Truth to Hang Your Hat On


Marsha Iddings

Hang Your Hat On

Sufficient Grace Publishing
Clarkston, Washington 



Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the King James Version of the Bible. ©2007 by Marsha Iddings Published by Sufficient Grace Publishing Printed by Lulu Printed in the United States of America All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author. Marsha Iddings Email: To Order Additional Copies:



I am grateful for the ministry of Port Cities Reformed Baptist Church of Lewiston, Idaho for teaching me so much about God’s sufficient grace. I am thankful to God for His grace, mercy and love. He alone is to be praised.



About the Author Marsha has an Associate of Arts Degree in Theology from Western Baptist College (now Corban College), Salem, OR. She has been married for 24 years to her husband Rick and has a son and a daughter. She has been a home school mom since the children were old enough for school and plans to home school through high school. She has been a devotional writer for Beyond Surviving Home School, a web support group for moms with chronic illnesses, since 2004. She has been blessed with opportunities for spiritual growth through dealing with her own physical challenges of osteoporosis, chronic pain, and gluten intolerance as well as the health challenges of her husband. She lives in Eastern Washington with her family.



Table of Contents
Our Great God Our God This is Our God Prayer Twenty Biblical Purposes for Suffering The Promises of Isaiah 43:2 Poems 13 14 25 29 53 59 63



Our Great God
As you meditate on Who God is you will come to know Him and trust Him more. Following are all the scriptures I could find that tell us Who our God is. I would suggest that you take one verse at a time and study it in context. Ask God to show you how you can apply these truths to your own situation. You will find great encouragement and comfort.


Our God
Genesis 1:1 … God created the heaven and the earth. (compare with John 1:1) Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, Deuteronomy 6:4 The LORD our God is one LORD: Deuteronomy 6:15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) Deuteronomy 10:17 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: 2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power 2 Chronicles 30:9 ...God is gracious and merciful, Job 33:12...God is greater than man. Job 36:5 God is mighty ... he is mighty in strength and wisdom. Job 36:26 God is great,


Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 47:7 God is the King of all the earth: Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. Psalm 54:4 God is mine helper: Psalm 59:9 God is my defense. Psalm 68:20 God is the God of salvation; Psalm 73:1 God is good such as are of a clean heart. Psalm 75:7 God is the judge: Psalm 84:11 God is a sun and shield: Psalm 94:22 God is the rock of my refuge. Psalm 99:9 God is holy. Isaiah 12:2 God is my salvation; Daniel 9:14 God is righteous in all his works


John 1:1 …the Word was God John 1:3 All things were made by him; (Compare with Genesis 1:1) John 1:14 …the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, I am the door of the sheep. John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: (compare with Psalm 23:1) John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: John14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:


John 15:1 I am the true vine, Revelation 1:17 Fear not; I am the first and the last: (compare with Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 48:12 I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. John 3:33, 2 Corinthians 1:18 God is true. John 4:24 God is a Spirit: Acts 10:34 God is no respecter of persons: Romans 1:9 God is my witness, 2 Corinthians 9:8 God is able to make all grace abound toward you 1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, 1 Corinthians 1:25 the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 14:33 God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,


Galatians 6:7 God is not mocked: Hebrews 6:10 God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, Hebrews 12:29 God is a consuming fire. 1 John 1:5 God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 3:20 God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 1 John 4:8 God is love. Revelation 22:16 I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Luke 24:34 The Lord is risen 2 Corinthians 3:17 the Lord is that Spirit: Philippians 4:5 The Lord is at hand. 1 Thessalonians 4:6 the Lord is the avenger 2 Thessalonians 3:3 the Lord is faithful,


Hebrews 13:6 The Lord is my helper, James 5:11 the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. 1 Peter 2:3 the Lord is gracious. 1 Peter 3:12 the Lord is against them that do evil. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. Exodus 18:11 the LORD is greater than all gods: Numbers 14:18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. 19

Joshua 22:34 the LORD is God. 1 Samuel 2:3 the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 2 Samuel 22:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; Psalm 10:16 The LORD is King for ever and ever Psalm 14:6 the LORD is his refuge. Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd (compare with John 10:11 I am the good shepherd) Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; (compare with John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world) Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;


Psalm 34:8 …the LORD is good: Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 89:18 For the LORD is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our king. Psalm 92:15 the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psalm 93:1 The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, Psalm 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. Psalm 96:4 For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. Psalm 111:4 the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.


Psalm 113:4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; Psalm 121:5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. Psalm 125:2 the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. Psalm 145:18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. Isaiah 30:18 the LORD is a God of judgment: Isaiah 33:5 The LORD is exalted; Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king;


Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: Lamentations 3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. Genesis 17:1 I am the Almighty God, Exodus 15:26 I am the LORD that healeth thee. Leviticus 19:4 I am the LORD your God. Exodus 31:13 I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 43:11 I am the LORD Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 48:12 I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.


Isaiah 44:24 I am the LORD that maketh all things, Isaiah 45:5, Isaiah 45:6, Isaiah 45:18 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me Isaiah 48:17 I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. Jeremiah 9:24 I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, Jeremiah 32:27 I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Ezekiel 7:9 I am the LORD that smiteth. Malachi. 3:6 I am the LORD, I change not;


This is Our God
Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? 

Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods?… Isaiah 43:10-11 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even the LORD; and . beside me there is Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I God, and I am God, and there is none like me, Observation: There is none like Him among the gods because there are no other gods. Exodus 15:11…who is like thee…? Hosea 11:9... for I God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee… Psalm 50:21 These hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether an one I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.





Observation: No one is like Him…and He is not like man. 15:11 …glorious in holiness…

Ezekiel 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Observation: Man realizes the awfulness of his sin when he discovers the holiness of God. 



-5 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Then said I, Woe me! for I am undone; because I unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 


Numbers 29:19 19 God lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do ? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?   


9:1-3, 10-12 Then Job answered and said, I know so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. Lo, he goeth by me, and I see passeth on also, but I perceive him not. Behold, he


Revelation 19:5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. Observation: God works through the praise of His people.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.  



Exodus 15:11 …fearful in praises…

2 Chronicles 20:21-22 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.


taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou? Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable Isaiah 55:9 For the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Observation: God works in ways that are not easy for man to understand at times, but we know He does all things with perfect wisdom and knowledge.
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When you get to who God is, then you need to know how to communicate with Him. In the pages that follow I have searched for what the Bible has to say about prayer. These verses are listed with specific points for you to ponder and meditate on.


What are the requirements for God to hear our prayer?
Call upon the name of the Lord Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Keep his commandments Do those things that are pleasing in his sight 1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. Faith 

James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Humility Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.


Abide in Christ Christ’s words abide in you John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Bring forth fruit Your fruit should remain John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 

How should we pray?
Ask in faith Do not waver James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. -15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him 




In the Spirit With perseverance and supplication Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

With joy

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;







but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

of mine for you all making request with joy,

Sober Watchful 1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. See Matt. 6:9 Not fainting Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Admitting you are a sinner Asking God’s mercy publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. See Luke 21:36 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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-15 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman


pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. Pray with the spirit Pray with understanding 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Pray everywhere or where ever you are Lifting up holy hands Without wrath Without doubting 1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 


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Seek Knock , and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you :

Two of you agree in prayer Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. Believing Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Ask in Jesus’ name John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.  

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Different postures in prayer:
it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant,


and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ 

Standing Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. On one’s face

2 Kings 20:2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,


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further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Laying down 2 Samuel 12:16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

Where can we pray?

By a river side Acts 16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. In your closet Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.     

Acts 10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:



Enemies Those who curse you Those who hate you Those who despitefully use you Those who persecute you

Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his 


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your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 

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multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 


eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.  

friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Israel Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. God’s people 1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: One another 1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brethren, pray for us. James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Unbelievers John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  

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always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


For God’s kingdom to come For God’s will to be done For our daily bread For forgiveness That we be not led into temptation For deliverance from evil Acknowledge his kingdom, power and glory -13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Matthew 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: That you enter not into temptation Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. That the thought of your heart might be forgiven Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. That Christians do no evil 2 Corinthians 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. Pray for yourself and other’s love to abound more and more in knowledge and in all judgment Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;


Pray for yourself and other’s to be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; Pray for yourself and other’s whole spirit, soul and body to be preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ 1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that God would count yourself and others worthy of this calling Pray that God would fulfill in yourself and other’s all the good pleasure of his goodness and work of faith with power pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:


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Pray that the word of the Lord would have free course, and be glorified 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:  


James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him 

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those who forsake you 

man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.


sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 




When should we pray?
Without Ceasing Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. Continually Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. Pray always Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. When afflicted James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 


Why do our prayers go unanswered?

We are not keeping His commandments We are not doing what is pleasing in His sight. 
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sick sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name

-3 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

heart, the Lord will not hear me: 1Jo 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.



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1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

God knows what we need before we pray:
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unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Matthew 6:25-34 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not

The Holy Spirit & Jesus Christ intercedes for us to the Father

helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the 

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arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for knoweth that ye have need of all these things. God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.     


Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. God has given to Him 

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the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

Does God sometimes say “no” or make us “wait”? Yes!

looked to Jairus like there was no hope for his daughter with the delay, but Jesus still answered his request. Sometimes God will delay answering our prayers. 


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-50 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy


faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 


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people go, but God hardened his heart. God delayed bringing about the release of His people. Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. Exodus 7:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. physical problem he had away but God said, “My grace is sufficient for you...” He did not remove the physical problem Paul had. -10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For 




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this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.



In the following pages you will find all the purposes I could find in the Bible for why Christians suffer. It makes going through difficult trials more meaningful when we can see there is purpose to it.  

Twenty Biblical Purposes for Suffering


Twenty Biblical Purposes for Suffering  

1. to make you perfect (mature) 2. to stablish you (set fast or firm) 3. to strengthen you (make you strong) 4. to settle you (get you to the place where you come to rest in Him) 1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 5. so that we may comfort others like God has comforted us 2 Corinthians 1: 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 

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ourselves 9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we



should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 7. to teach us patience & maturity James 1:3-4 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

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happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.   

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11. to allow others the privilege of ministering to us James 5: 14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 12. for praise, honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ 1 Peter 1: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 

14. to give us a more God centered focus on His will 1Peter 4:1-2 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer 



should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 15. to be a partaker of Jesus' sufferings 1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 

16. to learn patience which gives us proven character (experience) 17. that we might have hope because of God's love in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 


18. to teach us obedience Hebrews 5: 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 19. to confirm to us that we are the Lord's child and He loves us. Hebrews 12: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 

Job 5:17-18 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole. 



The Promises of Isaiah 43:2


Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

Hebrews 13:5 without covetousness; be content with such things as you have: for He Himself has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: 
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flood: you dried up mighty rivers.

hen you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; nor shall the flame scorch you. 
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as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. 



Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, the desert.  


1 Peter 1:7 That the genuiness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tried with fire, may be found unto praise, honour and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you: But rejoice, to the extent that you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory is revealed, you also may be glad with exceeding joy.





Refiner's Fire
When the night seems too long And the pain is too strong And I want to panic and fear I need Your love to hold me, Lord Wrap Your arms around me, hold me near. Help me to lean into Your mercy and grace In my raging storm I only want to see Your face Please help me to yield in full surrender Burn my selfish desires in the fire of Your love Make me a reflection of Your love so tender. Things I hold dear are now a loss Refine me Lord, take away the dross Keep me in the fire until Your face I see Hold me in submission to the foot of Your cross So others will see more of You and less of me. Your love, Lord is a refining fire Remake me, mold me, that's my heart's desire Don't stop working on me until You see That I am all that You require Only then will I be truly free. Lord, the fire of Your love causes me pain


At times I get impatient and complain Then You show me a glimpse of what You are doing And I realize in all I go through You are Sovereign. And it renews my hope so I can trust what You are doing. Marsha Iddings


The Gift of Pain
What Pain Can Do It can teach me patience It can teach me endurance It can bring me closer to God It can strengthen my courage It can give me empathy for others It can teach me to trust God more It can teach me what my limits are It can teach me to take it one day at a time It can teach me to find beauty in the small things It can teach me to humbly ask for and accept help when I need it It can teach me to learn to be thankful even when I don't feel like it It can teach me to encourage others instead of feeling sorry for myself It can give me more love and appreciation for my husband and family What Pain Cannot Do It can never take God's presence from me It can never remove God's grace from me It can never separate me from God's love It can never take away my future home in Heaven It can never separate me from the strength that God can give It can never take away God's forgiveness of my sins & my salvation in Jesus Marsha Iddings  


Living Sacrifice
Oh, Lord I want to praise You In spite of the fear and the pain Help me to trust You when I don't understand What it is You are trying to do. I don't pray for the pain to go away Only that You finish Your work in me Although I grow weary of the process You give grace and strength for each day. Surrender doesn't come easy for me But You know I desire to be a living sacrifice So help me to stay upon the alter Until I am all that You want me to be. Marsha Iddings 

Romans 12:1-2 "...present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."


Hebrews 13:15 "...let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

What Cancer Cannot Do Cancer is so limited It cannot cripple love It cannot shatter hope It cannot corrode faith It cannot destroy peace It cannot kill friendship It cannot suppress memories It cannot silence courage It cannot invade the soul It cannot steal eternal life It cannot conquer the spirit Paul Iddings 1936-1998


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