What To Do When Life’s Falling Apart

Week #5 –11/8/2014

 

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but take heart, because I have overcome the world.”John 16:33

I am with you, that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people. 2 Corinthians 12:9a (LB)

What do we do When Life’s Falling Apart?

  1. Put Jesus in the center of my life.
  2. Surround myself with Godly community.
  3. Grow my character.
  4. Serve God by serving others.

What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us…

But in our trouble God has comforted us—and this, too, to help you: to show you from our personal experience how God will tenderly comfort you when you undergo these same sufferings. He will give you the strength to endure. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, 7

It is God himself who has made us what we are and gives us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. Ephesians 2:10 (LB)

I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do. John 17:4

You Were Created to Serve God

He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. Ephesians 2:10 (MSG)

Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work. Jeremiah 1:5 (NCV)

You Were Saved to Serve God

It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work, not because we deserved it but because that was his plan. 2 Timothy 1:9 (LB)

Because of God’s great mercy…offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service. Romans 12:1

You Are Called to Serve God

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

You Are Commanded to Serve God

Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve and give my life. Matthew 20:28

Each of us will have to give a personal account to God. Romans 14:12 (NLT)

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for? Mark 8:35-37 (MSG)

It is through ministry that we discover the meaning of our life.

In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. Romans 12:4-5 (MSG)

I am with you, that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people. 2 Corinthians 12:9a (LB)

God loves to use weak people.

God has a different perspective on our weaknesses.

My thoughts and my ways are higher than yours. Isaiah 55:9 (CEV) 

God purposely chose…what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful. 1 Corinthians 1:27 (TEV)

God is never limited by your limitations.

We are like clay jars in which this treasure is stored. The real power comes from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (CEV)

How to Allow God to Work Through Our Weaknesses:

1. Admit Your Weaknesses

How to Allow God to Work Through Our Weaknesses:

2. Be Content With Your Weakness

I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses.2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (CEV)

Why should we be content with our weakness?

•Because our weaknesses cause us to depend on God.

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Why should we be content with our weakness?

•Because our weaknesses keep us humble. 

So I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me inconstant touch with my limitations. 2 Corinthians 12:7

Why should we be content with our weakness?

•Because our weakness encourages fellowship with other believers.

Why should we be content with our weakness?

•Because our weaknesses increase our capacity for sympathy and ministry.

How to Allow God to Work Through Our Weaknesses:

3. Honestly Share Your Weaknesses

How to Allow God to Work Through Our Weaknesses:

4. Glory in Your Weaknesses

I am going to boast only about how weak I am and how great God is to use such weakness for his glory. 2 Corinthians 12:5b (LB)

 

Question to Consider: Am I limiting God’s power in my life by trying to hide my weaknesses? What do I need to be honest about in order to help others?

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