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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" About God part 6


Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
About God - Part 6
"God Should  Fix My Problems"

There are two problems with this train of thought. 
#1 - God is not some "cosmic genie who exists to please and serve us".  What this lie does is "set us up for disillusionment and disappointment with God". 

#2 - This lie "suggests that the goal in life is to be free from all problems".  Face it, we live in a society of  "fix it, and do it fast".  Think of all the commercials you see, they target the "problems" and give "solutions" to them because, heaven forbid, you have to live a life with any "problems".
Many people look to Christianity as a "fix" for their problems.  If I pray to God, he will fix my marriage, heal my friend of cancer, I will have friends, my kids will behave, my habits will be gone.  And if these things do not happen, then God didn't "come through for me". 
 This is very deceptive and leaves many Christian women feeling frustrated and disappointed.  Their thinking is if they "do" all the right things and live a good "Christian life", then there will be no problems.  Wrong.  Living a life of obedience does NOT guarantee a life of not problems or protects us from all problems.  A life of obedience "does spare us from many consequences of a life lived apart from  God and His ways".
Until Christ comes again and God makes a new heaven and a new earth, we are going to live in a sinful world.  Our bodies are earthly ones and prone to disease and ultimately death.  
But there is good news, God does not watch us from afar as we struggle.  He is with us always.  Psalm 46.1 tells us that God is " a very present help in trouble".  How awesome is that?  These "problems" we are going through is  being used to help mold and make us more Christ-like.  
We need to be more like Jesus, who
"learned obedience from what He suffered" Hebrews 5:8.

"We want God to fix all our problems.  God says instead, 'I have a purpose for your problems. I want to use your problems to change you and reveal My grace and power to the world.'  That is the truth - and the truth will set you free."

Some things to think about until next time:

Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.  What kind of problems was Paul facing? What do you think his motivation was in asking for it to be removed?  Do you think it was wrong to pray this way?

What difficulties are you facing today?  Are there problems and trials in your life that you've asked God to remove and He has not?

Why might God sometimes choose to not fix or remove some problems?  What greater goals might He have in mind?

What is the biggest problem you are facing right now?  What do you think God  may want to teach you through your current struggle?

If God never "fixed" that problem, how could He use this circumstance to change you to reveal His character through you?

Lord, I know that You want what is best for me.  You desire to help me become mature.  I understand that sometimes the only way I will grow is through pain.  In the difficulties that I am facing today, Lord, I pray that You will grant me peace and patience to accept Your perfect will in my life.  Amen 


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