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July 11, 2013 at 8:59 am #1027
Read God’s promise to Abram – Gen. 12:1-9, 15:1-5, 17:1-8, 18:10, 22:15-18 – The narrative of Abraham’s life is his back and forth struggle to trust God with this promise. What is a promise of God that you struggle to believe in? How have you learned to trust God with this promise?July 12, 2013 at 11:50 am #1035AnonymousInactive
One of God’s promises that I struggle with, similar to Abraham’s back and forth battle, is from Genesis 2:18: “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.'” I have had an on and off struggle with this promise of God for quite some time, doubting that He will ever send me a wife. It has been easier for me to believe this promise when I have actually had a girlfriend, as opposed to when I am not dating someone and I cannot fathom Him actually bringing her into my life. I would like to be able to say that I have learned to trust God with this promise, but at this time I am struggling with my doubts.July 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm #1037AnonymousInactive
I think one of my biggest struggles is trusting that God will provide all that I need! I try so hard to do it all on my own power. Just recently I have been trying to trust that God will provide everything I need and that worrying about it doesn’t help me at all. I feel a lot more peace when i give my needs to God. God has always given me what I need and someone told me once that if He has provided for me so far then why would He stop?July 15, 2013 at 9:18 am #1042AnonymousInactive
I resonate with your struggle here. Sometimes it is so natural to try to do everything on my own! But God is in control and he has promised to provide for his people. So, while I think responsibility is a good thing, I think we can rely on God while trying to be responsible, knowing that he will see us through whatever circumstances he brings our way and whatever he asks us to do. He will get us to where ever he wants us to be. However, I can relate with the fact that this can be hard to remember and trust in at times.July 15, 2013 at 9:22 am #1043
Tanner – So for the “providing all we need” promise…where in Scriptures do we find this promise? What, if any, are our responsibilities in the provisional needs promise world?July 15, 2013 at 9:27 am #1044
We have had many conversations about this Chuck. I look forward to the day when we celebrate the woman God brings into your life? Question – when you say “He will ever send me a wife” – what do you envision that looks like?July 15, 2013 at 11:27 am #1049gretchen211Participant
I think more than anything for me when it comes to trusting God’s promises, it is understanding the filter by which I see them. I believe they are very real and tangible promises, but in the other sense, many of the promises given to Abraham were about a future generation. I think in Hebrews it says that many of the “heroes of faith” were still waiting for the fulfillment of promises when they died. Back in that day, they seemed to have a better future perspective, not just as it related to eternity, but also as it related to their family line. Am I willing to live my life surrendered to the kingdom, in the belief that my future descendants will be the recipients of a fulfilled promise?July 15, 2013 at 11:32 am #1050gretchen211Participant
In my lifetime, this has been a key struggle for me. I am not going to say, I never struggle with it anymore, but I do believe God has given me great victory through the power of his word and through my experience of his continued faithfulness. Luke 12 and Matthew 6 are some of my favorite passages where it commands us not to worry and then rehearses how useless it really is to worry. I also love, that those passages remind me that “my Father knows” and as I “seek first the kingdom, all these things will be added”.July 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm #1051AnonymousInactive
I don’t know if I have an exact answer for that question, but I envision Him bringing me a wife that values God, and values others; a wife that loves God, and loves me; a wife that can support me when times are difficult, and that I can do the same for her.July 17, 2013 at 10:58 am #1062AnonymousInactive
Matthew 6? Since Jesus was addressing his disciples and said to seek first the kingdom, maybe our primary responsibility is to follow Christ?
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