Today’s show wraps up our two part series on dealing with our problems. In the first part, I talked about how God views our problems and if there are ways, we can anticipate problems and prepare for them.
So I want to talk about how we can best cope with our problems, how can we learn and grow from our problems, and finally how we can help others who are facing problems of their own.
Our opening Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I know that you are in charge of the Universe. I know that you have a grand plan for us. I believe that you sent your Son, my Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ to live and walk among us and to die for us. I believe that you raised Him from the grave and that He sits at your right hand. Father, I ask that you send the Holy Spirit into my life whenever I begin to feel my problems overwhelming me and taking control of my life so that I might find the best way to deal with them. I ask that you give me the wisdom to be able to help those who are facing issues of their own find the solution in Jesus. Thank you – Amen.”
Our scripture reading today is from The Gospel of John; Chapter 1 verses 1-18
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The Witness John
6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
The Word Made Flesh
14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” John Chapter 1 verses 1-18
As I said in the opening, today’s show wraps up our two part series on dealing with our problems. In the first part, I talked about how God views our problems and if there are ways, we can anticipate problems and prepare for them.
So now let’s take a look at how we can best cope with our problems, how can we learn and grow from our problems, and finally how we can help others who are facing problems of their own.
How can we cope with our problems? There are times when our problems can seem overwhelming. Too often, some seek the answer in self-medicating with alcholol or drugs. Some try to run from or ignore their problems, which never works. Some take what to them is the ultimate solution and that is they commit suicide. None of those methods works in the end. While some say, suicide works, I believe that is really does not; all we are doing in that case is creating problems for those we leave behind.
One area of growth I personally have discovered in dealing with my own problems is how I learn more about God. As I learn more about what He does in my life, the more I want to learn about who He is. In the book of Psalms in Psalm 107 Verse 43, we see “Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things, And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.” Please do not misunderstand, I am not saying that God places problems in our lives, I am saying that the problems we face we can always overcome if we turn them over to God.
If we are willing to communicate openly and honestly, with God about our worries and fears, we find that often they begin to dissipate, much like the early morning fog dissipates as a day warms. The reality is there are certain problems that are just too big for us to handle on our own. We need someone bigger, and stronger to help. That someone is God. Isaiah Chapter 26, Verse 3, “The steadfast of mind you will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in you.” When our focus is on God, when our trust is in God, we will be able to find peace of mind. Now this is not to say that our problems will magically disappear, it is to say that our minds will calm down.
Once we have calmed down then what Paul wrote in Phillipians Chapter 4, Verse 6, that we are to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”. What exactly is ‘prayer and supplication with thanksgiving”? It is asking God for help, while using the phrase, ‘not my will, but yours be done’, so that everything we do is for His glory and not ours. God will show us an answer, now the answer He provides might not be the one we were hoping for, but He will show us how to handle our problems, it is up to us to accept His help.
Once we accept His help, it is then easier for us to make certain that our problems do not diminish or weaken our faith. In James Chapter 1, Verse 2, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,” there are many in today’s society that consider that terrible advice. We live in a day and age of comfort and convenience and our culture has become one of wanting to live luxurious lives. No strife, no trouble, life as portrayed by the media should be nothing but candy and coffee. New cars every year, bigger houses, latest electronics, there should never be any kind of trouble, kids get participation trophies. Many politicians teach that we should not have to work or struggle for anything, that we deserve whatever we want whenever we want it, because it is our right.
There is no right to live a life without problems or struggles we need to be able to learn and grow from our problems. As we noted above in the words found in James Chapter 1 Verse 2, we are to think about our problems with joy. He goes on to say in Verses 3 and 4 “knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
To us, it may seem as If the current problem we face is the end of the world. However, if we think back in time to the days of the earliest Christians and compare what they went through as compared to what we might go through, the words of James make sense. The problems we face today might be a loss of a job, a broken down vehicle, an angry spouse, or children running wild. Those are frustrating times to us, but compared to the possibility of losing your life over your belief in Jesus, or being sent to prison by being a Christian, our problems are minor.
The earliest Christians endured their problems by fervent and frequent prayers; we can learn from them and strengthen our faith in the same manner. The results of their endurance was the growth of the church. People watched how the Christians behaved in the face of sure death, and began to ask questions. History tells how many of those who before they died, actually sang, prayed out-loud, and otherwise expressed their deep love and belief in Jesus. As a result, many of those who were witnesses converted and became believers.
Once we accept and understand that Jesus has helped us with our problems, then it is easier for us to help others. In 2 Corinthians Chapter 1 Verses 3-4, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Reaching out to others becomes almost natural once we have embraced the love of God in our own lives. The ability to offer comfort to another is one of the greatest gifts God offers us. If those around us see us face our issues and problems while maintaining a positive attitude and not letting go of our faith, we might bring a non-believer to Jesus.
As we find in Hebrews Chapter 13 Verses 1-2 “Let love of the brethren continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” As a minister, I have often told by folks about how they had a completely accidental interaction with another. As a result, they took the opportunity to talk with that person and either helped someone who was hurting or just served as a sounding board.
We can genuinely love others with our actions, showing our emotions, displaying a positive attitude, making certain of the language we use, and by our continued presence. Once we intertact with others and display true neighborly love we resolve a hundred problems and prevent more. In fact, the best way to help another with their problems is to show Christian love.
The absolute worse way to act towards someone who is having problems is to laugh at them or to dismiss their feelings. Obadiah 12 “Do not gloat over your brother’s day, the day of his misfortune. And do not rejoice over the sons of Judah In the day of their destruction; yes, do not boast in the day of their distress.” God is clear on how we are to treat others. God is clear on how we must live our lives. There is no ambiguity or confusion, we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves and we are the treat others with respect, love, and care.
The next time you have a problem remember:
- We can best cope with our problems by talking about it with God.
- We can learn and grow from our problems
- Using God’s love and learning how to react to our problems makes it possible for us to help others who are facing problems of their own.
The next time you find yourself worried about your problems, try this prayer. “Dear Heavenly Father, I know that you are in charge of the Universe. I know that you have a grand plan for us. I believe that you sent your Son, my Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ to live and walk among us and to die for us. I believe that you raised Him from the grave and that He sits at your right hand. Father, I ask that you send the Holy Spirit into my life whenever I begin to feel my problems overwhelming me and taking control of my life so that I might find the best way to deal with them. I ask that you give me the wisdom to be able to help those who are facing issues of their own find the solution in Jesus. Thank you – Amen.”
That is it for today folks, I’m the Reverend Hank Wilson, thank you for joining me here on the Christian Life Gospel Ministry’s – Facing life – A biblical guide to staying upright when life tries to knock you down.
Until next time, stay strong, stay in prayer, and you can always find me sitting on the porch out in the country, doing my best to live life as a Christian. God Bless y’all
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