Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by danny3861, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. danny3861

    danny3861 New Member

    The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react Foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

    Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:

    God uses problems to DIRECT you.
    Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? "Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways." Proverbs 20:30 (GN)

    God uses problems to INSPECT you.
    People are like tea bags 'if you want to know what's inside them, just drop them into hot water!' Has God ever tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you? "When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience." James 1:2-3

    God uses problems to CORRECT you.
    Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It's likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something*health, money, a relationship*by losing it"*It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws." Psalm 119-71-72 (LB)

    God uses problems to PROTECT you.
    A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a man was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem - but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison later when management's actions were eventually discovered. "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good." Genesis 50:20 (NIV)

    God uses problems to PERFECT you.
    Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you're going to take with you into eternity. "We can rejoice when we run into problems *they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady." Romans5:3-4(LB)

    Here's the point: God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognize it or understand it. But it's much easier and profitable whenyou cooperate with HIM!!
    -- Rick Warren, Author of "Purpose Driven Life"
  2. another_painful_day

    another_painful_day New Member

    Thanks for the great Post! I printed it out and its going on the refrigerator for sure! I am actually going to read it to my 11 yr old daughter and almost 12 year old step-daughter. I think they would get alot out of this.

    Again, many thanks!

    : )

  3. PrayerWarrior316

    PrayerWarrior316 New Member

    Thank You for sharing this wonderful post with all of us. I'm going to print this out and keep it.

    I'm so glad that you're back, I have certainly missed your daily post.

    Blessings, Judy

  4. readalot

    readalot New Member


    Thanks for sharing that with us. That is so good. It is hard to look at problems like that when in the middle of it. The Lord works it out, even if we don't see it at the time.

    I have heard and seen copies of "Purpose Driven Life" I heard that it is really good. Once I get more money, and head out to the book store, I am going to buy me a copy. I am looking forward to reading it.

    I hope that your weekend will be good. Having cooler weather here. It is such a relief.

  5. monkeykat

    monkeykat Member

    Thanks Danny,
    I haven't been on the computer as much lately b/c of ill health.

    This was an encouragement to me.

    Have a wonderful day:)
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I truly believe that we are here in our Earth School to learn and grow spiritually. My illnesses have bent me but they will not break me. My faith is stronger today than ever before.

    Thank you for such a fine article.

    Love, Mikie