This is the last of the “Life Hurts ~ God Heals Recovery Series.” I am sorry it has taken me so long to get the last one out to you. I do pray you have been blessed and helped by what you have read.
R.E.C.O. V. E. R. Y
“I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners. I created the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace, to him who is far off and to him who is near, Says the Lord, And I will heal him” (Isaiah 57:18-19).
No matter how we behave, God WANTS to heal us. He wants to use our experiences to help heal other people. He will use your pain to help others too.
Part One ~ “R” Realize we are not God…
Part Two ~ “E” Earnestly believe that God exists…
Part Three ~ “C” Consciously choose to commit all our life and will to Christ’s care and control.
Part Four ~ “O” Openly examine and confess our faults to ourselves, to God, and to someone we trust.
Part Five ~ “V“ Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in our lives and humbly ask Him to remove our character defect.
Part Six ~ “E” Evaluate all my relationships and offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others except when to do so would harm them or others.
Part Seven ~ “R“ Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for your life and gain the power to do it.
Part Eight ~ “Y” Yield myself to God to be used to bring the Good News to others by both my example and my words.
WHY GOD ALLOWED MY PAIN IN THE FIRST PLACE …
1) He gives us a free will ~ We all either help or hurt others. “Behold, I set before you today a blessings and a curse; the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I commanded you today, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but then turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known” (Deut. 11:26-28)
2) To get our attention ~ God uses it to wake us up. Pain should be an alarm in our life. ”Blows that hurt cleanse evil away, as do stripes the inner depths of the heart” (Proverbs 20:30). ”Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance” (2 Cor. 7:9).
3) To teach me to depend on Him ~ “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes” (Psalm 119:71). “Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us, in whom we trust that He will still deliver us…” (1 Cor. 1:9-10).
4) To give us a ministry to others ~ “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (1 Cor. 1:4).
God NEVER wastes a hurt. Being someone He can use is NOT being perfect! In our weakness, He is strong.
HOW TO USE MY PAIN TO HELP OTHERS…
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15).
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).
Openly and honestly share your testimony with others just like someone has shared theirs with you during tribulation.
We cannot get out of our pain without the help of others.
No high points are possible without the low points. Share one high point and one low point.
We are all in need of recovery one way or another. God wants to recycle our pain.
Are you willing to share and help others?
Just be humble, be honest, be real and don’t lecture, just be a witness.