God Forgives and Forgets

1 John 1:9     For if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 9

God is righteous and faithful. To doubt that our sins are forgiven when we have already confessed them is questioning His word. God is simply keeping His promise to us. God cannot lie and this is His promise to us who believe and trust in Him.
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He is my Rock

Psalm 18:2

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 91:14-16

Why do we worry when we know we are God’s children? When we know He will take care of us? We know that as His children we live within a circle of His protection. Nothing can touch us without His permission.

When we are in the midst of a terrible storm, we are assured of His protection. When our lives seem dim and dark we can still see the sunshine of His Love – a rainbow of blessings and a peace from within, a peace that will pass all understanding.

The Bible tells us that we need not fear the terror by night, nor the destruction by day, for the Lord is your refuge and place of protection.(Psalm 91:4)

Are you letting God be your rock, your refuge in the storm? He can—and will—protect you from the storm, if you will allow Him to.

He Was Always There

2 Cor. 12:9

 

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Cor 12:7b-9

I counted the other day; since my diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, I’ve undergone over 25 surgeries and procedures. Only one was not directly related to RA—kidney stone removal. In 1982 alone, I went through 5 operations. The first two, knee replacements were done 7 days apart. People ask me how I manage to stay upbeat and not give up on life.

‟After many years of struggles, I have accepted my plight.” I add that my faith, strong now, took years to mature.
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Ask and You Shall Receive

Matt 7:7-8

Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  Matt 7:7-8

Our God is an awesome and generous God!

I decided I really wanted to be a lifetime member in a forum that I was paying a monthly fee for. The amount was prohibitive, but if I took into account the many times I paid during the year, the one-time cost made sense. For two weeks I prayed that if it was God’s will and I could bring glory to Him with what I learn from the members, He would provide me with the means to join permanently. I looked around my things. Maybe I could sell something.  I thought. I could find nothing. I brainstormed ideas to write and sell as e-books. A few ideas came to mind, but there is no guarantee the books would sell.

Then, after God gave me time to show that I was willing to earn the money for myself, He provided the funds. How He provided them isn’t important, suffice it to say that it was unexpected…you might even say miraculous. I do..

I have always believed God provided for our needs, but I have sometimes forgotten that He also provided for our wants. However, there are several places in the Bible that assure us that He gives us the extra desires of our hearts. 1John 5:14-15 says that we can have confidence in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. Matt 21:22 says Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive. Not one verse I found says “if you need it” they all say “whatever” or “anything.” That includes your wants. I thank God for this generosity.

I can only guess how this gift from God will provide me the opportunity to spread His glory more powerfully and efficiently. I’m excited to start my new journey and see where He takes me with this new knowledge..

Have you received an unexpected showering of God’s grace in your life? I’d love to hear about your experience. Please leave your comment below.

God will not let you be tempted more than you can bear

1 Corinthians 10:13

 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

How many times have you heard someone say, “God never gives you more than you can bear”Well, the truth is that, at times He may allow troubles to overwhelm us. However, if we keep our trust in Him we can overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
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When I am weak, He is strong

When I am weak, He is strong audio

I’m trying something different, an audio version of this post. Since my voice is scratchy and may be hard to understand, I also wrote up a summary of the audio.

The verse I used was:
2 Cor 12:9
But He said, “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.”

My faith has been challenged these last few weeks because of a lot of health problems. On top of the rheumatoid arthritis, I experienced other pains, nausea, and other problems that stretch my trust in God.

Paul “boasts” of his weakness in 2 Cor 12. I found that attitude comforting during my numerous doctor appointments and medical test.
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SEEKING GOD

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalms 34:17,18

Life isn’t always easy. Some days, nothing seems to go our way. Challenges pile up, then we become stressed and unhappy. At these times it isn’t easy to praise God. Digging into The Word can comfort our troubled minds.
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Trust Him

Romans 8:28 (Contemporary English Version)
All things work for the good of everyone who loves God

Whatever is happening in your life, God will work it to your advantage. It may seem hopeless or unfair, but if you love Him and trust His plan, you will see the truth of it.

It may not be today; it may not be tomorrow; it may not be for years. Yet, eventually you will understand; you will see the purpose of it. It will be clear and you will find peace.