Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"What's The Problem?"

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world".  John 16:33

There is no question that we are going to have tribulations, trials, problems and difficulties in this life.  Jesus said we would.  But He also said for us to "be of good cheer because He has overcome the world".  The problems aren't necessarily the problem, the problem is that we focus too much on the problems.
Do we have problems?  Yes.  Are they sometimes overwhelming?  Yes.  Do they require our attention? Yes.  Should we just ignore them?  No.  The word this morning is that we need to stop spending so much time focusing on our problems and start focusing more on the One who has overcome the problems.
Jesus is the ANSWER to all of life's problems.  He always has been and always will be.  We have become so educated that we no longer believe this "simple truth".  We have become so accustomed to looking to the "arm of flesh" for help that we no longer look to Jesus.  We put our trust and hope in doctors, counselors, self-help programs, the legal system, pills and other substances, financial institutions, deliverance programs and anything else that looks like a quick answer.

I am not saying that there isn't a time to use a doctor.  I am not saying that you shouldn't take medicine.  I am not saying that there isn't a time when you should seek out legal help.  The Lord placed them here for our benefit because we do have problems in this world.  But they are not always going to be able to give us the answer or help that we need.  Jesus is the ANSWER.  There is nothing wrong with going to a professional for help.  It is the "mindset" that we have that is the problem-- the mindset that they can help us but Jesus can't.

Let me remind you this morning that Jesus is still Almighty God.  He is still able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think.  At His name demons flee.  At His command storms cease.  At His word light comes out of darkness.  By His stripes sickness is healed.  By His blood sinners are saved.  He is still the Deliverer.  He still reaches into the pit of despair and lifts out those who are in there.  He still sets captives free.  There is nothing too difficult or impossible for Him.  Sounds to me like He qualifies as the answer to whatever problem we may face.

Have a great day.  Stop focusing so much on your problem and focus on the One who is the answer to the problem-- Jesus.     
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