Make up your mind!

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Oct 122017
 

“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter” (1 Peter 4:16).

Perhaps the greatest secret of the saints of old was-
– their ability to praise God amid the afflictions of life.

Saint Francis de Sales-
– once wrote to a friend who was undergoing stresses at home, saying:

“The many troubles in your household will tend to your edification, if you strive to bear them all in gentleness, patience, and kindness. Keep this ever before you, and remember constantly that God’s loving eyes are upon you amid all these little worries and vexations, watching whether you take them as He would desire. Offer up all such occasions to Him; and if sometimes you are put out and give way to impatience, do not be discouraged, but make haste to regain your lost composure.”

Do you have an area of frustration, fear, fretting, or a failure?
Don’t be ashamed about it, but glorify God in the midst of it.
And let Him use it for the edification of your soul.

You had better make up your mind to accept what you cannot alter.
You can live a beautiful life in the midst of your present circumstances.

(PA)

Let Him have His way!

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Sep 182017
 

“Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow” (Isa. 50:11).

What a solemn warning to those who walk in darkness and yet who try to help themselves out into the light.

They are represented as kindling a fire, and compassing themselves with sparks.

What does this mean?

It means that when we are in darkness the temptation is to find a way without trusting in the Lord and relying upon Him. Instead of letting Him help us out, we try to help ourselves out.

We seek the light of nature, and get the advice of our friends.

We try the conclusions of our reason, and might almost be tempted to accept a way of deliverance which would not be of God at all.

All these are fires of our own kindling; rushlights that will surely lead us onto the shoals.

And God will let us walk in the light of those sparks, but the end will be sorrow.

Do not try to get out of a dark place, except, in God’s time and in God’s way.

The time of trouble is meant to teach you lessons that you sorely need.

Premature deliverance may frustrate God’s work of grace in your life!

Just commit the whole situation to Him.

Be willing to abide in darkness so long as you have His presence.

Remember that it is better to walk in the dark with God than to walk alone in the light.

Cease meddling with God’s plans and will.

You touch anything of His, and you mar the work.

You may move the hands of a clock to suit you.

But you do not change the time.

You may hurry the unfolding of God’s will.

But you harm and do not help the work.

You can open a rosebud.

But you spoil the flower.

Leave all to Him.

Hands down.

Let Him have His way!

(PA)

Sep 112017
 

As Lazarus was dying, his sisters urgently called for Jesus to come. John 11:1-6.

Imagine how their grief must have compounded-
– when He didn’t instantly respond to their request.

God’s silence is-
– difficult
to accept!

We want Him to leap into action at our call-
– particularly if we are hurting or afraid.

But since He promises to meet our needs-
– we can be sure that a silence from heaven has purpose.

God’s silence-
– expects us to admit!

The disciples knew that Jesus could heal, so they must have wondered why He delayed instead of rushing to His friend’s bedside.

But the Lord wanted them to witness something even greater:
His power over death.

They had been confused by His statements about conquering death, and they needed to understand that He could fulfill His own resurrection prophecies. Mark 9:31-32.

The miracle at Lazarus’s tomb was part of their preparation.

God’s silence-
– teaches us to anticipate!

Mary and Martha sent word of Lazarus’s illness because they anticipated the Lord would heal him.

But if that expectation was not met, would their faith waver?

Martha answered the question by stating that she believed Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of God.” John 11:21-27.

The women’s trust was rewarded with a stunning miracle: their brother’s return to life.

At times, the only thing we can hear when we pray is our own breathing.
That can be frustrating and frightening.

But Scripture says God is always with us, and His silence won’t last forever. Psalms 38:15; Heb. 13:5.

Cling to those promises as you seek the purpose behind His silence!

(PA)​

If…

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Sep 082017
 

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good for those that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Sometimes we should take a closer look at our scriptures.
For instance, the Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil; it says the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.
Jonah was swallowed by a big fish; it never says a whale.
And Eve ate the forbidden fruit; it never says an apple.

Likewise-
God does not guarantee that all things work together for good.
Do you think for people in hell things have worked out for their good?

He declares that all things work together for good “for those that love God and are called according to His purpose.”

This is a significantly different meaning!
In other words-
Things most certainly work out good for you if – and this is a big if – you are a follower of Christ, willing to trust in His plan, willing to trust in His will, and to seek to fulfill His will.

Under those conditions-
– all things do work together for good!

No matter what kind of setback you face,
-no matter what kind of rejection by man,
-no matter what kind of suffering you have in this life,
-no matter what kind of disappointment and hurt you endure-
God can bring good out of any situation, even out of any evil of our own or that is thrust upon us.

If you choose to trust God-
He can bring good out of the darkest, most dismal situation.

Why don’t you start looking for the good that God wants to bring?

(PA)

Aug 242017
 

“Look, the days are coming”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“when I will fulfill the good promises that I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” Jeremiah 33:14. 

The prophet Jeremiah told us God would fulfill His promise of a Saviour.  

The people could look forward to someone who would save them from captivity. 

What did they expect as an answer to their prayers? 

They thought the Messiah would be a powerful leader, capable of subduing an empire and ushering in God’s reign.  

But instead of answering the promise as they anticipated-

God did the opposite. 

He sent a servant who would die on the cross for their sins. 

God often does that!

He answers our prayers in unexpected ways.  

We ask for healing, but God chooses to give us strength for each day. 

We ask for relief from our trials, but God helps us endure and grow stronger. 

We ask God to deal with our adversaries; instead, He transforms our attitudes. 

God is always faithful to his promises.

He just doesn’t do things the way we expect.  

When you don’t see answers to prayer that you are anticipating-

– take a look to see if God is blessing in unexpected ways. 

“Father, You are faithful to Your Word. I give You praise.”

(PA)