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Troubling

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Faith in God does not make troubles disappear; it makes troubles appear less fearsome because it puts them in the right perspective.

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I have been away for a couple of weeks and I’ve really missed posting and reading your blog posts-thanks to each one who checked in on my blog this week.  As always, I appreciate it very much!

The reason for my absence is first, that I have family that lives in Houston, TX.  With the events that unfolded after Hurricane Harvey and not being able to be with them there, I was so concerned for them and for everyone there, I spent much of my time trying to direct my family from a few states away.

Secondly, after Hurricane Harvey passed, there was sheltering assistance that I was tasked with for those who were fleeing Florida and the hurricane on the way there.  It’s been a busy, and somewhat stressful couple of weeks.  Please join me in continuing to keep all of those affected by the hurricanes in Houston, TX and Florida in our prayers.

I would like to leave you with this image at the end of this week that is a bit comical to me.  It appears to me that the image is in need of a caption!  If anyone would like to take a stab at it, I would be really curious to see what you come up with!  Keep it light and non-offensive please 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

Goodness

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The doctrine of providence teaches Christians that they are never in the grip of blind forces (fortune, chance, luck, fate); all that happens to them is divinely planned, and each event comes as a new summons to trust, obey, and rejoice, knowing that all is for one’s spiritual and eternal good (Romans 8:28).

Commentary from Concise Theology, p. 56, by J. I. Packer.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  1993

Overcoming Obstacles

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Nothing is impossible for the heavenly Father.  No obstacle confuses God or poses any kind of challenge for Him.  Though we know He is sovereign over every situation, we have trouble maintaining this perspective, just like the disciples in today’s passage-Matthew 17:14-21.  Too often when difficulties arise we…

EXPERIENCE A SHIFT IN FOCUS.  During trials, we tend to take our eyes off the Lord and instead see only our problems.  The longer we look at our circumstance, the larger it seems.  As we dwell on it in thought and conversation, our mind-set can become very negative.  Though God still has a direction for us to take, we are no longer concentrating on His purposes.

DEVELOP AN INCORRECT ASSESSMENT OF RESOURCES.  In our troubles, we start taking inventory of our own strength and abilities.  When they prove insufficient, we become discouraged.  The truth is that we don’t have what is needed for life’s trials – Jesus Himself told us that.  (See John 15:5.)  But God’s capabilities are unlimited, His power is never-ending, and His wisdom is complete.  We need to take stock of His resources, not our own.

VIEW OBSTACLES AS BARRIERS.  For the obedient believer, impediments represent opportunities, not problems.  The Lord can demonstrate His awesome power through our difficulties.  (See 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.)  At such times, we grow in our faith and learn more about our Father.  If we view hardships simply as troubles, then we can miss demonstrations of God’s love, power, and wisdom.  

Start each day committed to a Christ-centered focus, a dependence on His resources, and an “opportunity” mindset.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, August 14, 2017.

The Value of Knowing Christ

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After Paul considered everything he had accomplished in his life, he said that it was all worthless when compared with knowing Christ.  This is a profound statement about values; a person’s relationship with Jesus is more important than anything else.  To know the Lord should be our ultimate goal.  

Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional NT, July 7.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  2003.