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Why does God allow suffering? Part 2

So, pain and evil, why does God allow them? We know that God did not create them. The second point of light I want to talk about is this: Though suffering isn’t good, God can use it to accomplish good. 

He does this by fulfilling His promise in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Notice that the verse doesn’t say God causes evil and suffering, just that he promises to cause good to emerge. And notice that the verse doesn’t say we all will see immediately or even in this life how God has caused good to emerge from a bad circumstance. Remember, we only see things dimly in this world. And notice that God doesn’t make this promise to everyone. He makes the solemn pledge that he will take the bad circumstances that befall us and cause good to emerge IF we are committed to following Him.

The Old Testament gives us a great example in the story of Joseph. He went through terrible suffering, being sold into slavery by his brothers, unfairly accused of a crime and falsely imprisoned. Finally, after a dozen years, he was put in a role of great authority where he could save the lives of his family and many others.

Look at what he said to his brothers in Genesis 50:20: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” And if we are committed to God, He promises that He can and will take whatever pain we’re experiencing and create something good out of it.

I hear you saying, “There’s no way God can make something good out of this. I’ve been hurt too bad.  Too many people were hurt. The pain is too deep. The damage is too destructive. No, there’s just no way that God can make anything good out of this.”

Well, let’s look at what God has done historically. God took the very worst thing that has ever happened in the history of the universe — His own death on the cross — and turned it into the very best thing that has happened in the history of the universe. Through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, He opened up heaven to all who follow Him. So if God can take the very worst circumstance imaginable and turn it into the very best situation possible, don’t you think He can take the negative circumstances of your life and create something good from them?

I believe He can and He will. God uses our suffering to draw us closer to Him, to mold and shape our character, to influence others for Him. He can create something good from our pain in a myriad of ways…if we simply trust and follow Him.

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Daniel Fast….Round two

I am making preparations for round two of the Daniel Fast. This time, I have a wonderful friend joining me! I am so excited about it!! The best part of the DF is not the weight loss, which I am NOT complaining about!, but it is the spiritual growth! I feel closer to God every day because of my experience with my previous fast! I am spending more time reading God’s word, studying, praying. I want that to continue and to get better and better. I can feel my faith continually getting stronger and stronger!!
February 22 is the date we have set to start. That is the first day of Lent, and my goal is to make it the full 40 days on the Daniel Fast. I have no doubt that with God’s help, I will make it!! My friend is setting her initial goal at 21 days, and will see if she wants to continue on the remainder of the 40 as she gets close to the 21. I think making 21 is AWESOME!! And she is a very strong woman and I have no doubt that she will make it!!
I think I have lost maybe another pound since my 21st day, on Jan. 22. But that’s okay! At least at this point I haven’t gained!!
But more importantly, I have grown so much spiritually over the past month, I just can’t wait for more and more growth!! I feel like a child who just started school and is learning and LOVING it!! I am in about the 2nd grade at this point. I pray to have at least made it to Jr. High level by the end of my 40 days!!
I am so fortunate and blessed to have so many supporting me in this journey. I have support from my followers here, my family, my church family, and my special extended family at the East Texas Pregnancy Help Center.
Every time I walk into the center, I am blessed. Whether it is a super busy day, or not, I am blessed. As soon as I walk through the doors, there is no mistaking that God’s presence is there!!
The wonderful thing about volunteering there is the friends that I have made! The new ‘extended family’ relationships I have discovered! Everyone that works there in ANY capacity is such in inspiration and always ready to give encouragement! What better environment for someone who is eager to learn more about God and to continually grow spiritually? I can’t think of one.
Everything we do there hinges on our faith in what God has in store for us! We do everything through prayer and full trust in God. We have NO doubt that God is in full control and to see His plans coming together for good just blows me away every single day!!
If you have a chance to volunteer with an organization, such as ETPHC that is a Godly organization, which chooses to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and work and pray diligently for salvation and saved lives, please do so. If you don’t have an organization like that near you, or you are unable to volunteer for any reason, that’s okay! Prayer is ALWAYS appreciated!! You can also make financial donations if you choose. You can find the East Texas Pregnancy Center on facebook, or at http://www.etphc.org. Any and all assistance is so greatly appreciated!!
Another way you can help is through a donation for the purchase of Bibles for our clients. I currently have a fund raiser going at my church, Peachtree Baptist Church in Jasper, TX, throughout the month of February with a goal of raising enough to buy 100 Bibles. At approximately $5 per Bible, I need at least $500. If you would like to donate to that fundraiser, again, you can find Peachtree Baptist Church on facebook. Again, any donation or assistance is so GREATLY appreciated!! All money raised will be used specifically to purchase these Bibles for our clients.
If you would like to check out the Bibles that we are seeking, you can look up the “Beautiful Everyday Bible”. It is a Bible that is specifically geared toward young women who find themselves in a ‘crisis’ pregnancy, or unexpected pregnancy, who may be contemplating abortion. It is one of our goals to help them to see that there are other options rather than abortion. To help these young women to see, feel, experience the love of Jesus Christ through us, and prayerfully, to lead anyone who may be lost to salvation! Or, if they profess to be a saved Christian, we strive to lead them back to serving God as He asks us to do. It is my belief that by putting one of these Bibles in the hands of each client, we will be opening the door to do just that, lead them to Jesus for the first time, or to return to Jesus.
If you choose to help, THANK YOU!! If you can’t help for whatever reason, PRAYER helps as well!! Thank you all so much for the many prayers you have sent up for me and my family. I ask that you continue to do just that, but please add the ETPHC to your prayers as we work with these young ladies to make decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives.
God bless you all!

Doing what God has called me to do

Doing what God has called me to do.