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How to Live Through a Bad Day #2

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We are taking the statements Jesus made on the cross and using them to study how Jesus handled the worst day of His life.
Hebrews 12:2 The Message
2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.
Jesus is in heaven next to the Father interceding for you and for me.
When you read the crucifixation story in the Gospels, you will learn that he made 7 statements on the cross.
Last week. Father Forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.
Jesus had 2 criminals hanging next to him on the cross

Lesson #2

Luke 23:39–43 NIV84
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Remember me… There are scores of people all around us that want and need Jesus to remember them.
Jesus had a fellow struggler in the thief that repented on the cross.

Lesson #2: HELP OTHERS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING YOUR SAME STRUGGLE

It Distracts Us from Our Own Needs.

When you help someone else, its amazing how it helps you get through your own needs.

It Helps Us to See the Solution.

When we help others we often are blind to our own stuff. Pain blinds us, but when we help others, we see what they need and God will use that to show us what we need...

It Allows Us to Put Everything in Perspective.

When you are going through a bad day, you tend to think that you are the only one… its not true, we all go through it. Often time, we will find out, it’s not as bad as we thought.
ILL - Mission Trips. You go over seas and when you come back, you are grateful for your blessings. You see how people in other countries live, it will help you put your problems into perspective.
Shanty Towns - 40,000 living without power or water. It will change your perspective. American churches have built hospitals, orphanages, and educational facilities all over the world.
When you decide to help a fellow struggler, God will bless it and reward you.
Isaiah 58:10–11 NIV84
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Even though we have need, when we are faithful to help others, God will take care of us.
To help you, we know we need to help you to help others. That’s why I want you to volunteer because as you do, it will help you.

HOW TO HELP OTHERS

2 Corinthians 1:3–7 The Message
3 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! 4 He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. 5 We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too. 6 When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. 7 When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.
2 primary ways to help others.
It will always be through your gifts and your passions. God gives you Spiritual Gifts when you are Saved. 87% of the church never finds out what their spiritual gifts are.
God will also use you in your mess ups. Your mess ups often become your ministry. God will take your pain and help you to help others through it.
We all have issues… and we need to take those and help others.
Luke 23:43 NKJV
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

1. Offer the Stability

Luke 23:43 NKJV
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
People need something stable. One thing in this life that never changes… On Christ the Solid Rock I stand… all other ground is sinking sand.
Psalm 40:2 NIV84
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

2. Offer them Support.

Luke 23:43 NKJV
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
We have people around you that are white knuckling… you need support. Small Groups,
Get into relationship and get some support.
Our goal is to connect you to Jesus and to each other...
Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT
12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
In a group, not everyone is going to have a bad day at the same time.
In a group you will find support. someone gets cancer treatments and the whole group shaved their heads.
Today you will be with me… in paradise

3. Offer them Salvation.

Luke 23:43 NKJV
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Paradise - resort… a resting place. It’s like going to the beach and sitting out by the water relaxing. Heaven is not how we typically think about here on earth. Heaven is better than Here.
Jesus did not alway sfix their now moment, but he directed their attention to another place.... I
John 14:1–2 NIV84
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
God is right now, preparing a place for you. He works for us now, but soon, we will go to another place where there is no more pain, sickness, traffic,
This life is difficult, but we are just passing through.

JESUS OFFERS MORE THAN A BETTER NOW, HE OFFERS A BETTER PLACE.

God Loves you and Cares about you. If you will serve others, watch what will happen to you in your situations.
Pray - receive it… anchor yourself to God… know for sure that you are going to heaven.
Salvation Prayer -
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