PASTOR'S NOTE: "INVITING GOD INTO YOUR TROUBLES"
Week of October 9, 2016
"For man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward. But as for me, I would seek God, and I would place my cause before God; who does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number. He gives rain on the earth and sends water on the fields, so that He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety." - Job 5:7-11
"Inviting God Into Your Troubles." When everything around you seems to be going wrong you will discover where your faith lies and what level of faith you truly possess in Christ.
This is one reason God desires for us to live out our life for Him and not for ourselves before the trials ever begin. Therefore, when trouble turns it ugly face in our direction and mark my words difficult times will come, we will need to surrender our life over to God. This will prepare us to be better equipped to handle difficult situations by releasing them fully over to God's control. "The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him" (Nahum 1:7).
Also we read in Psalm chapter 46 and verse 1, which says, "GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
When reacting to trials according to our own ways this is nothing more than reacting in an irresponsible, inappropriate manner or acting in defiance toward God's principles. This will only add more trouble to the problems that already exist rather than solving anything.
Therefore, let go of your foolish pride and let God handle it His way. His way as John's gospel tells it; Jesus is still saying to us, "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
The world cannot provide us with the hope or peace that we so desperately want and need. Therefore, we must trust and believe that God has provided everything we will ever need in Christ, the Prince of Peace, through Him and His Word so that we may respond in a manner that will provide hope in any trial we face.
I believe no one can understand this better than many of the biblical characters we read about in God's Word. And one in particular who comes to mind is the apostle Paul.
Does it appear that the apostle Paul was faced with a number of rather difficult circumstances? What do you know and believe about his trials and how he responded to them?
Here is Paul and Silas obeying God and carrying out the ministry God called them to do. But because of man's greed, choosing financial gain over a woman's well being, this man deceitfully lies to the authorities and reports that Paul and Silas are teaching customs that are not lawful. (In reference to the passage recorded in Acts 16:14-40.)
Paul and Silas did nothing wrong, however, they were still thrown into prison falsely accused, beaten and left to suffer with wounds they didn't deserve.
Do you think it could be possible that God is allowing trials in your life as He did with Paul and Silas because you need to be broken so God may mold you into the image of His beloved Son as He did with the apostle Paul?
If Paul hadn't changed he would have never been successful in the ministry God called him to do and neither will you and I unless we totally surrender every circumstance over to God's will in all areas of our life. There is only one answer when it comes to difficulties in relationships, in financial trouble, illness or anything else that pertains to life, God! To God be the glory! Amen!
LET US PRAY! "Father, in Jesus name I want to say how grateful I am for all You have done and provided for us who were once lost. Once doing things our own way and heading straight down the path of destruction and some of us were destroying and causing division in relationships, but now Lord we have You to guide and provide what is needed for us to successfully witness to other people's needs who are now lost and without hope. May they hear and apply the Words of hope and find deliverance from their sin otherwise without Your help they will remain lost forever. Lord, thank You for giving everything we'll ever need to live the victorious Christian life In Christ our Lord whose name we pray in this moment of time. Amen."