<Moving past our pain Part II
Synopsis of bible study120909
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
James 1:2-5: 2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. – Translation: Everybody listen up! Whatever you are going through, count it joy, because you know that whatever you are going through is to test the word in you, so that you will have dependence on God. Once you have dependence in God you will become mature. Your maturity will bring you to a place of completeness and you will not be codependent on people to do for you what God can do while you are going through.
A lot of our pain is because we place people in positions they were never intended to be. People hurt us because we are vulnerable and hurting. Often what happens is we place people in places of expectations and once those expectations are not met, it creates pain. If you look at it, John 16:33 says 33These 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. – Translation: Jesus says I have been teaching you and giving your impartation and revelation that you might have peace, so you can go to bed at night. He says I can’t promise you an exemption from trouble because in this life you are going to have it, but be of good cheer. He says I have already overcome the world. Jesus says if he has already overcome it then whatever you are going through, as a result of your relationship with him, you will overcome it. You don’t fight for victory, you fight from victory. The fight is fixed! When we talk about this, we think it is important to understand that you have to have joy in the midst of whatever you go through.
I. Finds joy in midst of it
1. Joy is a revelation. It is not based on happenings. You have two responses that you can have? Either you can respond to how things are happening or you can respond based on a revelation. The revelation is God’s word. So it is the revelation that we receive that we respond from. It does not respond from happenings. What the test comes to do, what the trial comes to do, and the infraction upon you came to do was to test the depth of the revelation. If there is not revelation, all there is just our emotion. So when we have a revelation, you can go through a painful experience and still count it joy, because of what you know. We know that whatever we have gone through, it has created within us a sense of dependence on God, because we recognize through our experiences that we can’t depend on others. As a result we are mature. We are better and bigger now. This makes us complete in him through our relationship with him. We must then learn through this process how to completely let go of the past.
2. How do we completely let go of our past? Philippians 3:13 says 13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, – This does not mean that I have amnesia. Are we supposed to literately x out our history? No. It doesn’t indicate that we are supposed to forget what happened. That would be unwise. As a matter of fact, you learn from what happens in your past. Sometimes you don’t need to forget, because you can use it as a point of reference and make sure it doesn’t happen again. What it says is that we will not allow your past to have influence on our future. The problem with many of us is that we have been so influenced by our past that we cannot move into what God desires us to move in. We must learn how to completely let go.
3. How do we severe relationships from things that are influencing us negatively in my past? Why is it so difficult for us to let go of things in our past? It is because of our anger. We shout and give God the glory and after all of that when we come off the glory cloud, we are still angry. Anger is a strong feeling of intense displeasure, hostility, or indignation as a result of real or imagined threats, insults of frustration, or injustice done toward ourselves or others important to us.
a. 3 types of anger
i. Rage-explosive anger.
ii. Resentment-repressed anger.
iii. Indignation-rigorous anger over an unjust situation or a wrong someone else has suffered.
4. Ephesians 4:26-27 says 26Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27Neither give place to the devil.
a. This scripture says we can be angry, but we are not to sin through this anger. We can’t let the moment of anger change our character.
b. Don’t let sun go down on your anger. Don’t go to bed angry, because when you do, it gets in your spirit.
c. Don’t give the devil an opportunity.
5. There is a book called “The Bait of Satan” by John Bevere. The thesis of the book is how Satan uses or offense as bait. Someone offends us and we are therefore left with a choice. Do we take the bait? If someone transgresses us we take the bait. When you take the bait we go down this incredible spiral. We have to look at how offense deals with us. When we are offended, we will have to be careful. The devil is looking for an opportunity. The devil tries to convince us that we need to make somebody else’s pain greater than ours so our pain will be over. As long as your pain is minimized and there’s maximized, then we think we will feel better. When this happens, we have taken the bait. You have drawn an imaginary line or boundary and you feel you are cool as long as they are over there and you are over here. What you have done is made your anger a travel agent. Your anger begins to dictate where you can and cannot go. You must understand that it all begins with an offense. Once they offended you got angry. When people don’t deal with their pain, you lash out in anger. When you lash out in anger, you are really hurt. Some of you can testify that the devil tried to get you to take the bait on the job today.
II. What does anger do?
1. Anger breaks fellowship with God. You will never be at peace with the Lord, when you are angry with another person. You can’t be angry and have fellowship with God. Matthew 5:23-24 says 23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
2. Anger causes relationship with other people to suffer. Nobody wants to be around you, because you are angry all the time.
3. Anger causes you to develop a critical spirit. These are people who are always judgmental and bitter to justify their feelings. Nothing is every right according to you.
4. Anger will cause you to lack of peace. You are holding on to the anger caused by what someone done to you and they are on the beach not even thinking about you.
5. Anger leads to emotional isolation. When people are wounded, they protect themselves from other hurt by pushing people away. They have boundaries. They are defensive.
6. Anger results from frustration and anxiety. They constantly question motives of people around them. You can ask them do they want you to bring them lunch why you are going and they want to know why you are offering. They are suspicious of everyone because they have been hurt.
7. Anger leaves you feeling empty. They cut their selves off from friends to prevent further hurt.
8. Anger can cause you to become narrow in mind and heart. All of us talk about people. These type of people talk about people all the time, constantly. They are hurting. They minimize others to maximize themselves.
9. Anger sometimes manifests itself through chronic tardiness. They are tardy because being late they try to demonstrate that no one can tell them what to do. They are rebellious against any authority.
10. Anger (hostility) can make you to be disagreeable. These types of people disagree with everyone. They are mad at everyone. Ex-Bishop says he plays ball at 5 in the morning for exercise. This one guy got mad one morning while playing ball. He begin not to be mad just at that situation, he was mad at somebody he was mad at the day before. Then he start calling out people that wasn’t even there. He was just in pain.
11. Anger can affect your health. Unresolved anger increases your adrenalin, heart rate, and blood pressure. Chronic rage or resentment over something. You can get so angry that you can actually die over a situation.
12. Anger hurts those around us. People don’t understand why you can’t move on.
13. Rage can cause damage to the belongings and others. They throw stuff and punch stuff.
14. Anger grieves the Lord.
15. Anger hinders God‘s work in your life. God will not pour out his full blessing on an angry person. James 1:19-21 says 19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.-If you lay aside the anger and let word be engrafted in you, then you respond out of revelation rather than emotion. We should be leaking the word ever time we open our mouth when we found our self being tested. Ex-If somebody beats you to a park and you are slow to speak them out then he will not withhold good things from us. .
16. He that is slow to anger is might. Proverbs 16:32: 32He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. – We give great props to people that are strong. Watch the crescendo of a voice of a person that is in a verbal altercation. Whoever gets the loudest we consider the winner. However, the scripture says when a man or woman can rule his spirit, he or she is the strongest. There are people in jail right now because they couldn’t rule their spirit.
17. There is glory in passing over transgressions. Proverbs 19:11 says 11The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.-We can defer our anger, by passing over a transgression or by walking away. There is glory found in the person that can walk away.
III. How do we walk away?
1. We must have a vision that is greater than what we are going through. Proverbs 29:18 says 18Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. – We must have a vision that is greater than what you are going through. When you see how big our vision is, you see how small your problem really is.
2. When there is nothing to live for, then it is easy to die. When you have vision that comes from revelation of God’s word then you have hope. The moment we lose hope we become vulnerable. Every attack of the Devil comes so that we may lose hope. When they laid you off your job, they were trying to make us lose hope. When that tragic thing happened in your life, it was to make you lose hope.
3. Vision is that thing that sustains us during the time of difficulty. Vision is what causes us to move past our pain. Ex- If you were sitting in the back of the church and your Pastor had a $100 and he told you that you could come up and get it if you need it, you would come up to get it. Even if on your way up, people talked negative about your choice, you would still end up coming to get the $100. Even if you didn’t actually see the $100, because you trust your Pastor, you would come for the $100. If along the way you hear people talking negative about your choice and they try to prevent you from going, you will still come for the $100. The longer you waste time on who has offended you about your choice, the more you delay your time getting to your blessing. It is taking some of you so long to get to your blessing, because it is taking you too long to get to it. You are entertaining who offended you rather than moving towards your blessing. This thing that God has shown you is so big that everything that has happened to you looks so small. If your problem is looking big to you, then your vision is not big enough yet. Ex-Bishop Walker says when he started pastoring Mt Zion there was only about 150 members. When Mt Zion reached around 1000 members, people started calling Mt Zion a cult. People asked Bishop Walker was he concerned about this. Bishop says he was not concerned because he had been shown the vision. The vision was bigger than the problem. 2 Corinthians 4:1 says 1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;-This scripture says when see something we don’t just give up.
4. It is just a light affliction. Your inward man will get tired, but you have to know that it is temporary and will not last for every. Proverbs 29:16-17 says 16When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. 17Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. – There is glory heading your way. The story will validate the worry.
5. Joseph in Old Testament had a vision. Joseph kept his eye on what his father told him. Genesis 50:20 says 20But 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. – After all his brothers had tried to do to him he recognized that all of Egypt was saved because Joseph focused on his vision and not the offense. Had he not, all those people would have died.
6. We must glory in our tribulation. We must focus for our growth. Romans 5:3-5 says 3And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. – We can move past stuff because of what we are hoping for.
7. We must trust in the Lord in all things. Who can you trust? When people are hurting, they have trust issues. Psalm 5:11-12 says 11But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. 12For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.- God defends you. Gods got you covered. We have been hurt, but Gods got us covered. This scripture is almost a paradox. A Paradox seemingly contradicts itself. If God is defender, how do we get hurt? Why are we still in this painful place? This is the affirmation that God is a defender. If it didn’t kill you, he is a defender. The offense was to mature you. The fact that you are still alive is evidence of God’s defense.
a. Psalm 37:3 says 3Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. – Trust the Lord and don’t key their car. Trust the Lord and don’t’ curse them out.
b. Psalm 37:4 says 4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. – Trust in him and he will give you the desires of heart.
8. Stop worrying about stuff. Philippians 4:4-7 says 4Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.- Tell God what you need and it will keep your heart and your head right.
Psalm 125:1 says 1They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. – The offense and the pain were sent to make you move. Everything that happened to you was about moving you. It is not always about moving you physically. It could be about moving emotionally, spiritually, or emotionally. How many people can testify that a person was here, but they moved? It says if you trust in God, you will be like Mt Zion that shall not be moved. There has to be something inside you that says you are not going nowhere. It says you are going to be where God wants you to be. We are going to be grounded and rooted and we are going to represent God where he wants us to be, so somebody got to get over this. Here is a quotable or a Twitter-able or Facebook-able. You can’t be big when little got you. Let little go and pursue big. Some of us little has a chock hold on. God has so much he wants to do, but we are letting little hold us back.