purpose

My purpose or God’s purpose?

What are some ways you can make sure your purpose is aligned with God’s purpose?

-I wonder how many Christians actually spend time studying the Bible. If we never spend time studying God’s word, how can we know we are fulfilling God’s purpose? I find it ironic that many people pray for God’s will to be done, but then they never have any of their personal prayers answered. Is it because their own prayers do not align with God? Is their first prayer voiding their own personal requests? We need to study God’s word and get to know Him so that we may align ourselves. We need to pray more and truly put God first in our lives.

How often do you spend time earnestly praying to God?

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Too Big???

Why does God sometimes set tasks before us that seem too big for us to overcome?

-I believe God does that because He wants us to rely upon Him. He wants us to be obedient. If I was asked to march around a city in order to bring down its walls, I might be a little skeptical that it would work. At the same time, I would probably be concerned on how I would take down this city through strength of arms. In the end though, I think it would be smarter to rely on God in the end. Especially since we know how He has provided for us throughout history.

What walls are you facing right now that God wants you to topple with His help?

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Glory in suffering

Romans 5:3-4: Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

My thoughts:
-If we never undergo hardships, do we ever truly grow? Yes and no. If we never undergo suffering, we may undergo physical growth, but our entire existence would have never been tried.
-When I workout, I realize that if I don’t get a good workout in, I feel a little empty. I feel this way because I didn’t make myself suffer enough! For a body to reach a certain conditioning point, it must be put under stress and forced to function in duress. If it is never put through such exercises, then when it is, it won’t be able to survive.
-Our Christian walk is like that. If we never get to test our mettle in the “shadow of the valley of death” then we’ll never know if our faith is true. True faith shines through even during the hard times.

RESPONSE: God is at work in my life—even when I do not recognize it or understand it. It is much easier and more profitable when I cooperate with Him. This is the way to victory!

PRAYER: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory!

http://www.biblegateway.com/devotionals/standing-strong-through-the-storm/

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You intended to harm me, but God…

Genesis 50:20: You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

My thoughts:
-This reminds me of the fact that God is always in control. No matter how bad something may be, God is there and it’s happening according to His will.
-When I got wounded, it was a very shocking and traumatic event. I was not really sure of why it happened at the time, but now looking back on the event I now have a different understanding. After playing through my head all the “what if’s,” I realize that God needed me to understand something. That something had to be realized only through this very manner. It was a weird sudden realization at first, but as I continue my walk it all begins to make sense. God was and is always in control!

RESPONSE: God is at work in my life—even when I do not recognize it or understand it. It is much easier and more profitable when I cooperate with Him. This is the way to victory!

PRAYER: God help me to trust You to bring good from the challenges, difficulties and persecutions I might be subjected to today.

http://www.biblegateway.com/devotionals/standing-strong-through-the-storm/

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Faithful in every test

James 1:2-3
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

My thoughts:
-Wow… This one is just amazing!
-This reminds me so much of my time in the armed forces. Never have I been so challenged before in my life. When the enemy threatens you with death, your friends challenge your faith and you are tempted by your own doubts. Yet it’s thanks to these situations that made me the person I am today. At the time I didn’t, but now I take joy in the knowledge that God found me capable of such a burden.
-We always talk about how firm our faith is and how we would be capable of dying for our faith. However, the truth is we only talk about it because we understand that the likelihood of us meeting such a challenge is close to nil. We are all here, reading FB and hanging out at home. We have not yet fully committed all of our lives to God’s will. We are still saving our own piece of pie. Yet we talk about a burden that we are not qualified to confront as if it’s mere child’s play. It is not!
-Truth of the matter is, the people that God puts through hot water are the only ones with the abilities to meet them! He will not tempt us beyond our abilities as it says in 1 Corinthians 10:13. Being tested is a blessing and a recognition.
-Am I ready to be tested again? I’m not sure myself. My time with the Army had it’s own fair share of tests. However, I carried a rifle. I was armed. I do not know if I am ready yet for the next portion of pie that God has for me.

RESPONSE: God is at work in my life—even when I do not recognize it or understand it. It is much easier and more profitable when I cooperate with Him. This is the way to victory!

PRAYER: God may I be found faithful to You through every test.

http://www.biblegateway.com/devotionals/standing-strong-through-the-storm/

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