“Problem Solving”

Posted: July 19, 2018 in Billy Pietsch, Christian Life, Problem Solving

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all face challenges and problems in life on a regular basis. Some people suffer more than others. Are you, or is someone you know, going through some hard times right now that seem insurmountable? If you’re a true believer in Christ, “give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and then“count it all joy” (James 1:2) for an opportunity to trust God in an unusual way. As the Scriptures say, “…man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). But a Christian’s troubles didn’t come to stay, but to pass. Our best life is yet future (Romans 8:18; See 2 Timothy 3:12) in spite of what one “preacher” tells others. Believe it or not, the unbeliever who dies without Christ as his Savior is experiencing his best life now while he lives on earth. The future is not bright for unbelievers (John 3:18, 36; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8). So, become a true believer right now if you’re not one yet!

Situations. What do you do if, after visiting the Doctor one day, he tells you that you have an advanced stage of cancer, or if you receive a call in the middle of the night from a police officer asking you to identify the body of someone who was in a head-on collision, or if you’re in business for yourself and you learn that your product has become obsolete, or if your spouse tells you that he/she wants out of the marriage? To whom or what do you turn?  (Read about “The Death Of Our Son, Bill” in a link below.)

Escapism. Have you tried to escape from the reality of the pain by traveling, getting involved in an immoral relationship, turning to alcohol and/or drugs?

Cynicism. Have you become cynical and grown dark inside? Are you resentful and bitter? Have you tried to get even with those who may have caused you the pain you’re experiencing?

Humanism. Perhaps you’ve spent a lot of money on psychologists or psychiatrists hoping to resolve your problems. Have you turned to self-help books, people’s opinions, or self-realization for guidance and comfort?

Supernaturalism. Maybe you’ve gone so far as to turn to astrology, mediums, witches, and wizards and have opened yourself up to demonic powers without your knowing it.

God’s Word. But, if you haven’t already figured it out, none of these things mentioned above can bring lasting satisfaction and true joy and peace into our lives. Perhaps God has brought you to this place in your life so that you will come to know that He alone is the living and true God (Jeremiah 10:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:9), who has provided salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven) for us by Christ’s dying for our sins…and rising again from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3 4). The only requirement for anyone to be saved is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [alone], and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Have you done this yet? If not, why not put your faith and trust in Him now? Our salvation is not based on our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Nor is it faith plus good works.

Sufficient.  If you’re a true Christian you need to know that, within the pages of the Scriptures, you have everything you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).  If you’re a relatively new Christian, you may need some help so you can learn how to rightly divide the Word of God by using the normal method of interpretation – a consistent literal, historical, grammatical interpretation (2 Timothy 2:15). All of the Bible is for us, but not all of it is addressed to Christians (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). (See our “Dispensations Chart” for more details.)  Much of the Bible will seem foolish to an unbeliever because he is spiritually blind and suffers from natural blindness (1 Corinthians 2:14), Satanic blindness (2 Corinthians 4:4), and the Jews also have a judicial blindness (Romans 11:25). Only God can lift these blinds and give us spiritual eyesight to see and believe in Christ through the Gospel (Luke 24:31; Acts 16:14; Ephesians 1:18).

God’s Attributes. Consider what A. W. Tozer wrote, “The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long…” The Knowledge Of The Holy, p. 4.  Our problems, as Christians, didn’t come to stay but to pass.  They won’t last forever.  But the unbeliever, who dies without the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, is living his best life now. His future is not bright if he ends up with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). If you’re not a true Christian, now is the time to become one (2 Corinthians 6:2)!  Let’s think about God’s attributes.

Good (Mathew 19:17). The three Persons in the Godhead desire and maintain Their own happiness and desire the happiness of others (Matthew 7:1; James 1:17). However, sin brings sorrow and death (Romans 6:23). God made it possible for Christians, who have been judicially forgiven (Ephesians 1:7), to be  joyful in every situation (Philippians 4:4-6) and to give thanks to God (1 Peter 4:14; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 1 Timothy 2:1). There is no premium on being a sad or morose Christian. In the midst of our problems and difficulties, God wants to make us more like His Son (Rom. 8:28-29) and for us to display the “Fruit of the Spirit” at the right time (Galatians 4:19; 5:22, 23). No matter the difficulty, we can/should praise and thank Him for His goodness (Psalm 107:8,15). His mercy (compassion toward those who are suffering) is an extension of His goodness (Lamentations 3:22-24; Titus 3:5).

Righteous (2 Timothy 4:8). God always does what is right (Psalm 119:142; 145:17). We don’t. He allows His children to be tested and tried to give us an opportunity to show our love for Him and do what is right in His sight when others do what is evil or that which is right in their own eyes (James 1:12-15; Judges 21:25). The “Crown of Righteousness” awaits believers who love Christ’s imminent return for them (2 Timothy 4:8; See John 14:1-3). Our belief in the “Rapture” (i. e. catching away) of the true Church is also a “purifying hope” (1 John 3:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Omnipotent (Revelation 1:8). How strong is your God? Do you really believe that He able to solve all of your problems (Ephesians 3:20; See Revelation 1:8; Proverbs 3:5, 6)? Nothing is too hard for Him to do (Genesis 18:14). Through Him, Christians can do everything that He wants us to do for His glory and the good of others (Philippians 2:13; 4:13). Think about God’s power that was on display as He protected Daniel’s three friends from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:17 ff) and Daniel from becoming the lions’ lunch (Daniel 6:20). The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead was the greatest demonstration of God’s power (Philippians 3:10). It’s available to all Christians.

Omniscient (Isaiah 46:10). God knows everything there is to know (John 2:24, 25). This can be comforting to those who are suffering wrongfully (1 Peter 4:14) but it should be disturbing and frightful to those who are doing evil (See Psalms 10:11; Matthew 10:28). He knows all about our particular problems and He knows how to solve them. He also knows how much we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Don’t be misled by those who teach that God doesn’t know everything – i. e. the “open theism view of God.” Would you want a God who couldn’t tell you what lies ahead?

Truth (John 14:6). God is truth and He always speaks the truth (John 17:17; See Ephesians 4:15). He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). He sees Himself and others as they really are. He saw and sees us in our sinful state (Romans 3:10-23). He made a way for us to be declared right with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Romans 4:3, 16, 23-25). We can/should claim the promises in God’s Word that are directed to New Testament believers (2 Corinthians 1:20; 7:1). Don’t try to claim those that were given exclusively to the Jews lest you be disappointed. The Church has NOT replaced the Jews (See Romans 11:1). Would you like to be a Christian “at ease in Christ” no matter what happens (Hebrews 4:2; Philippians 4:6-8; See John 15:1-11). You can be.

Holiness (Isaiah 6:3). God is holy; we are not. He abhors anything unlike Himself and demands of His creatures a purity that is identical to His own (Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:16). Through His death, Christ satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sin nature (1 John 2:2; 4:10). It tempts us to engage in the “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21) which are perversions of good and wholesome things. He made it possible for Christians so we don’t have to keep on sinning against Him (1 John 2:1 ff; 1 Corinthians 10:13). It’s our responsibility, as Christians, to learn how to overcome the temptations that come from the devil, our sin nature, and the present world system. If you’re teachable and willing to change, we’re here to help you learn how to do this (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

Love (1 John 4:8). Divine love involves God’s desire for and delight in the well-being of the object loved, even to the point of self-sacrifice if necessary (1 John 3:16-18; 4:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13:4-6). A believer can be assured of the fact that nothing can separate him/her from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39). God wants to communicate Himself to us through His Word as we face our problems. He wants what is best for His children. But to those who refuse His offer of salvation, and remain children of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10), there is only eternal condemnation awaiting them in the life to come (John 3:18, 36; 16:8-11; Revelation 21:8). Don’t be one of them!

Questions. Are you absolutely sure you’ll go to heaven if you died today? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you’re quite confident that you will go to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? If you are a true Christian, have you been baptized/immersed to demonstrate your faith to others (Acts 8:36)? Have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Is there any visible evidence of spiritual growth in your life that others would recognize (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; James 2:19, 20)? Are you sharing the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) with others as the Holy Spirit leads you (Romans 8:14) and opens doors for you (Revelation 3:8)? Are you doing everything to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31)? If not, what needs to change? (See our “Dispensations Chart” to discover if you’re doing the things God wants you to do to be pleasing to Him?)

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We also have Bible studies on Youtube and Facebook.

Portions of this article were adapted from –

Growing Deep In The Christian Life by Charles R. Swindoll, Multnomah Press, p. 53ff

Problem Solving… by George Zeller http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/christia/probsolv.htm

Maturing In Christ, H. L. Schafer, p. 11 ff https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

The Death Of Our Son, Bill” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/we-sorrow-not/

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