By Lisa Leidenfrost
He is risen and everything changed. Death has lost its power and can no longer bind us. Trials can no longer ultimately defeat us and nothing on this earth can stop God’s kingdom and His glory from coming.
Jesus suffered an excruciating death and somehow, in that miraculous way of His, God used that horrible incident to result in life and blessing to abound to many. It is the concept of one man suffers and many are somehow blessed. Rom 5:15
We are not above our master. If one of us suffers in our individual trials, why would it not also result in blessing to abound to many? God is the same God who worked that miracle with Jesus and He is now our God too, a God that somehow miraculously takes bad things and turns them into blessings. I don’t know how He does it but that is who He is.
And this is what He does for us: Is 61:3 “To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
He never said your life would be easy, He just promised He’d be faithful in it.
Lam 3:22,23 “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
As William Tyndale put it, when God “buildeth he casteth all downe first. He is no patcher.” In the same way, the love of the Christian husband does not proceed from reading the “right books,” including this one, or going to the right seminars. God will not patch His grace onto some humanistic psychological nonsense—even if that nonsense is couched and buried in Christian terminology. It proceeds from an obedient heart, and the greatest desire of an obedient heart is the glory of God, not the happiness of the household.
Wilson, Douglas, Reforming Marriage (pp. 11–12).
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Why do we put the adjectives “biblical” … in front of “counseling”? We want to consider the things that our culture’s counselors never say:
- It does not get said in our culture’s counseling that “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” [Matt. 4:4]
- It does not get said that, “Cast your cares upon him” because it matters to Him. [1 Pet. 5:7]
- It does not get said that, “He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” [Heb. 13:5] Therefore you can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?” [Heb. 13:6]
- They never mention that God has a name.
- They never mention that God searches every heart and that every human being will give account before God.
- They never teach the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom.
- They never mention sinfulness and sin and that there is some kind of compulsive and obsessive drive in people to suppress the knowledge of God.
- They never mention that suffering is meaningful within larger purposes.
- They never mention Jesus Christ because Jesus is a standing insult to self-esteem, self-trust, self-confidence and all the “self” words that our culture believes are the answer to what is wrong with us.
- They never mention that God really does forgive sins.
- They never mention that the Lord is our refuge, and in the midst of terrible afflictions it is possible to walk through the valley of the shadow of death and lose all earthly good and not to despair because he is with us. There is safety—fundamental safety and refuge.
- They never mention that biological factors and personal history factors exist within the purposes of God. That those things locate our struggles and moral responsibility but do not trump moral responsibility.
- They never mention our propensity to return evil for evil, or that we should return evil with good.
- They never mention that human beings are meant to become, will all our heart, conscious worshipers.
- They never mention that we are meant to live to use our God-given gifts to further dedicate our lives to the coming of his kingdom.
- They never mention that the power to change does not lie within ourselves. There is an implicit belief that in some way if you can just understand yourself well enough and tap into interior resources and find enough support of human relationships and maybe get a bit of a chemical tweak on your moods and emotions, somehow that’s enough.
- They do not pray with and for people.
But there is a Father who is a Vinedresser, and there is a Son who is a Shepherd, and there is a Holy Spirit who is a life-giver and a fruit-giver. There is someone outside ourselves who is why we want counseling to be Christian, worthy of the name “Christian.” Part of our worldview is that problems do not get solved until the day we see Him face to face. Only then are the tears all gone. Only then is the struggle with our besetting sins all gone. But that hope is a true hope.
Ultimately, we experience all suffering as death. Whether it is the little death of a flat tire, or the bigger death of a broken engagement, or the grand death that ends our earthly life, we each face daily casket experiences.
Robert Kellemen, God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, p. 12
Suffering causes us to groan for home and to live in hope. The author of Hebrews, surveying the landscape of the Old Testament journeys, shows us the way home.
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city (Hebrews 11:13–16).
Robert Kellemen, God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, p. 13
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
2 Corinthians 1:8–9
Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.
Reserve your tickets now, start your reading tomorrow, then, in July come and join us for three and a half days of an intense counseling experience. There’s no psychology here; only the Bible applied to serious life problems.
Reserve your tickets now, start your reading tomorrow, then in July come and join us for three and a half days of an intense counseling experience. There’s no psychology here; only the Bible applied to serious life problems.