Why Does God Permit Evil?


Curated by Dan Polecheck

Originally post by The Disciple’s Study via Learning to be Full of Grace and Truth

God only allows Satan to accomplish the very opposite of what he wants to accomplish. He only gives Satan enough rope to hang himself…God hates evil. He’s against it. He didn’t create a world in which evil existed. But He permits it. Why? He permits Satan only to bring evil into Job’s life in such a way, in such an amount, that actually completely defeats Satan’s real intention. Satan is only allowed by God to actually defeat himself and achieve the very opposite of what he wanted.

…He permits evil and suffering to come into your life only to the degree that it defeats the actual intention of Satan for you. Only to the degree that it makes you a great person. Only to the degree that it actually defeats itself.

What’s Gods Will for my Life?


Curated by Dan Polecheck – April 24, 2015

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Reposted from Just Marinating

Original Blog written by Derwin L.Gray

If I had a five-dollar bill for every time I’ve been asked, “What’s God’s will for my life?,” I would be a wealthy man. The frequency with which this question comes up gives insight into just how important it is to many people. They want to know, “Why am I here and what should I be doing?”

When I was in my late 20s, that question, among others, haunted me like a bad dream: “What will I do after my NFL career is over? How will I provide for my young family? Will I be good at what I do? Will my post-NFL career bring me joy? Will what I do really matter and make a difference?”

Perhaps you are asking similar questions about your purpose. Our vocations and jobs are not our purpose; they are a conduit for how our purpose is expressed.

The first and most important question we need to answer is: “Who am I to be in the world?” Another way of saying that is, “What self-identity will determine my function?” A person’s identity determines his or her function in life. Unfortunately, the great majority of humanity focuses on their function instead of their identity. Thus, a lot of people are functioning in life in areas where they do not have ultimate joy because they are trying to establish who they are based on what they do.

Who we are is vastly more important than what we do. And when we know who we are, we will be able to know what we are supposed to do in this world. When our identity is shaped by Jesus, his thoughts, his character, and his actions become ours.

When I think of loving my wife, children, and the Transformation Church family with Jesus’ thoughts, character, and action, the circuits in my heart explode with “Yes, I want that!” Let these identity-defining words forge your heart to reflect the heart of the one who created you for himself:

The Mind of Christ

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:3–5, ESV).

The Character of Christ

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful“ (Col. 3:12–15, NLT).

The Actions of Christ

“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father“ (Col. 3:17, NLT).

The Power of Christ

“That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works in me” (Col. 1:29, NLT).

People who are shaped by Jesus live without limits. Understand that to live a limitless life does not mean you will be made famous, but it does mean that Jesus will be famous through your life. And when that happens, joy will fill your soul. We’ve been created to live without limits. Let’s go claim our divine birthright by finding our purpose.

So, what is our purpose?

Let God the Father love you.

That’s your purpose for existing. Does this excite you? Were you looking for something more?

If you were, disappointment and disillusionment with life will cling to you like your skin.

Think about it: America is the richest country in the history of humanity and we are still miserable. Why? Because we’ve found our purpose in not being loved by God the Papa, but by loving the prosperity with which God the Papa has blessed us. And that blessing is now a curse, because the blessing was not designed to give us purpose. Rather our purpose is found in the one who blessed us.

True joy is found in living in our purpose, and our purpose is to let God love us. Then and only then will we know our individual path in life. As David proclaimed, “You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; in your right hand are eternal pleasures” (Ps. 16:11, HSCB).

Marinate on that.

A Random Act of Kindness


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Reposted from Sunny Skyz

A waitress named Brandi says she “completely broke down in the kitchen” when the hostess brought her this credit card receipt from a recent customer.

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The customer tipped her $200 on a $9.00 meal after he overheard her talking quietly to a coworker about missing her son.

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He left this note with the receipt.

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There are wonderful people in this world.

Starting a Quarrel


Reposted from The Life Project

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14

If a dam is breached, can you control the flood or stop the flowing water at will? Usually not, for the water will breach and collapse the dam, and the flood will have unimagined and out of control destructive consequences. A quarrel can be the same way, for once we start, so much is immediately out of our control, no matter how smart we might think we are. Unintended consequences start breaking out; sometimes in places we wouldn’t have suspected… a minor little quarrel becomes a complete disaster. A wise person knows this and avoids starting it; an overconfident person thinks he can control events and goes ahead anyway: A fool starts a quarrel without even thinking.

Let Your Ego Behind


Reposted from Sunny Skyz

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I was so busy at work one day that when my son called I told him I’d call him right back. Two hours later I remembered. I called him–my son is just 8 years old–and he said “nevermind, Dad, I forget what I wanted.” But I was pretty sure he hadn’t forgotten. It was so strange to hear his voice so distant. I recognized that I hadn’t been there when he wanted me for something. You can’t always be there as a parent, but this time I somehow decided I didn’t even have time to listen to what he wanted first.

Who knows, maybe it was something I could have helped with or answered in just 30 seconds. Now I’ll never know. I realized that day that it was my ego, my self-absorption at work. Even though much of the work I do is to try to get my son the things he’ll need, from food to college tuition down the road, that won’t mean much if we let the moments we might connect pass by without taking advantage. The very next day I told myself to leave my ego behind. I took more deep breaths. And it didn’t just work out for my son and my family, it was better for my work, too. I felt better and you know what? Feeling better was actually pretty good for my ego too. I’d just been feeding it all wrong.