Derived from the stories in the Bible, Jackie Hill Perry encouraged everyone: “When there is pain, use it.”
Jackie Hill Perry
She is an author, poet, Bible teacher, and hip-hop artist. ‘Crescendo’ is Jackie Hill Perry’s latest album, and May 2018 was its released date.
She felt compelled to use her speaking and teaching abilities to share the light of the gospel of God as truthfully as she can since becoming a Christian.
She is the author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was and Who God Has Always Been and the bible study “Jude: Contending for the Faith in Today’s Culture”.
At home, she is Preston’s wife and Eden and Autumn’s mother.
Jackie Hill Perry used stories and people from the Bible to show how they used their pain for the greater glory of God.
One of the stories she shared is about Joseph’s life, Jacob’s son. Sold and betrayed by his own brothers was Joseph. And God was the one who turned his life around.
Jackie Hill Perry narrated his story this way:
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“Pain has value in so far as we recognize its redemptive qualities. There was the Joseph of Genesis, who was rejected and slandered. And oppressed and forgotten by people yet seen by God. He was exalted as a lesser pharaoh. And by virtue of everything bad that he endured, he was able through God’s power to save an entire nation.”
Hannah and David’s Story
She then narrated Hannah, who suffered from infertility, in a way that many could relate to.
“There’s Hannah, whose own body refuses to obey its own design year after year. This woman was infertile and provoked by the other woman in her home because of it. This pain drove her into a temple, where she begged the LORD of hosts to give her a son. With the vow that she would give him right back. God looked upon the affliction of His servant and gave her Samuel, a prophet and a priest who led God’s people in truth.
“There is David. A shepherd and a king who was hunted by a man he tried to serve and by the son, who wanted his position. And in the midst of the fear, in the midst of the betrayal, in the midst of all that, do you know what he did? He wrote songs to God for His people. These songs were written in caves and darkness, yet they are Scripture. In the middle of trauma, David’s words were being breathed out by God, and until this day, we all benefit from all that he was able to create when he was hurting on this side of heaven.”
At the end of the sermon, she concluded, “When there is pain, use it.”
Header image: Jackie Hill Perry preaching [@jackiehillperry]. Instagram, 6 March 2023, https://www.instagram.com/p/Cpa48kBLHry/
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