How God Feels About Us is Forever Established in the Gospel

Just because God doesn’t answer your prayer the way you think He should doesn’t meean that He is any less compassionate or any less in control.  It doesn’t even mean you missed the will of God in what you were asking for…

The question about why God allows tragedy, evil and suffering are worth a book unto itself.  But how God feels about us, and how He relates to us, has been forever established in the gospel.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 178

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That’s Kind of a Senseless Prayer

Our prayer should not be “God, if You make a special appeal for me to do something about the lostness of the world, I’ll do it.”  That’s kind of a senseless prayer, because He has already told us what He wants for the world.  Our prayer now should be that God  guide us to our specific role.  Whether we should be involved in the Great Commission is no longer the question.  How we should be involved is the question.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 148

Finding God’s Will?

People talk about “finding” God’s will.  It is not really “lost.”  His will is that lost people hear about Jesus and become saved.”

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 147

The Joy of Learning to be Satisfied in Jesus

Learning to be satisfied in Jesus will free you to enjoy everything else.  Being fulfilled in Christ means that you no longer depend on other things for life and happiness.  That means you can enjoy them, because you are no longer enslaved by them.  The prospect of losing them doesn’t terrorize you.  And you can say “no” to them when they are not God’s will.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 84

We Can Cling to That Promise Even in the Midst of Our Self-Inflicted Chaos

But just as surely as God was sovereign over the sins of the two brothers (Luke 15:11-32), we can trust that his protection surrounds our children.  He will set limits to their disobedience and boundaries to the harm that they may do and will walk with them to protect them along the way.  They cannot sin outside of his will, and he will surely walk them, and us, through the valleys of death that he calls us to walk through, guiding and comforting us all along the way.  He has promised to use all things for their good, for our good, and for his glory, and we can cling to that promise even when their lives out of control.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 206

There is No Conflict Here

There is no conflict between our wills and God’s will in salvation because God sovereignly changes the wills of those whom he chooses to save so that we freely desire to come to him, something we would never have desired if left to ourselves.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 129