My experience



Typically, I am the one happy in my trials, but this time it’s a whopper.  Please read “Tried by Fire,” if you haven’t yet. So I went in search of why the lingering pain, why the affliction for so long? Therefore, I went in search of. what you are about to read I found is a bit backwards. I was going to start with the “Secret of Strength.” But I felt that something was missing, so I went into, “The Mystery of Human Suffering,” which I thought should come first , then flipping through my Bible, I stumbled across, ” Satan the Accuser.” My heart jumped and I knew this si what I was supposed to start with.

I am hurting from a degenerative disc in my neck that is pinching a nerve. Usually, I ignore my pain. However, this is a difficult one. With the Lord’s help I have been able to get through the distress.

Reading about Job teaches us much about human suffering, we also learn a  great deal about Satan and his relationship to God. The first two chapters of Job demonstrates that although Satan is in rebellion, he is still accountable to God.

Originally an angel of God, Satan became corrupt through his own pride.  You will see Satan’s attitude of pride all over him.


For if God did not spare sinning angels, but thrust them down into Tartarus, and delivered them into chains of darkness, being reserved to judgment.  (2Pe 2:4 MKJV)
And He did not spare the old world, but saved Noah the eighth one, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.  (2Pe 2:5 MKJV)
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, He condemned them with an overthrow, setting an example to men intending to live ungodly.  (2Pe 2:6 MKJV)

And those angels not having kept their first place, but having deserted their dwelling-place, He has kept in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of a great Day;  (Jud 1:6 MKJV)
as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, in like manner to these, committing fornication, and going away after other flesh, laid down an example before-times, undergoing vengeance of everlasting fire.  (Jud 1:7 MKJV)


“There were giants in the earth in those days. And also after that, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore to them, they were mighty men who existed of old, men of renown.”  (Gen 6:4 MKJV)

There has been much debate over this subject, but the scriptures back it up. Think….why would God want to destroy mankind? Answer: Because it was twisted now, with the angels of Satan mixing with humans produced a different kind of species. It cries out for change, back to Adam and Eve.

“And behold! I, even I, am bringing a flood of waters upon the earth in order to destroy all flesh (in which is the breath of life) from under the heavens. Everything which is in the earth shall die.”  (Gen 6:17 MKJV)

So what does this have to do with our afflictions as Christians? It is the beginning, the base of explanation on being tried and tested. You will find that all over the Bible, it attests to the fact that Satan is behind our afflictions. Satan is allowed to test us, but not without God’s  permission. Envision, we have a God that is present at all times. He is the Almighty. Believe it.

Ever since his rebellion against God, Satan has been God’s enemy. As well as ours. But do not forget we have the Almighty God by our side and Satan is God’s creation.  Satan is held responsible to God.  He is finite as much as he wants to be God.

And a day came when the sons of God came to present themselves before Jehovah. And Satan also came among them.  (Job 1:6 MKJV)

Satan was a creation by the very God he was in battle with. He is not “all-powerful”, and can only be in one place at a time. We know that the Holy Spirit is in us and but He never spreads Himself too thin. Since He is all over the world at once.

And Jehovah said to Satan, From where do you come? Then Satan answered Jehovah and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.  (Job 1:7 MKJV)

Since Satan could not do all things, he needed his fallen angels known as demons to aid him. However, Satan can tempt us, but he cannot know what is in our minds or foretell the future. Therefore, here we have the fact that Satan is blocked from our inner thoughts. However, he has the ability to watch humans for thousands of years and pretty much predict their behavior.

This is the thing, Satan could not have really for seen my writing a book about his organization: Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I did not verbalize too much, then something happened that others would deem somewhat okay, but not me. I did something outrageous to get disfellowshipped and so I took them to their own court and won. 5% of JW’s win. When I walked out, even though they called and asked me come back, I was leaving Satan’s organization and eventually to be a born-again Christian.  Wow! did he start hitting me hard. If you read “Tried by Fire” I wrote a chapter and a blog about my illnesses since the day I got saved. I write about it and I constantly have to update my afflictions. Get this: I was NEVER sick before that, in my whole life, no flu, very few colds.

Satan was angry to say the least and God opened my eyes the first time I went to church. I was saved that day. And then the fun began. People, God bless them, have terminal illnesses they are battling. This is going to sound funny, but it is torture to have so many diseases that will taunt you the rest of your life. I have pain every day. That is why I am going into the scriptures, like Job, who didn’t even know why he was being afflicted.

And Jehovah said to Satan, Have you set your heart against My servant Job, because there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil?  (Job 1:8 MKJV)
And Satan answered Jehovah and said, Does Job fear God for nothing?  (Job 1:9 MKJV)
Have You not made a hedge around him, and around his house, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock have increased in the land.  (Job 1:10 MKJV)
But put forth Your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse You to Your face.  (Job 1:11 MKJV)

Most important, Satan can do nothing without God’s  permission, because He actively restrains Satan, and promises that he will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. So , the Doctor’s told me that I have a very high threshold for pain. Of course, Jesus has everything to do with healing my afflictions. When I go into the hospital and go into surgery, I am very calm, my husband, Tony, is quite nervous. I know He is all around me. My attitude has changed greatly. Since I have seen God work in my life, I do not have what if’s, fear, anxiousness, etc. Forthcoming is my next blogs I get more into why. In my case, Satan wants me bad, because I left his organization and took the other side. Satan wants me to blame God. I am His child and a warrior. Get close to God, life is mote joyful when you do.

And Jehovah said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power. Only do not lay your hand upon him. And Satan went forth from the presence of Jehovah.  (Job 1:12 MKJV)

Hear, I beseech You, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You will cause me to know.  (Job 42:4 MKJV)
I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye has seen You.  (Job 42:5 MKJV)

Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.  (Job 42:6 MKJV)

No temptation has taken you but what is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but with the temptation also will make a way to escape, so that you may be able to bear it.  (1Co 10:13 MKJV)

We can be confident that with God’s power , we can overcome Satan.  The scriptures tell us that our world was meant to be this way, however, Satan does not have free reign to do any evil thing he wishes.

God is , and will always be Sovereign. It was the Devil who put into action Job’s suffering. God may have allowed Satan to test Job for a time, but in His time God., himself delivered Job from suffering, restored him, and blessed him even more than before.

And Jehovah turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends. Also Jehovah added to Job all that had been his, to double.  (Job 42:10 MKJV)

Despite Satan’s evil plans, God had accomplished his good purposes. This was a test of the relationship of God and Job, and it withstood the test, God’s love had won. Satan got his answer a hundredfold and it was finally clear to all that God was both sovereign and compassionate. Through the experience, Job learned to appreciate God’s gifts to him even more.

And Job answered Jehovah and said,  (Job 42:1 MKJV)
I know that You can do all, and not any purpose is withheld from You.  (Job 42:2 MKJV)
Who is he who hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have spoken what I did not understand; things too wonderful for me; yea, I did not know.  (Job 42:3 MKJV)
Hear, I beseech You, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You will cause me to know.  (Job 42:4 MKJV)
I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye has seen You.  (Job 42:5 MKJV)


God has not forgotten you and the Holy Spirit will give you a whole different attitude.But you need the right attitude towards the Lord or its moot.  As much as people hate reading the scriptures, when you find one pertains to you, dead on, you will sit up and notice. He covers everything and everybody. Pray for wisdom and let God show you what He has to say about it.

My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into different kinds of temptations,  (Jas 1:2 MKJV)
knowing that the trying of your faith works patience.  (Jas 1:3 MKJV)
But let patience have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.  (Jas 1:4 MKJV)
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him.  (Jas 1:5 MKJV)
But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing. For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.  (Jas 1:6 MKJV)
For do not let that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord;  (Jas 1:7 MKJV)
he is a double-minded man, not dependable in all his ways.  (Jas 1:8 MKJV)
But let the humble brother rejoice in his exaltation;  (Jas 1:9 MKJV)
and the rich one rejoice in his humiliation, because he shall pass away as the flower of the grass.  (Jas 1:10 MKJV)
For the sun rose with the hot wind and dried up the grass, and its flower fell out, and the beauty of its appearance perished; so also the rich one will fade away in his ways.  (Jas 1:11 MKJV)
Blessed is the man who endures temptation, because having been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  (Jas 1:12 MKJV)
Let no one being tempted say, I am tempted from God. For God is not tempted by evils, and He tempts no one.  (Jas 1:13 MKJV)
But each one is tempted by his lusts, being drawn away and seduced by them.  (Jas 1:14 MKJV)
Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin. And sin, when it is fully formed, brings forth death.  (Jas 1:15 MKJV)
Do not err, my beloved brothers.  (Jas 1:16 MKJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning.  (Jas 1:17 MKJV)
Of His own will He brought us forth with the Word of truth, for us to be a certain first fruit of His creatures.  (Jas 1:18 MKJV)


References: e-Sword©2017 Rick Meyers; The New King James Version©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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