Thoughts and Truth from the Impossible Life

Still My Spirit Lord

Still my spirit, Lord, so that You can then fill it;
Fill it with all the goodness and power and wisdom of You.
I don’t want to leave this place with just a few drops in me,
Or being a quarter full, or half full, or even “almost” full.
Still me long enough that I will receive all that I need,
That I will stay open as You pour in everything I crave,
Every ingredient to combine for the perfect beverage,
That I may go from here and pour it out to others.

I have nothing to give them, nothing to quench their thirst with,
Unless my pitcher has been filled by You first.
I know they are thirsty, and I want to slake their thirst,
But I am thirsty too, and my thirst must be quenched.
It is a thirst that cannot be satisfied in a day, or a lifetime,
For I will always and forever long and yearn to drink You in.
So I come to You today, and every day, and throughout each day.
I come to drink You in, and You nourish me.

I know I need You, and I want You with everything in me.
It’s just the sitting still that sometimes gets to me.
And as much as my heart wants it, carnality tries to pull me away.
I know I need sustenance and refreshing of spirit,
Yet sometimes I leave having had only a few sips,
When I could have drunk in cup after cup after cup.
So still me and quiet me today, and keep me here with You
Until I am complete-thirst slaked, pitcher filled, mission accomplished

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why does God allow suffering?

God never said He was going to make all of life good or fair. And He is not to blame for the evil in the world or the evil mankind does. If He interfered in every bad thing that happens, there would be no reason to be dependent on Him. There would be no faith needed. A person can say, “well he could at least stop this or that”, but where would the line be drawn between His intervention and not intervening. Should he stop a mugging? What if the mugger didn’t hurt anyone just stole your purse or wallet? What if he hit the person being mugged too? What diseases should He cure? Cancer? AIDS? How many people have been turned to Him because they were dying and took stock of life and the way they’d lived? How many are saved by acceptance of His grace because of their mortality?

Your question is more, “What is the purpose of life?” Rather than why there is suffering. The answer is for us to turn to Him especially when all seems in opposition. A simplistic way to explain it I’ve used for others asking this question is; Life is a test, and at the final exam if you’ve learned the answer and accepted it as truth, regardless of how hard the test was (all the bad that happened), then you use the open book and pass, gaining entrance to heaven because you accepted God and His Son Jesus Christ.

God doesn’t intervene because it contradicts the purpose of life, to test if we will accept His love and Grace, regardless of the trials of life. Here are but a few verses to address this:

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1 Peter 5:10 ESV / 112 helpful votes

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

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James 1:12 ESV / 104 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

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Romans 12:12 ESV / 89 helpful votes

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

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1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 65 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

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John 16:33 ESV / 59 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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Romans 8:28 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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James 1:2 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

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Romans 5:3 ESV / 34 helpful votes

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

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Romans 8:18 ESV / 31 helpful votes

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

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Matthew 19:26 ESV / 28 helpful votes

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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1 Peter 4:12 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

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2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

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1 Peter 1:7 ESV / 24 helpful votes

So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ

December 19, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Worldly Wisdom Vs Godly Wisdom

Worldly Wisdom Vs Godly Wisdom
1 Corinthians 3:18-23

The Worldly Wisdom Vs Godly Wisdom Bible scriptures located in 1 Corinthians 3:18-23 explains directly from God’s Word the Worldly Wisdom Vs Godly Wisdom topic.

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

1 Corinthians 3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

1 Corinthians 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s;

1 Corinthians 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s;

1 Corinthians 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

December 17, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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