Many times through our suffering and sickness, God gets glory.
We cannot measure the praise of God that sometimes comes through sickness and suffering. Jesus plainly said in John 11:4, “this sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God. ”
So many saints today and in years past have addressed this issue. Andrew Murray, a great saint of yesterday said, “In times of trouble, God’s trusting child may say first, ‘He brought me here; it is by His will that I’m in the straight place.’ Next, ‘He will keep me here in his love and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child.’ Then, ‘He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons he intends me to learn and working in the grace he means to bestow.’ Last, ‘In His good time He can bring me…
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus, in Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
Challenge: Live out the Great Commission! 🙂
Okay, here’s a little bonus. The Great Commission… from the Rhyming Gospels!
I thought I already posted this verse, but apparently not. 🙂
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
When we pray for each other, things happen. This verse says that “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”. Also, in the first part, it says that we should confess our sins to each other.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
-1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins and ask God for his forgiveness, he will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Hm. And the first verse mentioned righteousness, too. So it’s like a chain reaction: if we confess our sins, God will make us righteous, and the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (A little bit of my thought processes revealed there). And now for our challenge. It’s three parts.
Challenge: (1) Confess your sins to God, (2) remember that you are righteous and pure, and (3) pray, knowing the power of prayer.
This verse makes some good points. We shouldn’t trust in ourselves. We should use the wisdom that God has given us and his Scriptures to guide us along the right paths. That’s why, when we’re making a decision, whether important or seemingly trivial, we should pray to God to lead us, and refer to Scripture. Here’s another verse about trusting in God.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe.
We don’t have to fear anyone or anything, for God will keep us safe if we trust in Him.
It would seem, after having been a Christian for almost 80 years, that I would no longer do ugly things that need forgiving. Yet I am constantly doing things to others that cause me to have to go back and ask their forgiveness. Sometimes these are things I actually do- other times they are simply attitudes I let creep in which break the circle of God’s perfect love.
If there is no God, why have so many biblical prophecies come true?
In ‘Science Speaks’, Peter Stoner calculated that the probability of one person fulfilling eight selected biblical prophecies was one in 1017. The likelihood of one person fulfilling 48 prophecies was one in 10,157. Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled 61 major Old Testament prophecies!
“Prophecy never had it’s origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. ”
2 Peter 1:21
If there is no God, who crammed all the data into DNA?
DNA is the stuff of genes which determines everything from your haircolor to height to resistance to certain diseases. If the coded DNA instructions within one of your cells could be printed, the information would fill 1000 encyclopedia – sized books.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully…