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Thursday, November 17, 2011

When God says "no"

I am sharing In Touch  with Charles Stanley this morning because the subject is so pertinent and can be applied to all of our lives!  When God says NO, how do we respond??  This article touched my heart for sure as I keep praying for a cure for my husband or at the least, for his pain to lessen...




  
November 17
Sufficient Grace
thought the Christian life was going to be easier than this. Have these words ever
 entered your mind?  Sometimes we come into the family of God thinking that our
 heavenly Father will fix  all our problems and devote Himself to our happiness and
 comfort. However, that is not the reality  portrayed in Scripture. 

Paul was a man whom the Lord used greatly, and yet his life was anything but easy.
In fact, at one point, the apostle thought his pain was too much to bear, and he 
begged God to  remove it. There’s nothing wrong with asking the Lord to relieve
our suffering,  but what should  our response be if He doesn't? Paul probably had
no idea that His experience would find its way  into the Bible, to comfort and guide
 believers throughout the ages. The promise  God gave him applies
 to us as well: “My grace is sufficient for you” (v. 9).

God’s grace could be defined as His provision for us at the point of our need.
The problem is that sometimes it doesn’t seem as if the Lord truly is meeting 
our need. But He  frequently sees deficiencies, outcomes, and complications
that we don’t. His goals for us involve spiritual growth, the development of
Christlike character, and strong faith. And trials play a vital role in achieving
 these.

The important issue is how we respond. If all you want is relief, you could 
descend into anger and  doubt. But if your desire is to become the person 
God wants you to be, you’ll see  each trial as an  opportunity for Christ to display
His character and strength in you.  ~Charles Stanley


2 comments:

Daughter of the King said...

Dear Kerrie,

How are you?

You are not going to believe this, I shared this blog on my site too!

Hehe... Two great Kerrie's think alike. (smiles to you dear friend)

I was having so many problems with my blogspot, so I had to start again and transfer my blogs over. I hope you will stop by and follow me again. I am so-oo sorry for being such a pain.

Thank you for being such a wonderful friend! I am blessed by your friendship!

May the love of God always shine in your life, as you become a light for others.

Have a pleasant day. God bless.

With love and care from Kerrie. xOx

Donna said...

Amen, Kerrie. I couldn't have said it better. :o)