Friday, December 9, 2011

Experiencing God

Since the Hebrews Challenge has finished, Shaina and I have started Blackaby's "Experiencing God".

I'm not sure what led us to this book at this time...but in the first three chapters, we've had stories of God's work when Blackaby's daughter was sick with cancer and a story regarding God's work in church planting.

Two quotes from last night's chapter to hopefully encourage you today.

"If God were to give you a specific plan for your life, you would likely put your focus on the plan rather than on Him. God does not want your life to depend on a plan or an income or a person or anything else. He wants you to trust Him."

"What is God's will for my life?" is not the best question to ask. The better inquiry is, "What is God's will?" Because people are naturally self-centered, we tend to view the whole world--even God's activity--in terms of our own lives. Of course, we want to know what we should do and how events will affect us. But that is actually an inverted life-perspective. Once I know God's will, the my life gains its proper perspective, and I can adjust my life to Him and to His purposes. In other words, what is it that God is purposing to accomplish where I am? Once I know what God is doing, then I see what I should do."

Happy Friday.

Don't waste your life today.


Anonymous said...

Good word... Thank you.

Mama Karen said...

What a timely word for you and for all of us. We need to always keep our focus on God's will not our agenda within God's will. That book is on my "to read" list. Guess I will just have to get it and get to reading it. Blessings today to you and Shaina and praying for Chaia always!


Anonymous said...

That's a great study. Our Monday night Bible study group at my church just finished that study.
Becky Gross

Anonymous said...

Blessings to all of you. Ben, your wisdom and foresight into The Word and it's meaning is well beyond your years on this earth. I can only imagine the church you are going to start--PRAISE GOD!!! I am just sorry it is not going to be in my community:( As always prayers for Chaia, and her continued miracles! Denise S

Woobuck said...

First time you've worked through this book? It has had a powerful influence in our lives, and over the years we've taught it several times, including the teen version for the boys at the ranch. Your circumstances, hard as they are, are creating so many unique opportunities to join God in His work - something you'll be reading about soon. We'll be praying that God's Spirit ministers to both of you as you embark on this study. Our prayers for your daughter continue, too. Kathy