Posted 6/14/2005 8:21 AM (GMT -7)
Here is my $.02 . . . please don't read if you don't want to read about God.
Each of us has a God-shaped hole in our heart which only God can fill.
If you don't feel God . . . it is not God who moved.
We are not ill as a punishment or a test.
God does NOT cause illness, but he DOES allow it. Nothing happens in this world w/o God knowing it first.
Jesus did not lead a carefree life. He suffered, his hometown did not believe and he had to move on to do his work.
Jesus only lived into his thirties. His close friend sold him out for a bit of money.
He ultimately was scourged, spat at, ridiculd and hung naked on a cross.
WHY? So that you and I could have eternal life w/o pain.
This life is just a wink compared to eternity.
Always trust that God is in charge . . . even if you don't understand at the time.
Don't just pray . . . when you talk to God, have a conversation, where he has your quiet time to reply. You won't likely hear words, but a feeling and a knowing that everyting is ok (his still-small-voice).
When I am weary, I picture myself curled up and lying in the palm of His mighty hand.
I still have problems . . . but I haven't lost my joy. Joy comes from knowing God.
I really believe that we each need a church family to share our journey with. A good church family will be able to help you when you are down and count on you to do the same for them.
If you are looking for a contemporary, down to earth, bible-based church you can check out www.willowcreek.com and look for a link where you can find such a church in your area.
One more thing . . . when we DO have a good relationship with God, the adversary WILLl be at work against us. You can tell when it is God talking to you if your spirit is convicted. If your spirit is being condemned, it is coming from the adversary. The Holy Spirit convicts and the adversary condemns. If you feel condemnation it is NOT coming from God.
God does not push his way in. He allows us to move forward at our own pace.
I hope I haven't offended anyone . . . but this is life as I see it.
Father God, we pause and ask to be able to fell your touch. A touch so that we will know that you are there. A touch so that we know it is going to be ok, ultimately. Thank you Father for the precious gift of your son, Jesus. We so look forward to eternal life with you. Sometimes when things are sad, lonely, scary, unmanageable, painful, we forget that Jesus knows our pain and has suffered all these things. You know what is best for us Father and we trust you with our lives. We know that we could be healed with your touch . . . but we also know that each of us has a purpose here and our afflictions may serve that purpose. If anyone reading does not have a church family, I pray that they would go to the website above-mentioned and find a believing church and become part of the family of God. Thank you Father for a forum like this where we can come and share our burdons with others. We also ask that as each of us reads we will feel the joy that can come only from knowing that you are in charge and that we can always trust you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
In His Grip,
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