FW: November 9, 2006 – Opposites attract – Daily Devotional

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For that ever nagging question of “Why ME Lord?

I think this hits the nail on the head – what lesson
are we suppose to be learning while we go through this time in our life?

 

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November 9,
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– Opposites attract – Daily Devotional

 

 

November 9, 2006


Opposites
attract

by John Fischer

How do you become like Christ?
Interestingly enough, God is more committed to this than we are. And
it’s a good thing, because if it all depended on us, we would never
get very far in this process. We would probably be too easy on ourselves.

“And I am sure
that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until
it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back
again.” (Philippians 1:6) He started it; he will finish it.

OK, but how does this happen? One of the ways God does this is by letting the
opposite thing happen to you. Do you need to learn how to love? Get ready
for someone you can’t stand. Need patience? Better prepare for some
aggravations to come your way. Looking for peace? Here’s a little
chaos you weren’t expecting. Joy? Did I mention sorrow?

Now why is God like this? Is he some
kind of killjoy in the sky? Does he get a kick out of kicking us around?
Actually he does this for the very reason that he is the one who starts and
finishes the work in us. You see, all these qualities really belong to God.
Love, joy, peace, patience are actually fruits of God’s Spirit in
those who believe. In other words, he’s provided all these things we
need, but we don’t find them until we are desperate for them.
It’s just the way we were made.

If we could come up with all these
qualities on our own, we wouldn’t need God. We would have rules and
formulas and steps to go through to better ourselves. In other words,
religion would be enough. As it is, we are deeply flawed. Even our best
attempts at producing the right things in our lives come up short. Religion
is a fine thing; it’s just that it has never made anyone like Christ.
In fact, the more religious we become, the further away from Christ we get.
You get to be more like Christ by needing him more and more in your life.

You can’t make the right stuff out
of the wrong material. Or as Jesus said, you can’t put new wine in
old wineskins. So God allows things into
our lives that break the old, to bring in the new. The new is beyond us. We
are forced to discover it when we are stretched beyond our means. So God
brings the opposite to create in us what we really want. That’s when
we grow.


John Fischer resides in
Southern California with his wife, Marti and son, Chandler. They also have two adult children, Christopher
and Anne. John is a published author and popular speaker.

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