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Review: “Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?” (Book of Job)“How to Raise a Soul Surfer” (Mom testimonies) “What Did Jesus Say About Evil?” (Parable of the Weeds, Genesis 3)
Bethany Hamilton’s Tragedy and TriumphScene from “Soul Surfer”
Godwants to help you turn your tragedy into triumph! But, He can’t do it without your participation!
“Victim” or “Victor” You be the judge!- assuming posture of “pathos” (Greek for “suffering”)- focusing on circumstances- indulging in negative self talk
“Victim” or “Victor” You be the judge!- assuming posture of “dunamos” (Greek for “power”)- focusing on God’s promises- speaking truth to self
2 Tim. 1:7 (CEV) “God's Spirit doesn't make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control.”
Phil. 4:13 (CEV) “Christ gives me the strength to face anything.”
James 1:2-4 (CEV) “My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything.”
“Victim” or “Victor” You be the judge! - reliving details of tragedy daily - allowing feelings of defeat and despair to paralyze
“Victim” or “Victor” You be the judge!- acknowledging tragedy is real- learning/growing from it continuing to move forward
Phil. 3:13-14 (CEV) “My friends, I don't feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead.I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven.”
“Victim” or “Victor” You be the judge!- continually blaming others- wishing harm to befall them- taking matters into their own hands
“Victim” or “Victor” You be the judge!- leaving room for God’s justice- forgiving, praying for & blessing those responsible
Rom. 12:19-21 (CEV) “Dear friends, don't try to get even. Let God take revenge. In the Scriptures the Lord says, ‘I am the one to take revenge and pay them back.’ The Scriptures also say, ‘If your enemies are hungry, give them something to eat. And if they are thirsty, give them something to drink. This will be the same as piling burning coals on their heads.’ Don't let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.”
Luke 6:28 (CEV) “Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you.”
Luke 6:28 (CEV) “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive these people! They don't know what they're doing.’”
Herein lies the greatest indicator that you have moved from “victim” to “victor” - when you can genuinely forgive, pray for, and wish them well. This takes time!
Examples of VictorsThe Power to Forgive: JosephGen. 45: 4-5 (CEV)“Yes, I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt. Don't worry or blame yourselves for what you did. God is the one who sent me ahead of you to save lives.”
Examples of Victors The Power to Live Again: JobJob 42:12 (CEV) “The LORD now blessed Job more than ever; he gave him fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand pair of oxen, and a thousand donkeys. In addition to seven sons, Job had three daughters.”
Examples of Victors The Power to Share: Bethany Hamilton now has a far greater platform to share her faith.
Getting PersonalWhat about you? What tragedies have you experienced? Are you trapped in the past or are you ready to move forward?Are you ready to rise above with God’s help and be the “Victor”?