Monday, 13 January 2014

“I’ve Been There”

I can be content in any and every situation through the Anointed One who is my power and strength.” The Voice

Did you ever think that Jesus would not ask us to experience something that he hasn’t experienced, not to mention that He gives us the strength to see it through?  Think about the most difficult and trying circumstances that you have ever faced. Think about your most pressing problem(s). Consider your greatest disappointment.  Can you recall someone close to you who hurt you deeply?

God has not allowed or produced a circumstance in our life which did not have his unerring stamp of approval on it, for the express purpose of drawing us closer to Him and transforming us to become more like the Son.

Your response to paragraph one might be, “Yes but He never…” or “He didn’t…” or “He was the Son of God so naturally…”  It is too easy for us to dismiss what Christ in his humanness experienced.  He was flesh and blood.  He was a Jew hated by the Jewish leaders.  He came to, among other things, bring His people counter-cultural messages and teachings which were dramatic departures from the Law.  Don’t you think he was hurt by the betrayal of Judas or the denial of Peter even though He knew those decisions were all part of the grand plan? Don’t you think He was disappointed when only one of the ten persons who had been healed from their leprous condition returned to give thanks?  Pressing problems where would you start?  Don’t you think if you were one of over 5000 people who were fed with a few loaves of bread that you would follow that person wherever they led you?

“Okay, already, I get the picture”, you say, “But give me a break, you want me to basically believe that everything that has and will happen to me is ultimately for my good?”  Yes.  I believe that is what Romans 8:28 is all about.

Let’s connect the dots.  Some of you have faced very trying circumstances with your husband / wife or because of your partner.  Your most pressing problems may be in the area(s) of finance, parenting, aging parents, health issues or the condition of your marriage.  The God who provides your next breath is well aware of your circumstances.  He wants you to deal with these issues in a way that would bring Him glory.  For born again believers He has provided us with His Holy Spirit so that we don’t have to travel life’s most difficult journeys alone.

“13 No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” 1Corinthians 10:13 The Message

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