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Getting Past Your Past - When Life Hurts


Getting Past Your Past - When Life Hurts

Mike Popenhagen


When Life Hurts

James 1:2-8  
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

2 truths about life

  1.  Life Hurts
  2.  Painful experiences we suffer are seldom resolved.

3 Common methods we use to deal with pain

  • Medicate our pain.

Eccles 2:10-11
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil.  11  Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
  • Motivate our pain.

  • Meditate our pain.

How To Begin Healing

  • Accept God’s blessing of healing. 
Matt. 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  •  Acknowledge the depth of our pain. 
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.