April 9, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

April 9, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Pleasing God in Our Struggles and Trials

There are so many who are far more qualified than I am to talk about this, multitudes who have pleased God through suffering in ways I can’t even fathom, but I would like to share with you just a few  ways I have seen others please God, on their sickbed or in their disability:

Your desire to please God pleases Him. Unbelievers have no desire to please Him. His delight is when you have trusted in Him alone,  as your Saviour and Lord, and only if your desire is to glorify and please Him. What parent wouldn’t be delighted to hear their child say, “Mom, I just want to please you and make you happy”? Even your desire to bring pleasure to Jesus fills Him with pleasure and joy.  Hoping in God pleases Him. Even if you’re seeing a doctor or taking medicine, ultimately your hope is in Jesus to heal and help you, and that honors Him.

Let me Quote a few who have written on thus subject:

Joni Eareckson Tada: 

  • “If you had never known physical pain in your life, how could you appreciate the nail scarred hands with which Jesus Christ will meet you?”
  • “I’d rather be in this wheelchair knowing God than on my feet without Him.”
  • “I’m so glad God’s “no” answer to a prayer for healing has meant a more urgent leaning upon Him every day, a more vibrant hope of heaven, a deeper sense of prayer, a more energetic love for His Word. It’s fostered my friendships, and deepened my concern and compassion for others who hurt.
  • It’s helped me start this ministry, Joni & Friends, to other people with disabilities.”

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” (2 Cor. 4:17 KJV)

God Never Wastes Your Pain

Kimberly Wagner: |n “Struggles & Suffering”,  from Revive Our Hearts says:

“Doing everything to God’s glory – even small and seemingly insignificant things.”

If it’s taking a pill, or simply lying on your back, if that’s where Jesus has you, then you can do it for his glory.

This is what He can do with your pain:

  • Show you more of Himself than you’ve yet seen
  • Train you in righteousness
  • Increase your faith and dependence on Him
  • Allow others to see His sustaining grace as you trust and obey
  • Conform you to Christ’s image
  • Use you to bring comfort and inspiration to others.”

Warren W. Wiersbe said, “When you and I hurt deeply, what we really need is not an explanation from God, but a revelation of God. We need to see how great God is; we need to recover our lost perspective on life. Things get out of proportion when we are suffering, and it takes a vision of something bigger than ourselves to get life’s dimensions adjusted again”

February 5, 2017 Jane’s Heart to Heart…. Pastor’s Help- Mate

 A POEM OF GOD’S GRACE

 

I did not know His love before,

 the way I know it now.

 I could not see my need for Him,

 my pride would not allow.

 

I had it all, without a care,

 the “Self-sufficient” lie.

 My path was smooth,

 my sea was still,

 not a cloud was in my sky.

 

 I thought I knew His love for me,

 I thought I’d seen His grace,

 I thought I did not need to grow,

 I thought I’d found my place.

 

But then the way

 grew rough and dark,

 the storm clouds quickly rolled;

 The waves began to rock my ship,

 I found I had no hold.

 

The ship that I had built myself

 was made of foolish pride.

 It fell apart and left me bare,

 with nowhere else to hide.

 

I had no strength or faith

 to face the trials that lay ahead,

 And so I simply spoke His name

 and bowed my weary head.

 

His loving arms enveloped me,

 and then He helped me stand.

 He said, “You still must

 face this storm, but

 I will hold your hand.”

 

So through the dark and lonely

 night He guided me through pain.

 I could not see the light of day

 or when I’d smile again.

Yet through the pain and endless

 tears, my faith began to grow.

 I could not see it at the time,

 but my light began to glow.

I saw God’s love in brand new

 light, His grace and mercy, too.

 For only when all self was gone

 could Jesus’ love shine through.

 It was not easy in the storm,

 I sometimes wondered why.

 At times I thought,

 “I can’t go on.”

 I’d hurt, and doubt, and cry.

But Jesus never left my side

 He guided me each day.

 Through pain and strife,

 through fire and flood,

 He helped me all the way.

 

And now I see as ne’er before

 how great His love can be.

 How in my weakness He is strong,

 how Jesus cares for me!

 

He worked it all out for my good,

 although the way was rough.

 He only sent what I could bear,

 and then He said, “Enough!”

 

He raised His hand and said,

 “Be still!” He made the storm

 clouds cease. He opened up the

 gates of joy and flooded

 me with peace.

I saw His face now clearer still,

 I felt His presence strong,

 I found anew His faithfulness,

 He never did me wrong.

 

And now I know more storms will

 come, but only for my good,

 For pain and tears have helped

 me grow as nothing ever could.

 

I still have so much more to

 learn as Jesus works in me;

 If in the storm I’ll love Him

 more, that’s where I want to be!

 

author unknown

from Karen Wilson – Peris CA.

October 16, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate  

Thank you to  our daughter Melony Pierpont Evans for helping me out this week….

         I want to be healed and I wanted it right now. Why was I having to go through this again? I prayed for healing. I prayed that the Lord would show me mercy by lessening my pain. I begged. I pleaded. I bargained.   I was having another kidney stone.

Why? Was God trying to tell me something I was not hearing or I was I overlooking something?

Maybe you have been there.    Well, after a couple of weeks the pain has left and there are no other indications that the stone is still there. But looking back and thanking God for deliverance made me also wonder, why? Why does God allow suffering? I read some articles about God’s healing. They gave some answers. Sometimes our healing comes immediately. Sometimes slowly. Sometimes healing is eternal. As I was pondering the whole thing again this morning the words came to me as clearly as if God himself had whispered in my ear.   They were the words to the song “Blessings”.

“Blessings” – by Laura Story

We pray for blessings    We pray for peace

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep

We pray for healing, for prosperity

We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

All the while, You hear each spoken need

Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom    Your voice to hear

We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near

We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love

As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

All the while, You hear each desperate plea

And long that we’d have faith to believe

When friends betray us   When darkness seems to win

We know that pain reminds this heart   That this is not our home–

I hope you can be encouraged when you suffer or are part of the suffering of those you love by remembering the words of this song and even more – remember that God loves each of us with divine love. He loves us with a love that has been moving us through this earthly life with His total devotion and protection. He will never allow anything to touch us that has not passed through His son. All suffering has been allowed to prepare us for His work and our eternal home, home with Him. That’s what will make it heaven.

DEC. 28, 2014   JANE’S HEART TO HEART   … Pastor’s Help-Mate

DEC. 28, 2014 JANE’S HEART TO HEART … Pastor’s Help-Mate

 MY 2015 CHALLENGE

This is for me first and then I post it as my signature in emails and letters and share it with those with whom I correspond during the year of 2015.

“WHEN WE PUT OUR LIVES IN GOD’S HANDS

HE PUTS HIS PEACE IN OUR HEARTS”  (ODB) 

Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.   Trust ye in the Lord forever: for the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”   and Romans 15: 13 “ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” NIV

Our choice this year should be to have a heart of gratitude and praise. “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”   Ps. 34:1 

This praise need not be just when things are going well, but in the times of trial too. Yes, giving thanks in all things is not easy and it may not change your circumstances, but it will put you in a frame of mind to experience God’s richest blessing that He desires for you through your trials.

If we continue without praise in our trails we give up peace and contentment, we give up JOY.  We make things even worse when we remove ourselves from His grace and fellowship during these hard times by whining and complaining.           

  “Let us counsel and train our hearts by being obedient and offer a sacrifice of “Thanks” and let God’s truth lift and sustain your spirit.”  (DeMoss)

Christian contentment is that sweet, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.”  (Jeremiah Burroughs)

Being joyful is not what makes you grateful

Being grateful is what makes you Joyful

Part 5: PSALM 23:3a “…he restoreth my soul.”

Surely, it would be assumed that anyone in the Good Shepherd’s care could never become so distressed in soul as to need restoration.  NOT!

David, the writer of this Psalm was acquainted with the bitterness of feeling hopeless and without strength in himself. In Ps. 42:11 he cries out, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” 

 “Cast Down” is an old English shepherd’s term for a sheep that has turned over on its back and cannot get up again by itself.

A good shepherd keeps close watch over his sheep. He must count them frequently so that he knows when one is missing.  A sheep can die in just a few hours if he is not rescued by the Shepherd.  He wants to “restore it.”  When he finds it he will turn the sheep over and massage its leg to restore the circulation, then he will lift the sheep onto his shoulders and carry it home… He is not angry with the sheep. He is happy to find it and wants to help it.

The story of the ninety and nine  in Luke 15:1-6  is a very significant story depicting the shepherd leaving the 99 to look for the one lost sheep.

Our children have this little joke  about “who is the favorite child” and as we told our eldest son about a week ago, when he was very sick… “we are doing our favorite child act today”.   He laughed because the truth weighed heavily on him of our concern.  The one who needed us most at the time was the one who gets our attention or is  our “favorite”.

When the sheep is weak and his legs are wobbly he will need to be carried by the Shepherd, but once he gains his strength he can walk on his own.

Our Shepherd is the one,“…who came to seek and to save that which  was lost.” Luke 19:10  

We as Christians also need to pray for those who are “lost sheep”. The Lord cares for the lost sinner and has compassion for His children also.

“As the shepherd seeks out his flock… So will I seek out My sheep… from all the places where they were scattered.”   Ezekiel 34:12

Keller says in his little book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, “The life for Christ is not an easy one,  but the toughness it takes to face life and its difficult setbacks… can come only through the discipline of endurance and hardship.”  (p.69  in the church Library).

…He knows best and HE WILL SEEK YOU OUT WHEN YOU STRAY….

 “…He restoreth my soul.”