Disruptive Moments

Disruptive Moments

Life Is Difficult.

Gordon McDonald, a writer, said, “disruptive moments are those unanticipated events, most of which one would have chosen to avoid if it had been possible. We don’t like disruptive moments, they are too often associated with pain and inconvenience, failure and humiliation.”

Whether we like it or not, everything that is worthy in the world comes at a price.

 

Life is difficult, and difficulty is the only path to wisdom………

 

Disruptive Moments can be:

Sickness, Divorce, Aging, Trouble Children, Raising Grandchildren, Job Issues, Marriage Concerns, Taking Care of Aging Parents, Finances, and etc………

Disruptive Moments

What does God’s Word say about disruptive moments in our lives:

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

New Living Translation

even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

This passage of Scripture describes disruptive moments in the life of the Apostle Paul.  In these verses Paul outlines for us the purpose, pain, provision, product and perspective of this disruptive moment.

 

The Purpose of the Disruptive Moments:

even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God.

Paul clearly states that the purpose of his suffering was to protect him from the sin of pride. In an early verse Paul describes a time in the past when Paul had the opportunity to be caught up into the very heavens with God. Such an experience had been granted to no other person. Paul could have easily been filled with pride over this unique privilege. If it were today, there would have been a press release and an agent hired to sound the news. But God uses disruptive moments in our lives to help us keep things in perspective.

 

The Pain of the Disruptive Moments:

7So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

Scholars have spent untold hours speculating on the nature of Paul’s problem. We have no idea what the affliction Paul was dealing with. Some think it was eye problems, epileptic seizures, gout, gallstones, deafness, leprosy and many other suggestions. Remorse, since he had persecuted many Christians before his conversion.

Although we can’t be sure what Paul’s “thorn” was: We can say this that the word for “thorn” carries the literal meaning of a stake.  Paul suggests he had a stake driven into his flesh-quite a disruptive moment.

We’re not told the specific nature of Paul’s suffering, so we must conclude that the details are beside the point. What matters is that Paul suffered in such a way that he compared it to the pain of a stake being pounded through his flesh. If we’d been told the exact nature of his affliction, this passage might have just seemed to be a story about Paul. We wouldn’t be able to fill in the blank with our own personal afflictions, and our own “thorns” might seem outside the reach of God’s grace. Instead we are invited to identify with Paul’s suffering. We’re given the opportunity to realize that if God’s grace was sufficient for him, it is sufficient for us as well.

 

The Provision in the Disruptive Moments:

9“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

Paul didn’t relish the painful moment any more than you or I do. In fact, he asked God three times to remove the thorn from his flesh. But God refused his request. God would not remove the thorn, but he would do something else, in the midst of the ordeal, He would give Paul all the grace he needed to continue his work. He also told Paul that His strength would be made perfect in this time of weakness.

Think of that: strength enshrined in weakness, power in pain. It completely defies and undermines the human approach to things and that’s why it glorifies God.

The Product of the Disruptive Moments:

so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10….For when I am weak, then I am strong.

What God told Paul was basically this: “You won’t lack the grace to do your job. You won’t lack the strength to be my ambassador. But the creative difference will be this: Your weakness will serve to magnify the glory of My power in such a way that no one will ever again be able to explain your experience in human terms.”

The weaker we are the stronger His grace is revealed. Or to put in another way: When “this little light of mine” becomes dimmer, His great floodlight shines all the more brightly.

The Perspective of the Disruptive Moments:

9So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

Paul had quite a perspective.  In the midst of this disruptive moment Paul says, “I’m not the same man that I used to be. I’ve suffered and felt my share of pain, yet now I find within myself an inner depth, a spiritual dynamic I’ve never known before. I’ve entered into the deepest mystery of life-the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings. And now that I see the meaning of it all, I wouldn’t trade a moment of misery for pure gold. In the end our pain offers us a far greater wealth. I’ve had a thorn in my flesh, and I claim it as a badge of honor.”

Paul was not a timid person. He had searched the countryside years earlier to persecute Christians. He had faced stonings and beatings for the sake of the gospel.  If this was the case how do we reconcile his claim to be weak? How can a man be both weak and strong?

The answer lies in this phrase by Charles Stanley, pastor of FBC Atlanta: “When I, Paul, in and of my own strength, am weak, then I, Paul, relying on the power of Christ in me, become strong, capable of whatever the Lord requires of me, full of energy and zeal to accomplish His will.”

 

I have no idea what disruptive moments you have encountered, are encountering and will encounter, but NONE of them are outside of God’s grace and will. He will and does give the believer the ability to endure and overcome every struggle that life throws your way. By God’s grace, when we are weak, God makes us strong. His strength is perfected in our weakness.

God uses the weak things of this world to confound the lost.

Where are you today in your battle with your disruptive moments? Allow God to be glorified in the midst of your struggles and disruptive moments for His glory!

Pain draws me to God’s Word. In the midst of my deep pain it often draws me to deep reflection on God’s grace and mercy.

Perseverance from the Lord

Perseverance from the Lord

per·se·ver·ance

 [pur-suh-veer-uhns]

1.

steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state,etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
2.

Theology . continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.
Perseverance from the Lord
There is not much more I could add to these two definitions of perseverance. I used to think I knew what perseverance looked like, but I have a whole new perspective these days. Persevering in the midst of daily difficulty is more than one can handle and that is why we can’t and never will ever be able to do it alone.
Perseverance from the Lord
Even with a Godly wife, children, family and friends it is more than I can handle. There are days, and today is one of them, that it is hard to breathe, because of the pressure of losing the house, my job, my ministry, my life and starting all over. Add to that, that those who did this to us feel no remorse, have not reached out to us and continue on as if nothing has ever happened.
I would lie if I didn’t question God’s timing and at times I have asked him to act quicker on my behalf and the behalf of my family. But, he knows his own timing on ALL things. I wish NO ill-will on those who did this to me, but I do want them to have to answer for what they have done to me and my wife physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially. Our lives are a mere shadow of what it used to be.
Perseverance from the Lord
The following Bible verses provide a biblical concept of perseverance.
James 1:12
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.Romans 5:3-4
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Romans 2:7
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

Hebrews 10:36
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

1 Chronicles 16:11
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

2 Thessalonians 3:5
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

1 Corinthians 13:6-7
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Timothy 4:16
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

James 5:11
As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Hebrews 2:1
We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

Revelation 2:2-3
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

While I know there are more verses I could have included, these are very near and dear to me. HIS word and HIS salvation is what gets me thru the REALLY dark days (of which there have been many)!
Perseverance from the Lord

How Do You Spell Commitment

How Do You Spell Commitment

But without faith it is impossible to please Him…
Hebrews 11:6

When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego took the fiery plunge into Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace of judgment, do you imagine that they were second-guessing their declaration of faith to Nebuchadnezzar? “…We do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up” (Daniel 3:18). Absolutely not! Clearly these men of faith knew that a great price would be paid for their commitment to God. The answer to the trio’s faith test was found when Nebuchadnezzar looked into the furnace and saw a fourth Man walking with the three (who were no longer bound and certainly not burning). They had faith-period.

When you face a trial of your faith, what will your heart reveal? Like the three men brought under Nebuchadnezzar’s judgment, do your actions and words confirm your commitment? Your commitment to Christ should not vacillate when the fiery trials draw near. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego we need to have absolute confidence in God and His Word-that is how you spell commitment.

Dr. David Jeremiah

How Do You Spell Commitment

1 Corinthians 10: 1Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: 2But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Philippians 3: 1Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. 2Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. 3For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

How Do You Spell Commitment

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/christianity/914230-difference-between-faith-christ-commitment-christ.html#ixzz2TIrsOb1M

How Do You Spell Commitment

Who will you be committed to today? I choose to commit the time God has given me left on this earth to Him. No matter the cost our loyalty should be in Him.

 

Fix our eyes on Jesus at all times

Fix our eyes on Jesus at all times

Why is it so hard to keep our eyes permanently fixed on Jesus, who the author of all truth and wisdom? I often find myself wanting to shoulder the problems to “give God a break”. While I know this sounds silly, all of us do this from time to time. As if we can carry the burden alone and allow God to help others who are in more desperate times than ours. As a parent I can see the flaw in this thought process. I, as well as my wife, would do anything for our children. How much more does our Heavenly Father want to help us, direct us, guide us, correct us and lead us daily?

Matthew 7:11

 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

 

Luke 11:13

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

I love these verses. If we think we love and care for our own children and want to do good by them, how much more so does our Heavenly Father want to give good things to those who are His children and ask for it?

Fix our eyes on Jesus at all times.

For Christians, a calm mind comes from having our thoughts fixed on Jesus and our minds stayed on Him (Hebrews 3:1; Isaiah 26:3). Jesus told us to love Him with all our mind (Matthew 22:37). The Bible warns against an “anxious mind” (Luke 12:29) and instructs us to set our minds on “things above” (Colossians 3:2). We’re to be renewed in the spirit of our minds. To be spiritually minded is “life and peace” (Ephesians 4:23; Romans 8:6). As we meditate on God’s Word, the peace of God guards our “hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). 1

Amid the racket of life, a calm mind always wins. Learn to deliberately fix your mind on Jesus and His Word today. Focus on Christ and feed on His Word.

It is a grand thing when the mind becomes calm, when the soul grows strong, when courage increases, when confidence comes, when deep peace and quiet restfulness flow into the soul. 
Charles H. Spurgeon

Fix My Eyes on Jesus

Fix our eyes on Jesus at all times.

Through His Eyes

Fix our eyes on Jesus at all times.

Effective Witness For Christ

Effective Witness For Christ
This is from a devotional from Dr. Charles Stanley. It was so good and so on target I wanted to share this with those who read my blog. There is very little else I could add to this.
Effective Witness For Christ
Philippians 2: 12-16Some of the most effective witnesses are those who have gone through painful circumstances. Consider how the gospel has spread in parts of the world that are poor and oppressed. Now think about your response to the triumphant stories of former criminals, abuse victims and religious prisoners. God’s power is manifest in man’s weakest moments.Whether believers develop into stronger witnesses as a result of difficulties depend on their response to crisis. Many people make the mistake of focusing on the will of man instead of the Lord’s sovereignty. Then they find it impossible to believe that the Lord will bring positive results from their pain.Those who rise above their circumstances understand that God uses every experience for good. (Romans 8:28). To trust that principle, we must realize whatever we experience is under the authority of a kind, loving Father. Paul’s time in prison yielded better and more abundant fruit than he could have produced any other way (Phil. 1:13). He spread the gospel to the most elite Roman soldiers because he was chained to one after another every day for years. As we turn our attention to Christ, He reveals opportunities for impacting people with the gospel. These are often chances we wouldn’t have had apart from trying circumstances.You are always in God’s Hands. Focusing upon His sovereign will and the good He has in store for you is not easy in hard times, I understand. BUT I also know that God never allows anything to touch us that He will not turn to our benefit and the good of HIS kingdom!….Dr. Charles StanleyEffective Witness For Christ

11 Giving My Best

 

This is not my home I am heaven bound

This is not my home I am heaven bound.

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

This verse encourages me when I am in the middle of my hard days and weeks. My focus can be too earthly minded and not heavenly minded.

John 14:1-3; “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

This is not my home I am heaven bound.

Great song of encouragement.

This is not my home I am heaven bound.

Matthew 18:18

18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

I wonder why, at times, I worry so much about what is going on this earth. While I realize I must provide for my family, be a Godly husband, father, friend and family member, but I don’t have to let the worries of this world overwhelm me.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

1 Corinthians 1:27-28

27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are.

 

I am so glad I serve a loving, graceful and merciful God. He saved me, set me apart and has a plan for my life, even when I can’t see it, touch it, or understand it. He is my all in all and ALL that I need.

This is not my home I am heaven bound.