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12 Things to Thank God for in the Midst of

Affliction
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Mark Altrogge has been senior pastor of Saving Grace Church of Indiana, Pennsylvania, since 1982. He
has written hundreds of songs for worship, including I Stand in Awe and Im Forever Grateful. Mark an
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One of the most important things we must do when we suffer is to give thanks. I dont say
this lightly and I know many believers who have endured unimaginable pain and tragedy.
Giving thanks in the midst of agony and affliction is certainly not easy to do.
Yet Ephesians 5:20 tells us we should give thanks always and for everything to God the
Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and 1 Thess 5:18 says to give thanks in all
circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Giving thanks helps us
focus on God in our affliction, steers us away from complaining, strengthens our faith, and
brings glory to Jesus.

There are many things we can give thanks for when we suffer, but here are 12 that I try to
remember:
1) That God is sovereign and in complete control of the intensity and the duration of your
affliction.

I am God, and there is no other;


I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose Is 46:9-10
2) That Gods love and mercies never cease

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;


his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. Lam 3:22-23
3) That Jesus will never leave nor forsake you.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have,
for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. Heb 13:5
4) That God is with you in your affliction

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers,
they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be
burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Is 43:2
5) That God hears your every prayer

The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous


and his ears toward their cry. Ps 34:15

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears


and delivers them out of all their troubles. Ps 34:17
6) That God is using this affliction to make you like Christ.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,
for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he
foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in
order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:2829

7) That this affliction is momentary and light compared to the eternal reward it is producing

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of


glory beyond all comparison 2 Cor 4:17
8) That Jesus is your sympathetic High Priest who intercedes for you constantly

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our
weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet
without sin. Heb 4:15
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to
God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Heb
7:25
9) That God is near you in your pain

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted


and saves the crushed in spirit. Ps 34:18
10) That Jesus is your refuge, strength, and strong tower you can run to.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ps 46:1, ESV

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and
is safe. Pr 18:10
11) That God has saved you, washed away your sins, and adopted you as his own child.

Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are
covered. Rom 4:7
12) That someday Jesus will wipe away every tear from your eyes and you will see his
glorious face.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former
things have passed away. Rev 21:4

Mark Altrogge has been senior pastor ofSovereign Grace Churchof Indiana, Pennsylvania,
since 1982. He has written hundreds of songs for worship, including I Stand in Awe and
Im Forever Grateful. Mark and his wife, Kristi, have four sons and one daughter. Find out
more on his blog,The Blazing Center.

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Linda R. Erickson Librarian at Hudson Bay Public Library

Oh my. I have nothing to complain about when you put it that wAy. Thank you God for the
blessings in my life which are too numerous to mention!
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26 Sep 12, 2014 12:50am

Mark Muthoka

You are blessed my sister!! God bless.


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Danita Kersten

10 Sep 16, 2014 10:48pm

It is so true, in my suffering and grief over the loss of a grandchild, my prayer life has
increased and I am further along on my walk with God than I have been in many years. For
this I give Him praise and thanks for His great mercy and my hope for things yo come!
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18 Sep 12, 2014 2:28am

Glenda Hetzler Westlake High School, westlake, Louisiana


stay strong .
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6 Sep 12, 2014 5:18am

Deborah Amadin Works at Self-Employed


Great is your faithfulness o lord
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5 Sep 12, 2014 3:45am

Mike Tiezzi Foreman at Monarca Building Contractors

He has saved me multiple times, and I pray every day for His salvation and Divine mercy.
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7 Sep 12, 2014 4:18am

Dore Loke BBGS

Thank you Lord for your love and mercy. How amazing and wonderful that we can call him
Our Father.
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8 Sep 12, 2014 5:17am

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