ALL AND NOTHING

How does knowing that God is good, that He is always in a good mood; that He loves you intimately and completely affect the way you live?

 

I heard a talk several months ago, in which the speaker said that most of us practice what he would call ,practical atheism.”  We believe in God; yet when it comes to making decisions, we rely on ungodly counsel or use our own wits, instead of asking God what HE wants us to do and cooperating with him.  Interesting.  After pondering this for a long time, I have decided that his point has merit.

 

I remember what big news it was to me when I learned that the saying, “God helps those who help themselves” isn’t true.  I was in college.  As I read the Bible for the first time, really, I discovered Scripture passages like these:

 

“I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”  Mark 10:27

“God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28

 

My pastor says that there is no problem or situation that would not be radically changed if we really knew how much God loves us.

 

What do you say?  Is my pastor right?

 

Most loving Father,
We receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation that You give to us so that we know You better.  Open the eyes of our hearts so that we really get how much You love us.  By Your grace, we lay down all atheism and put our whole trust in You.  Thank You for Your goodness.  Amen.

 

(…spirit of wisdom and revelation is from Ephesians 1:17)

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About lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord Jesus...now, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

Posted on September 6, 2015, in Bible verses, essays and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think you have to love and believe but not expect. Everything is on his time.

  2. That’s an interesting thought. Thanks for commenting.

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