Archive for January, 2017

god-in-control

Regardless of where life leads, be sure that God is still in control of all that happens…

I am reminded of….
A small boy was playing with his sailboat at the edge of a lake. When the wind pulled the sailboat away from the shoreline and out of his reach, he began to cry as he saw it moving farther and farther away from him.
An older boy came to the scene and began throwing stones at the boat. The smaller boy cried, ‘Why are you throwing stones at my boat?’ The older boy said, ‘You don’t know what I’m doing. I’m throwing stones on the far side of the boat to create some waves to bring the sailboat back to you. Trust me; I know what I’m doing.’

God knows what He is doing when He throws the stones in our lives. They are meant to draw us closer to Him, not to drive us from Him. He is not cruel.

Romans 8:28

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

I think of Joseph…
Genesis 50:20
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

There is no such thing as coincidence in the life of the child of God. There is only providence!

Not everything God does is pleasant, but everything God does is right!

 

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please-god

Remember that what seems so important now is only temporary.

In the light of eternity, what other people think of you right now isn’t going to matter at all. In fact, it probably won’t even matter in just a few years. Can you remember the people whose opinions mattered the most to you in high school? How important are those people’s opinions of you today? It’s probable that they don’t matter at all today. What seemed so important then is now irrelevant. People-pleasing is always a short-term thinking activity. The benefits never last. Everything around us today tells us that wealth, success, and fame will earn us the approval of others, but the truth is, none of these values will last. They are all temporary.

God says…
1 John 2:17
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

“The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but those who do the will of God live forever.”

Remember that I only have to please one person!

If what I do pleases God, it is always the right thing to do, and I can stop worrying about everyone else’s reactions. This dramatically simplifies life. It also keeps me from the sin of idolatry.

The first two of the Ten Commandments are…
Exodus 20:3-4
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
(1) “You must not have any other god but me,”)
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
(2) “You shall not make for yourself an idol of any kind.”)

An idol is anything I put first in my life before God. If someone’s approval matters more to me than God’s, then that person has become an idol in my life. Jesus pointed out that it is impossible to have two gods in your life:

Matthew 6:24
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

“No one can serve two masters.”

You have to decide. As Paul said…
Galatians 1:10
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

This truth, that I have to please only God, is an important key to becoming resistant to being manipulated by disapproval from others. The reason Jesus was not swayed by criticism or the fear of rejection is that he lived for an audience of One.

He said…
John 5:30
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

“I don’t try to please myself, but I try to please the One who sent me.”

To be like him, we must do the same.