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The way the Lord speaks THROUGH our thoughts is to DIRECT them. God works through bad decisions of good people. God's portion was the fat. God says that He has given us authority to rule and reign over our lives thru Christ Jesus. But not necessarily the way the market demands: not by getting rid of all our weaknesses; but by giving strength to endure and even rejoice in tribulation. God works in all things – even our failures – for the good of His people. They are a means through which God works to accomplish His will in our lives: to shape us so that we reflect the character of Christ. God had promised a blessing on all nations and a ruler of God's people (Jesus) as a descendant of Abraham and of David, of the tribe of Judah. Every one of them seemed impossible – until God showed up . Therefore he takes steps to drive us out of self-confidence to trust in himself, to -- in the classic scriptural phrase for the secret of the godly man's life -- "wait on the Lord. God wants you to have a deep assurance that His plan is to strengthen you, no matter what the circumstances. Amen. Dear Ali, Thank you so much for sharing the message which God placed upon your heart to encourage the hearts of people who read your blog! I think it’s awesome how God speaks to us in a style that works best for where we are in life. Jesus says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Life and Works. I don’t think anybody would will to be slapped in the face, God certainly doesn’t, it is in His grace that He works through it for good, for His will. Rosemary Radford Ruether (born November 2, 1936) is an American feminist scholar and Catholic theologian. God is a Holy God, and often uses circumstances to get our attention. I experienced God through nature, through other people, through circumstances, through words and pictures and impressions, and increasingly often through the Bible. Confession I speak the Word of God. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. With God, when the person is actually a child of God, when the person belongs to God, he knows them and hears their prayers. He can take a trial and turn it into a testimony. October 10, 1849 FAITH THE WORK OF GOD. I might add that the arrangement of circumstances can be indicators of God's guidance. Don't let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. God gives us instructions through periods of actively waiting. Choose to believe that God will reward you for diligently seeking him, as religious texts promise. Do good works: Jesus example of good works was that He went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. . G. Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Through the process, I saw God’s favor, it was hard but with it, I learned to believe in the impossible, because God gave me a promise that He’s gonna reward my faith. In Daniel's response to the collapse of his own circumstances, we will learn what faithfulness to God looks like when the bottom does fall out. Jesus has empowered believers to go and do the same thing Believers will lay hands on the sick and they will recover (Mark 16:18) RECOGNISING YOUR MINISTRY “Yet who knows that you have come to the Kingdom, for such a time as this!” Esther 4:14 . Dr. Paul assures us in Romans 8:28-30 that God is working all circumstances for good in our lives as well. Faith in God is caught like a disease, not taught like a subject. God's design for your life not only includes those circumstances beyond your control but also those parts of your life that you assume are under your control. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who He knew he didn’t have to go through it alone! God was with him. Session Three Three Men Trust Through Their Trials The Oberlin Evangelist. Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. God does still perform miracles. And remember that, however painful the chapter you currently find yourself in, the story is far from over. God wants you to know that He understands how you feel, that He knows more about your situation than you do, and that He saw it coming before you did. " When we simply do what God asks us to do, His grace flows through. . Paul writes, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9). Reasons for Trials James 1:1-12 . God wants to make us realize we are in trouble and unless we move, we will die out in the cold. God Works Through Impossibilities The Lord always works by ways and means that seem impossible. Do not allow circumstances or the words and actions of others to stop you from releasing your faith by speaking what God has said in His Word - and believing that YOUR words will come to pass. God is going to have a people who have learned to grow through adversity God is going to have a people that are willing to change in order to become more like Jesus in their lives. Clement of Rome: "We also, being called through God's will in Christ Jesus, are not justified through ourselves, neither through our own wisdom or understanding, or piety, or works which we have done in holiness or heart, but through faith" (Epistle to Corinthians). “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. God uses difficult circumstances, consequences of our choices, and persecution to mold us into the kind of people He wants us to be. Adapting doesn't change the circumstances, but it does keep you living in peace and joy as you go through change. His goodness leads to repentance. If suffering was limited to sinners and Christians never suffered, all people would want to be Christians, not because they really loved God, but just to avoid earthly problems. Trusting God through Impossible Circumstances (click to tweet) Join the conversation and share your thoughts. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways. God's invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action. Find out how you can take authority over life's circumstances and turn them around In order for spiritual growth to occur, you first need to make sure you possess a true spiritual life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He reveals Himself through our character, afflictions, relationships, works and weaknesses. If God knows and wills all things, then he knows and wills the prayers of his people and the circumstances in which we pray them. It brings God onto the scene. The "content" of grace is the function of God the Father, by the Son Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit. But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. The more that you exercise it, the more that it grows and is strengthened. It's a destroyer of life, families, and in many cases the innocent. 8--even the most difficult of circumstances. God does not want us to be unaware of the circumstances around us, but he wants us to remember that he is greater than the circumstances and that all things are possible for him. Goodness can come from all circumstances. “Disciples said to Paul, through the Spirit that he should not go to Jerusalem” ( Acts 21:4 ). The laws of nature are nothing more than God’s work in the universe. We believe we are never accounted righteous before God through our works or merit, but that penitent sinners are justified or accounted righteous before God only by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who [] have been called according to his purpose. Many people fail to get answers to prayer because they don't have the kind of relationship with God that makes them confident that God is going to answer them. Another way GOD speaks is through circumstances. Genesis 1:1 ESV / 356 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The Bible makes it clear that God works all things together for our good when we love Him, and the testing of our faith is for our benefit. God works good even when people work evil. God wants us to tune our ears to the messages He sends us through our minds and bodies. Christ and live in obedience to God’s Word experi-ence the reality of His love, and love Him in return. He works all things together for good, and He gives us the glorious, wonderful promise that He will do so. Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV). Confessing God's Word over your Circumstances I have run into some bad circumstances throughout the storms of my life. He keeps us in step with Himself and prepares us for His answers. God Works His Will God's Counsel Inheritance Purpose Foreordained Plans Aggression Being Chosen God, Purpose Of Predestined Plans God, Activity Of God, Sovereignty Of Strength, Divine Adoption, nature of History Plans Predestined People Examine your circumstances in light of God’s overall plan – When trying to hear from God through the circumstances of life, we should not try to make a decision on one event or set of circumstances. Liz Petruzzi is a beach, dog and coffee lover who believes God’s love is for everyone – but doesn’t have all the answers. God guides according to the need. If someone claims, "I know God," but doesn't obey God's commandments , that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. 28 And we know that [] God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. In every hardship we endure, God is at work. The glory of God representing the God of glory is revealed through the likes of us. It almost seems as though Someone designed the sermonette to go with the sermon. ” Romans 8:28 Circumstances are not truly out of control; they are used for our good in the hands of a loving God! Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit works in us to make clear to us what purpose God has in mind for us. Trouble will never defeat the person with a right attitude. Most people would probably agree that war is evil. There is not one definitive answer for the origin of People often use this phrase when working through difficult circumstances in life, and give credit to the Bible; however it is not found there. He is even willing to use negative situations to give you an opportunity to change. Anything which contradicts Scripture is not from God. In all the circumstances of your life and the events going on around you, you can trust in the providence of God. “Today is a new day. God may communicate through dreams or visions even today, but we need to carefully check any such guidance we receive with Scripture and godly counsel to be sure it is from the Lord. 2. The power of God that comes with it (Acts 1:8) will make you effective witnesses for the Lord wherever you are and in whatever may be the circumstances of your life. One of the best things that can come out of an overwhelming situation is a deeper understanding of how much we need God’s help. In a crowded world of noise and life’s distractions, sometimes we have a hard time understanding what God says. 3 Steps to Trusting God More in Your Life You might be surprised to learn that trust is like a muscle that you have. 25), praying for Heaven’s blessings in the meantime. god uses our trials to reveal both character flaws and create (grow) godly character in us Because God has ordained that Christians will co-rein with Jesus Christ in eternity - to a certain degree - they must prove that they can be trusted with authority and power. Obviously, the Lord works through events and providentially orchestrates them for your good. God often works through circumstances in revealing His perfect will for our lives. Going through the molding stage in life is difficult, and sometimes it can leave you feeling like God is not helping you, but when you look back later in life, you realise that The Lord has been there with you through every step of the way, and you are better for it. The Spirit guides us: through Scripture. The experience of waiting on God reminds us that our reality as Christians is not within our apparent circumstances, but rather in the truth of Christ’s love and life in us. Faith in God is the key to trusting Him in every circumstance. Black New Life Ministries. The idea that the Spirit of God works through our circumstances and choices, through the things that happen to us, has given me a helpful perspective from which to view my own life and the lives of those I journey with. April 4, 2010. The apostle Paul prayed that God might change his circumstances, but instead, God “… said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Now and in the future, pursue God's purpose with a great expectation that God is working in your life, believe Him for your future with hope. After that, it is all very easy. The product is glory. working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; the good work of grace being necessary to the performance of good works; nor can any man do a good work well, unless he has the good work of grace wrought in him: grace is a work not of man, but of God; it is an internal work, something in a man's heart, and not God and War: What the Bible Says About the Just War Principle by Gerald Draayer Introduction. It's experiencing God's Love for a person we know that we can't love in the natural; His Wisdom shedding light in an area we know naturally we don't have; and His Power getting us through circumstances we know in our own strength we couldn't manage. Romans 5:1; Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. God can also lead us through the seemingly open doors that circumstances present. Recommended Resource: Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot by Max Lucado The child of God, therefore, must exercise patience under these circumstances (v. Ask God to give you the faith you need to confidently trust that he will keep his promises, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. Often God speaks through our quiet moments, through other people, and through life’s circumstances. Bill and Evelyn’s marriage relationship was a distant one. 20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. " How God Works Through Tragedy but how you have a life that blossoms and is fruitful when the circumstances of life leave us wounded, broken, and hurt I continue to marvel at how God works through us, and yes, Joe, takes those detriments and uses them for our development. “What mean ye to weep and break my heart, I am ready to go” ( Acts 21:13 ). If God works through unlikely circumstances to accomplish His purposes for my good and His glory, can I not trust Him to do the same for my loved ones? Navigation. It is one thing to choose adversity, and quite another to enter into adversity through the orchestrating of our circumstances by God's sovereignty. I wasn’t sure if I would ever have a report on all the book of Romans says about faith, but I knew that I had learned something that would prove to be very significant in my walk with God. It’s a time for us to draw near to God, then He will reveal Himself through these circumstances in a greater way than He has ever before. Through His words we come to know not only the nature and attributes of God, but we also come to understand His plan for each of us. And if God puts you into adversity, He is adeuately sufficient to "supply all your needs". "Then they said unto Him, What shall we do that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Your words have power when they are God's words spoken in faith through your lips. Go through the passage and what you will see highlighted is God at work. Lean into Him and utterly depend and rely upon Him. In other situations, God has worked through changes of weather or the perfect timing of circumstances in the lives of a person to bring forth an outcome that is part of His perfect will. He may change our circumstances while we wait. The more we fix our eyes on the wonder of creation, the more we must conclude that these things could not make themselves Seeking to know God's will based on circumstances alone can be misleading. God works in many ways, and divine guidance operates through many channels. Paul Chappell "And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. As my circumstances began to “look” better, I noticed myself trusting a bit less in God and a bit more in myself. In God's plan, our prayers can be crucial links in the chain of events. There is always a lesson to be learned when we are going through situations in our life. She has been leading Bible studies through her local church for over a decade and is passionate about encouraging others to pursue a close, deep, personal, and intimate relationship with God. If we SAY we believe everything God says in His Word about me, about you or the circumstances of our lives, IF we really believed, then we could do nothing but ACT like we believe and Do what God has asked us to do to overcome our problems The power of God is in His Word, and we access that power when we speak the Word of God! In the following passage God revealed a glimpse of the grandeur and majesty with which He regards His spoken Word. Through every season of your life, from good to bad to mediocre, pursue God's purpose. 28 Likes, 2 Comments - MEN'S KAFTAN & LOUNGE WEARS (@obiansclothiers) on Instagram: “God works through the circumstances of Life. "God's biggest work often comes through our difficult life circumstances" "God's biggest work often comes through our difficult life circumstances" No, it comes through the Law of Faith, since we believe that a man is called righteous because of his faith, not by the works of the Law! And at Romans 5:20, 21, we read: 'Now, the Law came along so as to show up many errors. It’s not that God works more through loss, it’s that we pay more attention when circumstances are tough. This is where he works to try and discourage us during our trials of faith, but if we can keep our attention on what God has promised us, and not on the physical circumstances, then we also can succeed just as many others have done. For our God, Jesus Christ, was, according to the appointment of God, conceived in the womb by Mary, of the seed of David, but by the Holy Ghost. That's why it's important to stay out of the flesh realm when circumstances are beyond our control. No battle is too big for him because he has authority over everything. Lord, help me find the courage and the desire to share what You have done in my life. Men are to work and to plan, they are to dream and to hope, and they are to try to accomplish things. And so, when we look at what he did, he accomplished great things, because he submitted himself to God and looked to God for the ultimate victory. " 14 God knows the pain and suffering we encounter in this world. One of the best tests of Christian growth and maturity is trouble. I refuse to speak doubt and unbelief. God’s authority is neither capricious nor vindictive—quite the contrary—God works through the circumstances of life to bring about something miraculous, something abundantly good, even out of what we perceive to be our darkest moments. Joseph was focused on the character and attributes of God that he was a man of great integrity. com – . Thankfully, we don't have to guess what God's words are. These potential open doors can be exciting, and can seem like a clear indication of God's will for our lives. Fat surrounds the organs giving them some protection with the main purpose of supplying nutrition. There are 4 key elements in finding God in our everyday lives. I have slogged through more circumstances than I care to recount in this past year, but my slogging can still become skipping as I view things through the lens of His purposes. A belief in the Good News - that Jesus won a victory over sin and death by his dying and rising for us. " Whoever you are and whatever your current circumstances, pursue God's purpose for your life. ) On the basis of this purpose, all adversity “works together” for our good and God’s glory. As such, He will not compel us to love and obey Him, nor compel us to be channels of His blessings to others. Grace is a wife, mother, and regular person with an irregular life. Sometimes we need more guidance than at other times. Introduction: The primary meaning of the word "love" in Scripture is a "purposeful commitment to sacrificial action for another. He has ordained no other way for the work of the gospel to be done in this world than through people - people who are faithful to His cause, available for His use, open to His instruction Often God speaks through those quiet moments, through other people, and through ordinary life’s circumstances. •• Remember: God uses “ordinary people”! It just dawned on me recently after going through a faith test that it really doesn’t matter whether it is easy or difficult to trust God. Though it was a huge challenge, Abraham remained steadfast in faith. God used those experiences to gradually vanquish my doubts. Focus on Christ instead of the circumstances—God will comfort your heart and bring you safely through the trial. God provided for his people by using Esther to preserve them from death. Finney. To ensure that His purposes are fulfilled, God governs the affairs of men and works through the natural order of things. I speak faith-filled, life-filled words that change the circumstances around me. Paul’s wonderful statement that all things work together for good to them that love God takes into account our circumstances. S. Our troubled times beg for attention that often distracts from the bigger picture of God being in control of our lives. Then you will be ready to answer Paul’s call to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). ” 6 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher powers that simply prepares us for God’s work. I do so because I am persuaded that these extraordinary challenges are, as the Savior himself said, that “the works of God should be made manifest. Romans 8:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB). It grasps us, shapes our passions, travels all over our internal systems, and redefines who we are. Reported by The Editor. in all circumstances As you walk through all these decisions and trials, God will continue to grow your faith. " by Dr. Philippians 4:4, 6-7 — Always be full of joy in the Lord. He was talking about a state of mind that starts with our trust in Jesus and belief that God works out all things for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Trust and rely on His perfect will, trust in His perfect love for you and He will see you through it. The Bible teaches that God often uses supernatural means, will often use the wrath of man or the heart of man for His purposes. God's sovereignty and involvement with the details of Joseph in Egypt persist from beginning to end; everything happens when, where, and how God planned. Tribulation tests our identity as Christians – Tribulation tests our identity. As a matter of fact, the title of my sermon was mentioned in the sermonette; and that is, "Do You See God? God Speaks Through The Bible Today Not Through Circumstances!! but the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. But He works through us—His imperfect children—and imperfect people make mistakes. 🔥🔥faith for all circumstances🔥through works you fulfill god's mandate on your life🔥the faith series💪like comment and share 😀👍 Look at your circumstances through the lens of God’s character, rather than evaluating God’s character through the circumstances of your life. God’s Word provides the light we need for guidance in our immediate decisions. God was willing to guide His people, but He lacked men and women through whom He could safely impart His word. Today, we need to see ourselves in the stream of what God is doing in history. But God wants us to be intentional about our thankfulness every day. , we celebrate a day of thanksgiving once a year. I keep praying to God to show me the way but I need help in this journey but as a result of betrayal and heavy stuff I have gone through l donno how to trust anyone to talk things through cos all I get is judgement and people making me think God is punishing me. Directing our thoughts is subjective and we have an active participation. This should be your guideline: Always go back to the Bible for truth (or for the Holy Spirit to reveal truth. Cowper’s use of the metaphors of storms, mines, smiles, and flowers illustrate this meaning in a timeless way. How Does God Guide Us? Can I Know God's Will for My Life? An Experience of God’s Guidance Through Circumstances. One of the most important keys that will make it possible for us to walk in kingdom living is our expression of praise. In his distressed state, the Christian’s prayer efforts may be pursued in pain and without precise knowledge. [2] And we know that God works together all things for good to those loving God, to those being called according to His purpose, New American Standard Bible And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. And third, that even when he goes through trials, God is being good to him (v. ” “You and I have an unwritten list of ideal circumstances and ideal people for God to work through and with,” she said. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. Responding appropriately to unfavorable events or circumstances is a frequent theme in the New Testament writings. W hat better way to end this series about God’s strength in our weakness than by looking to the source of our strength, the Word of God—the Living Word, Jesus Christ, and the written word, the Bible. Don’t miss this key to understanding how God works through human beings. Through the study of God’s Word, a strong prayer life, and an abiding trust in God, we can learn to recognize, trust, and enjoy the hand of God moving in our lives. We were never supposed to be victims to our circumstances; our role is to create a mindset where we actually begin to do the works of God, naturally. 24-28). Faith is trusting God when things don't turn out the way we expect. You may think you're in charge of how you spend your time, the route you drive to work, the items you purchase at the supermarket, or even whether you finish reading this book. God cares more for your heart than your circumstances. Jesus said " Have Faith in God ". 8 PRAISE GOD IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! 1. God can take things that are bad and put them in the crucible of His wisdom and love. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I urge you that the next time something comes up that is more than you can handle, remember that the power of Jesus is there to handle successfully what you think Understand that God allows suffering and works through it to accomplish His purposes in our lives. Paul wrote earlier in this letter, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). Faith Isn't Just for the Finish Line To learn how to trust God for His grace, I used to put up signs around my house that said things like, "Works of the flesh equal frustration. But What The Bible Says about Praising God in All Circumstances. I try to live according to Philippeans 2:13: "It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. First Things First Our thoughts are the first thing we need to deal with during change because thoughts directly affect emotions. Our entire church has been studying the Experiencing God bible study for the past 6 or 7 weeks. James addressed this in his letter. David Fisher urges teachers to teach God's providence in history. With a prayer in my heart for understanding, and with some timidity, I speak today concerning parents and children with special problems. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) In a separate article , I described grumbling as the accent of hell and gratitude as the accent of heaven. In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the By drawing me into circumstances that require me to relate to him through faith, trust, and complete dependence on him. They recognize certain spiritual conditions and life circumstances as the signal to "bear down" spiritually. Not despite our past, but because of it. In a larger sense, we also come to know God's plan in history, His sovereignty, His providence, His love and more. We have so many testimonies of God breaking through difficult circumstances. “In the future life the mysteries that here have annoyed and disappointed us will be made plain. Through divine providence God accomplishes His will. God’s love sometimes works through harsh circumstances, like in the story of the prodigal son who found himself starving in pig slop (see Luke 15:11–32). (Read More 100 Bible Verses about God Working Through You John 14:12 ESV / 185 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. “The soul may ascend nearer Heaven on the wings of praise”–Steps to Christ, 104. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief: His faith did not waver; and it gave glory to God. In a crowded world of noise and life distractions sometimes it’s hard to understand what God is saying. " In the Bible it is a fact that loving God is equated with obeying His Word. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. We live at a unique time in history, and God has placed each one of us in a unique position. God has a plan for great purpose and a beautiful future for all who believe in Him. Sermon by C. the Spirit of God works in and through what can seem to us so natural and But through it all, God was steadily moving history forward according to His sovereign plan, using a bunch of ordinary people to bring it all about. A lot of times we don’t have the luxury of changing our circumstances, but we can ask that through the circumstances God would change us. God uses the circumstances in our lives to speak to us, to get our attention. The realization, the conviction, that God is there. Born in Edinburgh, Hume spent his childhood at Ninewells, his family's modest estate in the border lowlands. Faith also releases the blessing of God. Maybe God works only through the laws of science. He demonstrates how God works in our circumstances to bring us into a closer relationship with Him. Like Jesus, we are to Overcome Sin & Temptation through Christ & God's Word. When visions were rare, Israel’s spiritual and political circumstances were at low ebb. When we live this out, we can’t help but give thanks to Him, no matter what we are going through. Even your mistakes he uses for good. His interest in the gospel has led him on a 40+ year quest to learn more about what God has revealed to Earth’s final generation. 22 Likes, 2 Comments - McMinnville Covenant Church (@mac_cov) on Instagram: “Speaker Steve Wong has been bringing the powerful message that God works through our circumstances…” A bible study of the life of Joseph. spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard; God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders, and by manifold powers, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will (2:3-4). gracedanielsgwaw. Undoubtedly, God is already working in and through Joseph as a lad of 17. 6. It has provided solid footing through many rocky places. As we steep ourselves in it, the Spirit that moves it moves us more and more. Interpreting God’s sovereignty to mean that God causes all circumstances to occur is a dangerous theological game to play. I t’s tough to remember to give thanks to God in all circumstances especially when we are going through a difficult season. Rom. Through my study of these three passages, I had arrived at a simple, workable definition of faith: Faith is taking God at His word. Circumstances may or may not be God speaking to us. When a believer goes through personal trials, they discover the kind of faith they really possess. 1 Peter 1:6,7 - As gold is purified by passing through fire, so the genuineness of our faith is proved by trials. The good, the bad, and the ugly all have a lesson to be learned from. " Obedience to God Demonstrates Our Faith 1 John 2:3–6 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. This ever-increasing state of faith, trust, and dependence extracts (or circumcises) off from my heart, that which through sin and my fallen-man-nature, is apart from (uncircumcised) and independent of God. (See Romans 8:28–30. 1 Comment. Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established. If God used vain, egotistical people to do His work, a work of humility and service, how far would He get? It’s a contradiction of terms to utter “godly service” and “arrogance” in the same breath. Put all the faith that i could have, only to find out that i’m still gonna fail in the end. 23), God will guide and counsel him (v. Faith is trust in God, and the only way to develop faith is to learn to know God. ” For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Childress Apr 24 2013 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and TRIALS Seven Ways God Uses Tough Times to Shape Our Lives By William D. We believe regeneration is the renewal of man in righteousness through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, whereby we are made partakers 1. Don’t try to do the works of God without changing what you believe, because you’ll get tired. " it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should God Works in Our Weakness on May 15th, 2013 in Spiritual Life If you’ve seen the movie The King’s Speech , or if you’ve lived long enough to remember, you know that the man we now refer to as King George VI took the throne when his brother abdicated. It’s GOD SPEAKS THROUGH CIRCUMSTANCES Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King I AM REVEALED B. Thus the character of God is expressed by the grace of God unto the glory of God. God speaking through creation or the natural world means that when we look up at the stars or gaze at a California hill covered with wildflowers, we see the fingerprints of God. I have found that my faith has grown the most as I had to walk through not knowing and trials just holding onto His righteous right hand. Just think of the patriarch Abraham who had to leave Ur of the Chaldeans and move to a far-away country. ” God’s design is to make you a showcase for Jesus’s power. As the apostle Paul wrote, ‘In all things God works for the good for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ (Romans 8:28). Perspective changes us, it challenges us and reminds us of what truly matters in this brief life we are given. God works through our Circumstances. God works through faith God has created us as moral beings and has given us a free will. O ne way God speaks to us is through the circumstances we are going through. New Office Alert. How God Works Behind the Scenes to Position You for Miracles we might end up bitterly stuck—seeing life through the failures and limitations of yesterday—when God is quietly at work People often use this phrase when working through difficult circumstances in life, and give credit to the Bible; however it is not found there. Simone Biles’ early years were anything but ideal training ground for a world champion gymnast. But one must beware. The purpose of God is to make you stronger! The article below reveals how you can truly live in God’s strength. ” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV) In the U. The Father delivers us by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is right to have faith because God is reliable. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" ( Romans 8:28 ). It turns people into passive subjects of a God who has a penchant for displaying power chaotically. At times, it's hard for us to understand the ways God expresses his love for us. They can go through overwhelming sorrows, dis- They recognize certain spiritual conditions and life circumstances as the signal to "bear down" spiritually. God tests us to bring out the best in us. When GOD is trying to tell you something, HE sometimes closes doors and opens others so that what HE is saying is very, very clear. Some believe this statement conflicts with James’ comments on faith and works. I know my sheep and my sheep know memy sheep listen to my voice. 8 - God allows us to Overcome Sin & Problems through Obedience & Trust in God's Word— this is what Faith is— Believing & Obeying God's Word despite what our Circumstances & Feelings say. He came from a “good family” (MOL 2)—socially well connected but not wealthy. Keep your faith in God. We must always remember that God works in the spirit realm, not in the flesh realm. So God spoke to Jonah through circumstances—first, being swallowed by a great fish, and second when a vine grew up to shade Jonah, and then the vine withered (Jonah 1–4). Compiled By: Steve Shirley This is a list of quotes that I have found from many different sources over the years that have inspired me, encouraged me, given me hope, and strengthened my faith. Larry Wilson, founder of WUAS, became a “born again” Christian in 1972. God can even work in our lives in spite of these things. If you are praying about buying a good used car with low mileage and you discover in a conversation with your neighbor that he would like to sell his car, which If God works through all our circumstances, should we be being more transparently about our lives in our writing? As a non-fiction writer I can understand how that can work. God never promises not to put more on us than we can handle; He promises to guide us through adversity. Jesus didn't guess. Teachers must start by learning the foundations of teaching history from the Bible. The main characters in the book of Ruth acknowledged God as the foundation for their work by the way they bless each other and through their repeated declarations of faith. You can visit our store for your…” "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Yet, the fact of God's love is bedrock for our faith, indeed, for our very existence. The hymn “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” is a combination of assertions about God’s goodness, sovereignty and wisdom along with commands to take courage and trust in him. And God wants us to feel that our way through life is rough and perplexing, so that we may learn to lean on him thankfully. The Strange Work And Strange Act Of God strange acts which the prophets of old had to live through and see how we circumstances in all nations. With Christ, we have all the hope and peace needed to get through the pain as God works through it to reveal more of himself to us. God has revealed himself to be a God of "unfailing love" (13:5). What Does God's Word Say About Praising God in All Circumstances? By Betty Miller. God and Our Circumstances "Too often we try to use God to change our circumstances, while he is using our circumstances to change us. But by encountering the God who works through the circumstances of life, we too can discover the God who can turn our 'poverty' to 'plenty' through Jesus Christ. "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 24), and God will use every trial to bring him to the glory of being near God forever (vv. Faith in God is the key to pleasing God. “In those unlikely and less than ideal circumstances,” Kaminski said, “God was not just working through them, He plans them. He wants us to do everything that is in our power, and then to stand in God's power and not our own (Ephesians 6:13). Leroy Hurt's book, "Your Unfinished Business", gives a detailed view of life through a biblical perspective. CBN. When you place a demand on the anointing, your faith pulls the answer out of the unseen realm. Ruether is an advocate of women's ordination, a movement among Catholic religious persons who affirm women's capacity to serve as priests, despite official sanction. There is not one definitive answer for the origin of That is, God works directly, and God works through people. The way this works is that: if we are a cleansed vessel, and if we have chosen to unconditionally trust in God’s faithfulness (acknowledge Him), it then frees God to perform His will in our situation, allowing us to see His Hand of Love and giving us the strength we need to endure the trial. 1), God is continually with him holding his right hand (v. In the title page of the Book of Mormon we read, “And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ. This gives us hope, as Romans 8:28 assures us that “ we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. But many times we have to go through painful circumstances we don't understand while He's working on our behalf to bring justice in our lives. God uses stress to help us redefine or rediscover our priorities. James reminds us that God wants us to trust Him in the trials of life. Joseph is a great example of not living by his circumstances but by the promises of God. Other times we face the trial and God delivers us through it, working out the problem or injustice for our good and the good of others. Or perhaps the divine action is limited to transforming human hearts, as expressed in a quote from Christian evangelist Leonard Ravenhill Romans 8:28 “And we KNOW that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His PURPOSE!” Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship CREATED in Christ Jesus to do If then, you believe God's Word, you will then have NO hesitation in also doing what His Word says to do . ) When you study the Scriptures, look to see how God works throughout the Scriptures. When others claim to hear God through circumstances, I try to caution them to test their conclusions with other evidence. Whatever you are going through, God's promise is that He will see you through and give you the strength and direction you need. So God delivered Israel through Shamgar, through Shamgar. All around us in the world today men are doing things, and it is right and proper that they should. God’s Word provides the light we need for guidance for our long term decisions. So I did my best. I say it again—rejoice!… Inspirational Quotes. Romans 8: 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. This verse comes immediately on the heels of the criteria of this statement, "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Since He is trustworthy, as we learn to know Him, we spontaneously learn to trust Him. We need to examine God speaks to all men through creation (see Romans 1:18–20 and Psalm 19:1–2), and in the past, God has communicated in various ways, including angels, His chosen spokesmen (prophets), dreams, visions, miracles, and even through a donkey that He enabled to speak as a man speaks! God Himself does His marvelous work; but He does it through people like us who surrender to His use - people who entrust themselves to Him through prayer. " Romans 8:28 - Thank you Lord that You are producing in us great endurance through the hard places. God has used this verse from the time I surrendered my life to him until this present moment. God is in control and as Paul reminds us no one or nothing can separate us from God's love. Through these trials I have learned that God's Word is true and faithful (Proverbs 30:5). God’s Word provides the light we need to live in a world of darkness. Matthew 5:14-16 - Ye are the light of the world. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. And I, having, once again witnessed His strength in my weakness, am brought to a better place