Wednesday

Overcomers!

overcomers in Christ, Romans 8:31-39, John 16:33, Jesus has overcome the world
Artwork: Billy Frank Alexander
Sometimes I'm grieved by the state of our world and by my personal problems.

Life seems overwhelming. 

That's when I need to pull out my Bible and read John 16:33:

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

And then I need to read Romans 8:31-39:

"If God is for us, who can be against us? ... Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us ... neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

What comfort and strength comes from God's Word!


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Monday

If I Were God

Arrogant statement of man, Man thinks he knows more than God
"If I were God I’d have revealed myself  a better way than through the Bible.”

"If I were God I wouldn’t have created a hell.”

If I were God I wouldn’t allow suffering in the world.” 

I’ve heard these statements and others like them. And I'm ashamed to say I've said similar things myself.

We are so incredibly arrogant … who do we think we are? 
  • Do we think we see the big picture like God sees it? 
  • Do we think God needs our advice? 
  • Do we really think we’d make a better God than God?
“Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods! For who can know what the Lord is thinking? Who knows enough to be his counselor?” Romans 11:33-35 (NLT)

If we were God, we wouldn’t forgive our arrogance...but He does!
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011 
On Tuesdays I run a devotion from the 2011 Archive. If you would like to read two from the archive, read "Every Time I Drink A Glass of Iced Tea"

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