Series: "THIS IS US: Hope & Healing When Life Hurts"

Today: "THREE ESSENTIAL STEPS TOWARD HOPE & HEALING"

 

READ: Isaiah 26:3-4

 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

 

Read: Devotional

 

We’ve spent the first month of 2017 talking about pain, suffering, betrayal, and sorrow. Depressing stuff, right? We’ve looked at constructive things we all can do to build insulation into our lives so things don’t hurt so bad—or for so long.

 

As we wrapped things up, we identified some absolutely vital components for personal healing.If you want to be a healthy and balanced human being, you must put them into practice. I encourage you to review the video of the message from Sunday at www.expectation.church.

 

The foundational thought is that our focus must be primarily on the Lord. When I was a teenager, my group of Christian friends had a secret code. We shared it with each other whenever any of us felt it was needed. When was it needed? When one or more of us seemedto be dragged down by circumstances, people, or the world itself. I’ll let you in on the secretcode. It was: “2-6- 3-4.” It did not mean, “drink more Ovaltine.”

 

We used it all the time, and it worked EVERY time. The code was the location of some profound wisdom from the Book of Isaiah: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” (Isaiah 26:3-4 KJV)

 

So, the next time you need it, use it. Stop everything and say, “2-6- 3-4.

 

REFLECT:

 

  • How much of my personal pain is made worse because I refuse to follow clear Biblical wisdom?

  • Does my conversation with myself tend to be more negative and critical, than positive and constructive?

  • When was the last time I prayed for someone else when I was hurting?

     

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