Every Friday morning, I look forward to reading my pastor’s blog called Illumine… Thoughts and Prayers with Scot Pollok. He is not only a gifted teacher/pastor but also an amazing writer. Last week was no exception. As I read his blog, my heart pounded with excitement and a silent shout of joy penetrated my soul. With his permission, I am re-posting the article. Before reading, ask God to help you hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. Let it rest upon your mind and heart. After reading, ask the Lord to help you turn this article into a prayer. Without further ado, here are Scot’s life-changing words…
ILLUMINE… Thoughts and Prayers with Scot Pollok
Affliction is a gift that the devil would like to highjack. Yes, you read that correctly. The devil wants to take control of the sufferings you meet in this world and steal their purposes. Paul said it better than I have.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.” ––2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Do you believe that God calls each of His children to ministry and service within His church and Kingdom? I hope you do. Do you believe God wants that service to be powerful, effective, relevant and transformative? Another easy answer. Yes, of course.
This is the point of attack. The sufferings and afflictions that we encounter in this world are intended as a training school for ministry, tools to provide power and meaning and content to our service and ministry to others. They are a gift. That’s why the devil wants to take control of these burdens and turn our focus inward, to the suffering itself, to the pain, to the trial. This myopia steals our eyes from a resurrecting God and impedes our comforting ministry to others. It is so effective of a trick that we actually give room for a spirit of fear surrounding affliction and sufferings so that everything gets even worse.
My friend, just as the afflictions and sufferings of Jesus were abundant, so will yours be. That truth is what makes this life so hard and heaven so magnificent. However, in the same abundance, the God of all mercies meets us with prolific comfort through His Spirit and His Word and His Body, the church. Wherever you are today, be encouraged.
Paul continues, “…we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life… so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver – He on who we have set our hope – and He will yet deliver us.” ––2 Corinthians 1:8-10
Guest Author––Scot Pollok, Lead Pastor at Faith Bible Church, The Woodlands, TX.
God has given Scot the gift of communicating His Word in such creative and passionate ways. He tenderly, yet powerfully brings biblical truths to life through His teachings and messages. Read more about Scot on Faith Bible’s website… Scot’s bio.
Thank you to Scot, my pastor, for this powerful message. I appreciate your heart and wisdom through the years. May God continue to bless you and your family as you serve Jesus with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Do you view afflictions and sufferings as a gift from God? Remember Scot’s powerful statement… Affliction is a gift that the devil would like to highjack. The devil wants to take control of the sufferings you meet in this world and steal their purposes. Resist the devil and he will flee! Ask God to help you make this blog a prayer for your life. Let the Holy Spirit do in you, what ONLY He can do. Amen.
Blessings From My Heart to Yours,
Author, Speaker, Film Producer for Reflective Life Ministries