God is Good

GOD IS GOOD

“God is Good”
Miracles are everywhere
Cannot be misunderstood
I just have to be aware

There is the miracle of birth
Every time a child is born
I am amazed as I observe
How perfectly it’s formed

What is this feeling called “love”
That is something I didn’t learn
A bit of God placed in me
Another miracle confirmed

Each morning as I awake
I see the sun, what did it take
Another miracle I see
Once more aware that it is He

When I look up at the stars
I see the master of the universe
I feel a burst right in my heart
Another miracle occurs

Hundreds of books that it would take
Of why I say that “God Is Good”
You never cease to amaze
I worship and I praise

By:
Lissette Trahan

COMMENT

Life can be hard, but God Is Good.
I have experienced God’s goodness in my
life when I was going through the worst
kind of grief.

I doubted His goodness.

Then came His compassion, so great a love
that my tears turned to joy.

Whatever He does has a purpose. No matter
what I am going through I trust Him. His
mercy will follow.

He is my creator, He loves me, every breath
I take is given to me by Him.

God does not change.
God is good.

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today
and forever

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God
works for the good of those who love
him, who have been called according
to his purpose

How Can That Be

HOW CAN THAT BE

Oh God, so many years have slipped away
Years where I know I’ve gone astray
You then revealed Yourself to me
Sin you are gone, how can that be?

Whatever path that I went down
You pursued me all along
Your love disarmed me so completely
Now my desire is just to please thee

Whenever I remember, how faithful You have been
It brings tears to my eyes, I know that I have sinned
Confess my sins—-where do I start?
How could I’ve kept you far apart?

If I could start again, would I live differently?
But I know sin would be there
Oh Lord how can that be?

Then I remember Jesus who gave His life for me
He came down here to save us so that we could be free
Those sins I was enslaved to are not a part of me
I am a new creation, a proof that all can see

Jesus is the answer ”That is how it can be”

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENT

How have I gone astray?
My biggest sin has been to ignore Him.
I get busy, I get distracted, I become too involved
with the things of this world.

However, when I turn back to Him, He is there
with His arms open to receive me.

All of us in this human journey are seeking
something, seeking God, seeking purpose in
life.

Temptations, sin and problems will always be
there.

When I turn to Jesus, that is when I realize
He is the only thing that matters

1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face. Now I know in
part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully
known

BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 18, Day 5: Various Passages

Summary of passages: Various passages for the day.

Questions:

10)  Part personal Question.  My answers:

Psalm 23:  God gives everything:  green pastures, quiet waters, restores the soul, righteousness, Himself, comfort, food, overflowing cup, anoints us, goodness, love, and eternal life.

Matthew 11:28-9:  God gives rest and knowledge.

1 Corinthians 10:13:  He does not give us any more than we can bear and provides us a way out when we are tempted.  He is faithful.

1 Corinthians 12:6-10:  God gives us the Holy Spirit which gives us wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues.

Hebrews 4:14-16:  Mercy and grace through faith in Jesus.

Revelation 21:4:  He wipes away every tear and after the Second Coming there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain.

Honestly, I’m not suffering right now.  I’m in a season of blessing and extremely grateful for it.  However, knowing God provides grace, mercy, comfort, basic needs, wisdom, a way out of temptation, and goodness is indescribably empowering in any season of life.

11)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12  Rejoice in suffering for it is a privilege and a way to participate in Christ’s glory. 1 Peter 4:12-19  We comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we have received from God so they may have patient endurance as well.  2 Corinthians 1:3-7  Love says Colossians 3:14  Verse 17 says whatever we do, do all in Jesus’s name, thanking God.

I try to offer words of comfort when those around me are in pain or suffering, or grieving.  I try to love as Christ would love.  Recently, an acquaintance’s dog passed away and an old colleague of mine lost his wife.  I tried to offer up words of comfort in those situations.

Conclusions:  Good reminder of how to help others who are suffering because often without God those who lose a loved one can become lost.  Ironic how we brought suffering into this world and death and God could easily have turned His back on us and let us wallow in our own misery.  Instead, He is there and He comforts for He feels our pain.  What an awesome God we worship!

Conclusions to Lesson 18:  Whole lesson on suffering.  Not sure we’ve ever done this before in BSF where we’ve deviated so much from the book(s) we are studying and dived into a topic in the Bible.  The Bible does speak on suffering a lot and we’ve looked at the majority of the passages on suffering.  We could call this the study of Revelation and Suffering in the Bible.  Fitting?  You make the call.

Didn’t realize there were so many ways to ask the same question:  why do we suffer, how do you suffer, and what is its purpose.  It all points back to Jesus (even when we comfort others) and I wish we could have kept it that simple.

This Lesson for me was relatively quick to complete because we have done so much previous work on suffering. Looking up the passages is time consuming but answering them is not.  Back to Revelation next week!

BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 18, Day 4: Various Passages

Summary of passages: Various passages for the day.

Questions:

8 )  Part personal Question.  My answers:

Psalm 73:26-28:  God is the strength, refuge, and portion forever when flesh and heart fail.

Proverbs 3:11-12:  God disciplines those He loves.

Romans 5:3-4:  Suffering produces perseverance, character, hope, and love through the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:17:  Suffering allows us to share in Christ’s glory.

Philippians 3:8-9: (Read verse 10 as well)  Sharing in Christ’s suffering produces more knowledge of Christ, fellowship with him, becoming more like him, and attaining resurrection from the dead.  Giving up or losing all things results in a gain of Christ and righteousness through belief in the Savior.

Hebrews 5:8-9:  Suffering produces obedience to God and eternal salvation for believers.

When you have nothing, all you have is Him.  You rely more on God and the Holy Spirit.  You know him more and become more like Christ.  It humbles you to the point you cry out to God.  And that is what God wants–all of you.  This I’ve experienced throughout my life’s trials and tribulations and my current closeness with God.  Life is amazing when you have Him and nothing else.

9)  Personal Question.  My answer:  When I was in college, I had a hard time concentrating because songs kept playing over and over in my head.  I wondered where God was during this time and cried out to Him repeatedly.  However, He never left me and eventually they went away as I channeled my thoughts towards Him.  It strengthened me and I knew He never left me.  Now I know He’s always there even when we are hit with inexplicable events in our lives.

Conclusions:  God is more concerned about character rather than comfort.  Suffering is small compared to knowing Christ.  Suffering teaches us the greatest good of Christian life is not absence of pain but being Christ-like.  The important thing to take away is this:  there is a purpose in suffering.  God has a purpose.  You may not be able to see it now but through faith you will persevere and emerge stronger and more dependent on Him.

BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 18, Day 3: Various Passages

Summary of passages:  Various passages for the day.

Questions:

6)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  By God’s Will Jesus took on our suffering as a guilt offering to satisfy God and to justify us (Isaiah).  Jesus says he must suffer, be killed and risen to life (Matthew).  Acts says God planned Jesus’s death for His purposes.  “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”  Romans–no mention of suffering here though except through death.

Truthfully, I haven’t and I don’t believe I can ever come close to expressing my gratitude and appreciation for what Jesus has done on the cross for me.  I try to though by doing His will in my life, putting Him first, caring for His people and creatures and all He has given me, giving the glory to Him for all the good in my life, thanking Him repeatedly, and trying to live the life He wants me to by being like Jesus.

7)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  This is the exact same question as Lesson 3, Day 4 Questions 10b & 11a & Lesson 4, Day 5 Question 15 & in Lesson 12, Day 4 Question 11a.

In Mark Jesus says we must deny ourselves and take up our cross daily to follow him in order to gain eternal life.  Acts tells us if we suffer for Him, it makes us worthy.  Suffering allows us to know Christ more and the power of his suffering and fellowship with him and becoming more like Jesus.  (Philippians)

Suffering increases your faith no doubt about it.  Through faith, we know Him more, depend on him more, and love Him and His ways more.  It makes us more like Christ and our gratitude grows along with our character.  I have definitely experienced all of this and more through various trials:  bankruptcy, death, hard times, moving, etc.  But the gains have SO been worth it and eternity is near.  A life led for others is richness indeed.  See yesterday’s LINK for more purposes of suffering.

Conclusions:  Day of recounting our sufferings as we’ve seen/done in previous lessons.  Feel beaten down and we still have 2 more days of this!

End Notes:  Brief Note on Mark 8:34-38:  This passage is often misunderstood.  Denying yourself and taking up your cross simply put means we surrender ourselves to Christ and take up His will.  In the first century, the cross meant crucifixion.  It meant death.  It didn’t have any traditions or rituals or fuzzy or spiritual feelings attached to the cross and it wasn’t a symbol or associated yet with Jesus and Christianity.  The cross was death.  Period.

Deny self, take up cross, follow Jesus means:  We cannot save ourselves; hence, we follow the one who can save us–Jesus.  This is why we deny ourselves–to find life.

See this LINK.  Great reference for suffering in the Bible and its purposes in the passages quoted.

Prayer

PRAYER

Knock and I will answer
Seek and you will find
Why does it seem harder
To talk to you sometimes

Then I stop to examine
What have I done today
Have I committed any sin
Getting in the way

The only time I find it hard
Is when I move away
Make sure I stay on guard
Please help me Lord to stay

I know words do not matter
You see right through my heart
You know what I am about to say
Even before I start

I thank You God for listening
Praying day or night

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENTS

For me prayer is talking and listening to God.
It is a response to God inviting me to spend time with Him.
He wants to have a relationship and prayer
helps develop my relationship with Him.

What I yearn and long for in this life is having
that relationship with Him.
I can go to Him with problems, with confessions,
with my gratitude. He will never tire
of hearing from me,
He loves me and knows me by name.

Praying isn’t always easy. When I have sinned
and not confessed it seems like my prayers are futile.
But it isn’t that God is not there, not listening.

In the Bible it says
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”

I was seeking when I felt His presence.
Seeking is a way of praying.
God knows what I need or what I am going to say.

I wasn’t eloquent, I just cried out wanting to know Him.

Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears

BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 18, Day 2: Genesis 3; Romans 8:18-22

Summary of passages:  Genesis 3:  The serpent tricks Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit which God had said not to eat from because if they did, they would die.  He tells her she will be like God.  She falls for it, gives some to Adam, committing the first sin in the world.  God comes along, sees his creation hiding from Him, and curses the serpent and man.  She will have pain in childbirth and be under Adam.  He will toil the land and both shall die.

Romans 8:18-22:  Verse 17:  “We share in his (Christ’s) sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”  We wait in eager expectation to be liberated from decay and brought into freedom.

Questions:

3)  Because we are all sinners and with sin comes suffering.  And because Christ suffered.  Romans 8:17 says we suffer because Christ suffered and so we may have some of Christ’s glory.  Had this question in Lesson 12, Day 4 Question 11a.  Very similar question in Lesson 4, Day 5 Question 15.

4)  Personal Question.  My answer:  We had this question (Lesson 11, Day 2, Question 5).  Bankruptcy.  Depended on Him to bring us through.  He has.  Prayed.

5)  Personal Question.  My answer:  This passage reminds us to look beyond our present circumstances to our future home in heaven where we will be saints with crowns on our heads, forever worshiping God, surrounded by His glory.  Past suffering is for our good.  It strengthens us and increases our faith and makes us more like Christ.  (Excellent post HERE with reasons for suffering.  Very succinct with all the Bible passages).

Conclusions:  Please see the link above.  Guaranteed you’ll find a reason for suffering you’d never thought of before.  Not sure why we needed to read Genesis especially since we spend a week on Genesis 3 in the study of Genesis.  We all know sin entered the world through Adam and Eve.  And Romans was missing Verse 17 which says what verses 18-22 was trying to say in a more understandable way.

End Notes:  Genesis 3 (Taken from my previous study):  Note that God instructed Adam to not partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Then God created Eve. Eve must have been told by Adam but she was not instructed by God. Hence, she was chosen by the serpent to tempt as she was the weaker link. We don’t know what Adam said to Eve but Adam was standing right there. He knew it was wrong. Eve disobeyed God and Adam.

Also, if Adam had been chosen to eat first, Eve might have had an out by saying she was only obeying her husband, the head of the household. Hence, God allowed Eve to be tested first.

Eve doesn’t even seem to know the name of the tree and exactly what God said since she uses the word “touch” instead of “eat” as God did. This is not an excuse. But it does fall upon Adam to communicate to her God’s commands.

Eve was truly deceived by the devil; Adam sinned in full knowledge of what God had said. (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Timothy 2:14).

I was always told it was Eve’s fault man sinned. But upon close examination Adam bears most of the burden. He was right there (Genesis 3:6) the entire time. At any moment either one could have ran from the serpent. But neither did. It just shows how powerful and cunning the devil truly is. And what we must fight against daily.

If Adam and Eve could be tricked and disobey–those who actually walked with God–then we must be extra vigilant and strong in the Word in order to resist.

God addresses Adam first as the head and one could argue it is Adam who bears the brunt of the responsibility for the sin since Adam is the head of woman. Interesting since in popular culture you always hear how it was Eve’s fault.

We see here that God never abandoned us, even when we sinned. He always had Jesus planned to save us. It’s hard to comprehend: why would God create us if He knew we would Fall? Only God can answer that. He must think we are worthy in some way. Sometimes I wish I believed but a piece of that worthiness.

I had never thought of us being born with a wariness to Satan before. So we’re born with a natural rebelliousness towards God but a natural distrust of Satan. Again, we must choose. Naturally, we gravitate towards serving ourselves (like children). But we learn to choose and no choice in life is more important. The outcome of our life depends upon this choice.

Romans 8:18-22:  Note how the glory is already in us.  It is just waiting to be revealed. Cool to think about!!

All of creation is awaiting the Second Coming.  Isaiah 11:6-9 is the famous passage where the lion will lie down with the lamb.  What a picture of the future heaven!

End, End Note:  Day 4 of this lesson asks us specifically to look at Romans 8:17.  It’s appropriate here as well.