When God says no … He’s saying “Look what I’ve got for you”

disappointment

Hi everyone,

Where do you turn when … an answer to years of prayer seems to have appeared … then just as quickly … Poof … it’s gone?

You ask yourself … how can this be? You ask God … “Lord,  how could You do this?”

Disappointment can be confusing. Aren’t we told by Scripture that God will give us what we want?

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4

Yes, God wants to bless us and make us happy. But more importantly, as our Father, He wants to protect us … from anything, and everything …  that may not be the best thing for us … for whatever reason.

I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.  Proverbs 4:11-12

But how do you deal with the hurt? You must realize that God’s “no” is not a punishment … or some sort of denial of your desire. Rather, it’s a loving redirection of the course of your life.

It’s not always easy to see the truth in those moments … looking through tears can blur your vision. That’s when you must trust your Heavenly Father. He knows what’s best for you … every time, all the time.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.                                                                               Proverbs 3:5-6

In those painful moments, when your heart is breaking … when your happiness seems to be lost forever …  you must listen for the voice of God.

It is then … in your saddest, most tearful hour … that God gently reminds you that He is in charge … and that … believe it or not … He’s got your back.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.                         Jeremiah 29:11

My friends, in your darkest night … God shines His brightest light.

Make no mistake … your best is yet to come! Believe it … it’s true. Because … God loves you!

Geoff

 

Your true worth … priceless!

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Hi everyone,

When someone’s worth is discussed, it’s usually in terms of their net worth. Net worth is of course, a term related to how much a person is worth monetarily. It’s a worldly, finite, temporary term … defined by dollars.

I believe the more important issue is your true worth … your Eternal, permanent, infinite worth … defined by God.

For you were bought at a price …                                                                                     1 Corinthians 6:20

The price paid for you cannot be quantified in any Earthly terms. It is immeasurable. It is the largest price ever paid for anything!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.              John 3:16

It’s tragic that so many people struggle through this life with feelings of low self-esteem … or outright worthlessness … typically because they’ve been rejected by a person, or persons.

Sadly, we tend to measure our worth by the value, or lack thereof, that others place on us. We’ve been using the wrong measuring stick!

If you are fortunate enough to be associated with a well-adjusted, confident person, they will tend to assess you equally well. Conversely, an emotionally unhealthy person is likely to degrade you. That’s simply the nature of people.

When people attempt to assign your worth, they can only come from the place of their own self-worth.

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.                             2 Corinthians 10:12

People may reject you at any time, for the least of reasons. But God loves you even when you are behaving in a not-so-lovable manner.

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.                                                                                                   Romans 5:8

My friends, it’s easier said than done, but you must learn to put less stock in other people’s opinions of you … and focus more on God’s opinion of you. After all, God made you … He is the One who determines your true worth.

God showed you His measure of your true worth when He gave you the greatest gift you will ever receive …

I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Your true worth is … priceless!

Geoff

Jesus … God … with a bod

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Hi everyone,

I took my my title from a phrase Andy Stanley used in a message. When I heard it, I thought “It’s amazing … the greatest truth is so simple”.

For centuries, mankind has debated the true nature of Jesus. Was He a self-deceived lunatic, a liar, simply a good man, or God?

I believe we can eliminate two of the four immediately: Jesus’s rational, measured words and calm, tranquil demeanor are inconsistent with those of a lunatic … and … if He wasn’t Who He claimed to be (Son of God), then He was a liar … and therefore not a good man.

So, we’re left with … a liar … or … the Son of God.

It was common the amongst Jews of that day, to assume that if someone had a serious physical affliction, it was because he or she … had committed a great sin or multiple sins.

But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”  Matthew 9:6

Please note: The common Jews of that day, and their “leaders”, the Pharisees and Sadducees disagreed on many things. However, they all agreed on one thing: only God can forgive sins.

That said, why do you suppose Jesus said … “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” … “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

Jesus was determined to demonstrate the truth of Himself. He equated the man’s healing with His ability to forgive the man’s sins.

That statement left no further doubt. Either Jesus was a liar … or … He  was in fact the Son of God who had the authority to forgive our sins.

My friends, the ultimate reality for every human being … the one that determines each of our Eternal fates is … who do you believe Jesus is?

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Collosians 1:15

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Jesus is indeed … God with a bod!  Do you believe that?

Geoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your story isn’t over …

hope

Hi everyone,

A while back, I was lamenting some situations in my life, and my wise friend Jerry spoke some simple, encouraging words that I now often repeat to myself …

Geoff, your story isn’t over. 

Jerry said it quite casually, almost in passing, without any great thought. But oh my … what a profoundly wise and hope-filled statement that was!

No matter how sad, lost, or hopeless you may be feeling at any moment, all of that can change in an instant. God surprises people all the time. In your deepest, darkest moments,  suddenly God can drop a blessing that is not only an answer to your prayers, but which exceeds whatever you were hoping for.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us …                         Ephesians 3:20

Consider the lame man who was laid at the temple gate each morning to beg for money. When Peter and John came along, the man asked them for alms (money). The man was thinking of his immediate, crippled situation. He never imagined that things could ever get any better. So he asked for the least. But, God … gave him the most!

 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.     Acts 3:6-8

My friends, as long as you have breath in your lungs, there’s hope in your life. Pray, ask, trust and believe …

You may go to bed with worries and sorrows … but tomorrow, God may surprise you with wonderful, beyond-your-dreams blessings.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.                                                                                                                      Lamentations 3:22-23  (bold mine)

I will leave you with the words of one of America’s favorite wise men.

It ain’t over, ’till it’s over.                                                                                                       Yogi Berra

Geoff

 

 

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