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Sunday, June 8, 2014

BE GRATEFUL FORWARDED FROM RISE TO SHINE

The following essay is interesting and meaningful in our life- New World)
Be GratefulIt's too easy to complain about your present position, whether it be as a nightshift cashier in a supermarket or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, without appreciating how you got there. Where would we be without mothers taking up part time work so that their children could take piano lessons, or fathers working second jobs so that their children could attend college? Before you go any further, stop and give thanks for the contributions others have made in your life.
You say, "But things are not going too well for me right now." Perhaps, but when Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers he couldn't possibly conceive that God would turn their evil intentions inside out and establish him as a leader to save the nation. The Bible records story after story where adversity leads to advancement and loss leads to gain. There's a master plan unfolding in your life. Be wise, take the lessons you've learned into the future God has in mind for you. When evil comes, be comforted in knowing that God is in control. The devil may be stoking the fire you're in, but rest assured that God has His hand on the thermostat!
The story of Job teaches us that the devil has to be given permission to attack us. So if God is allowing the attack, surely He's planning our victory. He wouldn't allow us to be in a battle we couldn't win! God looks for handpicked people He can send into difficult environments, that He might be glorified. He makes all things "work together for good" Rom 8:28, so don't be intimidated. Just keep your eyes open and see what God is up to!
In every thing give thanks. - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
A respected author writes: "I was driving a safe distance behind the car in front when the driver slammed on his brakes. I stopped short, but the car behind was too close and rammed into my Jeep. There was no real damage, but as I drove off something about the incident nagged at me. Weeks later I was on a fast-moving highway. Behind me was a huge truck loaded with cars...in front were several cars...and up ahead, a school bus. Suddenly I noticed the brake lights from the cars ahead. The bus had stopped to let a child off. I pulled to a stop behind the car in front - then I remembered the lesson from the accident earlier. Sometimes I can stop safely, but the driver behind me can't. When I looked in my rearview mirror the truck loaded with cars was frantically trying to stop. I pulled over, giving him an extra car length, and he screeched to a stop - right behind the car ahead of me. If I hadn't listened we'd all have piled up." A new Christian was asked the secret to her Spiritual growth. Her response was, "Mind the checks." One reason we don't understand God better is because we don't heed His gentle 'checks'. The Bible says: "After the fire came a gentle whisper" 1 Ki 19:12. Learn to listen for it. When you're about to speak and you feel a gentle restraint, say nothing. When you're about to go down a certain path and you sense a red light, or a different path opening up, pay attention, even when God asks you to move in the dark. Wherever His finger points, His hand will clear the way.
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