God works everything for your good

December 16th, 2009 |

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

It’s hard to see at times, but it is true. We often demand things from God. We question the valleys He places us in. We ask about our situations and circumstances. Many of us often forget the above scripture.

I am as guilty as the next person about questioning God’s moves at times, but I would like to give a real life example of how the above is true.

After several miscarriages, a doctor removed my wife’s fallopian tubes. It became physically impossible to have a child without in vitro fertilization (IVF). I thought I had good insurance with my company until we went to the doctor and found out IVF is not covered. In fact, most insurance companies consider it “elective” surgery and refuse to cover it (except in some states where law deems it must be covered). For the next couple of years, I worked hard, trying to save $12,000 so we could have a baby. Then I lost my job. I spent a year looking for a new one and went through all my savings.

Near the end of that year, I began questioning God. Then I gave up. I prayed God would either give me a job or take me from this earth. Babies were the last thing on my mind at that time. A couple of days later, I got a call for a good job. Not only do I have the potential to make much more than I had been, but IVF is actually covered by the insurance. We had our first consultation yesterday for a whopping $30 copay. The usual $10,000 fees are all covered. The only thing left now is to find out if the meds, which usually run around $2,000 are covered. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Two grand is easier to save than twelve!

God is faithful. He works everything to the good of those that trust in Him.

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One Path to Heaven

December 14th, 2009 |

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
(Acts 4:12)

It is no surprise that non-Christians will disagree with this verse from the Bible. What always surprises me are the “Christians” that deny this truth. Those Christians that say, “there are many roads to God” or “All religions lead to heaven.” Really?

Logic dictates that all roads cannot lead to God just as all roads in the world cannot lead to Disney Land. Some roads are dead ends. Some are too short. And some head in the wrong direction.

Let us look at a couple of other religions. Does the path of a Satanist lead to heaven? How can one who faithfully worships Satan be rewarded by going to heaven to sit with Jehovah God while that person’s master burns in the lake of fire? What of the path of the Mormons who believe the best Mormons will become gods and have universes over which they rule? Mormonism is not a path to God, but a supposed pathway to godhood–which is the same temptation the devil offered Eve in the Garden of Eden.

There is only one path to God and heaven, Jesus Christ. His is the only name and only gospel that will grant us entrance into heaven. It is He who will sit upon the throne judging us, not according to our works, but according to our faith. If we do not have that lamb’s blood applied to our lives, we will find ourselves locked out of heaven. If we place our trust and hope in Him, neither death nor life nor height nor depth will keep us from the love of God. On the obverse of that coin is the truth that faith applied anywhere else is misapplied and will separate us from God.

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Blessings from Disasters

December 7th, 2009 |

We hear all the time about silver linings. The McKameys did a song that said, “God will make this trial a blessing” and that’s what I want to talk about.

When I lost my job last year, I trusted God would find me a new and better job quickly. He didn’t. As I have already admitted, my faith faltered. I wondered why God was taking His time in helping me.

I have that new job now. Being in sales, I have always enjoyed the opportunity to go out and meet new people, to learn about them and their businesses, and to help them solve problems. With this new job, not only do I get to do all that, but I am finding so may opportunities to talk about God, His greatness and His mercy.

This job has proven an excellent position in which I can testify and witness about the love of Christ. It may not have been exactly what I was looking for, but it is more than I could have hoped for. In the end, the jobs we hold do not matter. The only thing that will matte is what we have done with our time here on this earth.

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