Abide in me, and I in you. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”. We all go through that valley and when we can remember that He will use our darkest moments to help others, we can move through that valley and know that no matter how difficult it becomes, God will turn it into something good. ... For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. ‣ We had Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma. Sometimes, God has to really get our attention to open our eyes that we can’t do this life without HIM. And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Proverbs 20:30 says, "Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.". 2. Proverbs 20:30 says, "Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways." And putting out to sea from there we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. 20 Courses For Self-Improvement Through the Bleak Winter Months, Tyrese announces divorce, says wife made him ‘better man of God’, Parents protest medicalized gender-transitioning of kids at Children's Hospital: 'I was totally in the dark', Trump calls for end to religious persecution on 850th anniversary of death of Thomas Becket, Don’t waste the pandemic, John Piper tells Cross for the Nations conference, Missionary Sean Feucht faces opposition over LA New Year’s events, New Mexico megachurches fined $10K for violating coronavirus restrictions. S ometimes I am convinced that God allows us to fall into certain situations just because He gets a kick out of watching us get all tangled up in fiascos of our own making. S O He didn't have to do that. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Post jobs, find pros, and collaborate commission-free in our professional marketplace. Day 35 of the One Year Holy Bible Challenge. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. David had prayed fervently for his baby not to die, but God denied David's request. But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. I can choose to be sexually promiscuous. He can tune in to just about any random day in my life and find something to tickle His funny bone, and spring 1998 must have been sweeps season, because I found myself in one unbelievable dating disaster after another. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Publisher: OpenBible.info. T The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Cite this page: Editor: Stephen Smith. Pain is a warning light. ‣ U When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. He could have forced us to worship, serve, and love him. In Genesis we learn that we were made in the image of God. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Who can better help an alcoholic than somebody who has struggled with alcoholism? W Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT), "He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. A few years ago I did a Sunday morning sermon series on marriage where I talked about a different problem we worked through each week. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. There is a reason for everything we go through and face. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. To kill innocent beings, human, pets… to “Get our attention” ? Like a Father disciplining his children for their long-term maturity and happiness, God brings pain into our lives for our good (Hebrews 12:5–11). Depending on God is one of those things. This Week on the Edifi Podcast Network: An Ex-Abortion Nurse, Miracles, John Bevere, Lee Strobel, Why ‘Socialism Isn't Biblical’ and More! For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. A Song of Ascents. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. God gave us choice. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Sometimes it's a burden. “If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him. ‣ No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God has also used supernatural events to get people’s attention, such as Moses and the burning bush or Balaam and the talking donkey. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Lewis, The Problem of Pain tags: humility , pain ‣ It is there that you find your unholiness atoned for and your eternal holiness secured. But after awhile, I got holes in the soles. The next day we put in at Sidon. If you never had a problem, you'd never know God could solve it. My wet feet motivated me to changed! For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. God Uses Adversity To Get Our Attention In a lot of ways we are just like students in a classroom when it comes to listening to God. P I can't count the times I've been asked that question. Paul says it this way in 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 (TLB): "We were crushed and overwhelmed and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves but that was good for then we put everything into the hands of God who could save us and he did help us.". Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. A Song. The child's death was used to get David's attention in an extreme situation involving the nation's leader who deliberately acted against the will of God. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Everybody needs recovery of some type. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us." Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. We’re not likely to be as sensitive to God’s will if everything’s going well. I think God used my mothers death to get my dads attention. Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. But he wanted us to love him voluntarily. A number of years ago I had a pair of shoes that I loved. If I get a disease, that's my fault. For several reasons, I haven’t spoken much about my years as a Fingerprint Technician with the Washington State Patrol. Imagine the army of ministers you could train in your congregation if you helped people use their past pain as an opportunity for ministry. God wants to help us, ease our pain, and be a resource. Pain isn't your problem. D God Uses Pain to Guard Us. Sometimes He uses pain to protect us and prevent us from getting involved in something we shouldn't be involved in. It's a symptom. 1. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? B Some have called the latest, "Irmageddon." There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. But, for God to use the pain in my life to help someone else, I have to be authentic, I have to be honest. Why did God give us that choice? And, at the bottom of the ocean, Jonah said, "When I had lost all hope I once again turned my thoughts to the Lord." N No one comes to the Father except through me. Sometimes it takes pain to get us to do what God wants us to do. Elihu says God uses pain to get our attention. But through the help of a Christian counselor, Kay and I worked through those problems and now have a great marriage. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. God uses it to guard us. From inside this fish God finally got Jonah’s attention. 3. ‣ In the world you will have tribulation. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. I can choose to experiment with drugs. ... And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Remember the story of Jonah? But how so? But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Pastor Jim Luthy. If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. ‣ I’ve got stories, but I don’t tell them very often. Blog, A Add to this, we have new threats almost every day from the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un to destroy us with nuclear weapons. Believe in God; believe also in me. Hosea 5:1-6:3. ... Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. So when you're asked that question, here are four answers you can give people. Not only do we have free will, but everyone else does as well. I wasn't motivated to buy new shoes until there were seven days of rain in a row, and I had to put up with soggy shoes several days in a row. ‣ Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. God uses your pain to help other people. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Jonah realized that he could no longer run from God. You don't know that God is all you need until God's all you got. It is designed to build our trust in the Almighty, but suffering requires the right response if it is to be successful in accomplishing God’s purposes. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling. So he provided a typical Mediterranean cruise for him – a whale! There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. ‣ Watch Queue Queue Jonah bends his knee and his heart in repentance and his prayer is recorded in chapter 2. So the divine hand parts a … God allows pain to teach you to depend on him. ... For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. I have been crucified with Christ. Suffering is a tool God uses to get our attention and to accomplish His purposes in our lives. ... “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. According to Alamoth. So we do not lose heart. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance. Yet they still looked good on top. Z. Let no one disregard you. Of course, if you are an overly self-sufficient person, the Lord may use some other method to get your focus on Him. These things are excellent and profitable for people. This gets my attention. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—. It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. If so, what was He trying to get across to you? For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. ‣ Perhaps your marriage failed, your parents divorced, you got fired, your girlfriend or boyfriend dumped you. You've probably asked yourself, "Why didn't God prevent it?" Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. ‣ Do you think God has ever used pain and suffering to get your attention? Sin is one reason the Lord will use unanswered prayer to get our attention. How Does God Get Our Attention? The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. You can't say you love somebody unless you have the opportunity to not love him. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. The key is remembering that God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9). Sometimes God has to use my pain to get my attention. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 7:9, "I am glad not because it hurts you, but because the pain turns you to God." God wills pain for good purposes and results. ‣ Our Pain Has a Greater Purpose. “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. I just had to be sure that when I sat on stage, I kept my feet on the ground. We can take comfort in the fact that Jesus suffered for us a very painful and humiliating death so that we may live. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. ‣ We can choose to do what's good or what's evil, to accept God or reject him. It was a 12-week series, but it could have been 50. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. Who was Paul. God never wastes a hurt! For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Is God trying to get your attention? I am convinced that God wants to get our attention. 2. Pain prepares you to serve. He would have needed to take away yours as well! He didn't want a bunch of puppets. Attention-Getting Pain. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. ‣ More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Suffering is not in itself virtuous, nor is it a sign of holiness. Illustration: Joseph Sometimes God uses pain to protect us from something worse happening to us - sometimes far worse. For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. Who can better help somebody dealing with the pain of abuse than someone who was abused themselves? ‣ Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Why does God use such horrific trauma, pain…CREATE these things in our lives. Pain is a warning light. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. ‣ ... For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. What is God doing? And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica. ‣ By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. If I get addicted, that's my fault. So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. But remember that no matter which method He uses, it expresses His love. Jonah was going one way and God said, "I want you to go the other way." As you've heard before, God whispers to us in our pleasure, but he shouts to us in our pain. God sometimes says "No" to our prayer. God wants to use and recycle the pain in our lives to help others, but we've got to be open and honest about it. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. Satan is at work, yet God is still sovereign over the cross (and over Satan). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. J Meanwhile Saul(Paul) was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Sometimes pain can be a blessing in disguise. “Let not your hearts be troubled. Pain that doesn’t drive you to a remedy, is only painful and miserable. Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! ‣ The Bible says in Psalm 119:71: "It was the best thing that could have happened to me for it taught me to pay attention to your laws." Why now? Answer: The issue of sickness is always a difficult one to deal with. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”. Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life: 1. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. And when we had sailed across the open sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia. He just would have needed to take away that person's free will. Ministry Is Birthed out of Pain. Y Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? They were great! Free will isn't only a blessing. It’s leash breaks & it runs in the street & gets run over. When we are suffering with a sickness, disease, or injury, we usually focus solely on our own suffering. Enterprise . I said that this also is vanity. You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Pain is the attention-getter that should drive you to seek a remedy. Ask Dr. Land: Why are people so excited by the arrival of a New Year? We don't like to hear it, but He does use this method to get our attention. Even if what we pray may itself be the will of God … Q Get your team aligned with all the tools you need on one secure, reliable video platform. Sometimes we get hurt because of other people's bad choices. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. So I wore them anyway. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ― C.S. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. Labs A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4. Jesus condemns the Pharisees. Watch Queue Queue. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. God uses problems to DIRECT you - Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. ... For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds. Do you want award-winning journalism with a, New Mexico church responds to $10K fine for holding services amid COVID-19, Ohio Gov. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Numbers 21:4-7 describes some events that happened to the Israelites. Why me? 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