Ministering to Others (Genesis 40:2-3)

You find yourself in the midst of your trial. You may be at the doctor’s office, sitting in the corridors of a court house or holding a notice that knocks the wind out of your sails. In any event, you are trapped without any perceivable way of escape.It is important to remember that while you are in the midst of your trial or struggle, God will bring people to you for the purpose of you ministering to them.  

And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. (Genesis 40:2-3)

It may be a coworker, whose world is falling part, who comes to you and shares his burden. You may walk into a room and find a friend grieving or the Lord may point out the countenance change in an individual . But regardless of how the event occurs, God will bring people to you and he wants to use you to make a difference in their lives.
It doesn’t take a spiritual giant to be a minister to others. It only takes a person who has experienced the presence of God and it is those individuals that the Lord will use to point people to him. So, while you endure with longsuffering, keep your eyes focused on the Lord and be prepared to share what he has done for you.

How Can I Help (Psalm 142:3)

The Psalmist had a distorted view of God.  Even though God was his source of hope and trust, he believed that his way was only revealed to God after he became overwhelmed.  

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. (Psalms 142:3)

What his words failed to reveal is the belief that God knows the end from the beginning.  Before God created the heavens and the earth, he knew each step that the psalmist would take in his life and for every situation.  What can we do to help people like him?

The psalmist was overwhelmed because of the circumstance that surrounded him.  From his word, we can learn what a believer experiences and what we can do to help him.

There are six key words or phrases in this passage which are important for understand what he is experiencing and how to provide help.

Know – to scrutinize

Cared – to seek or ask, make inquest

Refuge – way to flee

Portion – inheritance

Brought very low – bring down, pull down push down

Prison – shutting up, fastener

The psalmist was stating that he was overwhelmed because nobody scrutinized the situations in his life.  They did not ask or seek about his condition nor did they provide a way of escape.  He felt alone, pushed down and shut up in that place.

What can we do?  We can observe people and ask the Lord to reveal to us the trials and difficulties that they are facing.  We can overcome our fears and reach out to them by speaking to them and asking questions directed at their needs.  When we understand what they are facing and how they feel, we can point them to God, who is their refuge and strengthen them in the understanding their right to claim God and his provision of refuge as their own.  Pray together with them and then continue on your own in your private prayers.

Brighten the Corner (Psalm 34:2)

Did you ever want to do something great with your life?  Have you ever desired to make such an influence upon people that the effect would be estounding?  Did you know that each of us can?  In fact, it is part of God’s design and plan for your life.

God has equipped you in at least two areas of your life for this purpose.  One enabling comes from the Holy Spirit giving you at least one gift for purpose of minister to others.  Another equipping are the words that you choose to speak.  Death and life are in the power of your tongue. (Prov. 18:21). It is important to understand that the words that you say can either make or break someone.  Consider the following passage.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. (Psalms 34:2)

There are key words in this passage that are important to identify and understand in order for the principle to be understood.  The word humble carries with it the idea of being depressed and glad is another term for meaning to brighten up.  In this passage, we can see that when I praise the Lord, those in depression will hear and brighten up or become glad.

As you live your life, The Lord wants you outwardly to praise him and as You do, he will use your words to encourage those who are struggling in their lives.  You may never know who these people are and may also never see the outcome of your words, but he has assured you that he will use them.

Instead of complaining about circumstances in life, why not look to the Lord for your help and then praise him for his wonderful works.  By doing that, his work continues through you to reach others.

Being a Helper (Psalm 31:11-12)


Everybody is in the midst of dealing with trials. We know that The Lord is the solution to their trial and God wants to bring them to the point of trusting him. But what can we do for others as they face trials? The Psalmist provides some insight.

I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me. I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel. (Psalms 31:11-12)

David shares that as he faced trials, his neighbors saw him as a reproach and fled from him. We do the same. It seems that as soon as a person faces a trial, we wonder what the person did to allow such circumstances to occur. Our first thoughts are that they must be under chastisement and this leads us to flee from them. We hide behind words such as, “I’m praying for you” or “Just trust The Lord and he will lead you through”. All the while we believe what they really need is to get right with God.

If we as believers can get past this, we may be able to support such individuals and put ourselves into a position to make a difference in their lives. We must determine that we will not view them as a reproach and flee from them. We must decide to stand by them and provide the encouragement and support that they need.

In verse 12, the Psalmist indicates that these people are then forgotten. Ask yourself, “Whom do I know that has experienced trouble, fallen away and been forgotten?” Oh, you may remember who they are, but are they in your thoughts, minds, and prayers? Decide today to be one of the rare few that will stand with those in trials and even the fallen. By doing this, you will have the potential to make a great difference in people’s live.

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Becoming Great (Mark 9:35)

The disciples of Jesus, who one day soon would be turning the world up side down with the gospel, struggled in their growth with Christ. At one point, Jesus confronted them about their conversation about which of them would be the greatest. Their debating didn’t seem too promising for the hope of the world. In response, Jesus said, “Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.” (Mark 9:37). Many are unsure as to what Jesus meant when he said these words. Was he stating that those who reach children will be the greatest or is there a better explanation for his response?

It appears that the greatest people will be those who humble themselves to reach even the lowest of people. Children did not have much to offer and those seeking to reach them would do so for the children’s gain and not for themselves. This action would take humility as explained by The Lord. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. (Mark 9:35)

This humility and being the servant of all is not strictly limited to reaching children. Children were the example that he used to illustrate the principle of greatness. I do not believe that Jesus was teaching a cast system or different classes of society, but that those reaching out to others for the purpose of their betterment and not for personal gain or recognition would be those who are great. Society is filled with such opportunities. Many will seek to help those who can offer something in return while passing by countless hurting people. How many seek to reach the addicted, abused, fatherless, social outcasts, terminally ill, inprisoned, and those bound in sexual sin? They may not look good in the church or their presence may cause problems with the more “elite” members, but they still need to be reached. If we are really honest with ourselves, we will recognized that under all of our sparkle and glitter, we were nothing better and just as needy when we came to Christ.

If you want to do something great, humble yourself and reach those who have nothing to give in return. You will not only do something great, you will be someone great.

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