同受苦楚,同得安慰 Share in our sufferings, so also share in our comfort

Short clip of last Sunday Message

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Many people have different kind of sufferings or different levels of suffering, but what is the real definition of ‘suffering’. My small group leader had shared that the true suffering is when we can’t get what our heart has desired, thus it causes us to feel insatiable, moodiness, weary….etc. To stop the suffering is when we want to have what God has desired us to have and to be enjoyed.

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This week, I was struggling between my old self and my identity in Christ. There are things I want but yet I cannot get what I want. There are things which I know I shouldn’t do is because it is not God’s will but yet I want to do. When I kept on thinking of the things I’ve desired, I will continue to suffer, feeling accused and slowly my heart become dry. Then I started to ask myself, what is the thing that can truly make me happy? Even if I get what I want, will my happiness can last long? My conclusion is there is no assurance that my happiness will last long if it is not God’s will. Yes, because I don’t belong to the world, I don’t belong to my old self sinful ways, I belong to Christ alone, and what God wants to give me is greater than what I desired. Once I confirmed my identity in Christ, I know His promises (bible) is true.

I have a retrospective to my past, to compare my life between the past and present, it was no doubt nor I can deny that everything was a miracle. The miracle I said is not about the situation but more in my spirit, and then I realized that all the suffering I’ve been through had brought me closer to God, closer to the power of His cross and if it wasn’t, I will be sinking in the darkness of the world and continue to groan for my whole life. To come thus far was definitely not by my own will and strength but through the power of the cross that I am chosen, to receive healing and blessing from God. Just like Jacob, no matter how weak he is, he just only wants to get blessing from God. Even like David, when he restores the spirit of sonship and promised, he was completely free from sin and suffering.

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Coming next month, we are going to move our church to a new premise soon. It gives me lots of memories when I thought of how our church was started till now. Although there are many suffering and unhappiness in our church, we all continue to come together and grew. There are times we have disputes, comparing each other, having difficult time, closed up towards each other….nevertheless, we are still in one family in Christ, we all gone through everything together, receiving love and comfort from each other. Like what Pastor has shared, all the suffering we have encountered leads to more doors of evangelism, receive true disciples and travel mates thus had received the greatest ever victory and inheritance in heaven.

Although we will still receive a lot of suffering on earth, but when we continue to turn our eyes upon our Lord Jesus Christ, the suffering will be gone and forth with gold. 🙂

When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.
<Job 23:9-11>

A familiar song to share below, though the songs sounds quite modern but hope you may find strength and comfort from it.

I’ve Had Many Tears And Sorrows,
I’ve Had Questions For Tomorrow,
There’s Been Times I Didn’t Know Right From Wrong.
but In Every Situation,
God Gave Me Blessed Consulation,
That My Trials Come To Only Make Me Strong.
chorus:
Through It All,
Through It All,
I’ve Learned To Trust In Jesus,
I’ve Learned To Trust In God.
Through It All,
Through It All,
I’ve Learned To Depend Upon His Word.
verse 2:
I’ve Been To Lots Of Places,
I’ve Seen A Lot Of Faces,
There’s Been Times I Felt So All Alone.
but In My Lonely Hours,
Yes, Those Precious Lonely Hours,
Jesus Lets Me Know That I Was His Own
chorus
verse 3:
I Thank God For The Mountains,
and I Thank Him For The Valleys,
I Thank Him For The Storms He Brought Me Through.
for If I’d Never Had A Problem,
I Wouldn’t Know God Could Solve Them,
I’d Never Know What Faith In God Could Do

许多人有不同的苦难或不同程度的苦难,但真真的苦难是什么呢?我的小组组长分享到我们真真的苦难是当我们心灵里得不到自己想要的东西时,我们就会觉得不满足,心里闷闷不乐,忧愁,等等。。 要叫这苦难离开是当我们得着上帝要我们得的,我们才能享受生命。

这个礼拜,我一直在挣扎我的老我和神儿女的身份之间。很多东西我想要却得不到,很多事情我知道不是神的美意但我却想做。当我的意念继续想自己想要的东西时,我的心灵会继续的受苦,受控告,然后慢慢心灵越变得更枯干。我开始问我自己,是什么东西才能叫我真真的快乐?就算我得到我想要的,这个幸福能够长久吗?我的结论是,如果这不是上帝的旨意,我没有确据或能保障我的幸福能够长久。是的,因为我不是属于这个世界,我也不属于老我的罪,我是属于唯独基督,而上帝要给我的是多过我所想所求的。我怎么知道呢?因为当我一确认在基督里的身份时,我知道神的应许是真实的。

但我回想我过去和现在的时候,一切都是一个奇迹,这是毫无疑问或能否认的。我说的这个奇迹不是我的情况有什么改变,乃是我的心灵的改变,后来我发现一切的苦难是叫我更与主亲近,叫我更靠近十字架的能力,若不是这样,我可能就沉沦在世界的黑暗里,然后为我生命继续哀哼。我能走到今日绝对不是由我自己的意志和力量,而是通过十字架的全能,我蒙拣选了,然后得着神的医治和祝福。就象我们的雅各,无论他多么软弱,他只为了要得着上帝的祝福。也象我们的大卫,但他回复儿子的心灵时,他是完全从他的罪和苦难得到自由。

我们就快要迁移到新的教会场所,从教会开始设立到现在有很多回忆和感处。虽然在教会里面发生了很多苦难和不愉快的事,我们还是继续在一起成长。虽然很多时候我们曾发生争执,互相比较,有困难的时候,心里对彼此关闭。。。还是,我们仍然还在一个基督里的家庭,因为我们是彼此一起经历苦难,一起领受爱和安慰。就象牧师所分享的,全部我们所经历的苦难是导致更多福音的门,因此收到了有史以来最伟大的胜利和天上的继承了。

虽然我们在这个地上还是会受到一些的苦难,但是只要我们继续回转定睛仰望耶稣基督时,一切的苦难会消散,因祂试炼我之後,我必如精金。

他在左边行事,我却不能看见,在右边隐藏,我也不能见他。然而他知道我所行的路;他试炼我之後,我必如精金。
《伯23:9-10》

Sunday Message:

Video (Chinese):http://www.lifechurchmissions.com/VideoWindow.aspx?m=802&f=2669

Audio (Chinese): http://www.lifechurchmissions.com/downloads/SunMsg/2010/Audio/ZS/1032-SunSrv-08Aug10-ZS.mp3

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3 thoughts on “同受苦楚,同得安慰 Share in our sufferings, so also share in our comfort

  1. I like this blog post of yrs. Sincere, truthful and discerning. Yes, there are many struggles, but its what brought us till here today.
    We will not always suffer. We suffer a while, and God will turn all our sufferings to pure joy in Him.

    Believe my sister. U are blessing many pple which you dun know.

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