Romans 1:18-25 Acts 17:26-27 Deuteronomy 5:6-10 2 Corinthians 4:4 1 Kings 16:33 1 Kings 18 Isaiah 11:1-9
1 Thessalonians 1:1-9 1 John 4:17 1 Corinthians 13:13 James 2:14-18 1 Thessalonians 1:4-7
Matthew 6:19-34Psalm 1:1-3Proverbs 22:7Matthew 6:19-21Psalm 46:1
Joshua 1:1-9 Genesis 12:1-9 Genesis 15:7-16 Genesis 6:1-4 Exodus 9:27,28 Exodus 15:1-18 Numbers 13:1-4 Numbers 13:17-14:1-12 Joshua 1:5-7 Romans 8:31 Romans 8:37
Philip Yancey ins his book “DISAPPOINTMENT WITH GOD writes:
I found that for many people there is a large gap between what they expect from their Christian faith and what they actually experience. From a steady diet of books, sermons, and personal testimonies, all promising triumph and success, they learn to expect dramatic evidence of God working in their lives. If they do not see such evidence, they feel disappointment, betrayal and often guilt.” Philip Yancey
C.S. Lewis nails it when he writes in Mere Christianity:
“Either we give up trying to be good, or else we become very unhappy indeed. For, make no mistake: If you are really going to try to meet all the demands made on the natural self, it will not have enough left over to live on. The more you obey your conscience, the more your conscience will demand of you. And your natural self, which is thus being starved and hampered and worried at every turn, will get angrier. In the end, you will either give up trying to be good, or else become one of those people who, as they say, “live for others” but always in a discontented, grumbling way – always making a martyr of yourself. And once you have become that you will be a far greater pest to anyone who has to live with you than you would have been if you had remained frankly selfish.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
“The God of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchant, a merchant.”
Matthew 4:12-22 Matthew 4:18-22 Acts 16:25-24 Acts 18:19-21 Acts 19:1-10 1. The Relationship with God through Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:3-6; 2:1-10 2. The Relationship with The Family of God Ephesians 4:1-16 3. The Relationship at Home Ephesians 5:22-6:4 4. The Relationship with the World Ephesians 6:5-9
1 Peter 5:8-14 1 Peter 1:13 1 Peter 4:7 1 Peter 5:8 Matthew 5:11 Luke 22:31-32 2 Corinthians 11:12-15 2 Timothy 4:1-7 Jude 3-4 Romans 8:35-39
“Imperfect shepherds leading imperfect sheep in the service of a perfect God who has a perfect plan.”
So that at the proper time he may exalt you. Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
“Many of us choose to do nothing while waiting on God to bring about a change in our lives or get us out of difficult situations. But the only time you are to do nothing is when there is nothing to do. If there is nothing you can do, then do nothing. But if God has given you something to do where you are right now, do it with all your might. Invest in your surroundings right now.
As you become a blessing to others, you set yourself up to be blessed. As you help others locate and live out their destinies, you set yourself up to discover your own.
People often lose hope because they are concerned only about themselves. If you are messed up and all you can see is you, you are perpetuating your own decline.” Dr. Tony Evans
God clearly states: I HAVE YOUR PLAN. I MADE THE PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE. Most people read and quote Jeremiah 29:11 only. If we do so, we miss the whole point, the principle, and the blessings. When the testing comes our way, we run from it. We question God’s love for us. We blame others we think caused the testing.
We fight against everything that could in the slightest way be connected with suffering. We shrink back and withdraw from others because they do not join us in our misery. In other words, we do NOT BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS OUR PLAN.