You Have No Idea!
Oh, Pastor, you have no idea what I have been through!
My problem is unique, out of this world, an impossibility!
You can go on and on…but I have only one thing to say;
You are still alive!
Troubled, Perplexed, Persecuted, And Cast Down But Alive!
And if you are still alive, victory is sure!
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (KJV)
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
To be troubled means to be afflicted, narrowed, thronged, and to suffer tribulation.
Ever been there before?
What does it mean to be perplexed?
It means to have no way out, that is, be at a loss mentally!
Ever got to a place where it seems all reasons fail you and all way seems blocked?
Where you are at your wit’s end and suicidal thoughts sift through your mind and you device means of ending it all?
But it didn’t end!
The amplified Bible explains it this way;
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (AMPC)
We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair;  We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed;
You Have No Idea!
You have gone through a lot.
Manipulated by people you trusted and looked up to
Deceived and sexually abused by the one you call a Pastor
Incest, rape, abominable things, unspeakable experiences…
And the unpleasant list goes on…
And you feel God hates you. God doesn’t like you. Why do you have to go through all that?
The first thing you need to know is that God has not abandoned you.
There are things that are self-inflicted, there are those that came as a result of disobedience, and even more because of mistakes of parents.
The second thing is that you need to pour out your heart and forgive all who hurt you and took advantage of you.
The third thing is to forget the past and move into the new that God has for you.
Then and then only, will you find yourself, in the experience of verse 15;
2 Corinthians 4:15 (MKJV)
For all things are for your sake, so that the superabounding grace might be made to abound through the thanksgiving of the greater number, to the glory of God.
You Have No Idea!
You will look back and give thanks for everything!
2 Corinthians 4:17 (MKJV)
For the lightness of our present affliction works out for us a far more excellent eternal weight of glory,
Everything you went through is referred to as light…because Jesus went through more and more for you to the point of shedding blood.
Hebrews 12:3-4 (MKJV)
For consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest you be weary and faint in your minds.  You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Hebrews 12:3-4 (MSG)
When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!  In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed!
And then, in verse 17, it drops the bomb. All you ever went through, which the devil meant to use to destroy you will be used by God as raw materials to work out His glory in your life.
You don’t need the details. You only need to hold on to Him and then see His incredible, unbelievable divine purpose as it unfolds in your life.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (AMPC) For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],
Glory to God!
May your relationship be blessed!
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