Thursday, July 8, 2010

TRUTH FOR THURSDAY

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

10 comments:

  1. this is such a great reminder, Theresa. I often find myself thinking "if only...", but you are right - that is not what God wants and expects of me. this book sounds really good. i might have to get it :)

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  2. Yes and amen. Our financial crisis came years into our marriage with five children. Then it is hard not to fall into this thinking because you don't want your children to suffer...our definition of suffering is usually off also.
    I loved the fact that when Paul address that "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me"...it is after he is addressing contentment...content in abundance and in need.
    I am still learning...each day an opportunity to not make excuses...
    Thanks for sharing...enjoying your walk

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  3. coming over from iFellowship. I LOVE your blog and just love you! Thanks for the linkup!

    Meghan
    www.thetuckerstaketennessee.com
    www.seedsoffaithwomen.com

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  4. Yes indeed, we must depend on God for all our needs, if we look to ourself we sure come up short. Hugs

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  5. That is so true. Love what you wrote. We all need the truth to set us free!

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  6. Being content is so challenging- isn't it!? Something I think I will be working on for a LONG time! Thanks for visiting me for NFF- I have really appreciated taking a peek at your blog & am excited to get to know you better! You really encouraged me today- thank-you!!
    Blessings,
    Jessica

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  8. Such a timely reminder.
    Being content, learning to suffer want and to abound, in all things allowing Him to reign... Thank you for your regular encouragement. You bless.

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  9. Thank you for posting this. Recently, upon going to a few friends or acquaintances houses who have *much* larger houses than we do, I began to feel myself envious. "If only *we made more money*" came to mind. And as I drove home each time, I had to remind myself that God doesn't care about my "stuff," and that we have a pretty great life. And as I always do when I covet a larger house...i remind myself that it would be such a pain to clean. :D
    Thanks again for reminding me that being content is much better than living in the "if only."
    Love your blog. :)

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