The second message that is strongly coming out of the Church of America is the message that places the emphasis on “doing.” I am sure that you have heard, probably more than once, that “the reason God is allowing you to go through this hell is so that you can help others; God is preparing you for ministry.”
The second message that is strongly coming out of the Church of America is the message that places the emphasis on “doing.” Now we need to establish that faith without works is van (James 2:17) I am not teaching against works, I am teaching against making works our priority in this Christian experience.
As it relates to the reasons for suffering, I am sure that you have heard, probably more than once, that “the reason God is allowing you to go through this hell is so that you can help others; God is preparing you for ministry.” This is indeed a more Biblical message. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4,
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 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.
Even as there are elements of this statement that are true, this message is shadowed if it becomes the center of your Christian life. See, we can do many good things according to First Corinthians 13 and still have no love. As a matter of fact Matthew 7:21-23 tells us,
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
The idea that God allows you to go through hell and back just because he wants to use you is incomplete. This teaching tells us that everything we go through is with the objective of preparing us for ministry…they say! If I am homeless, it’s because God is preparing you to start a homeless ministry; if you are constantly in and out of jail, it’s because God is preparing you for a Prison Ministry; if you are divorced, you will help broken families and the list goes on and on.
Even as being used by God is one of the reasons for suffering, the Bible takes us to a deeper level and a more deeper and profound reason. There is a third message that must and will be released into the hearts of our Apostles and Prophets. To properly answer this question, we must change the emphasis from “Having and Doing” to Knowing God intimately. We must be the people God has called us to be. Having and doing will never get us there. This is where suffering shines like the starts at night.
TO BE CONTINUED…
Has the enemy already noticed you? Is he throwing things at you left and right? I want to remind you that in the midst of your oppression, God is able; in the midst of your oppression, you can continue to be fruitful.
January 19, 2011
“8Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 ‘Look,’ he said to his people, ‘the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
“11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.” (Exodus 1:8-14)
Storms will always come our way! In these verses, we see the people of Israel prospering and doing well. For four-hundred years, they lived at peace and harmony. They were still enjoying the blessings of the memory of Joseph. However, the Bible tells us, a new king came to power that did not know anything about Joseph and what he did for Egypt.
There is a place in our walk where the devil starts noticing who we are as we become a threat to him and his kingdom. So the enemy comes at us with oppression and he makes sure that he throws everything he can at us to make our lives miserable. However, notice in verse twelve, “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread…” As long as we stay focus on God, there is no demon in hell that can take our blessing away! Has the enemy already noticed you? Is he throwing things at you left and right? I want to remind you that in the midst of your oppression, God is able; in the midst of your oppression, you can continue to be fruitful. No demon in hell can stop you from receiving God’s favor.