Problem-solving (2)

Psalm 28:7 NKJV

Secondly, we must identify the real problem. Some of the problems we have in life can actually have deeper roots. Dealing with the surface problem is very important, but we also need to deal with the deeper-rooted issues causing the problems. If insecurity is our deeper problem, we need to ask God to remind us who we are in Him. We need to be feeding our minds with the truth of our identity, which we can find in the Bible. We need to hold on to verses such as 1 John 1:3. If we are struggling with not feeling enough, we need to remember that our salvation can’t be earned, it’s a gift. The Bible says: ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God’ (Ephesians 2:8 NIV). If we have lost our hope that things can ever get better, we need to ask God to renew our hope and show us that He’s always doing new things. When God called Gideon, He first had to deal with Gideon’s hopelessness, insecurity, and doubt. Gideon questioned how God could have been there when so many bad things had happened, he questioned how God could use him when he was the weakest in his family, and then he tested God multiple times to make sure he was hearing Him correctly. But God was patient, and dealt with each issue (you can read the full story in Judges 6). And He’s patient with us too. He’ll help us dig out the deeper problems in our lives which stop us from doing the things He’s called us to do. He brings healing to the places of our lives which we think are beyond redemption.

Judg 19:16-21:25; Matt 18:10-20; Ps 119:97-104; Prov 18:6-8