Do NOT despise your Judas It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. Ps 119:71

I would first like to wish you a Happy New Year and I pray that this year will lift us all to our Divine Destinations. 2017 was a year full of many pains, trials and tribulations to name a few but I’m here to encourage us to not let these painful circumstances to ruin our ‘day’, but rather to give thanks to our Almighty Father for the what He is about to do.

#ItHurtMeToHelpMe.

We often run away from conflict and pain, we despise those that cause us pain and hurt but I want you to know that sometimes our battles are a sign that there is bread on the other side, a breakthrough, a rain of testimonies.

If God is not into conflict, then why did Jesus send the disciples into a storm that he knew would happen? They saw a storm He saw as a stage – you thought the waves will take you down that the lightening will strike you but NO they are signs that God is our present help in times of trouble. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Ps 46:1 We may think that our comfort may bring us closer to God but sometimes when God wants to show up, when He wants to Manifest His glory he puts us in trouble. He can’t be a present help in our comfort zone.

Now I’m sure you are already wondering why I titled this message Do NOT despise your Judas. We all know who Judas was…. the one who betrayed Jesus thus leading Him to His death however let’s look at it from another perspective. Jesus knew how He would die before it happened – From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matt 16:21.  And again Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.”  Matt 17:22-23.

 

Now if we say we know the powers of God then I’m sure you believe that Jesus had every opportunity to change it so that He was not betrayed right?

I mean we are talking about the same man that healed the lame, gave sight to the blind and raised the dead so how difficult would it be to change the role of Judas in the plan?

 

 

 Ok so back to the topic… Judas was part of the plan.

Yes, they hurt you but look at them as one of your destiny helpers. Destiny Helpers come in many different forms….so that person that caused you pain can also PUSH you to your destiny (if you allow it)

 

Before I was afflicted I went astray. But now I keep Your word. Ps 119:66 Pains can redirect us, sometimes the absence of pain can make us not realise how much of God we need because life is comfortable. Now note I said CAN redirect us, so it doesn’t matter the type of pain (betrayal, rape, theft, divorce) there is an opportunity to see something about God that you will NEVER know in comfort, I want you to tell your self #ItHurtMeToHelpMe. So you can be helped by hurtful experiences, when we are in pain we find many different ways to suppress it (drugs, alcohol, food) or even put blame on the person and seek revenge but let’s turn to God. Let us choose to find the goodness of God It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. Ps 119:71.

 

Now sometimes we learn more reliance in God while we are in pain. If God stopped every chance we were going to get hurt then we would not seek Him wholeheartedly, we would not know His power to heal and constantly run from pain and not take necessary risks. If we intend to be successful we need to take Godly risks, if we want to mature, to grow we must take risks.

Pain is inevitable, in our marriages we will go through pain, our children may cause us pain, our friends even ourselves, we are pained when either we or others do not live up to expectations we set BUT let’s start to look at pain differently. Lets’ stop blaming others, it is time to use the pain as a stepping stool, a ladder to our breakthroughs.  Find the goodness of God in the ugliness of life.

 

Now I want to close by saying let God use your pain to elevate you. When you feel like you are drowning in pain, in hurt then I want you to cry out HELP!!!! God is waiting to heal you. I pray that The Holy Spirit overshadows every worldly protection that you use to suppress pain. This New Year let us move forward in our healing and begin this year with a new hope that we are stepping into our Destiny.