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The Power of Suffering: Strengthening Your Faith in the Refiner's Fire Kindle Edition
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This book is wonderful and challenging. At the beginning of the book, MacArthur writes about how suffering is in the plan of God (Isaiah 45:7, see also Deuteronomy 32:39, 1 Samuel 2: 6-8 ) and he provides several reasons why He sends trials, sufferings and persecutions into our lives. Some of these reasons include:
1. To test the validity of what believers profess.
2. To test the strength of our faith.
3. To humble us.
4. To wean us away from worldly things.
5. To call us to a greater realization of our eternal hope.
6. To show us what we really love.
7. To teach us to value the blessing of God.
8. To enable us to help others in their suffering (empathy).
9. To develop us in enduring strength for greater usefulness.
He states that God will give believers what they need to get through every suffering, persecution, etc. by His Spirit and His Word. He provides commentary about believers in the Bible who served as wonderful examples for how we should deal with persecutions and sufferings in this life. He also writes about Christ's own example that has been left for us, preparing for suffering, dealing with suffering, and the lessons from suffering. MacArthur boldly proclaims the truth that God is more concerned about our growth in Him rather than our temporal happiness on this earth. The Lord sends sufferings into our lives to sharpen us and prepare us for the world to come (Psalm 66:10--"For Thou hast tried us, O God; Thou hast refined us as silver is refined."). This is a wonderful book that is sure to challenge your faith and well-equip you for future sufferings and trials that are inevitable to come in this life.
It is important to notice that the author assumes the position of suffering that comes as a result of honoring and serving Christ. Nevertheless, it is very useful to understand how to handle every kind of suffering that comes into our life.
Notice: At the end of the book you will find a reading guide with questions and advice how to take the most out of this book. Please take a look at that before you start reading it. You will greatly benefit from it.
I highly recommend this book and I'm planning to read it again (following the reading guide located at the end of it).