STATE OF MIND
Thank You Father that You have made Yourself known to us through the Word of God. But forgive us Lord, for we are rebellious and prideful and yet You loved us so much that You sent Your only begotten Son to lay down His sinless life as the perfect sacrifice for our sin.. all who believe on Him might not perish, but have everlasting life.
Thank You that in Your love You chose to communicate with us Your love. Thank you for being the one Who loved us so much that He willingly went to the cross to redeem us from sin.
Thank You that Your Word to us is like a perfumed love-letter that has been forwarded from heaven to all Your children - in love. Thank You for the truth it contains and thank You for all Your perfect and unconditional love and grace towards Your children. May we assimilate these truths deep within our soul and glorify Your name for the unconditional love that You have seen fit to pour our on all Your children..by grace. in Jesus name we pray,
I declare in the midst of the storm I will have peace because God love me and cares for me.
“O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” Interlude But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people. Interlude”
Psalms 3:1-8 NLT
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Bad Things Happen to Good People
Bible Reading: James 1 :2-8
When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
WHEN A TORNADO tore through Justin’s Midwestern town, it lifted houses off foundations and blew some to bits. Justin felt as if God’s harsh hand had reached down from heaven. He couldn’t see how a loving God could allow earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods to destroy homes and kill thousands of people in a swipe.
The truth is that natural disasters are not the result of an angry God. A transformation occurred on earth after Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 3: 11-18). The world is now stained by a physical evil that often puts pain and disaster in the lives of its inhabitants, even those who love God. But people who experience tragedy through natural disaster don’t suffer because they are more wicked than those who escape (see Luke 13:3-5). This physical evil comes into our lives for a bunch of reasons.
So why doesn’t your all-powerful God miraculously jam his hand into your world and keep physical evil from happening? God does sometimes intervene. But he couldn’t do that all the time without overriding humans’ free will-which he won’t. Second, if he always prevented evil, you wouldn’t learn anything from adversity because you wouldn’t experience the consequences of bad choices.
God hasn’t promised to shield you from everything evil. But he did say he would be with you through anything and everything (see Matthew 28:20).
REFLECT: Be able to explain it to a friend: How are natural disasters connected to human sin? Are individuals always to blame when bad things happen to them?
PRAY: Pray for clear understanding of this deep thought.
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