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On A Journey…From Fear To Faith

“Habbakkuk was utterly unsettled by God—twice. Jonah responded to God’s disturbing ways by taking off without saying a word to God. Habakkuk stayed in relationship with God and made his feelings known. Unlike Saul, Habbakkuk knew that when he and God had differing opinions on how best to deal with a bad situation, he needed to be quiet and listen to God. His rejoinder to God when God’s ways unsettled him led him on a journey I want to take, from fear to faith. The end of his recorded story reveals a man who quivered and trembled over how God did things but unbendingly trusted God’s goodness whatever He was up to.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!

Questions for Reflection:
• Is there anything you’re currently avoiding talking to God about because you’re upset with what He’s allowing in your life?
• Are you building a case in your mind, trying to convince God to cooperate with your perspective?
• Take some time today to sit quietly in God’s presence and to allow His Spirit to search your heart and to invite you into a deeper confidence in Him.

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If We Make The Wrong Choice

“Will we follow the Spirit as He leads us into our interior world, where a beautiful desire that will remain unsatisfied till death is about to be exposed, and where an ugly demand that, if indulged, will destroy relationships lies ready to shame us? Our choice is clear: to stiff-arm God, quenching His Spirit, or to seek God, keeping in step with His Spirit. If we make the wrong choice, the door into our soul remains closed till another time. Make the right choice and the door cracks open.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!

Questions for Reflection:
• What is God using today to stir in you the desire that will only be fully satisfied when you enter the eternal joy of His presence?
• What is He inviting you to face today, in that place where your selfishness and shame meet His grace?
• Will you open your heart to His Spirit’s work today?

Opportunity To Think Like God

“Difficulties and distress present a one-of-a-kind opportunity to think like God and, guided by right thinking, to then live the abundant life of loving like Jesus. We must keep in mind that Jesus believed he was giving us good news.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!

Questions for Reflection:
• How does hardship provide a unique opportunity for living the abundant life Jesus promised?
• Spend some time today reading the Gospels, focusing on what abundant living looked like for Jesus.
• In what ways does your thinking need to adjust in order to view loving well in every situation as abundant living?

Changing The Way We Think

“The work God has in mind to do in us depends on renewing our minds, changing the way we think. God thinks one way about what it means to live an abundant life. We think another way. Until our thoughts line up with His, relational formation will remain elusive.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!

Questions for Reflection:
• When you think of Jesus’ promise that He came to give abundant life, what kind of expectations does that raise in your mind?
• As you look at other statements He made regarding the lives of His followers, how do your expectations line up with His Word?
• In what ways are you being called to “renew your mind” so that you can value the kind of abundant life that Jesus was describing instead of distorting His promise?

Paul Lost His Life To Save It

“I hear Paul telling me this: sin is never necessary to pursue your deepest well-being. It can, however, be effective in quickly but artificially promoting your sense of well-being. Paul was in jail, awaiting execution. He could have renounced Jesus, avoided martyrdom, and been released from prison to enjoy a pleasant evening with friends. But his soul would have shriveled. Instead, Paul quite literally lost his life to save it, to live congruently with his deepest desire to love Jesus. For Paul, that was life.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!

Questions for Reflection:
• In what self-serving ways do you artificially promote your sense of well-being and how does that impact your relationships?
• What reasoning stands in the way of relinquishing temporary relief in order to gain deeper love and life?
• Share honestly with God today the ways you’re selfishly managing life, and ask Him to give you a clearer vision of Who He is and of the life He’s longing to offer you.

Visible Only To The Eyes Of Faith

“The smaller story of our lives, the story we can watch unfold around us and in us, has many chapters, some pleasant, some hard. But in every moment, God’s Larger Story, visible only to the eyes of faith, is unfolding. We tremble in our smaller story as we trust that God is telling a Larger Story, one that eternity will prove was good.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Coming Soon!! To be released in July, 2018!

Questions for Reflection:
• As you look back at previous chapters in your personal story, what glimpses of God’s Larger Story can you see now that weren’t visible to you at the time?
• Take some time today to consider similarities between the lives of those in Scripture who walked with God by faith and your circumstances that currently don’t make sense to you.
• What questions regarding your story are you willing to offer up to God today by faith, trusting that He is ultimately working for your good and to further His redemptive work in creation?

Ask My Spirit To Meet You Where You Are

“Rehearse all that you know of My story, continually, and always enter more deeply into its plot by reviewing these conversations. And ask My Spirit to meet you where you are, whether nursing a grudge over an offensive comment or singing a hymn with joyful passion, and to do in you and through you what He most longs to do. You may not feel Him working or experience My Presence, but He is always providing the power to keep you walking this narrow road, and when you slip off, to get back on.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 362 (“Jude”)

Questions for Reflection:
• What’s been the focus of your attention lately?
• As we remember what Jesus did for us at the cross and celebrate His resurrection, ask the Holy Spirit to help you see with new eyes both the difference and the hope that Jesus’ life and death and shared life with us offers.