Got this today in my email & wanted to share
Pastor Doreen has many wonderful thoughts
& has helped me to get thru
this crazy MLC mess that Byron is putting me thru
there are times when i know that GOD’s working
there are other times when i can’t see His work
but i do know that God’s working on Byron
I’ve just got to keep having patience
while GOD deals with byron
byron has guilt that as much as byron tries
to drown out the guilt with beer & preversions
it’s always there when he wakes up
it’s there when he goes to sleep
it’s there & everywhere around byron
even thou mary tries to console byron
she knows that she’s wrong
just like byron knows that he’s doing wrong
but GOD is working on byron
byron is unable to run away as much as he may try
GOD IS IN CONTROL
Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and
people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant
Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what Your power and will had
decided beforehand should happen.
But do you notice those incredible words, "They did what Your power
and will had decided beforehand should happen." Pilate and Herod had
conspired to kill the Son of God but they ended up bringing about
God’s purpose. These men rebelled against the Lord, they fought His
cause. . .but God is not outmaneuvered.
My friends, while you go through this situation in your marriage,
know that God has a plan for your life. God will use your spouse as
tool to bring about His divine purpose. He will use your family,
your in-laws and your friends to bring you where He wants you. Even
while you go through this situation, God will allow this tragedy to
get you where He wants you. Your character needs to be transformed
to that of Christ. Trials will do this.
God is in control. He takes tragedies and uses them to change lives
and hearts. He uses the bad things to wake up those who are lost in
their sin. He uses difficulties to show us His ability to provide for
us. He takes the hard times and uses them to wean our hearts from the
world and to
build character within us. The spouse rebels but they are foolish to
think they can frustrate the will of God.
Once we have established the fact of God’s Sovereignty and the
futility of those who oppose Him, we will begin to pray differently.
Having understood that God has a purpose in all things, we will not
ask to escape His purpose, we will ask to be faithful.
God is not surprised by what is happening in your life. He has
allowed these difficult times to enter your life for His good
purposes. Evil will never win. Evil will not win a single battle!
God is using these events in your family to bring about His perfect
No matter what you are going through in your home, good or bad, God
will turn it around. We see God’s wisdom throughout the pages of
Pharaoh stood against Moses but it only served to spotlight the power
The brothers of Joseph sold him into slavery but God used that to put
Joseph in position to save Israel
King Nebuchadnezzar threw Daniel into the Lion’s den and God used
event to demonstrate His sovereignty and to change the heart of a
Saul chased David around the desert and God used this to develop the
character of the future King
Herod tried to kill Jesus but that act only served to fulfill the
prophecy that the Messiah would be called out of Egypt.
Read some of the records in the Old Testament where God intervened in
the life of Israel. Read in the New Testament of Jesus’ healing and
the miracles He performed. Remember that God is more than capable to
meet your needs. Yes, know that He is a Restorer.
Look back on your life at the times when you didn’t think you would
make it . . . but you did. Think of the "hopeless" times that you
survived. Look at the cross. Think about what Jesus suffered there
for you. Remind yourself that the God who would go to this extreme to
save you is not about to desert you now.
When the difficult times of life come our way, we can focus on the
problem, or on our Sovereign God. God is still on the throne. It may
seem like things are out of control . . . but they aren’t. It might
feel like you are all alone, but you are not, because He says He will
NEVER leave nor forsake you. In Deuteronomy 32:27 we read these great
words, "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the
I know some of you are exhausted and have lost hope. You are
overwhelmed by life and feel like life is about to wash over you and
you are about to be defeated. Know that when God is on your side, you
CANNOT lose because God has never lost a battle. If you are a child
of God, if you have put your faith in God’s provision for your life
rather than your own goodness, if you are trusting Jesus instead of
your goodness, then my friend I remind you that the everlasting arms
are under you.
Read through the Psalms and notice the characteristics of God. Go
outside and look around. See the splendor of creation and remember
who put it all in place.
First, we should learn to focus on the Lord rather than the problems
in our lives. Instead of wallowing we should endeavor to trust.
Instead of despairing we must hang on with confidence. Instead of
playing the problem over again and again in our head we should
of God and rest in His sufficiency.
Second, we must seek to live faithfully. Sometimes God allows the
trials to get us moving. He may want to move us away from something
or towards something. Sometimes He puts us through a test to deepen
our character. Sometimes we go through tough times because that test
a stage on which to testify of God’s mercy and love.
Maybe God is allowing an affliction in your body so that you might
show the world the difference that Jesus makes. Maybe God is
allowing tough times in our lives to get us to evaluate and cherish
what is really important in life.
Obviously, I don’t know what God is doing—but He is doing something.
It is not wishful thinking. It is truth based on the fact that our
God is the Sovereign God of Creation who is all wise, all powerful,
and loves us more than we will ever be able to fully fathom. Yes, He
is STILL in control.
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