Wat Does not Kill Me

As jo ​​binne der troch in hurde tiid, minsken net altyd wat te sizzen. It resultaat is sinleas klisjees of trite besykjen te fleurjen dy up. Ik ha altyd hie in probleem mei klisjee phrases- it soarte dat net betsjutte neat oan de persoan sei se en net echt helpe de persoan hearre se. Silly dingen lykas, "Chin up" en "It sil better." Really? Hoe witte? Jo net dwaan dyn freonen alle favors troch jaan harren ljocht, Fluffy hope dy't net woartele yn alles. Doe't djip pine hits wy nedich rock bêst wierheid te sustain ús.

Yn syn bout mei kanker, Christopher Hitchens stimhawwend sa'n frustraasje mei guon fan it sinleas phrases wy smyt hinne. Hy bringt in pear siden oanfallen ien fan harren yn syn boek, stjerte. Hy seit, "Yn't bysonder, Ik haw in bytsje stoppe útjaan fan de oankundiging dat 'wat net deadzje my makket my sterker.' "Hy giet op te sizzen, "Yn de brute fysike wrâld ... der binne al te folle dingen dy't koe deadzje jo, net deadzje dy, en dan litte jo flink swakker. "Kin net jo krekt fiele de blydskip?

It klinkt depressing, mar ik tink Hitchens is rjocht yn in sin. It is hiel goed mooglik dat wy kinne gean troch drege dingen dy't allinnich weaken ús en bring ús tichter by de dea. Ik kin my yntinke immen freget de fraach, “Hoe koe wat dizze skriklike meitsje my sterker?” Sels de meast positive minsken kinne wurde ôfbrutsen troch de brutaliteit fan ús Fallen wrâld. Optimisme kin allinnich oerlibje safolle Beatings oant it brekt, en wurklikheid úteinlik smoart it út. Útdrukkings dy't ienris klonk cute no lykje waardeloos. Mar is it goed-betsjut fiellen Hitchens foelen ea wier? ik tink it.

Doe't Is It True?

"Wat net deadzje my makket my sterker" kin wier wêze, mar allinne as der wat bûten dit libben. As dit libben, dizze wrâld, en dit lichem binne allegear is der, Hitchens is rjocht. It is in leagen. It soe wêze as sizzen, "Wat net totaal myn auto makket it sterker." Dat is bespotlik. Jo wolle moatte negearje de wierheid te leauwe dat. Mar as ús tydlike bisikingen hawwe wat soarte fan ivige betsjutting it feroaret alles.

Paulus fertelt ús, "Alle dingen wurkje gear foar it goede fan dyjingen dy't love God en wurde neamd neffens syn doel." Dat fers is soms oerweldige, mar it is ien fan de meast moaie beloften yn al fan Skrift. Dat betsjut net dat kristenen binne Invincible. Alle fan ús sil face kearen besykje, mar wy kinne net úteinlik wurde ferslein troch harren. Sels ús slimste fijannen, as lijen en dea, wurden ús freonen yn Kristus, omdat se úteinlik wurkje yn ús foardiel.

Sa hoe krekt kin dizze ferneatigjende bisikingen eins meitsje ús sterker? Hjir binne trije wizen (mei grutte oerlaap):

1. Se meitsje ús ôfhinklik fan Jezus

Doe't ik fiel as alles yn myn libben giet goed, myn hert daliks retreats yn self-ôfhinklikheid. It nea faalt. Ik begjin te bidden minder omdat ik subconsciously oannimme ik net brek neat. Ik wurden grutsk omdat ik tink ik de reden alles giet goed. Yn dy tiden, Ik ferjit dat God is de jouwer fan goede jeften, en ik noch nedich Him te sustain my. Ik stel dat ik bin oanspraak op alle fan syn barmhertichheden.

Mar doe't kearen besykje komme ús wei, se litte ús ús eigen swakte. Sykte herinnert hoe fragile wy binne, lay-offs bringe ús dat hurde wurkjen net garandearje neat, en konflikt herinnert ús, dat wy moatte Jezus yn alle gebiet fan ús libben.

2 Corinthians 12 is in treast foar my yn tiden fan swakkens. Paulus ûnderkent dat God joech him in rjochtsaak oan "hâlden [him] fan foltôgjen healwize. "En hy seit hy hat graach yn syn swakkens, en dat er is ynhâld mei alle soarten fan kearen besykje. Hoe koe Paulus wêze ynhâld en sels bliid oer syn besikingen? Ik tink Paulus is dat dizze besikingen meitsje dúdlik dat Hy moat Gods genede en macht. Self-ôfhinklikheid is swakkens, en ôfhinklikens fan Kristus is krêft. Sa Paulus seit, "Doe't ik bin swak, dan bin ik sterk. "

2. Se meitsje ús mear as Jezus

Wy sille nea it úthâlde ferneatigjende bisikingen, oant wy realisearje dat ús treast en goede sûnens is net wat is wichtichste. Treast en sûnens binne goede dingen, dat God gefallichheit te jaan ús. Mar Gods primêre wil foar ús libben is, dat wy soenen wêze as Jezus. En Hy is sels ree om te brûken kearen besykje te folbringen dat. Hebreeërs 12 seit, "[god] dissiplines ús foar ús goede, dat wy diele syn hillichheid. "Trening yn Gods gym kinne sear soms, mar Hy sil meitsje ús sterker.

james 1:2 komt nei gedachten, dêr't er fertelt ús mei "Count it alle blydskip, myn broers, as jo moetsje kearen besykje fan ferskate soarten…"De reden wy moatte rekkenje dat wille is de Christlike karakter it produsearret. Us dimmenens is wichtiger as ús lok. It is better te wêzen fysyk swak en geastlik sterk.

3. Se meitsje ús lang te wêzen mei Jezus

Ús herten wurde ferswakke troch sûnde, en wy faak fine ús langstme nei mear fan wat dizze wrâld te bieden hat. Mar doe't de tydlike freugden fan dizze wrâld binne nommen fan ús, wy binne sin brocht dat Ierde is net ús thús. Us boargerskip is op oare plakken.

Ik love ferbliuw yn moaie hotels, en doe't ik doch ik besykje te nimmen foardiel fan al de kikkert. Mar doe ik begjin te mis myn frou, en dan ik realisearje ik net de klean ik bedoelde te bringen, en dan ik realisearje keamer tsjinst is oer de helte sa goed as myn frou fan cooking. It docht my tinken dat dit hotel is net myn thús. Unmet begearten meitsje my lang te wêzen thús. Dizze ierde is net wêr't wy hearre, en kearen besykje bringe ús dat ús paradys is op oare plakken, mei ús Hear. Der sil gjin unmet begearten yn de himel, omdat ús Hear sil foldwaan al fan ús langst. Hy sil ôfskaffe pine en pour Syn genede út op ús foar altyd.

Sa de folgjende kear jo hawwe in freon hinne troch in swiere tiid, bringe se dat sels de meast tragyske omstannichheden kinne meitsje ús sterker. Net troch posityf tinken en optimisme, mar troch echte hoop en echte feroaring. En as jo binne der troch in dreech seizoen, lit it lûke jo tichter by Kristus. Eangje net, de Heare is mei dy.

De leauwige fan hope is bûten it grêf, en yn 'e folgjende libben wy sille wêze as en mei Him. So even what kills us makes us stronger.

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32 comments

  1. BuddyAntwurdzje

    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 albertAntwurdzje

    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. MichaelAntwurdzje

    This was a little surprising to read. I had never really thought about positive sayings in negative situations being a bad thing. Mar, wer, 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. FrankyAntwurdzje

    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. raeneeAntwurdzje

    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. GabeTavianoAntwurdzje

    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, Goed, has been my theme song the past two years, Reis. 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, Reis. 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. LiamAntwurdzje

    Reis, 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. CarlotaAntwurdzje

    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. TendekaiAntwurdzje

    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. CharlesAntwurdzje

    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. KathrynAntwurdzje

    Hi Trip

    Thank you for this message. I has really encouraged me because I have been having a tough time for around 12 jier, 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. AmandaAntwurdzje

    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 ReynoldsAntwurdzje

    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. DeniseSheppardAntwurdzje

    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. BrandonPulleyAntwurdzje

    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!

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  17. KailaAntwurdzje

    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?” Mar, 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.

  18. CynthiaAghomonAntwurdzje

    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. Romeinen 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

  19. yesAntwurdzje

    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!….. Stay blessed!!!!!!!!!