Yesterday we discussed how provision can be painful. We looked at Israel and saw how it can be painful when we put our provision above God. We experience pain from our shifted priorities but that pain begins to shift our priorities back to where they need to be. It can also be painful when we are being freed from things. Pain is abundant in this world and USEFUL in changing us. I challenged us that as we have been praying for change, for revival, God is bringing it now!
Churches all over the nation are praying for refreshed hearts and seeing people come to the Lord, changing their uselessness and hatefulness into love and unity. Through oppression, through pain, we are refined and focused on the Lord. In these days when things seem dire and difficult we are being freed from our Egypt (American Christianity). God is freeing us from the powerless, dead rituals we have built into our churches. It is painful as He pries open our tightly gripping hands and pulls these things from us. However, we are called not to turn back and long for Egypt. If we try to persist in our past we will find ourselves judged just as Israel did. We do NOT want to be obstinate children who are misrepresenting God and acting as though we are being led by Him. Instead, we want to have a fresh relationship with Him, one of love and acceptance. One that is calling the world to come to Him and be reconciled.
Spend 1 minute giving God thanks for freeing us from these strong holds! Then spend 2-3 minutes praying for God to change your perspective when it comes to pain, and to show you places you need to change and grow.
Do not look at someone in pain and tell them these things. DO NOT LOOK AT SOMEONE IN PAIN AND TELL THEM THESE THINGS! This is useful for people you are discipling, or BEFORE the storm. Never look at someone hurting and try to rationalize benefits of it… that is going to ruin relationships.