God should fix all my problems

By: Taylor Johnson
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When first reading this I think most of us would say that is a lie, but lately I’ve seen that I believe this much more than I would like to admit. In the past few weeks I have started having horrible pain from a disease I thought was no longer in my body. As I have already had two surgeries I found myself feeling angry, and not understanding why this was happening to me again. Not only does this cause constant pain it can also make child bearing nearly impossible (though NOTHING is impossible with God).

This week I caught myself asking God why He is letting me go through this again, and thinking “If God really loved me He would heal me.” Then as I was teaching at our girls’ Bible study, God was really teaching me. We confronted the lie that “God should fix all my problems.” We began reading James 1:2-4 which says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Romans 5:3-4 “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”  2 Corinthians 12:9-11 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Through all of this I was seeing that God did not promise a perfect life with no problems, but He does promise that He will never leave or forsake us. He is a good Father and will do what is best for us. We may not see it, but He sees the big picture. Remember that if you need healing, physically or emotionally, that all things are possible with God (Matt. 19:26), and He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. (Rom. 8:28)

Lean into Him. Rest in Him. 1 Peter 4:7 “Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Verse of the Day

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Hopefully this inspires you to spend a little more time with God’s word this week.

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Psalm 24:7-10

Verse of the day:

“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—he is the King of glory!!” ~Psalm 24:7-10

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Romans 5:2-5

Verse of the day:
“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” ~Romans 5:2-5

Hope this encourages you as you go through this week.
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Love Covers ALL Transgressions

By: Taylor Johnson
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I was having coffee with one of my best friends, also a newlywed, and she was telling me how she struggles with keeping a mental list of all the little things her husband does wrong. And then one small thing will set her off because the list she is keeping in her head. When she was telling me this I responded, “I can relate to doing that!
Then this morning, I read 1 Corinthians 14:5 which says that love “…keeps no record of wrongs” and I stopped in my tracks.
I think keeping a tally of mistakes is something that many wives struggle with, and we need to realize that the Lord addressed this specifically in the Word. He knew it was in our nature to keep track of all the wrongs or mistakes of our husbands and loved ones, but that is not a representation of the unconditional love the Father has for us! When we ask for forgiveness, the Lord forgets our sins. He forgets them completely! If God, who is absolutely perfect in every way, will forget our sins, who are we to keep track of the sins or mistakes of our husbands? 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

As you celebrate Valentine’s day with your loved ones this weekend, remember to love, forgive, and forget as Christ does for each and everyone one us.