Monday, May 27, 2013

Truth or Lie #20: It's Impossible to be Godly without Suffering



Truth:    It’s impossible to be godly without suffering.

Lie:         All suffering is Satanic and is never God’s will for my life.

Suffering isn’t a popular word.

We run from it. Tiptoe around it. Dislike it. Worry about it.

But still, none of us is exempt.

Though it comes in various shapes and sizes for all of us, suffering is a part of living.




When writing a letter to a group of churches, Peter assumed each of his readers had a hint of what suffering was all about.

But he assured them that after they had suffered “awhile,” they would be made into a people perfect, established, strengthened, and settled. (1 Peter 5:10)

The truth is . . . “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)

The godliest people you can think of didn’t get there on “flowery beds of ease.” They suffered. They went through tough times. They learned that they didn’t have enough strength to make it.

But it didn’t matter.

They knew to lean instead on the One who is strong enough, and He established, strengthened, and settled them.

The truth is . . . they had to suffer for “awhile” first.

My Greek word study resources tell me the word “awhile” means “puny” – the same word used in 1 Peter 1:6, translated “for a season.”

Suffering comes and goes, and it’s puny in comparison to what the Lord is accomplishing through it.

The truth is . . . it’s impossible to be godly without suffering.

Our highest example of this is the Lord Himself.

He learned obedience through the things that He suffered. (Hebrews 5:8)

And it’s enough for the servant that he be as his Lord. (Matthew 10:25)



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Monday, May 20, 2013

Truth or Lie #19: God is More Concerned About . . .

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Truth:    God is more concerned about changing me and glorifying Himself than He is about solving my problems.

Lie:         God should be more concerned about fixing my problems than about anything else.


Anyone who builds for a living knows the importance of the right tool.

Not every tool is the best fit.

And the builder knows the difference.



In life, we want to pick and choose what will make us who God wants us to be.  Problems aren’t seen as the right “tool,” but something that needs to be fixed.

The truth is . . . problems are often the best tool for shaping us.

And the Master Builder knows the difference.

If fixing our problems was all God was concerned about, what selfish lives we would lead.

Yes, He’s concerned about smoothing out the rough places in life. He cares about our comfort.

But He’s more concerned about the end product He’s creating.

By shaping us with the “tool of problems,” He changes us into a vessel fit to give Him glory.

He smooths out our problems, while shaping us in the process, and His glory will be the ultimate outcome.

We will be transformed into something more praiseworthy, and the Master Builder will receive the recognition when He’s done using the tool.


 
Tools in His hand are always the best fit; and it may take the “tool of problems.”

But He knows the difference.


Related Post: Let God Chisel

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Truth or Lie #18: More Important than Happiness



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Truth:    Personal holiness is more important than temporal happiness.

Lie:         My personal happiness is my highest good.


Ever wonder where God is when all around you seems contrary to your happiness, and life is joyless and heavy?

And do you ever wonder how God’s promise to never leave us or forsake us has anything to do with His instruction to “be content with such things as you have”? (Heb. 13:5)



My guess is that the answer centers somehow on the truth of the presence of God.

When life seems free from happiness, even in the “valley of the shadow of death,” He is there.

When we struggle with contentment, even there, He promises to never leave us or forsake us.

His presence teaches us holiness.

And the truth is . . . who we're becoming in His sight is more important than our happiness.

His presence teaches us that He is constantly aware of our needs.

And the truth is . . . what He supplies is all we need for true happiness.

His presence teaches us that nothing escapes His all-seeing eye.
               
                And the truth is . . . He knows what will make us truly happy, and He teaches us to long for His choice.

Practice the presence of God—remember He is there—and He will fill you with joy in His presence.
 
He will lighten what is heavy.
He will soothe your longings.
He will be with you in trouble.
He will take you to the place He’s preparing for you in order that you might be with Him forever.

Forever happy.


Listen to the lesson on Jehovah-Shammah (the LORD is There).


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Monday, May 6, 2013

Truth or Lie #17: No Higher, Holier Calling


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Truth:    In the will of God, there is no higher, holier calling than to be a wife and a mother.

Lie:         God made a mistake when He called me to be a wife and a mother.


Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author of Lies Women Believe: and the Truth that Sets Them Free, has two excellent chapters on the role of wives and mothers and the truths that are vital to living that calling in a Biblical way.

Truly, in the will of God, it is a high, holy calling to be a wife and a mother.

My dear friend Rebecca and 3 of her children

But I would like to reword this 17th truth.

Not because I’m single.  (Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author of these chapters on marriage and family, is single.)

Not to minimize this truth.  (Marriage and family is a wonderful calling!)

I reword this truth to put the emphasis where I believe the author was ultimately putting her emphasis.

Truth or Lie #17(b): There is no higher, holier calling
than to be in the middle of God’s will.

·         If you’ve been called to be a wife and mother, there is no higher, holier calling.

Why?
Because you are in the center of God’s will for you right now.

You’ve been called to pour your life into your husband and children.

·         If you’ve been called to be single, there is no higher, holier calling.

Why?
Because you are in the center of God’s will for you right now.

You’ve been called to pour your life into the incredible opportunities all around you that wouldn’t be yours otherwise.

·         If you’ve been called to be an empty nester, there is no higher, holier calling.

Why?
Because you are in the center of God’s will for you right now.

You’ve been called to pour your life into this season with the time-worn wisdom you’ve gained in the last season.

·         If you’ve been called to marriage without children, there is no higher, holier calling.

Why?
Because you are in the center of God’s will for you right now.

You’ve been called to pour your life into your husband and the needy lives the Lord brings your way.

·         If you’ve been called to be a single mother, there is no higher, holier calling.

Why?
Because you are in the center of God’s will for you right now.

You’ve been called to pour your life into your children—gifts from God who need a double portion.

Taken at the Naval Academy Museum - Annapolis, MD

The truth is . . . no matter where we find ourselves, you and I have been called to that place and called to pour out our lives there.

Why?

Because there is no higher, holier calling than to be in the middle of God’s will.


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