Tada paralyzed , she is famous, why? Because she is paralyzed no, because of how she
handles her situation.
Jim Reeves who played superman as he laid there paralyzed, his wife said “your mind is
the real you not your body.” What knowledge she had of what is important.
There is a man named Halking who developed a disease that left him paralyzed and he
can hardly talk. He just droops over his wheelchair, Yet he is said to be one of, or the
smartest man in science. Sadly he doesn’t believe in God.
What if I am afflicted because I did something wrong?
What if I am afflicted because I did something right?
What if I am afflicted because someone else did wrong ?
What if it just happened no one did wrong?
What ever the reason we must handle the affliction.
Some times you hear the words” Get over it.”
I would use the word “ Deal with it.”
I sometimes use the words “Stinkin thinkin.”
If we don’t deal with our thinking we may never get over it.
As with most things the battle is in our mind.
Prov 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: ---
What am I doing with my mind? Am I controlling it or is it controlling me?
Ways to handle affliction.
1. Give up on life, sit and mope.
Heb 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
2. Feel sorry for our self become bitter. Fight w/ our feelings
Heb 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of
bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
3. Complain and gripe about it.
Psa 77:2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased
not: my soul refused to be comforted.
Psa 77:3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was
If you want things to get worse, just complain and they will.
4.Take the lemons and make lemonade.
Psa 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Jer 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction,
Psa 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the
mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Psa 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou
hast known my soul in adversities;
Even if we must suffer an affliction for the rest of our lives. It will end when we meet the
A child can hardly wait for something they are looking forward to. The old saying “ Are we
2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the
inward man is renewed day by day.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more
exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not
seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are
People sometimes say” It was like hell” when there is great suffering of some kind.
There can be nothing like hell on this earth. There is suffering in hell, yes but it is not the
suffering we have here, it is that it is endless.
Our light affliction, for a moment things are compared.
I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet.
Some who are afflicted grow weaker, others grow stronger.
A man in a wheelchair developed massive strong arms.
A blind man learned to “see’ with his hearing.
Most things the more we know about the subject the better we can do it.
What we know helps us to endure affliction
Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh
Faith is the key to enduring affliction.
1Th 3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we
are appointed thereunto.
1Th 3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer
tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
1Th 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by
some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain
Some affliction comes because we refuse to sin.
Remember Joseph and Poptiphars wife
Moses made his choice because of his faith.
Heb 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of
Heb 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the
pleasures of sin for a season;
Heb 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt:
for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
We have hope even in our affliction that things could change.
Remember Joseph and his end.
Remember Job and his end
Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born prematurely and doctors didn't
expect her to survive. She did but at the age of 4, she contracted double pneumonia and
scarlet fever, which left her with her left leg paralyzed. At the age of 9, she removed the
metal leg brace she had depended on for the past five years and began walking without it.
By 13, she had developed a rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same
year, she decided she wanted to begin running. She entered her first race and came in
last. For the next three years, she came in dead last in every race she entered. But, she
kept on running until the day came that she won a race. Eventually, the little girl who was
not supposed to live and then who was not supposed to be able to
walk would win three Olympic gold medals
Suffering affliction for Christ
Act 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were
counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his
prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of
Mar 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when
affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
1Th 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in
much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost
1Pe 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
Jas 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for
an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them 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.
Jas 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
Heb 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated,
ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
Heb 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions;
and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Pe 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are
accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
By H. Witmyerr