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Growing From Our HurtsGenesis 50:15-21
Throughout history, people have suffered tremendous injustice and pain at the hands of others. None of us are exempt from conflict, criticism, and mistreatment. The question is, Are we growing more or less like Christ as a result?
Nothing that happens in our lives is an accident. As children of God, we know that everything coming our way is filtered through our Father’s loving, sovereign hands. And He can use whatever we experience to grow us in grace and holiness—yes, even injustice and abuse.
Joseph endured more unfair treatment than most of us can even imagine: He was sold into slavery by his brothers, slandered by Potiphar’s wife, and forgotten in prison. For years, it seemed that no good would ever result, but there was divine purpose in it all. Joseph learned more about God’s ways and was also being trained for the future.
The same is true for each of us. The Lord doesn’t want us to focus on the wrongs done to us and the pain we’ve suffered. Instead, He wants us to keep our eyes fixed on Him. As we read God’s Word, He reveals His ways and purposes, giving us guidance to walk with Him and patience to wait for His timing. And His indwelling Holy Spirit enables us to respond in a godly manner by forgiving those who wrong us.
Think about Joseph’s words to his brothers: “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20). Remember, that is true in your life also. The pain you carry can be used for good if you’ll forgive your offenders and trust the Lord’s ways.
FAITH VS. REASONThe first battle between faith and reason took place in the garden of Eden, between Satan and Eve—and it has been downhill ever since. In “Faith vs. Reason,” Dr. Stanley explains why depending on God is always superior to relying on the world's limited and faulty ability to assess our situations. Although God gives us the faculty of reason, it was always meant to complement our faith, not to be an argument against it.
WALKING WITH GOD THROUGH THE DARK TIMES - PART 1There are dark times each one of us experiences when we're overwhelmed and don't know what to do. We want to give up-quit-because the pain is so intense and we can't see a way out of it. Are you in such a dark time right now? God will comfort your hurts, calm your fears, and give you great hope if you will trust in Him.
ETERNAL LIFE: YOU CAN BE SURE - PART 1Are you sure you have eternal life? Many people are bothered by that question, and respond in uncertain, doubtful, even defensive ways. But if you truly understand what Jesus did for you at Calvary, you can know without a doubt that you have eternal life.
Strength for all TimesWe often hear about people in ministry who quit after years of service. They get tired and weary, and walk away. It's easy to be critical of such people, but it can happen to anyone. Learn how to walk in God's strength and not our own.
WHEN WE SAY YES - PART 2Mature Christians know that each step of obedience to God leads to the most fantastic blessings in their lives. Have you ever stopped to consider the impact of the simple request God may be asking of you? It may be the first step in a long line of stepping stones towards your ultimate purpose and blessing.
WHEN WE SAY YES - PART 1Mature Christians know that each step of obedience to God leads to the most fantastic blessings in their lives. Have you ever stopped to consider the impact of the simple request God may be asking of you? It may be the first step in a long line of stepping stones towards your ultimate purpose and blessing.
HOW THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE - PART 6God is glorified by our obedience, devotion, and faith in every area of life. Learn about what we possess as children of God, and that when we truly believe He is our Provider, we will be free to pursue the life He intends for us.
HOW THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE - PART 5Jesus said, “God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:17). Learn what it means to be chosen by God, why He decided to save us, and how we should act as His chosen people. Discover the privilege of knowing Him and His power to change lives.