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Throwback Thursday: How to Comfort the Hurting

 

HOW TO COMFORT THE HURTING

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you; that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”    -Luke 22:31-32

 

I want to thank the mom with the wayward child who comforted me when my child went astray. I want to thank the blind man who inspired me when I realized I may go totally blind. I wish these people could have been spared their trials, but they were able to help me because they had gone through the same thing.

When Jesus told Peter to strengthen the brethren, He knew that Peter would deny Him. He also knew that Peter would become a strong preacher, and that he would help restore John Mark (Acts 15:36-40; 1 Pet. 5:13). He knew that Peter would write epistles to suffering Christians and that he could teach them and help them because of what he had been through.

God has many purposes for our suffering. One of His purposes is that we may give comfort and strength to our Christian brothers and sisters. Possibly you are going through something right now. It could be an illness, a financial hardship, a wayward child or a lost loved one. There may come a time when you are able to help someone who is going through the same thing. You don’t have to give them any answers, but you can tell them about God’s grace. Remind them that God will never leave them and that He gives peace that is beyond our understanding.

It may not mean much to you right now to know that later on you may comfort someone else, but when you reach that point, you will thank God for the ability to help them. They will be thankful for your encouraging words. It is amazing how God enables His children

to bear one another’s burdens.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Throwback Thursday: Somewhere There’s a Mom

SOMEWHERE THERE’S A MOM

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

2 Tim. 2:26 (NKJV)

 

Daily, on the streets of Philippi, Paul and company were followed by a girl announcing that they were “servants of the Most High God” (Acts 16:17). Most would love such an announcement, but not Paul. Paul was a man of great discernment, and he recognized that though the words were true, they were spoken by a demon possessed girl. “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:14).

 

Paul becoming greatly annoyed cast the demon out of the slave girl who was a fortune teller. Her masters had profited from her. They had used her in a way similar to the human trafficking that occurs within the United States today.

 

Scripture does not tell us what became of this girl once she had been set free from the clutches of Satan, but we do know one thing. Somewhere there was a mom. This girl had a mother who may have been trapped in the same lifestyle. Perhaps, she was praying for her daughter with Lydia’s group of women by the river. Maybe her mother became a convert of the Philippi church. However, this girl was someone’s daughter.

 

Do you know someone like this girl who is trapped by Satan? They may be bound by alcoholism, drug addiction, a myriad of sexual sins, or even a false religion. Somewhere, there’s a mom. Your prayers for her child are the greatest gift that you could give her.

 

We also need to give them the gospel in love. Many times as Christians, we fall into the sin of self-righteousness, but if not for the grace of God, we could be bound by Satan ourselves. Observe those you meet today asking God to break Satan’s chains which bind them. Thank Him that He has set you free.

 

Heavenly Father,

I pray that You will break Satan’s hold on the lost. He has bound them into a life of alcoholism or drug abuse. He has blinded them with lies. Thank You for loosing his hold on me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read Acts 16:16-20.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you know someone trapped by Satan’s grip? Pray for God to rescue them and save them. If possible, witness to them.

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.