[i]Suffering may build character, but ultimately it's not about us.[/i]By Mark Galli [i]God loves you and has a difficult plan for your life.[/i]That message isn't mentioned in pass-along tracts or in bestselling books. It isn't proclaimed in praise choruses or PowerPoint sermons. We've heard plenty about the god-of-the-wonderful-plan and the god-of-possibility-thinking. Recently we've been told to follow Our Bliss, which is another god disguised as the True God. And in every age, lots of people follow the god-who-will-do-well-by-me-if-I-do-well-by-him.But the God who plans to make our lives difficult? And if he really loves us, he makes our lives really difficult?[url=http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/012/20.38.html]http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/012/20.38.html[/url]
and in light of whats going on, I can see how that word would minister to you Mike. Praise God for any cold drink of water in a desert.Neil
But the God who plans to make our lives difficult? And if he really loves us, he makes our lives really difficult?
Fire?! Whatchu talkin 'bout, fire?! I don't know nuthin bout no fire! I must be God's pet. 8-) Love, Dian.
Acts7:55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up(UP) stedfastly(STEDFASTLY) into heaven, and saw the glory of GOD and JESUS standing(STANDING) on the right hand of GOD> look up .
If I wonder why something trying is allowed,and press for prayer that it may be removed;if I cannot be trusted with any disappointment,and cannot go on in peace under any mystery,then I know nothing of Calvary love.-from [i]If[/i] by Amy Charmichael
Thanks Neil...Actually I get Christianity Today and had read this a few days ago. Thought it was a good article and when it came up online figured I would share...Ed, yeah this original post is all verbatim from the article...none of my own words. Indeed we have gotten to know each other quite well over these many months, what a blessing this brother has been to me for everyone else following along.
I'm not sure about you but what my flesh wants is out of the difficult circumstance but what God wants is to change my heart and create a testimony that with God I can walk through the fire. That way I can help others.