Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Disability may feel like I am in prison or a slave or

tied to something that I can't get away. The real definition of “suffering” is called “sin”.

This reminds me of 1 Corinthians 9:17-19 that even though I am free and belong to no master however I make myself a slave to everyone because of who I am, a sinner. The Bible have alot of positive and negative attributes of "Slavery". We were slaves to sin as Jesus said in John 8:34 "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin." Paul wrote in Romans 7:14 "We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin." (Romans 6:20: When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.)

Its amazing how we can "picture" slavery and we can see how bad slavery can be in negative (sin) and how good slavey can be in positive (Christ).

God rescued people from slavery.

The Scriptures mentioned 13 times to remind people that God below two examples:

Exodus 20:2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Deuteronomy 5:6 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Before I know Christ, I was slaved to sin, as Paul wrote Romans 6:18 "You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness." Even though God will not take away my problems when I got saved because He always been there for me when I am facing problems. I am still having problems but very very peaceful because of God's GRACE. When we most aware of our problems, we are more inclined to collapse into God's strength and experience His amazing grace. "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9).

In John 9:2-3, Jesus and His disciples encountered a blind man. “His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.’” A solid and sound theological framework is needed to understand suffering and God's sovereignty over suffering.

I am home with a bad cold and you know what a bad cold do a person with Multiple Sclerosis so I am trying to avoid that by resting. Boy, did I rest and bored watching TV and sleeping.

I am suffering today and I will suffer tomorrow. Comparing how I suffer to another person will ALWAYS be different. There will be always someone who suffering much worst than I am. God has given me the grace to sanctify me through the sources of "thorns" can be weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecutions and difficulties (which also includes sickness). I just needed to focus on God rather than my own problems. God uses thorns (sufferings) to perfect His "power is perfected in weakness". Grace is a wonderful word.

8 comments:

my life with bipolar disorder said...

I really enjoyed this post, Jim. Thanks for sharing. 2 Cor 12:9 is a great encouragement to me too in my struggle to manage bipolar disorder so that I can live for the glory of God. I just shared about it on my blog. Come over and have a look :-) May God continue to grant you His peace and joy even admist your sufferings, that His love, mercies and faithfulness continue to strengthen you day by day. Take care. In His grace, Nancie

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Another great post Jim!

Wasn't one of this disciples disabled or "afflicted" with something? They prayed to God to heal them and got a resounding no if I remember correctly. Was it Paul?

Jim said...

Yes.. it was Paul who was inflicted. You can find this in 2 Corinthians between chapters 10 and 12.

Have a great weekend

Jim

Jim said...

Yes.. it was Paul who was inflicted. You can find this in 2 Corinthians between chapters 10 and 12.

Have a great weekend

Jim

Jim said...

Yes.. it was Paul who was inflicted. You can find this in 2 Corinthians between chapters 10 and 12.

Have a great weekend

Jim

Jim said...

Yes.. it was Paul who was inflicted. You can find this in 2 Corinthians between chapters 10 and 12.

Have a great weekend

Jim

Jim said...

Yes.. it was Paul who was inflicted. You can find this in 2 Corinthians between chapters 10 and 12.

Have a great weekend

Jim

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Thanks!