". Now our beloved Paul's hardships and circumstances were for the glory of God and they worked forward his better resurrection. I worry about my resurrection some times, but I know that I am God's purchased possession, a planting of the Lord and that keeps me going.