But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you
1 Peter 5:10
As everyone grows older we get more experienced in life's matters. Whether it be job related, in ministry or in our families. Whether it's a situation, or we learn how to raise one child a little different than the other. As we face difficult situations daily, we exercise ourselves.
Tough problems prepare us for life's tough questions like; if God is loving, why does He allow suffering in the world? The answer biblically is clear: God did not introduce suffering to the world. Man's disobedience established suffer, the natural result of sin. But some of you may be thinking;
If we have committed our lives to God, why would he require us to endure suffering? There are at least 3 reasons:
1. In our own suffering we identify with Jesus' suffering, and we don't even come close to the suffering He went through.
2. Through suffering God trains us. Whether through patience or that it causes us to learn a valuable life lesson.
3. Our suffering causes us to help and minister to others who have gone through the same problem or trial.
Suffering still hurts. But I think if we look at it as something we gain, something we get stronger with and know that God understands us, then it turns into a blessing, in that God loves you so much He chose to establish and grow you more like Him....through suffering
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:9
Have you ever heard someone make an excuse as to why they can't, won't, or didn't do something. Things like go to a doctor, work, or even church. It's easy to make an excuse for something we don't want to do.
The Greek word for "confess" above is homologeo. It means, "to speak to the same thing" that is, to say about sin what God is saying to you about it. Confession involves being truthful, honest, forthright and not excusing yourself either to God or to your own conscience.
If the Father says, "I don't want you to do that or I want you to do this" then respond, "Yes Lord". When Jesus was asked how do we pray He responded with pray like this "thy kingdom come thy will be done" When you pray like this you align your thoughts and actions to the will of heaven. You now don't have to ask the question is this what God wants or am I in His will?
This also prevents us from making excuses as to why we don't, can't or want to do something. True confession leads to His heavenly will on earth.
Pastor Michael Garcia
Overseer and Pastor at First Assembly HOEN