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Ministry of Trouble, Part 2
2 Corinthians 1:3-10
Open your Bibles to 2 Corinthians 1:3-10
Those of you who were here this morning will remember that we started the message this morning on the Ministry of Trouble. There are two ways to bear any wounds that you receive. Whether they are spiritual, mental, physical, financial, etc., it really doesn't make any difference. Anytime that a problem, a difficulty, a hurt, or a pressure comes into your life, it is sent from God to minister. There are two ways to bear them. One is to bear it the world's way. That always brings about death. The other is to bear it God's way. That always brings about such a change of heart Paul says that you don't regret having the wounds.
I could not help but think tonight as some of these testimonies were given (some of the difficulties that were encountered, some of the pressures that were experienced) how true that teaching is of the Word of God. When a problem, a difficulty, a pressure, a wound, a hurt of any kind is borne God's way, it produces a change of heart so great, so tremendous that you do not regret having the wound. The way to bear it God's way so as to produce this change of heart is to see it as a minister sent from God for our good to do a work in us that God has preplanned before the foundations of the earth. We saw this morning that the first reason that God allows these things to come into our life is that you and I may experience the comfort of God.
Beginning with verse 3,
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation (The word literally means all our pressures. We always have the idea of physical pain, but that is not the primary meaning of the word. If we understand it as any kind of problem or pressure, it will be more meaningful to us.), that we may be able to comfort them which are in any (every kind of) t ...
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