Hvad der ikke Kill Me

Når du går igennem en hård tid, folk ikke altid ved, hvad jeg skal sige. Resultatet er meningsløse klichéer eller banale forsøg på at opmuntre dig op. Jeg har altid haft et problem med kliché phrases- den slags, der ikke betyder noget for den person, siger dem, og faktisk ikke hjælpe den person høre dem. Dumme ting som, "Chin up" og "Det får bedre." Virkelig? Hvordan ved du det? Du behøver ikke gøre dine venner en tjeneste ved at give dem lys, fluffy håb om, at der ikke er forankret i noget. Når dybe smerte hits, vi har brug for rock solid sandhed at opretholde os.

Under sin kamp med kræft, Christopher Hitchens gav udtryk tilsvarende frustration med nogle af de meningsløse sætninger, vi smider rundt. Han tilbringer et par sider at angribe en af ​​dem i sin bog, Mortality. Han siger, "I særdeleshed, Jeg har lidt stoppet udstede meddelelsen om, at "uanset hvad ikke dræber mig gør mig stærkere." "Han fortsætter med at sige, "I den brute fysiske verden ... der er alt for mange ting, der kunne dræbe dig, ikke dræbe dig, og derefter forlade dig betydeligt svagere. "Kan du ikke bare føle glæden?

Det lyder deprimerende, men jeg tror, ​​Hitchens er rigtigt i en vis forstand. Det er meget muligt, at vi kan gå gennem vanskelige ting, som kun svække os og bringe os tættere på døden. Jeg kan forestille mig nogen stiller spørgsmålet, “Hvordan kunne noget så forfærdeligt gøre mig stærkere?” Selv de mest positive mennesker kan opdeles efter den brutalitet vores faldne verden. Optimisme kan kun overleve så mange prygl, indtil det bryder, og virkelighed til sidst kvæler det ud. Sætninger, der engang lød sød nu synes værdiløs. Men er den velmenende følelser Hitchens angreb nogensinde sandt? det tror jeg.

Hvornår er det sandt?

"Hvad der ikke dræber mig gør mig stærkere" kan være sandt, men kun hvis der er noget ud over dette liv. Hvis dette liv, denne verden, og dette organ er alle der er, Hitchens er rigtigt. Det er en løgn. Det ville være som at sige, "Hvad der ikke alt min bil gør det stærkere." Det er latterligt. Du er nødt til at ignorere sandheden at tro, at. Men hvis vores midlertidige forsøg har en form for evig betydning det ændrer alt.

Paulus fortæller os, "Alle ting virker sammen til gode for dem, der elsker Gud, og kaldes efter hans formål." Dette vers er undertiden misbrugt, men det er en af ​​de smukkeste løfter i hele Skriften. Det betyder ikke, at kristne er uovervindelig. Alle os vil stå prøvelser, men vi kan ikke endeligt besejret af dem. Selv vore værste fjender, ligesom lidelse og død, blevet vores venner i Kristus, fordi de i sidste ende arbejde i vores favør.

Så hvordan præcist kan disse ødelæggende forsøg, der reelt gør os stærkere? Her er tre måder (med væsentlig overlapning):

1. De gør os afhængige af Jesus

Når jeg har lyst til alt i mit liv går godt, mit hjerte straks retreats ind i selv-afhængighed. Den undlader aldrig. Jeg begynder at bede mindre, fordi jeg ubevidst antager jeg ikke mangler noget. Jeg bliver stolt, fordi jeg tror, ​​jeg grunden alt går godt. I disse tider, Jeg glemmer, at Gud er giveren af ​​gode gaver, og jeg har stadig brug for ham til at opretholde mig. Jeg antager, at jeg er berettiget til alle hans barmhjertighed.

Men når prøvelser kommer vores måde, de viser os vores egen svaghed. Sygdom minder hvor skrøbelig vi er, lay-offs minde os om, at hårdt arbejde ikke garantere noget, og konflikt minder os om, at vi har brug for Jesus på alle områder af vores liv.

2 Kor 12 er en trøst for mig i tider med svaghed. Paulus anerkender, at Gud gav ham en retssag at "holde [ham] fra at blive indbildsk. «Og han siger, at han kan prale med glæde i hans svaghed, og at han er tilfreds med alle former for forsøg. Hvordan kunne Paulus være indhold og endda glad for, om hans forsøg? Jeg tror Paulus siger, at disse forsøg gør det klart, at han har brug for Guds nåde og kraft. Self-afhængighed er svaghed, og afhængighed af Kristus er styrke. Så siger Paul, "Når jeg er svag, så er jeg stærk. "

2. De gør os mere som Jesus

Vi vil aldrig være i stand til at udholde ødelæggende forsøg, før vi indser, at vores komfort og et godt helbred er ikke, hvad der er vigtigst. Komfort og sundhed er gode ting, som Gud fryder at give os. Men Gud primære vilje for vores liv er, at vi ville være ligesom Jesus. Og han er endda villige til at bruge forsøg for at opnå det. Hebræerne 12 siger, "[Gud] disciplinerer os for vores gode, at vi kan dele hans hellighed. "Træning i Guds gym kan skade nogle gange, men han vil gøre os stærkere.

James 1:2 kommer til at tænke, hvor han fortæller os at "Tæl det for idel Glæde, mine brødre, når du møder prøvelser af forskellig art…"Grunden til at vi skal regne det glæde er den kristuslignende karakter den producerer. Vores ydmyghed er vigtigere end vores lykke. Det er bedre at være fysisk svag og åndeligt stærk.

3. De gør os lang tid at være sammen med Jesus

Vore hjerter er svækket af synd, og vi ofte befinder os længes efter mere af det, denne verden har at byde på. Men når de midlertidige glæderne ved denne verden er taget fra os, vi mindet om, at Jorden er ikke vores hjem. Vores statsborgerskab er et andet sted.

Jeg elsker opholder sig i nice hoteller, og når jeg gør jeg forsøger at drage fordel af alle de frynsegoder. Men så begynder jeg at savne min kone, og så jeg indser jeg ikke har det tøj, jeg betød at bringe, og så jeg er klar room service er omkring halvt så god som min kones madlavning. Det minder mig om, at dette hotel er ikke mit hjem. Uopfyldte begær gør mig lang tid at være hjemme. Denne jord er ikke hvor vi hører, og forsøg minder os om, at vores paradis er et andet sted, med vor Herre. Der bliver ingen uopfyldte begær i himlen, fordi vor Herre vil tilfredsstille alle vores længsler. Han vil afskaffe smerte og hæld hans nåde ud på os for evigt.

Så næste gang du har en ven går gennem en hård tid, minde dem om, at selv de mest tragiske omstændigheder kan gøre os stærkere. Ikke gennem positiv tænkning og optimisme, men gennem reelt håb og reelle forandringer. Og når du går igennem en vanskelig sæson, lad det trække dig tættere på Kristus. Vær ikke bange, Herren er med dig.

Den troendes håb er hinsides graven, og i det næste liv vil vi være ligesom og med ham. So even what kills us makes us stronger.

AKTIER

32 kommentarer

  1. BuddySvar

    Thanks trip, that was exactly what I needed to hear right now. Going through a super tough time and His faithfulness to comfort his children never fails to amaze me.

  2. kwena albertSvar

    Awesome piece.I will do away with the usual cliches and instead advice those in pain from today onward to look on to the rock that is higher than i..Thank you sir

  3. MichaelSvar

    This was a little surprising to read. I had never really thought about positive sayings in negative situations being a bad thing. Men, igen, it’s through God’s glory that we can manage through the tough times and realize that there is something greater than this world. What doesn’t kill me, or does, makes me stronger because it draws me closer to God.

  4. FrankySvar

    Mr. Tripp Lee

    I woke up this morning feeling conceited and sort of untouchable believing that since most things in my life were going on okay, then I don’t need to trust God even more. I was wrong and was reminded of it quite immediately as the day was progressing on. Thank you for your insight in this manner and I pray the Lord will show me Grace and pick me up from where I am.

    Your brother in Christ

  5. raeneeSvar

    Dear Mr.trip lee,

    I just love this (: i have a question my church is actually doing a serieswhat on earth am i here for?” n im on of the youth leaders and I’ll be doing a lesson a discipleship and everything you said ties in perfectly cause on of the sections is depending on god during trailsso if its ok could i use some of your stuff? Like lil quotes or scriptures but only with your permisson …. I seriously love your stuff and its diffently helping me grow as christian (: thank you for being a man of god n honoring your calling to go into preaching. Gods gonna do some powerful things in your life and your familys life (:

  6. GabeTavianoSvar

    Been a rough two years, and this post is just bursting with honest truth. Much needed for this father of three girls, and husband to an author and speaker whose message has changed from the challenges of marriage and motherhood to persevering when all seems lost.

    Your track, Jeg er god, has been my theme song the past two years, Rejse. I don’t crank any song louder, and I couldn’t have asked God to pen words that spoke any deeper to my soul. There are moments when even the smallest thoughts of suicide crossed my mind. You sure feel like you’re at war when that’s the honest truth.

    But real hope and real change are much more worth it than giving up. That’s so true. There’s a fight to be fought for each of us. I appreciate you taking the time to pen these words, Rejse. I’ll be reading through this post a few more times. Praising God for speaking through you in our earbuds, on the stage, at the pulpit, in your home, and on the web.

  7. LiamSvar

    Rejse, keep writing man! Your last two posts have spoke to exactly where I’m at in life and I’ve come across them just when I needed to. God is undoubtedly working through you.

  8. CarlotaSvar

    What you said has help me to understand somethings and will mean alot to me. The message relates alot with what i have been going through for about 5 years and still going through now.Thank you Trip Lee.

  9. TendekaiSvar

    it’s true for the christian who walks by faith and not by sight.i have been in hard times; where everything was goings against my expectations.It became even harder to keep my trust in the Lord but because i knew that the pain i was experiencing was temporary and designed to make me stronger not to destroy me.i held on Jesus and here i am i prevailed.

  10. CharlesSvar

    I think you have this piece contains a lot of truths. Certainly as a believer what does kill me or does only makes me stronger. God bless you and give you the insight to speak more of His truths to His people.

  11. KathrynSvar

    Hi Trip

    Thank you for this message. I has really encouraged me because I have been having a tough time for around 12 år, battling with an unheard of illness and I really want to deepen my relationship with God. I’m at the point where nowadays I just feel numb to emotions, but I believe that the Holy Spirit is urging me to trust Jesus and depend on Him.

  12. AmandaSvar

    Such an enlightened post and really helps you put things in perspective, just lost my brother 3 months ago to multiple myeloma and my mum is in the severe stages of dementia I know that to be able to cope I have to draw my strength from God, and rejoice that the day before he pass he let me lead him to the Lord and gave his life. Keep up the good work, you are inspiring my 18 year old son to write music and keep up with his piano, stay blessed!

  13. Corrie ReynoldsSvar

    Hi Trip,

    You always have a way of putting into words what I think but am unable to write. You have many true talents. Thank you for using them for what you were called to do. God bless you brother.

  14. DeniseSheppardSvar

    Mr. Barefield…….you are a wonderful, shining example of God’s love. He has blessed you in lyric to share His message. I appreciate reading what you write, listening to your music and would love to hear you in person some time. Thanks for being obedient in sharing God’s words; always, positive, uplifting and right on point! Good Bless You Brother!

  15. BrandonPulleySvar

    I lost my job today and I can’t tell you how much of an answer to prayer this is! After I left I kept crying out tell me what to do tell me please. Now I know. I need to stay humble and realize the next job he gives me is from him not of my works!

  16. TendaiSvar

    This is encouraging stuff, brother. Thank you for reminding me of the gospel; the foundation of every Christian life.

  17. DebbieSvar

    Your explanation of our fathers meanings always give me understanding. Thank you Trip and please continue to help to open my eyes.

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  19. KailaSvar

    I agree that often times when people offer up the sayings you used, they don’t always make you feel better. My family and I experienced that this summer at my cousin’s funeral. He was shot and killed by someone he considered a friend, two days before his 19th birthday. None of the so-called encouraging words were helpful because the main question we all had was, ” Why him, he was just a ‘baby?” Men, afterwards we look back and see that even though it was a sad occasion it brought our family closer together and reevaluate our relationships with each other and with God. We also gained a new family member not soon after in his daughter, who could be his twin.

  20. CynthiaAghomonSvar

    This is so encouraging..God has never failed and he is not about to start with any of his children..we just need to keep hope alive and believe that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Romerne 8:18 says for I reckon that the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us..amen

  21. kaseweSvar

    Yet again, I have been cut to heart!I am ill at the moment and I was wondering why the Lord was letting these things happened to me. In my boredom I was going through the FB pages of my favourite celebs and I came across your website. Alas! The Lord answered my prayer and spoke directly to me! (Through Trip) It’s like Trips messages are tailored just for me (That’s because the Holy Spirit is using him to minister to us)….God always rebukes me through him (his music,blog posts and sermons) I think I was focusing to much on this hotel that isn’t my home. So now I know why I am ill (what the Lord is trying to teach me through this trial)…God continue to bless you Trip Lee, it’s amazing that your ministry reaches us (the saints in Africa) and though we’ve never met, I feel like I know you personally because I can relate to everything you say. And because your music really rebukes, encourages, corrects, teaches me!….. Forbliv velsignet!!!!!!!!!

  22. KevinSteeleSvar

    Our humility is more important than our happiness.That really hit me man. Keep making that good music and God bless.