Keys to Overcoming Our Pain: Adding Time to Your Grace and Truth Part 2- God Cares, Therefore He has Given you More Time!
Series-Keys to Overcoming Our Pain -Part II Adding Time to Your Grace and Truth Scripture Text: Luke 13: 6-9 Bishop David C. Cooper 6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. Message: God Cares, Therefore He has Given you More Time! Everyone Experiences Emotional Pain • God repented- Genesis 6: 5-6 • Jesus Wept- Luke 13:32-36 • Holy Spirit Grieved- Ephesians 4: 25-32 What is Physical Pain? • Pain is a signal in your nervous system that something may be wrong. It is an unpleasant feeling, such as a prick, tingle, sting, burn, or ache. Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. • Pain can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. If you never felt pain, you might seriously hurt yourself without knowing it, or you might not realize you have a medical problem that needs treatment. • There are two types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain usually comes on suddenly, because of a disease, injury, or inflammation. Chronic pain lasts for a long time, and can cause severe problems. What and Why, Emotional Pain? • Emotional pain is pain or hurt that originates from non-physical sources. Sometimes this emotional distress is the result of the actions of others. Other times, it might be the result of regret, grief, or loss. In other cases, it might be the result of an underlying mental health condition such as depression or anxiety. • While it is often dismissed as being less serious than physical pain, it is important that emotional pain is taken seriously. • Symptoms of emotional pain can include feelings of: o • Deep sorrow, sadness, or depression, Grief, Intense distress, Loneliness and isolation, Negative emotions, Panic, Rage o In some cases, feelings of emotional pain may lead to physical symptoms that do not have an identifiable physical cause. Causes of emotional pain: o • Everyone may experience these feelings from time to time, but when such feelings are intense and persistent, they can interfere with a person's ability to function and perform normal daily activities. o Sadness, Unexpressed Anger, Anxiety, Shame and Guilt Emotional pain can also be accompanied by: o Aggression and violence, Alcohol or substance use, Attempted suicide, Compulsive behaviors including shopping, gambling, and sex addiction, Eating disorders, Risky behaviors, Self-harm, Suicidal thoughts o Such behaviors are often an attempt to diffuse or escape the intense dysphoria caused by emotional pain. o While euphoria is used to describe a state of extreme happiness, dysphoria is the opposite—it’s a profound sense of unease or dissatisfaction. Repentance the mix of Truth and Grace (Luke 13:1-5) 1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Seeking Recovery Requires Repentance • Truth, Judgment, Pain The Pain of Unmet Expectation 6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? What is your Expectation - verse 6 • Promise, Position or Placement, Possession What is your Response- verse 7 • Discovering, Who is Responsible • Declaring, Your Patience, • Determining, What should be Done Trees in the Vineyard “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard.” Vineyards were not devoted exclusively to vines. Fruit-trees of various kinds were planted within their limits. The ancient Egyptians planted their vines and fruit-trees in the same enclosure. This was done when a winemaker desired a subtle addition of another flavor, such as apple, or in this case, fig, in the wine. It was common knowledge that wine carried within its bouquet and taste, a hint, or subtle bouquet, of its neighboring plants and those plants that made use of the soil prior to the vine. The Person who Cares about Your Pain 8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it. The Pain of the Master and Servant • Speaking up, Truthfully o Truth makes us change - Means Acknowledge It o Time give opportunity - Means Awaiting Change • Speaking up, Gracefully o Grace let us live - Means Another Allowing Opportunity o Time must be joined by grace and truth. • Speaking up, Committed o Ours Prayers should be seconded by our endeavors! o The Roots Time is an Ally and a Judgement 9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. Life should not be lived without • Truth, Grace and Time • Life should be Lived Philosophers and physicists have for centuries debated the nature of time, but for our purpose, let’s define redemptive time as “an incubator that exists for the purpose of redemption.” - Henry Cloud Growth and Fruitfulness Demands Evidence Life Provides Opportunity • Avoiding the if nots & Avoiding the cut downs Ecclesiastics 3 :2-8 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Accepting the Pruning • One cannot grow when one no longer participates in life. • It is literally never too late to open up to those who love us and care about our development John 15:1-3 1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you 1 Peter 5:6-11 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Summary Everyone Experiences Emotional Pain Repentance the mix of Truth and Grace The Pain of Unmet Expectation The Person who Cares about Your Pain Time is an Ally and a Judgement