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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is a wonderful, compact book that will be of great help to anyone who is experiencing physical or emotional suffering--or who is facing challenges in their life I guess this includes most humans. It is not about the theology of suffering but rather a very personal book that puts the reader at its center--Powlison even says his book is a workshop for the reader to help him or her deal with suffering or loss. His empathy is deep and heartfelt, his knowledge of scripture outstanding, and the questions he asks the reader are penetrating.
A very, very helpful book that stands out in a sea of cliched advice about suffering. This author gets it. Can't put it down and I keep re-reading it. One person found this helpful. This little booklet helps us to understand how God helps us when we are suffering.
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Our focus is singular: The God of universal love unfailingly manifests himself to every one of his creatures up to the fullness of that creature's capacity to spiritually grasp the qualities of divine truth, beauty, and goodness. It is a distortion of Scripture to teach that God is still obligated to fulfill promises He gave to ancient Israel during a future 70th week. I am curious as to how exactly Lorgar and Erebus fell to the Ruinous Powers. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon. A bilateral covenant comes to an end when a either party is unfaithful to the agreement, or b when the object for which the covenant was created is fulfilled.
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Powlison refocuses us in the middle of our pain and teaches us how to look outward rather than inward. We grow and overcome when anchored in the firm foundation. Very sound theologically, and very comforting. Just finished reading it. See all 31 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Vine Customer Review of Free Product.
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There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Aion includes all the thoughts, opinions, maxims, speculations, impulses, and aspirations present in the world at any given time, which may be impossible to accurately define but which still constitute a real and effective power—the moral or immoral atmosphere we breathe. That is why God tells us that we must not be conformed to the pattern, the mold, of the world.
As Christians, we must become spiritual meteorologists. We must become sensitive to the spiritual atmosphere around us, and able to recognize how we are being influenced, and whether that influence is godly or ungodly. The spiritual atmosphere we live in influences almost everything we think or do. For example, how do we speak to each other? Caustically and sarcastically, like the people in the television comedies speak to each other, or do our words convey love, encouragement, and compassion?
Do we dress to impress often sexually , or do we dress with a view to letting the Christ in us shine through our lives? What is important to us? Is it things that have a firm root in Scripture, such as helping and blessing others, or is it isolating ourselves for hours at a time watching television or playing video games, in the end contributing nothing meaningful to ourselves or our society? If we do not become spiritual meteorologists, we will be led, usually without even realizing it, into a life of ungodliness, sorrow, and pain.
We must become aware of the atmospheric mold the Devil is trying to squeeze us into, and then have enough love for God and ourselves that we refuse to live in the ungodly lifestyle he lays before us daily, but instead recognize who we are in Christ and what we can do for ourselves and our society, and then get about doing it.
One way the Adversary steals blessings from us is to play on our desire to have a better life. Furthermore, having a blessed life does not come from doing what we want to do all the time, giving in to our desires. We should know this from our study of the cultures of the world. Many people who have little in the way of material things are very happy, and people of old wrote of having a blessed life long before there were video games, MP3 players, name-brand clothing, and hot and cold running water in homes.
Of course we would not know that from watching television or talking to many of the worldly people we know. But when a Christian gets quiet and listens to his heart and the spirit of God, he knows that having more things does not bring happiness. Scripture makes that very clear. Sometimes our material possessions make our lives more complicated and difficult than they should be, and hamper us from becoming like Christ.
What should we do if that is the case? It may take great courage fighting the flow of culture usually does , but we can rid ourselves of those things that are weighing us down and holding us back, and move toward a more simple lifestyle that allows us more time and energy for the things that really give us joy and peace. The tension between trying to have peace in life and wanting more things, usually spurred on by advertisers, is recognized in Scripture:.
Other people seek prestige by how they look, who they hang out with, etc. There is nothing about it that has real substance or worth, and prestige with men is fleeting at best. Nevertheless, prestige among men has been, and continues to be, a powerful cultural influence, and it has deterred many people from taking a bold stand for Christ and to be Christ-like.
This was as true thousands of years ago as it is today. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved praise from men more than praise from God. However, they loved the recognition and praise they got from men, and so would not confess their faith. It takes great strength of character to do what our hearts, the spirit of God, and the Word of God, direct us to do if it means that we will lose the prestige we have with people.
Nevertheless, that is the model Jesus Christ lived, and although it may not seem like it when we are facing a difficult decision, we will be more blessed in life if we demonstrate our loyalty to God rather than try to befriend the world. More than just telling us not to conform to the pattern of the world, Romans We are commanded to be transformed, it is not an option for Christians. Do we know better than God?
God commands us to transform, and the good news is that we can, and our lives will be more blessed for it. He commands us to be transformed—not outwardly, but inwardly—and, via his spirit within us, he will help us change. An outward, visible change happened to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration when Peter, James, and John saw him transformed into how he will look in his future glory. Each of us was born dominated by our sinful nature, the relentless internal proclivity toward self-centeredness. After we are born again and have the new nature of Christ within us, God commands us to put off the old nature and put on the new.
This does not come naturally, as parents know. For example, we have to teach children to share with each other because their sin nature influences them to be selfish. It is great news, however, to learn that we do not have to carry out the desires of our flesh. We can change our character and our actions, and live like the children of God we are.
God has sealed each Christian with the gift of holy spirit Eph. As our holy nature, it influences us toward godliness, just as our sin nature influences us toward selfishness. The two natures are at war within us, as Galatians says:. Upon realizing that we have the spiritual power to not succumb to the atmosphere of the world, and the power to change any part of our character that has become ungodly, we now have to make up our minds to change. To change we must first get honest with ourselves about what needs to be changed. Making excuses for ungodly behavior will not help, nor will minimizing any character trait we do not want to have to deal with.
The Word of God gives us specific directions about the kind of behaviors that are, and are not, appropriate. For example, consider the following excerpts from Ephesians:. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Do not get drunk…. From Ephesians 4 and 5.