We just had our last session of the summer. Attached is a link to the Ransomed Heart website and the “Men at the Outpost” series. These are free and there is a ton of great material for you to invest in as a part of your movement towards God. The link goes right to John’s talk with Craig about Craig’s battle with leukemia and how God showed up during the battle. Fast forward to about 10 minutes in to where Craig starts talking.
- We are in a love story set in a world at war.
- God is good. He is. He strides into the battlefield of suffering to show His goodness.
- Our enemy doesn’t relent. He doesn’t give you a break. When you are beaten down and the attack is relentless, he won’t back off.
- The enemy knows your vulnerabilities and weak spots and comes right at those weakest points.
- But in the midst of Craig’s worst moments, God would come and everything would fade “I’m safe in the hands and care of the Mighty One”.
- The primary value and component of the Kingdom is love.
- At the peak of the battle when Craig was just about give up, God came and asked him to battle/pray for others. What an amazing example of Excurvatus Ex Se!
- While seeming cruel at first, Craig says that is the moment when he felt closest to and the most like, God.
- There is no exemption from love. Communion with God is seen in loving others. The deepest reality is to love.
- Look for God in the little things – not the triumphant miraculous cure but rather in the little things. He’s there. He’s working.
- There is a cost to this life. If you haven’t known hardship and doubt, you will.
- Suffering/affliction changes people for the good or for the bad.
- Craig got to that moment many times of despair, hopelessness and just giving up and while it is so tempting because those things seem to offer relief but deep inside some part of him said, “NO. I will not give in to that.”
- If you have disappointment, chronic disappointment in one area of your life – you know that the marriage simply will never “be good” or that everything else is good but you just have this chronic disappointment, failure and shame with your finances – a ha! that’s the battlefield. The enemy is there wanting to instill in your heart this resentment towards God. He resents God. He hates God and he is trying to steer you to that same place to take on his posture towards God.
- But the evidence is extraordinarily clear that God uses our afflictions to shape us.