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Worship: Pour in Pain

Here's the message: pour in the midst of your pain! I know, I's counter-intuitive! Hear me out!

Pour: to make a substance flow from a container

We are the container. We are the earthen vessel filled with God's Spirit. Even when we feel like we have nothing to pour, we have the Holy Spirit. We are fragile clay jars and the great treasure is God's Spirit. We are indeed pressed, but we are inviolable [ never to be broken, infringed, or dishonored].

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NLT

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

Pain: physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury; mental suffering or distress.

Humans have two primary responses to pain.

  1. Numb it through worldly comforts (revenge, bitterness, unforgiveness, gossip, envy, jealousy, sex, drugs, alcohol, excessive eating, excessive sleeping, etc)

  2. Worship (pour out everything to the Father and let him use it for His glory). Every prayer, every tear is counted as worship.

We learn obedience by the things we suffer; it perfects us. Pain and trials are profitable for us because it produces patience; making us complete - lacking nothing.

Hebrews 5:7-9 NKJV

who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

James 1:2-4 NKJV

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

The illustration/application:

1 Kings 17:7-16 NIV

Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.

12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

Here is a guarantee: there will be several seasons of your life where you will feel like the widow. You will want to take the little that you have and die! BUT GOD has use of what you have! God in His sovereignty will send you an opportunity to pour from that place of pain.

When we pour from the place of pain, God multiplies! Miraculously, there will be enough to serve others and supply your needs beyond what you can ask, think or imagine. We see the same multiplication power when Jesus presents the disciples with the opportunity to pour from a place of pain (discomfort/distress) ( Matthew 14:13-21, Matthew 15:29-39).

In conclusion, pouring from the place of pain perfects us! Put that in the reservoir of your heart! Your little is more than enough for God!

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You teaching us Nikki!! Praise God!


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