This week I am continuing "Truth for Thursdays" on Being Refined As Silver. To read the first post on this topic click here.
Recently I have been reading the book "Lies Women Believe and The Truth That Sets Them Free" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I thought this may be a good way to share the lies we believe that she writes about, but more importantly the truths of God's Word. This book seems like a good one for a group to do together, but since I am doing it on my own, I would love to hear your comments about it.
THE LIE: "IF MY CIRCUMSTANCES WERE DIFFERENT, I WOULD BE DIFFERENT."
THE TRUTH: "NOT THAT I SPEAK IN REGARD TO NEED, FOR I HAVE LEARNED IN WHATEVER STATE I AM, TO BE CONTENT." PHILIPPIANS 4:11
Isn't is so tempting for us to blame everything on our circumstances? We blame it on our upbringing, our environment, the people around us. "If our circumstances make us who we are than we are all victims. And that's just what the Enemy wants us to believe. Because if we are victims, then we aren't responsible-we can't help the way we are. but God says we are responsible-not for the failures of others, but of our own responses and lives." (page 219) I am seeing more and more of this victim mentality all around. Our young people are growing up learning to blame rather than take responsibility. Even when our circumstances are difficult we can choose to respond in a biblical way.
When we face difficult circumstances we have an opportunity to learn to be content as Paul did. I have heard from many older Christian couples who have shared the difficult financial times they went through early in their marriage. You would never know it by looking at their present situation. God taught them much during those times and they wouldn't have it any other way. Although they are in a much better financial position, they learned to be content during those difficult times.
What circumstance are you facing today that tempts you to start the "If only..., things would be different"? Remember that we serve a wise, loving, sovereign God whom we can trust to control every circumstance in our lives. We can have peace and be content by knowing that every circumstance in our lives has been filtered through His hands and will be used for our good.
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28