The Message-From Torment to Victory   through Jesus

Nov 2017

Torment is agony, suffering, torture, pain, anguish, misery, distress, and affliction. These things come from Satan. Evil spirits are subject to the Lord and cannot move without His permission. God uses for good, what Satan intended for your harm.

 Torment will make you pray. It will bring you to your knees. You will lay in the floor and cry out to God for mercy, to make it stop, to change it. You will ask Him to take it away. You will beg that He stop the pain, the agony, whether it be in your life or a loved one.

 Paul cried out three times. He begged the Lord to take it away. But God didn’t take it away. God said no each time he asked. He didn’t stop the pain, the agony, the torment.

 1 Corinthians 12: 5-10 That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses. If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 Satan had to ask God’s permission before he could attack Job. God saw Job as the finest man in all the earth, a man of integrity, a man who fears God and stays away from evil.

 Job 1:10-12 Satan said to the Lord: You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is. But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face. All right, you may test him, the Lord said to Satan. Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically. So Satan left the Lord’s presence.

 Then Satan tested Job. Although Job lost all of his children, his animals, his sheep, oxen, donkeys, camels, and the farmhands, shepherds, and his servants, he still did not curse God, he didn’t sin by blaming God, as Satan had wanted. Then Satan asks the Lord a second time for permission to test Job.

 Job 2: 4-7 Satan replied to the Lord, Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. But reach out and take away his health and he will surely curse you to your face. Alright, do with him as you please, the Lord said to Satan. But spare his life. So Satan left the Lord’s presence and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.

 Although these tests and trials tormented Job, he never gives up. Job is shown as an example of endurance that we should imitate. Although Job is tormented, he’s in agony, he’s suffering, tortured, in pain, anguished, and miserable, although he rages, protests, moans and is in total despair, he never gives up. He never curses God. He endures.

 Another example would be Satan wanting to sift Peter and the disciples.

 Luke 22:31-32 Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.

 Satan had to ask God’s permission to test Peter and the disciples. It implies that Peter and the disciples would be tested by Satan in whatever way he intended. God allowed Satan to test them. God used what Satan meant for evil to be used for good. God had a higher purpose in mind for the tests. The tests were used to strengthen the disciples.

 In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus became anguished and distressed. He knew that with all this sin upon Him, His Father would turn His face away from Him and He would be separated from Him.

 Matthew 26:38 He told them My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death….

 Matthew 26:39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying. My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done not mine.

 Matthew 26:42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed. My Father if this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.

 Then He went the third time praying. He had asked the Father to take the bitter cup away, to stop the anguish. He prayed that God would keep Him from going through the suffering. He prayed for a way to escape the torment. God said no. God didn’t take it away. God said no each time He asked. He didn’t stop the pain, the agony, the torment. Jesus had to go through it. God was using what was meant for evil, for our good.

 Hebrews 2:18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.

 Jesus was seized with great agony in the garden of Gethsemane. The weight of the sins of humanity was on Him. Jesus as a man experienced the same temptations and sufferings that humans do. God allowed Jesus to suffer so we could have forgiveness of sins and eternal life. God allowed Jesus to be tempted so He could be our example of how to live a Christian life.

 When my son Zack was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, I spent time on my knees. I laid in the floor and cried out to God for mercy, to make it stop, to change it, to take it away, to heal Zack. I begged him to stop the pain, the agony. God did help Zack with the pain, thank You Jesus, but he didn’t take away the torment, the agony that was to come.

 What do you do when He won’t stop it; won’t change it; when He says no? You know you don’t have any strength left, that you can’t take it anymore. You know you have hit rock bottom. That is what God is waiting on. For you to run out of your strength and turn to Him for His. When yours runs out, His Grace is there for you and it is sufficient each morning. Although it was difficult I began doing this every morning while Zack was sick. No matter how bad I felt, how hopeless things appeared I began thanking Him for His Grace each morning. When you wake up, things may look bad to you, even hopeless, but thank Him and let Him know His Grace is enough for you to get through the day, no matter what comes at you. Through His strength you will make it through the days to come.

 Some of you are or have been in torment for so long that you have used up all of your strength. You don’t think you can take anymore, but by the Grace of God He will lift you up with His strength not yours. If you will ask Him to help you. You may have ran out of strength a long time ago, but you are still here. You may be at the breaking point, running on empty, but He isn’t. God never runs out of strength, love, mercy and grace. Through the Holy Spirit there is power and all the strength you need. Not your strength but God’s.

 You wouldn’t ever need God’s strength, unless you ran out of your own. If you could do everything on your own, you wouldn’t cry out to God for help. You would continue your life without needing God’s help, without crying out to Him. He uses tragedy, suffering, trials and difficult times to make you see you need Him. He goes through it with you but, you must go through it to get to the other side where triumph and victory await you. There are many trials and tests in life that you cannot overcome in your own strength and be triumphant, victorious. You must get through them in His strength.

 When you are weak He is strong. When you are tired, frustrated, tormented, remind yourself that you are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Nothing can separate you from your God. You can do all things through Him who strengthens you. Walk by faith believing it. The more you speak His Word, the more God takes over in your life. Just when Satan thought he had you, you can escape him with God’s strength.

 God will not move all the obstacles, trials, devils out of your path. He didn’t for Jesus. The only way you can get to spiritual maturity and to some blessings, is to go through the tragedy, the torment, the tests, the trials. You have to make it through the wilderness to get to the Promised Land. The tragedy and the torment is part of the process to get to the triumph and the victory.

 Believers are going to go through bad things, tests and attacks by Satan, disappointments, and hurts. As we experience them, God is using them to change us to be more like Jesus. By going through the tests, trials and storms of life we are growing, we will increase our patience, endurance, our faith and character will grow, and we will be able to fight and resist Satan more. Praise God. Even the attacks from Satan work together for good, for you.

 Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

 Everything includes both good and bad things. God uses struggles, heartbreaks and tragedies in ways that will bring about His Glory and our good. These events, even though we don’t understand the reason for them, are part of His perfect plan.

 1 Peter 5:8-11 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support and strengthen you and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen.

 Hebrews 4:15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same tests we do, yet he did not sin.

 In times of doubt and discouragement and loss, believers need to call on the Lord, and talk to Him.  Ask for guidance. Ask Him to strengthen you with His strength. We must trust God and know that God acts (sovereignly) in complete authority, in all that comes to pass, so that everything might work toward His purpose.

 Jesus made His mind up to suffer for us so that we may have eternal life with Him. He carried the sins of the world to the cross. He felt His unity with His Father broken up and He still had to endure and win the conflict with the powers of darkness. He selflessly chose to do it. He saved man at all costs to Himself.

 I pray that if you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior that you take this opportunity to do it now. He’s calling you, He’s waiting on you to make the choice.

 God Bless. Heal the broken-hearted, bind up all their wounds.