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Prayering always without ceasing

 
"You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good." - Genesis 50:20 NASB

Yesterday, while my husband, Joe, and I were grocery shopping, he bought himself a cup of coffee. As we started checking out at the register, he spilled his drink all over the conveyor belt and our groceries. As we cleaned up the mess, the cashier told us about a brand new store just down the road that was celebrating its grand opening and offering everyone free cups of coffee. We decided to take advantage of the offer, and as we headed to the store, my husband said, "See that, God had me spill my coffee so that He could lead me to this great new store, and get a new one for free!" I thought about it for a moment, and then told him, "No, more than likely, the devil had you spill your coffee, and God brought good out of it for you!"

The Lord enabled me to use this experience to remind my husband of some powerful truths: God is good; the devil is bad. Sounds pretty elementary, doesn't it? Yet, when we're in the midst of a painful situation, we can forget these things pretty quickly. The Bible says: "Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:16-17 NIV) One of Satan's greatest deceptions is trying to make Christians believe that God is behind many of the bad things that happen to them. That couldn't be further from the truth. The devil is the one who works overtime trying to do us harm any way that he can. Jesus said: "The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)." (John 10:10 AMP) Here, the Savior makes it clear that Satan means us only harm, while God means us only good. Keeping these simple truths in mind is very important when we're facing negative circumstances. If we think that God is behind our troubles, then we will not be as likely to respond properly to our situation. And if we don't respond properly, we will forfeit the victories and blessings that God had in store for us all along. Every time we face adversity, we have a choice to make. Are we going to become resentful and vindictive, and try to fight our own battles? If so, then we are headed for serious trouble. Or are we going to trust that God is a good God, and that whatever comes our way, He will work out for our benefit as we cooperate with Him? (Romans 8:28)

Genesis 50:20 (NASB) says: "You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good." These are the words of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his own brothers, and then imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. For some 13 years, he suffered untold misery at the hands of cruel and unjust people, while staying true to his God, and believing Him for good. In the end, God rewarded Joseph by making him the prime minister of Egypt, and enabling him to save his entire family from starvation, along with multitudes of others. When faced with the same brothers who tried to destroy him years earlier, he tells them: "As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil." (NLT) Joseph is a prime example of the rewards that God's children can reap when they maintain the right attitude throughout their trials, and refuse to doubt their God.

That day that my husband spilled his coffee, the Lord rewarded him with a replacement cup, and the discovery of a wonderful new store that we might never have found otherwise. If God is willing to bring good out of the minor troubles and trials that come our way, imagine what amazing things He will do when we're faced with major difficulties. No matter what challenges you are facing today, please believe that the Lord has incredible blessings and discoveries waiting for you up ahead. Just keep your trust in God and His good plans for you, and the day will come when you can say to the devil--"You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good..."

Prayer: Lord, thank You for being a good God. Thank You that when You allow pain and problems to touch my life, You always have a good reason for it. I ask that You help me to walk in obedience before You more and more, so that I won't be an easy target for the devil. In every challenge I face from now on, I will look for the good You have in store for me!

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Angel...
Oct. 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Lord, thank You for being a good God. Thank You that when You allow pain and problems to touch my life, You always have a good reason for it. I ask that You help me to walk in obedience before You more and more, so that I won't be an easy target for the devil. In every challenge I face from now on, I will look for the good You have in store for me!

 

Amen!!!

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loubayou
Jun. 9, 2011 at 3:37 AM

Thank you for letting God use you! Great post. Powerful words "Keeping these simple truths in mind is very important when we're facing negative circumstances." It is so easy to get wrapped up in worldly thinking but we are not of the world, we are of Christ (John15:19 KJV). I'm not a mom, yet. I'm not expecting either, but I had to comment on this post. Thank you again and God Bless you and keep you!

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warri...
Jul. 31, 2013 at 7:06 PM

This is such a simple, but powerful message.  Awesome job!  I am a minister preparing for a HUGE message at a weekend long workshop, this weekend.  It is on the Spirit of Trauma.  I went to Eccl 3.  A time to live a time to die...  I also am using a powerful statement by Job (paraphrased) ...will I accept only good at the hand of God and not evil?  The rain pours on the just as well as the unjust! Like flowers, we need both sunshine and rain in order to grow!  Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts.  Best, Warrior4Life1

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cheri...
Sep. 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I pray that everyone will sees this will take heed:
Never take ANYTHING for granted and truly CHERISH everyone that you love!
No one, but the Lord, knows what tomorrow holds and it can all be taken away at any moment.
Just as... a tornado -it can come out of no where, leaving a path of destruction
and is a respecter of no one. Even tho' you can see it coming, you can try to get out of it's path but when you come out, you find your home has been leveled. You salvage what you can but it will never be the same as before it hit.

You think that it will never happen to you.... yet after 25 yrs of marriage - I was blindsided! My husband had begun seeing a married co-worker. Her husband & I both fought divorce with all we could muster but due to No Fault Divorce law - you no longer must have grounds for divorce. Our children were 16 & 10 and pleaded that he at least stay until kids were grown and get counseling but he totally refused.

We made a covenant with God and He made us into one.  I have never been able to cope feeling as if I was no longer a whole person - my heart rended even tho' it has been 15yrs. We had started dating when we were 16, married at 20, mother & housewife - then at 45yrs - It was as if I had been pushed out of hot air balloon over the ocean....no life preserver. No one truly understands divorce (esp. against your will) until they have been through it. It IS worse then a death.  satan's  FAVORITE target IS the family!!!

I still do not know what His Plans are for me but I have to TRUST - that what satan meant it for evil - God will mean it for good.

Jeremiah 29:11

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