Act Don’t React

Romans 8:29

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Only our reactions have the potential to harm us.

 

(I.)    The World Is Full Of Injustice.

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

A.  Suffering is a fact of life.

Job 14:1

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

 

II Corinthians 1:8

For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

 

Trials come to all people. Pain, struggles, and conflicts can be difficult to understand while you’re going through them. It is also easy to compare your problems with the prosperity of other.

 

Psalms 73:3

For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalms 73:17

Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

II Corinthians 10:12

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

 

B.  The suffering of the righteous is only for a season.

Romans 8:18

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 

II Corinthians 12:7-9

7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

It’s GRACE – look for God’s GRACE

I Peter 2:9

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

The world dose not have God’s GRACE:

 

 

(II.)   How We Respond To Adversities Determines Our Usefulness To Christ.

The response or two Bible characters illustrates this point:

Joseph – Ahithophel

Joseph:

Joseph was hated by his brothers to the point they were going to kill him, but sold him as a slave instead. Things were a little better in Potiphar’s house but then he was lied about and went to jail. Joseph chose to maintain his integrity and ended up as second in command of the entire nation of Egypt.

He chose to respond to his circumstances with GRACE:

 

His biggest test came when his brothers arrived.

Genesis 50:19-20

19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Joseph had to decide for revenge or God’s grace.

Romans 12:19b – God only has the authority of death.

…Vengeance is mine; I will repay , saith the Lord.

 

Ahithophel:

Ahithophel was the chief counselor to King David (I Chronicles 27:33)

II Samuel 16:23

And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

However in his later years he left David and became counselor to Absalom, David’s son and now his enemy. What made him change?

 

In II Samuel 11:3 & 23:34 we find that Ahitophel was the father of Eliam who was the father of Bathsheba. David not only sinned against Bathsheba but also against her family.

 

After all these years HATRED and UNFORGIVENESS gave way to BITTERNESS.

Ahithophel’s reaction of bitterness destroyed him and in the end he took his own life.

 

You may feel you have just cause to be angry with a person or some circumstance but you don’t have the right to become bitter.

Romans 12:19

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Learn to FORGIVE and let God set everything straight.

 

 

 

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