How to deal with the Pain and Darkness in Life?

I really hope and pray that this message meets a need in your life. We are living in difficult and dark times for so many people. If you are one of them, I want you to realize that you are not alone. Maybe God wants to use you to encourage someone else battling the darkness. Know that I will be praying for you and walking with you – over every mountain – through every valley. Hard times will come and the darkness will find each one of us. At some point in life, we all will face some kind of pit. It may be a pit that we have dug with our own hands of wrong choices or it could be a pit that has been uniquely designed for us by the enemy. 

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”~~ Psalm 40:13, NIV    

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What can we do to find hope in the midst of the darkness? We can become bitter and blame God for the pain or we can give up and wallow in the mire and mud of that slimy pit. Some of you maybe guilty of plastering a smile on your face, gritting your teeth and denying that the pit even exists. However, the choice we should make is to trust God, knowing He will deliver us in and from the pit.   

God’s grace turns defeat into victory, tragedy into triumph and weakness into strength by providing real power over circumstances. People without Christ can muster up enough courage and human strength to get through a trial. God will not only enable us to survive the hard times, He wants us to thrive in and because of them.

Joy is not an earthly treasure but a heavenly gift from our loving Father who is committed to the joy of His children. I am convinced that God entrusts the greatest trials to those who will respond to them in the right way. Some of the most joyful people I know have suffered the most because they have learned not to live on explanations but on promises – the promises of God.

Jesus wants to give us a life of joy, pits and all. We need to remember that joy is the deeply-rooted confidence that God is in control and that our inner attitudes do not have to reflect our outer circumstances. We can find joy in the pit.

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How to deal with the Pain and Darkness in Life?

We are living in difficult and dark times for so many people. If you are one of them, I want you to realize that you are not alone. Maybe God wants to use you to encourage someone else battling the darkness. Know that I will be praying for you and walking with you – over every mountain – through every valley. Hard times will come and the darkness will find each one of us. At some point in life, we all will face some kind of pit. It may be a pit that we have dug with our own hands of wrong choices or it could be a pit that has been uniquely designed for us by the enemy. 

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” ~~Psalm 40:1-3    

 

What can we do to find hope in the midst of the darkness? We have several choices about how to deal with the pain and darkness in life. We can become bitter and blame God for the pain or we can give up and wallow in the mire and mud of that slimy pit. Some of you maybe guilty of plastering a smile on your face, gritting your teeth and denying that the pit even exists. However, the choice we should make is to trust God, knowing He will deliver us in and from the pit. The Apostle Paul was an expert when it came to squeezing a seed of victory and truth out of every tough circumstance.  

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 “So that I would not become too proud of the wonderful things that were shown to me, a painful physical problem was given to me. I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me.But he said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you.’”

 

Paul was not sinning by asking God to remove his affliction. Paul may not have understood what God was doing, but he chose to accept it because he knew God’s heart. Paul may not have understood God’s process but he trusted God. He was sending Paul a message of hope. It is important to note the tense of the verb in this verse, “But he said to me” can be translated “He (God) has once-for-all said to me.” It is an eternal promise.

 

God’s grace turns defeat into victory, tragedy into triumph and weakness into strength by providing real power over circumstances. People without Christ can muster up enough courage and human strength to get through a trial. God will not only enable us to survive the hard times, He wants us to thrive in and because of them. Paul used his pain and chose to make that pit work for him – and God’s power was unleashed in Paul’s life.

 

Joy is not an earthly treasure but a heavenly gift from our loving Father who is committed to the joy of His children. I am convinced that God entrusts the greatest trials to those who will respond to them in the right way. Some of the most joyful people I know have suffered the most because they have learned not to live on explanations but on promises – the promises of God.

 

Jesus wants to give us a life of joy, pits and all. We need to remember that joy is the deeply-rooted confidence that God is in control and that our inner attitudes do not have to reflect our outer circumstances. We can find joy in the pit.

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“Why Did This Happen, God?”

We often find there are things in life that happen which we JUST don’t understand. I think we can all say we have had our share of circumstances where we could question God on things that have happened in our lives or around us. We could say, “Why did this happen, God?” With all our studying of the scriptures and what we believe the Bible teaches, we still have times where things that have happened just don’t make sense; deaths, illnesses, accidents, relationship breakdowns, and the list goes on. We believe we know why some of these happen, but there are other areas where we just draw a blank. No matter how diligently we study the Word and seek God for answers, we often come up blank or assume the WORST, that God has failed us. So, if you have any area in your life that just makes no sense, a “Why, God?” area, please leave it alone. God in His time will give you the answer even if it is on the other side after your life on earth ends. Do not let the incomprehensible get in the way of your love walk with Jesus!

” For now I see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”. – 1 Corinthians 13:12

Without getting into ALL the theological debates of our often futile attempts to explain these things, I would like to personally share how I recommend dealing with these “Why, God?” areas in our lives. I feel this will HELP and ENCOURAGE some of you, and prayerfully, BRING SOME OF YOU OUT OF A BACK-SLIDDEN STATE.

How I have dealt with this is so basic and practical, yet it has helped me stay in love with my LORD; therefore, I ask you to NOT take this answer too lightly. In spite of my knowledge of the Word of God and thinking I know what the Bible answer is for a given situation, I have learned to acknowledge that God is all-knowing and I am not. I see through a spiritual glass or mirror (Thank God, I see!), but ever so darkly, dimly. Now, in ALL my knowing, I ONLY know in PART a fragment of the Truth. But, Praise God, the day is coming when I will get to the other side and I will see clearly, knowing even as I am known! (1 Corinthians 13:12)

I pray that today that you do not get angry or bitter with God concerning things that happen in your life or around you; even if, because of your theological beliefs, you’re convinced that you are SO RIGHT and God is so wrong. Let me submit for your consideration that your THEOLOGY IS WRONG if it justifies your anger or bitterness with God. It may not be until you get to the other side that you will fully understand how or why something has happened. But when that day comes, whether in this lifetime or on the other side, you will surely see that God was ALWAYS just. All things will then make sense and you will see that all anger and bitterness toward God was unfounded. You will then wonder how you could have been so foolish or blind as to think that being angry or bitter with God was appropriate.

 

Heavenly Father, There are things that have happened in our lives, around us, and in this world that have made us angry or bitter with You. I ask You to forgive us for the anger or bitterness. I ask You to help us trust You enough to leave the incomprehensible happenings alone and for You to answer in Your time, even if that time is after we leave this world to be with you in Eternity. Let us ever remember that You see everything dimly and that we know only in part. Thank You, that someday all of this will make sense and we will see that You, never for a moment, stopped being a loving God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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MIDST OF THE DARKNESS!

Matthew 10:27 “What I tell you now, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!”

You have heard the saying; it is always darkest before the dawn. This saying is equally true when it comes to preparing your life message. Your life message comes as a result of those dark and trying times. David told us “Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. David understood that the valley was a part of his walk with God. God is with you during the time of darkness just as HE is with you on the mountaintop. Granted you would prefer that you just stay on the mountaintop. Nonetheless, it is during the time of darkness that God is able to test you and prove you. God is able to prove to the world that you have learned the lessons to trust in HIM. Job went through a great trial and it was at the end of the trial that his relationship with God grew because of a conversation he had with God. It is during your time of trial that you are most willing to take the time to hear God’s voice. Hearing God’s voice will change your life. When you hear God’s voice, you will either be like Jonah who ran away, or you will be like Elijah who obeyed and saw God work mightily through him. Those who you share your life message with will not have seen the time of darkness where God spoke with you, but the impact of your going through the trial will still affect them. It does not matter how much you hate them, it is during the difficult times that God reveals HIMSELF to you. Rather than complain when God brings difficult times into your life, you should rejoice and thank God that HE is preparing a life message in you. You may think that God has already taken you through enough trials. It is not easy to go through a trial. It is often a lonely time in which you feel that your life has no purpose. However, it is during this time that you are ready to hear the still small voice of God. If you do not stop focusing on yourself during your time of darkness, God will have to leave you in the trial longer to show you the truth HE desires you to learn. When you see that you are going through a trial, it is time that you change your perspective from focusing on yourself and your problems to focusing on God and what HE is trying to teach you through this. You must add virtue to your life. You must put on the mind of God. Allow God to guide you. Now you will be ready to hear and obey God.

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