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Problem Solving

September 18, 2010

Here are the notes from this week’s Bible Study on Problem Solving with a Biblical Perspective –

Humility 

  •  Willing to receive correction from God

 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

Problems in life are just a part of being human.  Inevitably we will all face problems that need to be dealt with.  Not all of our trials are because we have done something wrong – however when trying to come up with a solution to the problem – having humility, especially with God is very helpful. 

  •  Trust God’s Way

 Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped…

God’s ways are so much higher and different from our own.  I have personally found that His ways are always a lot better than mine.  Letting go of our way and being willing to trust God’s way is a wonderful foundation to begin solving our problems.

 Pray

  •  Don’t Worry

 Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

Worry and stress seem to go hand in hand with problems.  The world we live in provides lots of advice on how to deal with our worries.  Usually these are just a temporary distraction and don’t really deal with the root of our stress.  Prayer is the ultimate worry reliever.  God can take our worry and replace it with indescribable peace.  God’s peace reaches to the depth of our soul and calms the raging sea in our heart through prayer.

  •  God is with You

 Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Prayer reminds us that God is with us.  During the difficult times it is easy to feel like we are alone – but He hasn’t left us.  God sees.  God knows.  He is ready and able to lead us and help us through.

  •  Wisdom and Direction

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Prayer connects us with the wisdom we need to solve our problem.  God is the great problem solver.  What ever our question – He has the answer.  He wants to show us the way.   I personally love the little side note in this scripture that describes God.  ‘who gives generously to all without finding fault’  Often, when problems come into my life, my initial reaction to them isn’t what it should be.  I find it very comforting that when I come to God for wisdom, He is welcoming to me – in spite of my previous attitude.  He isn’t waiting there with arms folded telling me how I should have come to Him earlier.  At anytime in the midst of our trouble we can call out to God and He is ready to give His wisdom generously to anyone who asks. 

Listen and Do

  • Build on the Rock

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

After receiving direction from God the key is then to listen to Him and do it.  Jesus says when we put into practice what God shows us we are building our life on the stability of God.  So, even when the rain and floods of trials and problems come we will not be taken down by them. 

  • Speak it. Think it. Do it.

Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from you mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Most of us want to apply God’s wisdom to our life.  Our intention is to follow His direction.  Although our desire and intentions are good we sometimes have a hard time following through.  This scripture lays out a perfect outline for us –

Speak it … Think it … So that you will Do it.

It is the opposite of what we naturally do.  Normally, we think it first.  Then we speak whatever we think… Then we do whatever we are thinking and speaking.  God’s steps are different.  He tells us to Speak it first.  Speak what?  God’s truth, God’s way.  Then we begin to think it…. “so that”  we will do what He said. 

Although this isn’t easy to apply, when we decide to speak truth even when that truth isn’t what we are thinking  – we are trusting God’s way over our own.  Our thoughts don’t give in quickly.  Eventually we can break old patterns – embrace God’s truth and find solutions for our life’s problems.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2010 9:37 pm

    That’s very encouraging! Thanks! ^_^ I’m writing your points in my journal (well, for future reference). =)

  2. October 1, 2010 8:52 am

    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! God’s Word always has the answers for us for everything we face in life… even problems!
    Love and blessings~

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