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  • Steve McFarland

4 Things to Remember in the Midst of a Problem

#1 You’re Not Alone Often, when we are faced with a problem these words from the old song communicate how we feel “nobody know's the trouble I’ve seen, nobody knows my sorrows”. We can isolate ourselves and in doing so negate one of God’s greatest provisions for our help. Scripture instructs us to bear one another’s burdens and in 2 Corinthians tells us: God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. # 2 It’s a Matter of Perspective The apostle Paul dealt with challenges far greater then most of us will ever face. Many sought to kill him, he was beaten with rods, pummeled with rocks, shipwrecked, imprisoned multiple times, ultimately he was beheaded. How does a guy deal with all that? He knew this is not all there is! He had an eternal perspective. Note his words in

2 Corinthians; though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. # 3 It’s About Attitude I like this quote; “I may not be able to change the world I see around me, but I can change the way I see the world within me.” Proverbs 23:7 says as a man thinks in his heart so is he. You see our attitude cannot stop our feelings but it can keep our feelings from stopping us. Problems, hardships, pain, they are a fact of life on earth. But, we do not have to allow them to dictate who we are, how we treat those around us, nor rob us of the myriad of joys Christ offers us. # 4 Our Hope is in Jesus Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. It doesn’t say all things are good! There are just some rotten, cruddy, stinky, things that happen in life! What it does promise is God can take the worst of the worst and use it to produce something of eternal value for us. So, no matter how dire your circumstances seem, place your hope in Him. Trust Jesus. Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Pastor Steve

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