Thursday 14 October 2010

Day 25 of the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

1. God has a purpose behind every problem.

2. In fact, he depends more on circumstances to make us like Jesus than he depends on our reading the Bible.

3. You face circumstances twenty-four hours a day.

4. Life is a series of problems.

5. God uses problems to draw you closer to himself.

6. Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely to be in your darkest days.

7. It i during suffering that we learn to pray our most authentic, heartfelt, honest-to-God prayers.

8. When we're in pain, we don't have the energy for superficial prayer.

9. Problems force us to look to God and depend on him instead of ourselves.

10. You'll never know that God is all your need until God is all you've got.

11. We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

12. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his son.

13.God's purpose is greater than our problems, our pain, and even our sin.

14. Paul said, " We know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces charater."

15. When you've been refined by trials, people can see Jesus' reflection in you.

16. Since God intends to make you like Jesus, he will take you through the same experiences Jesus went through.  That includes loneliness, temptation, stress, criticism, rejection, and many other problems.

17. The Bible says Jesus "learned obedience through suffering" and "was made perfect through suffering."

18. Paul said, " We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him.

19. Remember that God's plan is good.

20. You intended to harm me But God intended it for good.

21. God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God's holy best.

22. If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed.  But if you look at Christ, you'll be at rest!

23. Pain is temporary but your reward will be eternal.

24. Th Bible said, "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

25. Rejoice in the Lord always.

26. Refuse to give up, be patient and persistant.

27. Don't give up--Grow up.

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