WHAT TO DO WHEN LIFE IS FALLING APART
Week 1 10-21-14
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV)
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. (Genesis 50:20 NKJV)
who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Titus 2:14 NKJV)
WHAT WILL BE THE CENTER OF MY LIFE ?
WHO WILL BE MY COMMUNITY IN LIFE ?
WHAT WILL BE MY CHARACTER IN LIFE ?
WHAT WILL BE MY CONTRIBUTION IN LIFE ?
WHAT WILL BE MY COMMISSION IN LIFE ?
GOD DOESN'T WANT TO WASTE YOUR PAIN HE WANTS TO REDEEM IT
You have experienced many things. Were all those experiences wasted? I hope they were not wasted! (Galatians 3:4 ERV)
1) I CAN USE MY TROUBLES TO TURN TO GOD
When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” (Matthew 9:12 NLT)
We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. (2 Corinthians 1:8-10 NLT)
Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. (2 Corinthians 7:9, 10 NLT)
2). I CAN USE MY TROUBLES TO GROW
And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you’ve come out of this with purity of heart. (2 Corinthians 7:11 (MSG)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV)
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 MSG)
3). I CAN USE MY TROUBLES TO SERVE OTHERS
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:4 NIV)
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 NKJV)
4). I CAN USE MY TROUBLES TO ADVANCE THE GOSPEL
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. (Philippians 1:12 NIV)
Instead, in everything we do we show that we are God's servants by patiently enduring troubles, hardships, and difficulties. (2 Corinthians 6:4 GNT)