Worldwide Outreach Teaching School
Dr. Meiman Lai Saidi
Do You Turn to When It All Falls Apart?
When I share with you this message today, I
have also learned a lot. Thanks God gives me this opportunity to find joy and
great gratitude when unexpected tragedy strikes! When life fall apart, how do we
pray: Our Heavenly Father, your great Love never change, Father, Please come
right now and help us to understand you.
READING: Romans 5:1-5
since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ,
Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we
now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Not only so, but we also
rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces
Perseverance, character; and character,
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit,
whom he has given us.
1, ‘since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ,’- V. 1, peace with God means that we have been Reconciled
with God. There is no more hostility between us, no sin blocking our
relationship with God. Peace with God is possible only because Jesus
paid the price for our sins through his death on the cross, we now have peace
with Lord, our Supreme Being Ruler-God and we have peace with left and right
sides’ people all around us which may differ from peaceful feelings such as
calmness and tranquility.
2, ‘Through whom we have gained access by faith
into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the
glory of God.’ Apostle Paul states that, as believers, we now stand in a place
of highest privilege (this grace in which we now stand). Not only has the Supreme Being Ruler, God
declared us not guilty; He has drawn us close to himself. Instead of being
enemies, we have become His friends – in fact, His own children (John 15:15, Jesus
said, ‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant doesn’t know his master’s
business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned
from my Father I have made known to you.)
Supreme Being Ruler, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to
redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because
you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who
calls you a son, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:4-6) Jesus was
born of a woman-he was human. He was born as a Jew-he was subject to God’s law
and fulfilled it perfectly. Thus Jesus was the perfect sacrifice because,
although he was fully human, he never sinned. His death bought freedom for us
who were enslaved to sin so that we could be adopted into God’s family. Under
Roman law, an adopted child was guaranteed all legal rights to his father’s
property, even if he was formerly a slave. He was not a second-class son; he
was equal to all other sons, biological or adopted, in his father’s family.
Abba is an Aramaic and Taiwanese word for father. It was used by Christ in his
prayer in Mark 14:36, as adopted children of God, we share with Jesus all
rights to God’s resources. As God’s heirs, we can claim what he has provided
for us- our full identity as his children (see Romans 8:15-17).
Verse 3, 4, Apostle Paul told
us that in the future we will become suffering, but until then we must
overcome, because we will experience difficulties that help us grow. We rejoice
in suffering not because we like pain or deny its tragedy, but because we know
God is using life’s difficulties and Satan’s attacks to build our character. The
problems they find we run into, will develop our perseverance-which in turn
will strengthen our character, deepen our trust in God, and give us greater
confidence about the future. it probably find your patience tested in some way
every day. Thank God for those opportunities to grow, and deal with them in His
strength (see James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6, 7).
Verse 2-5, As Paul states
clearly in 1 Corinthians 13:13, ‘faith, hope, love are at the heart of the
Christian life’. Our relationship with God begins with faith, which helps us
realize that we are delivered from our past by Christ’s death. Hope grows as we
learn all that God has in mind for us; it gives us the promise of the future.
And God’s love fills our lives and gives us the ability to reach out to others.
Verse 5, 6, All three
members of the Trinity (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit) are involved in
salvation. The Father loved us so much that he sent his Son to bridge the gap
(John 3:16). The Father and the Son send the Holy Spirit to fill our life with
love and enable us to live by his power (Acts 1:8). With all this loving care,
how can we do less than serve him a completely way.
1-5, There are two-sided reality of Christian life:
On one hand, we are complete in Christ (our acceptance with Him is secured). On
the other hand, we are growing in Christ (we are becoming more and more like
Jesus Christ). We enjoy the peace that comes from being made right with he
Supreme Being Ruler, but we still face daily problems that often help us
grow. If we remember these two-sided of
the Christian life, we will not grow to be discouraged as we face temptations
and problems. Instead, we will learn to depend on the power available to us
from Christ, who lives in us by the Holy Spirit.
Appose Paul had summarized four characters that you
and I have peace with our Creator, we, tribulation on anguish and others. God
deserved v.3 “…we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that
suffering produces perseverance.” By grace we have peace with God, with others
and yourselves, but now you expect the unexpected.
1. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
We will have struggle, all of them will be taken care
of it. The Supreme Being Ruler is going
to fix everything alright.
I’ve heard people said, “Come to Jesus,
he will fix problem, do you experience a problem? It doesn’t mean God is mad at
you, look at verse 3. Suffering is part of our life. But Paul did not say that
we should celebrate our suffering, the Supreme Being Ruler-God has plan for us,
and in Him we have chosen to works out everything in conformity with His will.
2. IN GOD WE WERE ALSO
CHOSEN TO FOLLOW HIS PLAN
Everything has been used
for God’s purposes. God will never call you to suffer and let you cry, the
suffering comes in our ways. See Joseph’s life, Ruth’s life, God used
everything for our good and His purposes. Praise God!
3. REDEEMING OUR SUFFERING
God needs you and I to cooperate, what is our roll? Reading
the verse four, it says, the perseverance produces love character; and the character
Suffering always deal with losing your job or identity, grief is how
you realize your love one is missing or gone; they never be the same, never going
back as before, for example, I can’t talk to my mother any more. She is not in
this world, we often avoid to feel pain, disappointment, anxiety, the relation dysfunction,
grieving connect with suffering. But
grieve is “A joy shored, is a joy doubled. A sorrow shared is a sorrow halved (Author Unknown)
Press into God: “ The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed
in spirit.耶和華靠近傷心的人、拯救靈性痛悔的人。Psalms 34:18.”
How God redeem our suffering is for our lives transformation
by using what happened to bring our hope. 願頌讚歸與我們的主耶穌基督的父 神、就是發慈悲的父、賜各樣安慰的 神．
我們在一切患難中、他就安慰我們、叫我們能用 神所賜的安慰、去安慰那遭各樣患難的人。Praise is to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father
of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so
that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have
received from God. I say again that we can comfort others.
Please LIST YOUR PAIN and put it into your prayer.
Supreme Being Ruler - God’s purpose is to let you rejoice even you’ve suffering
so you can help others, from your pain or loss, God’s always up with something
good, even when your life falling apart.
GOD AND THANK HIM, He always loves us and stands
up His grace, help us to using for our good and for others. Remember these
important three words, faith, hope and love for yourselves and for sharing to
other. But the greatest of these is love.