God uses the adversities, afflictions, sorrows, sufferings and setbacks in our lives for our growth and for His glory. This week Pastor Todd asks, “How do you let go of the pain in your life? How do you move on and get through it? How do you get past the pain so you don’t get stuck?”
ADVERSITY GOSPEL: THE PATH TO PEACE
Message by Todd Lester – February 26, 2017
When something bad happens, you have three choices:
- Let it destroy you
- Let it define you
- Let it develop you
THE PATH TO PEACE IS TO SURRENDER
Romans 15:4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement….
2 Samuel 12:16-19 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused. Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?” When David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”
STEPS TO SURRENDER
1. ACCEPT WHAT CANNOT BE CHANGED
2 Samuel 12:22-23 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again?”
2. REMEMBER THAT IT’S NOT THE END OF THE STORY
2 Samuel 12:23b …I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.
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3. TAKE PROPER CARE OF YOURSELF
2 Samuel 12:20a Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes.
4. REFOCUS ON GOD THROUGH WORSHIP
2 Samuel 12:20b He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord.
Philippians 4:7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
5. DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE
2 Samuel 12:20c After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate.
Take the forward step of faith and say, in the midst of your pain …
I’m mourning but I’m going to start moving.
I’m grieving but I’m going to start growing.
I’m hurting but I’m going to start healing.
I’m wounded but I’m going to start walking.
I’m sad but today I’m going to step out.
6. KEEP ON LOVING EVEN IN YOUR PAIN
2 Samuel 12:24 Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and David named him Solomon.
1 John 3:16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
For Sermon discussion resources click here: Feb 26 Sermon Resources