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Joystick: The Seventh Language: Pain

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Definition of a prompting
A prompting is a sweet nudge of the Holy Spi
When God speaks to us through promptings, vision and timing are everything.
God views timing differently than we view timing.
Chrono, Kairos
Story of Martin Pistorius (Read story from book)
Another way through which God speaks is through pain.
God always
Jeremiah 33:10–11 ESV
10 “Thus says the Lord: In this place of which you say, ‘It is a waste without man or beast,’ in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man or inhabitant or beast, there shall be heard again 11 the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord: “ ‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!’ For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the Lord.
It is through pain God is able to speak His peace into our lives, show us His sovereignty, and bring the joy of restoration.
The Israelites continually disobeyed God and repeatedly showed disloyalty by worshipping other gods and following the way of the cultures around them.
Because of these continuous and intentional acts of disobedience and disregard for God and His Word; Israel had to endure pain.
It was through their pain God was able to get their attention and help them grow in this weak area of their life so that they could once again experience the joy of their Lord.
Who in Scripture endured pain?
Job - lost everything
Sarai - infertility
Paul - memories of murder
Peter - self doubt after denying Jesus
Woman at the well - rejection; self worthlessness
Jeremiah - rejection; feelings of invalidation
Many people in Scripture, all of whom were very real people like you and me, experienced very real pain at some point in their life.
Each one came through to the other side of the darkness pain brings with a common thread. What is that common thread?
They all heard the whispers of God in the darkness of their pain. In their darkest hours they heard the voice of God as they communicated with Him. His grace brought them through to the other side.
Lets consider Job for a moment.
Job 1:1–3 ESV
1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3 He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.
Job 1:1–3 ESV
1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3 He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.
Job 1:
Things were going well with Job
Satan speaks to God about Job and wants to send pain his way.
Job 2:16-22
Job 1:16–22 ESV
16 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 17 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 18 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” 22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.
Job 2:16-22
Job 1:
Job 2:16-22
Through his pain, God spoke to Job reminding him that He is trustworthy and Job could trust him to do no wrong; and even in pain filled times, we can trust God with the situation.
Lets look at Paul
2 Corinthians 12:7 ESV
7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.
2 Corinthians 12:7
God speaks through pain that His grace is sufficient and that it is His grace that will carry us.
Throughout the years growing up in church and ministering for many years, I have heard many individuals tell others going through pain that its happening because they don’t have faith,or they aren’t praying the right words or not praying correctly, but this would mean its all about me and my abilities. But its all about God!
Lets consider the woman with the issue of blood
Lets look at the woman with the issue of blood.
Besides the possible physical pain this issue brought her, what was some of the other pain she may have faced?
Mark 5:23–34 ESV
23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Besides the physical pain she may have suffered/experienced with this issue; what other type of pain might she have experienced?
Mark 5:
Mark 5:24-34
Mark 5:24
Mark 5:24–34 ESV
24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Mark 5:24–34 ESV
24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
God spoke through the
Through her pain this woman was drawn to God. Through pain God draws us to Him!
Finally there is Hannah that experienced pain
1 Samuel 1:
1 Samuel 1:6–7 ESV
6 And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7 So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.
God spoke through the pain giving Hannah the peace of knowing He heard her heart breaking and knew the desire of her heart.
He is the God that can go above what we could ever imagine or ask for
1 Samuel 2:21 ESV
21 Indeed the Lord visited Hannah, and she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. And the boy Samuel grew in the presence of the Lord.
1 Samuel 2:21
2 Samuel 2:21 ESV
21 Abner said to him, “Turn aside to your right hand or to your left, and seize one of the young men and take his spoil.” But Asahel would not turn aside from following him.
Although the pain was great in Hannah’s heart, God was preparing Hannah for the the right exact time in which she would become pregnant with Samuel. And Samuel would then be placed in a place to be near God and live righteously before Him to be prepared for a place of leadership in leading God’s people.
Pain is a gift
Marks story
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