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How to Endure Suffering No. 2

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Wrong Way No. 2 – Withdraw from God

It has been a pattern with me in the past to turn away from God when faced with crises in my life. Some times it was because I listened to the lies from the devil that I am no longer worthy to serve God. When I went through my divorce, I went away from the Lord one step at a time. I stopped serving in the church choir, then I stopped helping with the youth group, and I gave up teaching the precious 2nd grade Sunday School class. I eventually left the church, and I regret to admit that I came to a point where I could not pick up His Word and read it nor bow to Him in prayer.

Well, I have come to learn that none of us is worthy except by the work Jesus did at Calvary. I gradually followed Jesus’ sweet promptings back to His loving, gracious arms. I now understand that it is not He who turns away from me when I cannot feel His presence, but me who has turned away from Him. My prayer is, “Lord, please let me never go away from you again, no matter what happens.”

At other times, my turning away has been by crawling into a liquor bottle to numb and self-medicate from anger and pain of past wounds, while questioning, “God, how could you allow this woundedness from others?” He has taught me that I must trust Him without question. I am understanding more with each trial that it is all a part of the bigger picture. This life is just preparing me for my life with Him in eternity. It is up to me if I stay the course and keep my heart focused on Jesus, or if I choose to believe evil’s lies and go the way of the world. I have cried tears of repentance for the time that has been lost while going my own way, instead of living for Him. I can never get those precious days back, but my vow is to never lose any more.

I just finished reading Job. God never revealed to Job His reasons for allowing the horrendous losses and heartache he experienced. It was revealed to me during this reading that God reminded Job of all that He had created because He was saying to him, and would say to each of us, “You believe that I am God and that I have power to accomplish all these things. Why do you not trust me with every aspect of your life?” If God is allowing some trial or challenge in my life, He promises that He will lead me through it. God cannot lie, so I am learning to just trust Him in ALL things. Is it difficult to remember this in the midst of the trials? Yes, but that is why I must stay in His Word and commune with Him daily. I am experiencing recall of His promises that I have read, and I find that the Scriptures He brings to my mind fend off evil attacks.

Suggested Right Way to Endure Suffering-from God’s Word:

Acknowledge that He is with you, Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” WHAT A COMFORT THOSE WORDS ARE! He said them and He cannot lie.

Pray all the more, 1 Peter 5:6, 7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Next Wrong Way – Withdraw from Others

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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in God's Love

 

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Becoming A Godly Woman

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Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, alabaster, Throne of St. Peter, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Over the past year, God has placed a strong desire in my heart to become a more Godly woman. I know that I have definitely grown in my walk, just not as much as I could have. I have stopped listening to Satan’s lies that because of my past I am not good enough. I have made the decision to no longer allow guilt to hold me back from being the kind of woman that God has always intended for me to be.

I have come to learn that the biggest hindrance to my growth in the Lord has been my need for control. Since I have made the choice to endeavor to place my life under God’s complete control, I have felt an overwhelming joy and peace. I mean, did I ever really have control in the first place? The only control I had was to say no to God’s control. Will I have times of doubt, most assuredly. But, I know where I can go to receive immediate confidence.

I think about what being Godly means — to be like God, to think, speak and behave like Him. The greatest compliment we can receive is when others see us as Godly. They can see God in us, and this brings glory to our heavenly Father. Am I saying that to be Godly is to be perfect? No, of course not, that is impossible while we are in our human forms. I am saying that we can all do our best to be ‘like’ God. This does present us with quite a challenge, but it is achievable.

With that said, I have asked the Holy Spirit where to go in God’s word to find the direction I need. I believe He has led me to start in Titus Chapter 2. I will attempt to take this inspiring Scripture a step at a time beginning with verse 3.

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;”

Okay, aged, meaning old. While I believe it is including elderly women, it is also making reference to “mature” women. Yes, that sounds much better to me. Since I am well under the age of 60, I think it is speaking of those of us who have raised our children, but we are not ready for the rocking chair yet.

Our behavior is to be such that becomes holiness. I would put it this way – we are to live in a way that honors God. We are to set an example by living reverently for God – respecting Him and His rules – basically just doing what is right.

There are many young women watching how we older women deal with the challenges that life throws our way. We can either be a Godly example and show them that it is God’s hand on our shoulders that gets us through, or we can be a worldly, selfish example and see them turn their backs on the Christian life.

It is heart-wrenching to watch women today as they struggle to just do their best without God’s direction, and therefore, miss out on His blessings. Along with that comes regret. It does not have to be that way.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Godly Women

 

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