Last week, we talked about one way that God Deals with the Storms in Our Lives — the MIRACLE.
Unfortunately, many Christians believe that God only works through miracles. So when God doesn’t perform the miracle that we’re praying for, we get upset.
But we don’t know that God actually works in 3 ways to deal with the problems and storms in our lives.
Part 2 – Interaction
A lot of times we are so busy looking up and praying for the miracle that we miss out on the other ways God is trying to help us. With our heads in the clouds, sometimes we miss what’s happening right in front of us.
More often than performing a miracle, God sends an ambassador down to comfort us, to bless us, to lift us out of despair, and he uses us to do the same thing in other people’s lives. We bring glory to God by accepting our love for one another.
As Paul said in Romans 15:7:
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
When you become a part of God’s family, you take on the responsibility of learning how to be more like Christ. This involves loving as Christ loves and striving for spiritual maturity. In return, you shall receive miracles through interaction with His family.
God wants us to develop a more Christ-like character. He helps us in the process of changing our character through constant interactions.
So don’t ignore interactions with His family. We all have the ability to be conduits of His Spirit. In fact, we are called on to share our blessings. Remember, the complete joy that we receive freely from Him must also be freely given to others (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). It works both ways.
God engages with us through the people of God, through the family of faith.
In fact, God brought you the Ministry of His presence through someone else.
Here’s your challenge:
I want you to think back to a time when you were praying for a miracle and God brought you comfort. God brought you peace. God brought you the Ministry of His presence through someone else. Just reflect on that time when God brought you someone to act on his behalf.
Next week, we will be discussing the third way that God moves into the storms of our lives, and it is the most important thing that you’re going to hear, and this is what I said before and I’ll say it again, this is huge!
It’s going to change your paradigm. It’s going to allow you to find strength in the midst of the storms like you’ve never found strength before! That’s next week.
Until we talk again, Live Passionately, Give Generously, and Impact the World for God.
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5 Bible Verses on Receiving God’s Help
- “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
- “If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who does right has been born of him.” (1 John 2:29)
- “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” (Matthew 7:7)
- “He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32)
- “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’” (John 4:13-14)
Hey, this is Todd Phillips your online pastor and personal life coach. We’re in the middle of a 3-week video blog series on how God moves into the storms and challenges of our lives.
Last week we talked about the fact that the first way that God moves into the situations or challenges in life is Intervention. We might call that a miracle. It’s when God does something only He can do. He comes in, and he solves the problem. That’s the miracle!
The problem is that most of us in our Christian lives believe that that’s the only way that God works: He performs miracles. So we pray for a miracle, he doesn’t perform the miracle, and then we get mad at God. Or we get frustrated; or we get disappointed because we don’t know that God actually works in 3 ways in the midst of the challenges of our lives.
Last week was Intervention; or The Miracle. And if you didn’t see that I’d really encourage it. Watch that video blog and then come back and watch this one today.
Today we’re going to talk about Interactions. Intervention was the first one; Interaction is the second way that God moves into the challenges of our lives.
Now we’re going to spend a lot of time talking about Paul’s life because God moves into Paul’s challenges in all three of these ways, like He did last week with His intervention. He also interacts with Paul. One of the greatest things we learned about Paul’s life is just how deeply connected he was to God and God’s purposes in his life. And I believe personally that that’s because he was able to see God in every challenge he ever faced.
Now let’s talk about this idea of Interaction. This is when He empowers us to have some involvement in the solution or the situation that we’re in, the challenge that we’re in.
And if you will, He helps us to help ourselves, or to help serve other people. The community of faith, all of us as Christ-followers, engage in this process of interaction—where God engages with us through the people of God, through the family of faith.
A great example of this is early on in Paul’s life. This is recorded is 2 Corinthians, Chapter 1:3-4. Paul says something that is important to understand.
3 Praise be to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, [here’s the key phrase] so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
This is one of the most profound things we can learn about how God gets engaged in our trials. He uses people in our lives to encourage us, to lift us up, to comfort us in the midst of our challenges.
God comforts us at times in order to provide comfort for other people. One of the biggest challenges we have is that we start praying for miracles and God is trying to provide us comfort through the people around us. We pray for God to comfort us; we pray God give us a sense of peace. We say, “God give me a sense of contentment in the midst of my trial!” And I kid you not, this has certainly happened in my life — I’ll be praying, “God give me peace, give me contentment, give me comfort!” And while I’m praying, somebody in the church, my wife, my children, a Sunday school teacher, one of my staff member friends, will come up to me and try to love on me and to comfort me.
They go, “Hey, I want to be here with you, I want to bless you, I want to comfort you!” And I’ll be going, “Hey, I really appreciate that you want to comfort me, but I’m waiting for God to hook me up. And He’s going, “Oh my gosh.” God’s looking down going, “I just hooked you up. I just brought you somebody to comfort you! I comforted them so they could comfort you!” so they could comfort you!” See a lot of times we are so busy looking up and praying for the miracle that we miss God interacting with us through other believers.
This is such a huge thing that many of us miss. We missed the fact that God goes through His people to bless us, to comfort us, to give us a sense of peace and contentment in the midst of our trials and in the midst of our challenges. Let me put it this way. Pray for healing, right. Pray for the miracle of healing, but go to the doctor. Do both, right? Pray for protection when you’re driving in your car, but wear your seatbelt, right? There’s the miracle! God can intervene when he needs to, but He also gives us the miracle of common sense!
Here it is — pray for comfort, pray for the miracle that would just bless you and pierce your heart with comfort from Him, but also seek fellowship. Pray for the miracle of comfort, but seek fellowship from other followers of Jesus. Some people believe that the only way that God acts is through the miracles, so they spend their lives testing God in ridiculous ways to try to see God intervene in their life, when he’s wanting to interact through the body of believers. I hope that makes sense because it’s such a huge concept to grasp.
There are crazy things that have happened in the past. There are churches out there where people handle snakes and drink cyanide poisoning because they believe that God can perform a miracle. Sure he can but there are also things that are flat out stupid. There are just things that are not smart to do. Listen, we still lock our doors at night even though we trust God to protect us. It’s called the miracle of common sense!
So, here’s the bottom line. God sometimes intervenes, but he also provides a safety mechanism structure around us — a comfort mechanism around us that’s called the ‘body of believers’. That’s why it’s important to get involved in a local church; to find a local Christian community that can be this comfort to you in your times of trial. And when you’re comforted, you can then give that comfort to someone else — that’s interaction!
So we talked bout intervention, the miracle, but God also, and more often, acts through interaction. He uses the people of faith to comfort us, and to bless us, and to lift us up out of our despair, and he uses us to do the same thing in other people’s lives.
Here’s my challenge to you today — I want you to think back at a moment ago or a month ago or a year ago. Think back to the last time that you are praying for a miracle and God brought you comfort. God brought you peace. God brought you the Ministry of his presence through someone else. Just think about that. Reflect on it and think about this many, many times.
That’s exactly how God moves into the storms of our lives. Now listen, next week we get together.
Next week, number 3, the third way that God moves into the storms of our lives, is the most important thing that you’re going to hear, and this is what I said before and I’ll say it again, this is huge! It’s going to change your paradigm. It’s going to allow you to find strength in the midst of the storms like you’ve never found strength before! That’s next week.
Until we see each other next time, Live Passionately, Give Generously, and Impact the World for God.
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