Thursday, February 10, 2011

All Things Work Together For Good

Joel Osteen is one of my most favorite authors. He is a minister at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Even presidential sister Kris Aquino reads his books!

During my down and gloomy days, when I can't help but question God why things are happening, the podcasts I downloaded on my Ipod Touch helped to encourage and enlighten me. I'm posting one of his short but very inspiring entries (promise, this would jus take less than 3 minutes to read), a reminder that God has something great for you and me.
He Works All Things Together For Your Good

Everyone goes through difficulties and painful situations in life. In fact, scripture tells us that in this world we will have tribulations and trials. I’ve heard it said that the life of faith is not about the absence of problems, but the presence of power—God’s power at work in us leading us to the place of wholeness and victory. He promises to take those things that the enemy meant for evil and turn them around for our good. It says in Romans 8 that He causes all things to work together for our good because we love Him.

In his book, The Heart Revolution, my friend, Sergio De La Mora puts it this way: “Without God’s perspective, we miss out on some of His greatest lessons found in this tension between joy and tribulation. Think of a car battery. It fulfills its purpose through its power that comes from both a positive and a negative current running through it. When a car battery runs out of power, we give it a jump-start by hooking up both the positive and negative cables. The tension of joy and tribulation in our lives works the same way. We need both positive and negative currents to energize our purpose and call.”

Today, I want to encourage you, no matter what you may be facing, no matter what you may have been through in the past, God is not the author of destruction; He is the author of life and peace. He didn’t bring that difficulty into your life, but He can use it to launch you forward into your destiny. John 16:33 tells us that even though we have challenges, we can be of good cheer because He has overcome the world and deprived it of power to harm you. When you put your hope in God, you will never be disappointed! Keep your heart and mind open to Him, keep meditating on His Word, and let Him revolutionize your heart and life! I believe that no eye has seen, no ear has heard what God has prepared for you in 2011!

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