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Simon Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” — John 6:60

There is a retired mechanic in the area who calls himself the “Honda Doctor”. Anything too old for dealers to fix he will.

One thing, though, he works on his own terms. He doesn’t need you but if you have an old Honda motorcycle you need him. He charges a flat hourly rate plus parts. Do his repairs take too long? Sometimes. Are the parts too expensive? Sometimes. Your only option is to either choose him to fix your bike or not and don’t tick him off.

God is like that in some ways. He works on his own schedule his own way. Does he take too long? Does he cost more than expected? Sometimes. Our only real option is to either choose him or not.

Fortunately for us he is good, loves us dearly, and works all things to our benefit.

The Honda Doctor doesn’t do that.

— fritz.

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As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field. — Psalm 103:15-18

Ingrained in us is the desire to build/accomplish something permanent — isn’t going to happen! Life is not designed that way.

Only God and his purposes endure.

John the baptizer, in the Bible, uses an additional metaphor:

He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly …

He must increase, but I must decrease.” — John 3:29-30

The Best Man at a wedding knows the wedding is not about him and he’s happy with that.

As youth fades don’t be sad at the decrease, recognize your purpose and put the focus on the one whom life is, really, all about — our time comes later (Rev 19:9). Next time something you do, even with the best intentions, fails to produce results you want, offer those efforts, desires, and results as a sacrifice to Christ.

— fritz

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Some think the best we can hope for is to live the best we can then find out later if it was good enough.

The Bible says God intends something better than that.

My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life” – 1st John 5:13-15 (Message Bible)

If God wants us to know we have eternal life, why be satisfied with guessing?

— fritz

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Determining God’s will can be elusive. We are often required to decide matters, some serious, with neither a clear knowledge of essential facts nor a full understanding of possible consequences.

George Mueller 1805-1898

George Muller, a man of prayer and faith, listed the process he used:

  1. “I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter…Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be…
  2. I [then] seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God…If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.
  3. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s Will in connection with His Word and Spirit.”
  4. I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright.
  5. if my mind is thus at peace…I proceed accordingly”
  6. I have found this method always effective”

— George Mueller, 1805-1898,
Answers to Prayer from George Muller’s Naritives

— fritz

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[T]hey sung a new song, saying, Thou … hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. — Revelation 5:9-10

Too often we act as if this present world and time are the only ones God has in mind for us.

Not So! We won’t be sitting in heaven somewhere eating bon-bons and playing harps when all this is over, we’ll have work to do! Stop thinking we are all headed to some non-physical existence and begin to notice the scriptures about a tangible future that God is moving us toward.

Sound Bite: We are only in phase one!
Prayer: “Jesus, help me to get and stay on board with your training program; learning all I can, growing all I can, knowing you have a greater purpose for me than right here and now. Amen.”

— fritz@langgang.com

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“And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been. Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” – Genesis31-2-3

It’s easy to hear God say what you want to hear – but easy is not always wrong.

Jacob, keeping his father-in-law’s sheep, noticed a strain in their relationship and he longed for home. God often works in these circumstances, like a mother eagle pulling feathers out of her nest so the little chicks become uncomfortable and want to fly.

So how does one know if the time is right for a change?

Two indicators:

  1. If the change requires manipulation of people or systems or a compromise of principles, be cautious. Most things I had to finagle ultimately turned out to be mistakes.
  2. If an opportunity is accompanied by an inner peace and a sense of excitement, God is probably involved.

If your circumstances become difficult, God opens the door, and you have peace about walking through,  take the step and don’t even look back.

– fritz

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[H]e hath chosen us … according to the good pleasure of his will” – Ephesians 1:4-5

God’s has a will and it gave him good pleasure putting you in it long before you even arrived on the scene.

It is found in Christ. Don’t let discouragement cause you to quit before God’s purposes are fulfilled.

– fritz
Related Post: “God’s Kind of Ending“, February 13, 2010

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