Monday, February 25, 2013

Truth or Lie #7: God's Grace is Sufficient



Truth:    God’s grace is sufficient.

Lie:         I will never be able to face ____________________.

Have you ever looked back at an especially trying time in your life and wondered how you ever made it through?

That was grace.

Have you ever wondered how you turned from sin and became a member of God’s family?

That, too, was grace.

Was God’s grace enough to carry you through that dark trial?

Was God’s grace enough to save?

The answer to these questions is the same correct answer to this one: 
Will God’s grace be sufficient to allow me to face ______________________?

The truth is . . . If His grace is sufficient to save, it is sufficient for whatever we need to call upon Him for.

God’s grace is sufficient for _________________________.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee;
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)



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This is Part 7 in a series, called “Truth or Lie,” based on the book, Lies Women Believe: and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

In the final chapter, Nancy highlights 22 freeing truths that are essential to our Christian lives.

Come back each Monday (or subscribe to this blog) as we look together at these 22 truths one-by-one. 

(And feel free to share your own thoughts below!)
 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Peace in the Midst of the Collapsible



“The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11 NKJV)

“I’m fine,” I replied. And meant it.

The dreaded disease was there. 

The doctor wanted to say there was nothing to give concern. The symptoms would go away, and life would go back to normal. 

But he couldn’t. 

The tests had confirmed his diagnosis.

To my sincere words, “I’m fine,” the doctor said, “Well, I’m not.”

He knew I was young, with my whole life in front of me.

I can’t explain it, but I truly was fine. Life was about to crash in on me. I didn’t know what that was going to look like. I only knew it was going to crash.




But I really was fine. I had an unexplainable peace that no matter what that collapse looked like, I’d be okay. 

The world would be okay. 

God would still be okay. 

Somehow I had the assurance that even when life collapsed, God wouldn’t.

God blessed me that day with peace, and I can’t tell you why.

That was ten years ago.  I’ve lived with Multiple Sclerosis day in and day out since. 

Can I say I’ve been fine every single one of those days? Undeniably, no. 

But if there is one thing I’ve learned out of a million, God gives over-arching, unexplainable peace to those who rest in Him, even in the midst of the collapsible.

Ten years ago, life collapsed on me. But my God never has, even though I’ve had to lean on Him hard.

Have God’s truths or promises ever collapsed when you leaned too hard on them?


Related Post:  Chronic Comfort

Monday, February 18, 2013

Truth or Lie #6: God Makes No Mistakes



Truth:    God makes no mistakes.

Lie:         When life seems all messed up, God has probably made a mistake.

Fanny Crosby, author of many well-loved hymns, was blinded as an infant due to improper medical care.

At the end of her life, Fanny Crosby gave this testimony: “Although it may have been a blunder on the physician’s part, it was no mistake of God’s.”
(taken from Fearlessly Feminine by Jani Ortlund)


What if you or I remembered only darkness? Lifetime darkness due to human error?

Would we ask the questions that often creep into our minds when things don’t make sense? 

Questions like . . .
Where was God when that happened?
Why did He allow that?
Did He turn away His love at the wrong moment?
Did He fail me?
Did He make a mistake?

Instead of accepting His ways, we try to figure them out.
In an attempt to wrap our minds around something that could never make sense—like lifetime blindness, for instance—we misinterpret His ways.

I heard a pastor once say, “We can be too quick to speak; too quick to explain.”

The truth is . . . we’re too quick to fit God in our little box. When what He does or allows doesn’t fit in that box, we call it a mistake.

But God doesn’t work in a straight line.

God isn’t tame.

He defines Himself and His ways in these words:
“I am God, and there is none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, 
and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:9,10)

The truth is . . . God will do what He determines to do. And nothing can thwart that.

Fanny Crosby accepted her blindness because she was convinced, “It was no mistake of God’s.”

Maybe one day we will each see life through her eyes.


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This is Part 6 in a series, called “Truth or Lie,” based on the book, Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

In the final chapter, Nancy highlights 22 freeing truths that are essential to our Christian lives.

Come back each Monday (or subscribe to this blog) as we look together at these 22 truths one-by-one. 

(And feel free to share your own thoughts below!)