Guest speaker Dr. Ron Archer, presently the pastor of the Green Turtle Community Fellowship Church, attended Dr. David Allen’s session at the Christian Counselling Center on June 21 speaking on the topic: “How to turn Pain into Power; Wounds into Wisdom; Scars into Stars; Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones; Failure into Fortune; Tragedy into Triumph; and Misery into Ministry.”
Dr. Archer is the founder of The Dunamis Institute, and has travelled all over the world as a dynamic speaker, best-selling author, international business strategist and leadership consultant.
In a ministerial career that spans 20 years, Dr. Archer is presently pastor of the Chapel of the Palm Beaches and Bishop of over 25 churches. He is passionate about helping young people develop into successful individuals.
During his session that day, Dr. Archer recounted the story of the Wizard of Oz. He recognized that Dorothy listened to the little people signifying that in this life we can learn from anyone. Additionally, she and her companions became unstoppable when they worked together.
“None of us can be greater or smarter than all of us,” was his first of many profound phrases.
Even with God, he noted, everything is about relationship. His next point concerned storms that people endure namely prosecution and persecution. The S.T.O.R.M. acronym can be defined as Significant Trauma Overwhelming Reasonable Minds.
Prosecution, he said, is reaping what we have sown, whereas persecution is when you are doing all that you are supposed to do, yet you still experience hard times. There are remedies for both circumstances, so all is not lost. With prosecution, the remedies are humility, forgiveness, prayer and seeking the face of God.
“Too many people are seeking God’s hands instead of His face,” he pointed out. “When we don’t get what we want, then we become angry with God.”
Dr. Archer said that God gets our attention by making the “rain” stop. However, people’s hearts are so hard that they ignore God, and build up confidence in the earthly treasures they have stored up. Next, He sends the “locusts” – the car breaks down, the roof is leaking, someone goes to jail – so that everything you think you have will be taken away. If He still doesn’t get our attention, He will send pestilence; everyone starts getting sick around us.
He added that if God cannot draw us through love, He will drive us through pain. The prescription calls for us to humble ourselves and to forgive, then we can pray. PRAYER stands for: Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield, Expect and Rejoice. Still, Dr. Archer said that God answers prayer in four ways; He says no, then grow, then slow, and finally, go.
On the point of forgiveness, Dr. Archer said that people are not being blessed because of issues with unforgiveness. While they believe that unforgiveness will kill their enemies, it is like a poison they are taking into their bodies, and it is slowly killing them.
“You have to look beyond the source, and look at what’s behind it, and now you start to do battle,” Dr. Archer assured. “I could not forgive until I realized [that I needed to] stop looking at them as human beings, but as children of God who need restoration, who need love and need to be forgiven. Forgiveness is not for them; forgiveness is for me.
“Are you tired of missing your blessing? Are you tired of being in the desert? Are you tired of being sick and tired, of holding on to your pain, and your anger and your vengeance, and wondering why you’re not being heard? The No. 1 reason why people are suffering and still in pain is because they can’t let go.”
Making his final point on persecution, he said the the Bible still calls those who are persecuted – blessed.
“Persecution is a compliment; it means you got game,” Dr. Archer declared. “Everybody in this room is like a teabag – you don’t know how strong you are until God puts you in some hot water, and what’s on the inside of you will come out in the storm. He isn’t trying to kill you; He’s trying to liberate you to show what’s inside of you. That’s how we overcome and turn pain into power – it starts in the mind.”
Dr. Archer left the attendees with the five Hs of how you transform pain into power: head; heart; hands; habits; and humanity. The head simply means that we must change our way of thinking. The heart deals with forgiveness. Using our hands, God wants us to serve from where we’ve been hurt. Together, those four Hs, change humanity.
“When your humanity is changed, you then can change your habitat,” Dr. Archer concluded.