I apologize for the delay in the posting of the final posts on this important matter, but here we are now.
Once again (with reference to the previous post – Part 6):
- DO NOT park on the negative issues ;
- Or return to them,
- Because then you could fall into a vicious circle of going through the negative emotions continually.
- And it will destroy you!
The second circle of events (which created the trauma and disappointment) leads you to the third circle, which I have termed:
The Job syndrome (or Satan’s territory).
Due to the immense pain and disappointment, you could easily slip into the next phase of emotions, such as:
- Covering up your pain with false joy;
- Losing faith
- Suicidal – that is exactly where Satan wants you to be! Even if you only regret the day you were born, you are now on dangerous territory.
Do yourself a favor and read through the Book of Job. See and experience the pain and despair that he went through, but in the end it was his own attitude and self-pity that has prolonged the process that God wanted to achieve in his life. Even his own friends told him that it was easy for him to provide guidance and advice to other people in the city due to his wisdom, but now that he was in his own pain and predicament, he could not listen to anybody else or to apply what he taught other people.
We all know the phrase: “Practice what you preach”! And YES – it is the most difficult thing to apply in our own lives. Especially for pastors and other lay-preachers who are busy with counseling and deliverance. Most of the time the pastors do not have a friendly ear to speak to or to receive counseling and advice from, because who can you trust out there? First of all, you dare not speak to anybody in the congregation about your problem or pain, because it will run through the congregation like a wild fire. Other pastors will think less of you, even while they are dealing with the same issues on hand. They would rather avoid you and refrain from contact than to be there as a friend who would listen and thereafter provide you with sound advice and support.
Notwithstanding any of the above, I have also learned some valuable lessons in this regard and one of them is that the Lord wants us to deal with specific issues in our lives completely on our own – while He is always watching and guiding and protecting!
Let’s take the aspect of Trust in the Lord. Everyone would say they have faith in the Lord Jesus – but do you also TRUST Him with everything in your life? And you cannot pray to receive Trust, or study about it. You have to earn it on your own and through your own experiences. This is a one-man show with God being the Director of the play. You receive the test through various trials and tribulations and you learn to trust the Lord purely because there is nothing and nobody else who can (or want to) help you. This is when you learn to push your faith in front of reality – where the reality of things does not scare you anymore. Your faith and trust in the Lord needs to became greater than the fear that tries to overwhelm you. Also read Jeremiah 17:5 – 10 and see the difference between the two scenarios.
Your faith and trust in the Lord needs to become greater
than the fear and reality of the situation
that tries to overwhelm you!
In our situation, we had to trust the Lord completely to not loose our house and all other assets due to the untimely closure of my construction business. At one stage we were already 30 months behind in payments and the only thing I could do with the summonses from the Bank, was to put in into my Bible at a specific verse and pray about it. I had to give my problem to the Lord and then trust Him completely to give me a favorable outcome. And I mean completely because there was no other plan, option or man who could help me. And the Lord prevailed as we did not loose our house or any other asset, for He is good and faithful. He is worthy to be trusted because He is no man that could lie.
You know, it is nothing short than a miracle from God when He pushes the reality of a specific situation to the back when we allow faith and trust in Him to reign in our lives. He specializes in the impossible and nothing is too hard for Him. If He could let the sun go back ten degrees upon the prayer of one man (2Ki 20:10), what will He not do for you?
The last delivery on this teaching will follow tomorrow.