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It Was For My Benefit.

FOLLOW YOUR WAYS

Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. Isaiah 38:17 New International Version                 

Many times in my life I wanted to go my own way. In this foolishness I was heading for disaster. Jehovah allowed me to travel the path only so long and then brought circumstances to me which brought about much anguish. At the time I called out to Him and cried asking Him why He was doing this to me. I mistakenly believed He was punishing me. In reality He was guiding me away from destruction.                                   

When I repented (which means not only being remorseful but to stop doing those destructive things) I felt clean as He washed my sins from me.                                             

Then came the time to take huge steps of faith in obedience to where he was leading me and to what He intended for me to do.                                                                                   

The process involved smashing the old me like a vase and remoulding me on His divine potters wheel to be the servant He had intended for me to be.                                                      

Each step of the way I am sure it brought praise to His name in what I accomplished for Him which is why He did it.   Yes it was to bring others into His kingdom through me obedient service to Him but it was also for my benefit. When I see those now who stayed on the same path as I was on thirty years ago I praise my Beloved for rescuing me from such horrible destruction.                                                                                               

Gods preparation for greatness in His kingdom is often filled with difficult preparation Os Hillman                                                                       

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Rohi (God is our Sheppard) for guiding this sometimes wayward sheep of Yours back into Your divine flock that is heading to a Heavenly pasture. I apologize for occasionally being an obstinate child which needs Your firm discipline to redirect him on Your chosen path. I exalt You in the name of the greatest Sheppard Jesus Christ. Amen.                                                                                                                 

May the sunshine of Jesus sweet love bless you today and every day.


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How Much Providence is There in Your Life?

GODS GUIDEBOOK

There is no such thing as chance. Jehovah directs our steps when we allow Him to.

 

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps Proverbs 16:9 New International Version

 

For me it was small things that stood out I was living in a dead end world and then read a little ad in the local newspaper about going to a school in Toronto to study electronics. I went but soon was studying natural medicine which I have used to help others for over thirty years as well as doing volunteer work in a hospital which was preparing me to care for others.

 

At another time after that there was  a little ad to go tree planting and as there was no other work available I took the job. During the thirteen years of the career I planted over a million trees all across Canada  but the thing Jehovah was preparing me for was when I was teaching rookies that was preparing me where He would send me next. As well many of the workers had some deep seated problems so I learned to counsel them.

 

When this career was petering out I studied teaching English. Once the course was completed my resume was posted on line. From hundreds of contract offers only one stood out which was teaching in China. During my ten years there I helped guide countless students to Christ.

 

As you can see each one was preparing me for a larger plan in succession. It took the course of about thirty years so do not expect it to happen overnight.

 

“There are no accidents in the life of the Christian.” Rowland Bingham

 

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Rohi (God is our Sheppard) for so patiently guiding me to places You intended for me You be to do the work You intended for me to do. I praise You in the name of He who followed His destiny all the way to the cross Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day