Ephesians 5:18 tells us, “be filled with the Spirit.” As we yield our lives to Him and allow Him to come in, he will become our file. God absolutely allows us to use our past hurts to help others. But, don’t sell yourself short on how God can and will use you. And don’t forget, my fellow pastor’s wife and friend in ministry, that according to 2 Peter 1:3, His divine power has given you everything you need for life and godliness. Last time I checked, everything meant everything.
With that being said, I know some of you need for me to put some hands and feet to this. So, here are a few tips when handling situations that you may not feel equipped to handle:
- Pray. I know that sounds very cliche. But every single time I meet with a woman, I pray and ask God to give me the words. All these years later, I still need to be led by His Spirit.
- Don’t expect to fix them. You can’t fix someone’s broken heart. That’s God’s job. But as you pray throughout the meeting, God will give you the exact words or verses to share. I promise.
- Be honest. If you don’t know what to say or why this is happening just say it. So much of the time people just need to know that someone cares enough to listen.
If you had to define your faith with one sentence, what would your definition include?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines faith as a “strong belief or trust in someone or something.” The Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Isn’t it interesting how both of those definitions don’t reference God in their initial description of what faith is or what faith does?
Now, ultimately, both of those sources end up associating faith with a belief in God. In its secondary definition, Merriam-Webster explains that faith is a “belief in the existence of God [or] strong religious feelings.” Hebrews 11 goes on to reference God multiple times in the Bible’s famous chapter on faith.
But here’s the point I’m trying to make – every human being lives by faith, with or without God.
The first time I heard the phrase “Walking with a limp” was from John Wimber, the founder of the Vineyard movement, when he said, “Don’t trust a leader who doesn’t walk with a limp.”
His point of reference came out of Jacob wrestling with God in the form of an angel in Genesis 32. At the end of Jacob’s all-night struggle, God touched the socket of Jacob’s hip and damaged it so that from that time onward Jacob walked with a limp. This encounter with God changed him in other ways too. He got a new name and moved into a new phase of his life. He was now fit to lead.
There is a remarkable quality that can come from the lives of people after they have wrestled with God and life and the resulting limp is an order to themselves and a sign to others that God has humbled them.