Wednesday, July 29, 2015

God's Answer For Problem Solving

“[…] If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a sign that God is there. […] Through every cloud He brings our way, He wants us to unlearn something. His purpose in using the cloud is to simplify our beliefs until our relationship with Him is exactly like that of a child— a relationship simply between God and our own souls, and where other people are but shadows. […] There is a connection between the strange providential circumstances allowed by God and what we know of Him, and we have to learn to interpret the mysteries of life in the light of our knowledge of God.” CHAMBERS

Hebrews 11:1 says “faith is the substance of things hoped for .. the evidence of things not seen”  When the impossible enters our lives .. as Christians we have two choices … we can trust in God – Faith – or we can trust in ourselves which results in worry, being fearful, maybe even crawling into a figurative hole and pretending the problem is not there.  Our salvation provides eternal security … but it also provides strength for today and hope for tomorrow. (James 1:2-4)  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  When something tragic happens in your life, do you want to hear “Consider it joy?”.  Well, your flesh certainly does not. Look … everything that happens to us, we Christians, happens while we rest in the palm of God’s hand.  James is saying that you need to understand things in light of your spiritual nature.  All too often we respond to problems in our flesh .. we do not begin by trusting God, but by trusting ourselves. 

The problems we face will test our faith … we have an alternative to problem solving that the world does not have … we can trust God, no matter what happens … the question is .. will we?  “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus and His righteousness….On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground (e.g. self-confidence) is sinking sand”  We are saved by faith .. we persevere by faith … The depth and strength of our faith is dependent upon the strength and depth of our relationship with the Lord.  The breakfast cereal Wheaties used sports figures to encourage people to eat the cereal to be stronger.  The kids wanted to be like their sports heroes.  They used the slogan “You better eat your Wheaties.”  You want to have a strong faith?  You want to be like Jesus?  You want to be able to consider it pure joy? You better read the Word. Seek God first.   ELGIN.

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

“Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”

Bondye Beni Ou (God Bless You)

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