It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, January 08, 2007


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Five ways God uses Problems

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The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you -
depending on how you respond to them.

Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems
for good in their lives.

They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than
pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:

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God uses problems to DIRECT you.
Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving.
Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to
change. Is God trying to get your attention? ''Sometimes it
takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.''
Proverbs 20:30

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God uses problems to INSPECT you.
People are like tea bags...if you want to know what's inside
them, just drop them into hot ever water! Has God tested
your faith with a problem What do problems reveal about
you? ''When you have many kinds of troubles, you should
be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test
your faith, and this will give you patience.'' James 1:2-3

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God uses problems to CORRECT you.
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It's
likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a
hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned.
Sometimes we only learn the value of,
money, a relationship... by losing it. ''It was the best thing
that could have happened to me, for it taught me
to pay attention to your laws.'' Psalm 119:71-72

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God uses problems to PROTECT you.
A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from
being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend
was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss
had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem - but
it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year
later when management's actions were eventually discovered.
''You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good...
Genesis 50:20

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God uses problems to PERFECT you.
Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders.
God is far more interested in your character than your comfort.
Your relationship to God and your character are the only two
things you're going to take with you into eternity.

''We can rejoice when we run into problems... they help us learn
to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us
and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our
hope and faith are strong and steady.''

Romans 5:3-4

Here's the point:

God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognize it or understand it.
But it's much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.

''Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in
lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way.''

Author Unknown

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The good Lord knows we all have problems in our lives and I never really thought about the fact that maybe, just maybe, it was Him that sent those problems my way.
I don't think He does cause the problems, but as in all else, He can take the impossible and make it something possible.

He can use our problems to help us on the Way !

When I read the article above, it really gave me lots to think about.

Soon I'll be back to my Bible Study , but in the meantime, I'll be sharing a few thoughts and articles etc. Things that I think are worth putting down in writing and sharing.

'On Ya' - ma

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