How Would You Define Problems

After going through the difference between choices vs decisions in our post Choices vs Decisions I was trying to understand how trials and tribulations in life play into our choices and decisions. Let me try to explain.

We call “problems” in life ” problems”. But they really are not “problems”. I remember after about the fourth time my plumbing blew a fitting I went to church and was expressing frustration with the plumbing. A friend said to me, “you seem to have a lot of problems”. Naturally I rebuked that statement. My friend saw problems, I saw frustration.

So let me ask you. What is a problem? I am not talking about math or geometry equations either. How would you define problems in life? How do you determine if something is a problem or not? What makes something a “problem”?

Darkness, in scripture, means ignorance. Scripture says we have been called out of darkness,  1 Peter 2:9 KJV
  “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”

You see, problems are really doors and here is why? Some people can look at “problems” and turn them into opportunities while others give up and quit, why? What separates the person quitting from the person who sees opportunity? Clearly it is how people perceive things. Perception.

Excluding math and geometry definitions, problem is defined as ” a proposition that appears neither absolutely true or absolutely false, and consequently may be asserted either in the affirmative or negative.”  Another words, it is all about how you perceive the matter or issue. If you think it is negative, then it is negative. If you think it is an opportunity,  then it is an opportunity.

So called problems are all about perception and did you know the word does not even appear in scripture? Nope, the word problem or problems is not in God’s word. Now you know I use the AV1611 King James only. The only Scripture book from 1611, with no copyright for man to profit from. The newer watered down versions may have the word problem (s) but not God’s word. And the word problem or problems is not in the scripture. Why do you think God did not put the word problem in scripture?

When we make Choices or Decisions we often experience what we call problems. But they are not problems because problems are based on perception. And if you perceive something to be a “problem”, then you are perceiving something that is not in scripture. If it is not in scripture, guess where it is coming from?

When all these obstacles come against you the obstacles are adversaries. Why? Because you are presented with a decision or opportunity – a door being opened. Stepping into more Light. You may feel like you are beaten up all the time. It is like life keeps beating you up. I can relate. But don’t let the “problems” blind you to the door. Look for the opportunity to open a new door. Paul called it a “door of faith” –

Acts 14:27 KJV  “And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.”

Those who know will confirm, Paul as a Jew, tried to reach his Jewish people with the gospel. Paul suffered trials and tribulations, never problems. Paul recognized the Lord had opened a door of opportunity for Gentiles to be saved. And notice just before the Lord opens the door what happened?

Acts 13:50-52 KJV  “But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
[51] But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
[52] And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.”

They were thrown out of the city. Just before God opens a door there are adversaries that come against you. 1 Corinthians 16:9 KJV  “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”

Paul saw another great door open from the Lord while he was at Ephesus and Paul saw it was effectual meaning could produce a lot, so Paul decided to stay there until Pentecost.

We see God opens doors and when God shows you a door or opens a door for you, expect many adversaries, trials and tribulations. And why do you think you would have adversaries? To stop you from going through the door.

The Lord opened a door for Paul again and Paul looses Titus,   2 Corinthians 2:11-13 KJV  “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
[12] Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
[13] I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.”

And Paul was preaching the mystery of Christ and ends up in bonds, jail Colossians 4:3 KJV  “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:”

And notice in Revelation 3 when Jesus is giving John instructions for the churches?  Revelation 3:7-9 KJV
  “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
[8] I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
[9] Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.”

Just as Jesus stands at the door of your heart, you have to open the door –
Revelation 3:20 KJV  “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Friend, the word problem or problems is not even in scripture. Things are only problems if you perceive them to be negative. Otherwise, it is an opportunity, a door of opportunity. So the next time you have what you think is a problem, know adversaries are around you trying to convince you to quit, give up and surrender and God is showing you a door. Look past the adversaries and look for the door. Until next time.

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