Let’s Welcome the Light and Gain a New Perspective on Our Pain
Levi Lusko has used his pain to produce this powerful message. I consider the sword of the spirit (the bible) to be one of my most powerful weapons against the enemy in my battle with bipolar disorder and trichotillomania. In his biblically based book, Levi explains that our suffering is an opportunity for us to to be used like never before.
Our biggest struggles are also the places where we can help others the most. Living through the pain gives us a unique perspective to help others through the same troubles we have. I think one of the biggest problems people have with Christianity is the question of why would a loving God allow such heartache to happen. God does not allow evil, it is part of our sinful world in which we have free will to choose how we live. God hates to see us suffer, but He allows pain to enter our life for a purpose. He uses our pain to help us grow deeper roots in faith and shows you how to help others who are suffering in a similar way. It is a powerful testimony.
Suffering is not an obstacle to you being used by God. It is an opportunity for you to be used like never before.
Levi uses the famous quote from Aaïs Nin, “we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” to show that the world is not fixed in some pattern. It can be viewed from many different points and it changes according to who is watching it.
There is a two part sermon series that goes along with this book. I am posting the sermon notes below along with a link to the sermon.
Sword of the Spirit
The Word of God – When we are tempted, the most effective weapon that God has given to us as believers is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Jesus modeled this so beautifully during His temptation in the wilderness. When the devil tried temptation after temptation against Him, Jesus used the sword of the Spirit. Jesus spoke the Word of God to Satan. In Luke 4:1-13, Jesus responded, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord God only. Him only you shall serve.” and again brought the Scripture back into context, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT
Suffering is not an obstacle to you being used by God, it is an opportunity for you to be used like never before.
How to See through the Eyes of a Lion
- Don’t rely on the naked eye.
- Train for the trial you’re not yet in.
- Let God use your pain.
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
- Pastor Levi talked about the 1990’s for a second. So, about the 90’s … want them back, or glad they’re gone?
- What did Pastor Levi say that you’re still thinking about?
Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
- Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Do you give more energy and focus to “seen” earthly struggles or “unseen” eternal things?
- Think of one of the worst things that’s happened to you. How does the depth of its impact compare to the length of eternity? How often do you consider eternity?
Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
- Read Ephesians 1:17-19. Pastor Levi described how lions’ eyes don’t get more light, they fully use what’s there. What’s blocking light, or hindering your vision?
- Where do you think you’d be weakest in a trial? How will you train for a trial you’re not yet in?
- What God-given insight or opportunity might your eyes be opened to because of pain you’ve experienced?
- Have you seen past pain turn into opportunity? Can you share your story?
Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.
Heavenly Father, we want to see our pain through Your eyes, through the eyes of a Lion. Help us fix our eyes on the length of eternity and the strength of Your Holy Spirit living in us. Show us how You are turning our pain into power for Your purpose. Amen!
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
- Choose a painful moment and ask to see it from God’s perspective. Each day, ask the Holy Spirit to show you the opportunities you now have.
- Ask God to help you see the unseen this week. Make note of any time you sense Him expanding your vision. Come ready to share next week.
- Read Pastor Levi’s Bible Plan: www.go2.lc/eyesofalion
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