Sources of current pain
Sudden job loss
Death of a loved one OR miscarriage
Inability to have children
Unfulfilled desire to be married
The accidents of life
Loss of friends
Lack of love or attention from your own family
A lack of purpose in life
Betrayal from someone close
Loss of hope that anything will improve
Blending a second family
Grief that won’t go away
Constant anxiety and fear
22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. Acts 16:22-24 NIV
3 TYPES OF SUFFERING EVERY CHRISTIAN CAN EXPECT
HOW TO ALLOW GOD TO USE MY PAIN
1. I WILL PRAISE GOD THROUGH MY PAIN.
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25 NIV
Praise brings personal relief and contentment.
Praise brings light to others.
Praise brings God’s power to the problem.
26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. Acts 16:26 NIV
2. I WILL WAIT ON GOD’S RELEASE.
27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:27-30 NIV
3. I WILL LOOK FOR OPENINGS TO TALK ABOUT JESUS.
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. Acts 16:31-34 NIV
GOD CAN TURN MY TRASH INTO HIS TREASURE.
40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left. Acts 16:40 NIV