The most influential events in your life, you didn’t see coming. They just hit you right out of the blue. These are events you can’t go over, you can’t go around, and you can’t go by … you have to go through. Crises are inevitable and even right now, you or someone close to you are going through an unplanned trial. How do you help others as they go through a painful experience?

ADVERSITY GOSPEL

Message by Todd Lester – February 12, 2017

HOW TO HELP OTHERS THROUGH A CRISIS

Ecclesiastes 9:12 People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.

James 1:12 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

HELPING A FRIEND IN PAIN

Galatians 6:2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

1. SHOW UP

Job 2:11 When three of Job’s friends heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him…

2. SHARE THEIR PAIN

Job 2:12-13 When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to show their grief. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.

3. TAKE THE INITIATIVE

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.

PERSONAL PAINKILLERS

1. CRY OUT TO GOD

Psalm 50:15 Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.

Lamentations 2:19 Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord.

2. LET OTHERS HELP

Proverbs 17:17 (NIV) A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

PREPARING FOR ADVERSITY

1. CULTIVATE STRONG RELATIONSHIPS

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

2. GROW SPIRITUAL ROOTS

Jeremiah 17:7-8 But blessed are those who trust in the lord and have made the lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

Colossians 2:6-7 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

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