Passion 2024: Levi Lusko shares 4 ways to glorify God in the midst of suffering

Levi Lusko warned young people gathered at Passion 2024 that the “devil wants to destroy your house because of pain” and offered four tips to help Christians keep Satan from “stealing our joy and the glory of God in our suffering”.

“You can be sure the devil wants to use your pain,” said the 42-year-old pastor of Fresh Life Church. “The devil wants to tear your house down because of pain.”

“God is planning something in your pain to release His glory, and the glory cannot even be compared to the pain that God uses to produce the glory. And so, to prevent the devil from stealing our joy and the glory of God in our suffering, what? do we need to focus on? Instead of just looking at what has been taken away from us, we need to focus on these four things.”

In the face of pain, the podcast host and author encouraged attendees to focus on the wonders of Heaven, the weight of glory, the enduring word of God, and the wounds and triumphs of Jesus Christ. These focuses, he emphasized, provide strength and perspective in the midst of trials.

“Somehow you will be more qualified to experience glory and happiness in the second Heaven and the second Earth because of the hardship you have faced here,” he said. “Wrap your mind around that. The Word of God promises that it will happen.”

For Lusko, seeking God through pain is deeply personal. In December 2012, Levi and Jenni Lusko's 5-year-old daughter, Lenya, died after suffering an asthma attack.

“Her heart stopped beating in the middle of this attack,” Lusko recalled. “And she went home to be with Jesus without warning, without a chance for us to say goodbye. Everything was so fast. Everything happened so quickly. And before we knew it, we were told: “Which funeral home do you want. to call?' And then we were told because of the Christmas rush, they couldn't get child size boxes in time and we might have to use a full size box. 'You'd better pick the grave quickly because we have to thaw the ground to be able to dig a hole because Montana is cold in the winter.'”

“In those moments, there was a sense of glory,” he continued. “In those moments, there was a peace that passes understanding. We hurt, make no mistake about it. But we found the power of hope as an anchor for your soul, and sure and firm, that which enters behind the veil.”

Drawing from novels 8, Lusko explored the theme of enduring suffering as a way to experiencing God's glory. He used the metaphor of inheritance to illustrate the ultimate reward of the Christian in Christ, juxtaposing earthly desires and losses with the eternal inheritance promised in Scripture.

The Through the Eyes of a Lion author highlighted the importance of basing one's identity in the teachings and truths of the Bible rather than in personal trauma, pain or social influences.

“We stand in a day when people choose to believe everything but the Word of God,” he said. “And we hate the idea… that anything is unloving, so we push back against anything that's true.”

“My counselor likes to tell me and remind me that our trauma doesn't have to be our pattern if we're Christians. God's truth has to be our pattern. If it is, your weakness is no longer your identity. Your identity is comes from scripture and not from pain.

The Word of God is not just a book; it is a man, and His name is Jesus, and He conquered death and Hell, and He is coming again. So we must be shaped by the Word of God, oriented by the Word of God, it must be our compass, and it is the Word of God that must help us work through our difficulties.”

However, Lusko emphasized that the experience of Jesus in the lowest places allows Him to empathize with human suffering and transform it into something glorious: “God cares about it. If it hurts you, it matters to him. And He has a plan for redeem it,” ” he said.

The priest said his family donated Lenya's corneas, something that served as a form of healing and gave comfort to others.

“We found healing there. We found healing in worship. We found healing in the redemption of giving comfort to others that we ourselves have received, and we find the greatest hope when we watch God work through our exhausted, exhausted efforts,” he . said

Lusko encouraged attendees to use their experiences of pain and loss as catalysts for personal growth and service to others.

“I want to close by encouraging you that what God wants to do through you is for other people,” he said.

Personal trials, he added, lead to broader effects, citing the historical chain of conversions and ministries starting from Martin Luther to Charles Spurgeon that led to significant religious movements and social changes.

“We will unpack what God has done through them forever. How does this happen? Through us believing that our day of heartbreak can become a day of freedom, but not only for us, but for those whom God calls us to reach the precious news of. the Gospel,” he said.

Passion 2024, held this year in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 3-5, is “a meeting of 18-25 year olds and their leaders united for the fame of Jesus”. Other speakers this year include Sadie Robertson Huff, Louie Giglio and Jonathan Pokluda, with musical performances by KB, Kari Jobe and more.


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