Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 5 Study # 6
September 10, 2017
Humble, Texas
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<111> Thesis:   Being badly mistreated without divine intervention is "proof" of our presence in the bull's eye of God's love. Introduction:   It is "standard operating procedure" for "believers" to be confused and downcast when their circumstances "go south" and God seems to be completely silent. Paul knew this and decided to confront this response by believers with the 180 degree opposite "truth" that, rather than being downcast and confused, we ought to be upbeat and emboldened by this mixture of "difficult circumstances" and "silence from God". It is almost always the case that a lie is a presentation of something that is a complete opposite to truth, and Paul deliberately selected Psalm 44:22 to make his case because it highlights this very reality. Rather than being evidence that God does not love us, being badly treated is proof of His love. Therefore, this evening we are going to look into his quote of Psalm 44:22 in this context of his "God is for us" thesis.