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Do When Your World Crashes
that only promises
prosperity is NOT the full Gospel.
blessings are real. And they come in different ways.
there’s another side of the coin. The same Bible
that offers blessing also says: “Everyone
who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2
Tim. 3:12. (some
versions use the word suffer).
To be honest, I haven’t suffered much persecution. Maybe I’m not living
But I've had some:
x Indonesia, death threats by some M leaders; so we had to evacuate the
Few in the
so-called “Western world”
have experienced much persecution.
suffering comes in different ways – not just via persecution.
of us have experienced some kind of major
loss. How did you deal with it? Could you
have dealt with it better?
or should we do when it seems like our world
- Broken home / divorce
- Loss of a loved one – x my parents. x
- Loss of $ - FAC (fraud)
- Loss of a job – Art (almost
reached retirement, then cut off by Ventura County)
- Loss of health – (cancer); family member who accidentally
(shot off his leg)
after J’ death – devastated! Peter: I’m
what can we do? Here’s ten
things you can do, or
It’s not a
- Press in to God / Draw close
to Him. (Draw near to me, and I
will draw near to you.)
seem like a million miles away. That doesn’t matter.
where FAITH can be developed like no other way.
- Ask for more GRACE.
Receive it by Faith. (His grace IS
Corrie Ten Boom in the Nazi concentration camp
- Praise God for who
Silas in prison
- Do the Possible
3 times I was pulled
out to sea &
could see I was losing, doing all I could to swim back.
- Ask God to show you one or more people who can
be a support to you.
like Job’s friends, go it alone.
He thought he was alone; God said there were thousands of
- Ask God to lead you, step
by step. He may give you a whole strategy to follow.
He just gives you the next step or points you in the right direction.
- Don’t make
decisions based on emotions.
- Spiritual Warfare – Eph. 6: We
have a real enemy; and he’d love to claim us back.
- Stand firm in your
commitment to the Lord and what you know He’s called you to.
3 Hebrew children – Daniel 3
- Watch and Wait for God’s
deliverance. For some people this is the hardest part.
<>Example of the 4th man in
the lion’s den>
God. He’ll come through – in His way and in
And if He
doesn’t? What then?
perish, I perish.
1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
2 Chronicles 20 there is a story about a great army, made up of the
Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites, which came against
Jehoshaphat king of Judah and his people. Jehoshaphat was so
overpowered by the information that he stood up and made a plea to GOD
asking for HIS direction of on the circumstance. In verse 14 the Spirit
of the Lord came down upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah and stood in the
Verse 15-18 NIV is as follows.
said: Listen, King Jehoshaphat and
all who live in Judah and
Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or
discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but
GOD'S. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by
the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the
Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your
positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O
Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to
face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.' ” Jehoshaphat bowed
with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem
fell down in worship before the LORD.
next day when the people went out to confront the apposing army
Jehoshaphat appoint men to sing to the LORD and praise GOD for the
splendor of His holiness. These men traveled before the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the LORD for His love endures forever.” While the
people were singing GOD set ambushes against the men of Ammon, Moab,
and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. GOD had
turned those three armies against one another and had them destroy each
other before Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah ever got to there
location. When Jehoshaphat and his people saw what the LORD had done
they traveled back to Jerusalem went to the temple and worshiped the
LORD. The news of what had happened spread though out the neighboring
countries and the fear of GOD came upon those kingdoms giving Judah
peace and rest at every boarder.
say all that to say this: Jumping Jehoshaphat is a phrase that was used
to remind people that when startling, unexpected, or troubling news
come to you, you will remember to “jump” into GOD'S arms and allow HIM
to take care of your problem. Just like Jehoshaphat the king of Judah
did when there was such a vast army there looked to be no way of
escape. Jehoshaphat and his people called on the LORD and HE took care
of the problem in a way that no man could have. So remember when
something comes your way that makes you shout “Jumping Jehoshaphat” GOD
can be the answer to your problem. (this section is from
the Bible and an internet blog)
A number of
years ago a friend of mine - Andrae Crouch - wrote this song during a
difficult season he was going through. This song of course has blessed
so many around the world.
I've had many tears and sorrows,
I've had questions for tomorrow,
there's been times I didn't know right from
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consulation,
that my trials come to only make me strong.
Through it all,
through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God.
Through it all,
through it all,
I've learned to depend upon His Word.
I've been to lots of places,
I've seen a lot of faces,
there's been times I felt so all alone.
But in my lonely hours,
yes, those precious lonely hours,
Jesus lets me know that I was His own
I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me
For if I'd never had a problem,
I wouldn't know God could solve them,
I'd never know what faith in God could do