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th1bill
Dec 18th 2008, 10:47 PM
... I have begun a new study on the sovereignty of God and it is a very thought provoking study. The book is Trusting God, Even When Life Hurt by Jerry Bridges. One of the early items of intense study is the Absolute Sovereignty of our LORD. This is a matter that I have seen very experienced Christians trip over and that is a shame. In the first place it is absolutely necessary to understand and to believe that nothing has ever or will ever sneak up on God and surprise him.
... There are several life examples I can draw from here that will illustrate what I am talking about but I'll just use the one that offends no-one. I have had MS since the early seventies and they have been able to diagnose it for almost twenty years now. That I, a combat veteran and definitely a man have the disease is enough to cause doubt and yet it hasn't. The fact that I have contracted the disease because of the need to defoliate the jungle for our men's protection is another reason to question God's authority and still I do not. Before I was growing inside my mother's womb, God knew that I would volunteer to go serve in Vietnam because I would believe that the South Vietnamese people deserved freedom. None of this has taken God by surprise.
... God knew from the very beginning of the creation that Bill Taylor would get sick with this disease, so the question might be asked, "Did He know and still allow it?" For the answer to that look at the Book of Job. Satan told God that Job was only worshiping Him because He had a hedge of God's protection about him. God took that hedge away and Satan took all of Job's children, all of his possessions and then afflicted him with boils and sores so badly that all Job could do for relief was to scrape them with shells and stones. Job was sorely tested and still his faith remained in God.
... Going, many centuries, in time forward we find Jesus, God's only Son hanging on the cross paying the debt that Bill Taylor owed to God. He was laid down on that cross and nails of about a quarter inch square were driven into the hole in the bone in the center of the wrist, one for each hand. And then His feet were placed atop of each other and a nail of, judging by my feet, at least 8 or 9 inches in length, square and most likely about the same thickness was driven through the bones in His feet. After all of that torture He was lifted upright and dropped into the hole meant to keep Him erect until He would die. And if I had been to only sinner that would ever have accepted His sacrifice, He would have done so, just the same.
... Yes, God knew before I was born that my fate, His plan, included this disease and yes, He could have prevented it but the fact is that He did not because He had a plan to glorify Himself and in doing so to raise up sinners mark on the scales of life a few inches. I absolutely believe that God, through His Wisdom, has allowed me to have MS, to lose my very best friend in life to a mortar in his chest, to receive over three hundred entry holes in my aircraft in a single mission and many other trials for my own good and for His Glory.(Rom. 8:28)
... The question that must be asked by each and everyone of us is, "Are we ready to serve God? No matter what?"

Friend of I AM
Dec 18th 2008, 10:54 PM
... I have begun a new study on the sovereignty of God and it is a very thought provoking study. The book is Trusting God, Even When Life Hurt by Jerry Bridges. One of the early items of intense study is the Absolute Sovereignty of our LORD. This is a matter that I have seen very experienced Christians trip over and that is a shame. In the first place it is absolutely necessary to understand and to believe that nothing has ever or will ever sneak up on God and surprise him.
... There are several life examples I can draw from here that will illustrate what I am talking about but I'll just use the one that offends no-one. I have had MS since the early seventies and they have been able to diagnose it for almost twenty years now. That I, a combat veteran and definitely a man have the disease is enough to cause doubt and yet it hasn't. The fact that I have contracted the disease because of the need to defoliate the jungle for our men's protection is another reason to question God's authority and still I do not. Before I was growing inside my mother's womb, God knew that I would volunteer to go serve in Vietnam because I would believe that the South Vietnamese people deserved freedom. None of this has taken God by surprise.
... God knew from the very beginning of the creation that Bill Taylor would get sick with this disease, so the question might be asked, "Did He know and still allow it?" For the answer to that look at the Book of Job. Satan told God that Job was only worshiping Him because He had a hedge of God's protection about him. God took that hedge away and Satan took all of Job's children, all of his possessions and then afflicted him with boils and sores so badly that all Job could do for relief was to scrape them with shells and stones. Job was sorely tested and still his faith remained in God.
... Going, many centuries, in time forward we find Jesus, God's only Son hanging on the cross paying the debt that Bill Taylor owed to God. He was laid down on that cross and nails of about a quarter inch square were driven into the hole in the bone in the center of the wrist, one for each hand. And then His feet were placed atop of each other and a nail of, judging by my feet, at least 8 or 9 inches in length, square and most likely about the same thickness was driven through the bones in His feet. After all of that torture He was lifted upright and dropped into the hole meant to keep Him erect until He would die. And if I had been to only sinner that would ever have accepted His sacrifice, He would have done so, just the same.
... Yes, God knew before I was born that my fate, His plan, included this disease and yes, He could have prevented it but the fact is that He did not because He had a plan to glorify Himself and in doing so to raise up sinners mark on the scales of life a few inches. I absolutely believe that God, through His Wisdom, has allowed me to have MS, to lose my very best friend in life to a mortar in his chest, to receive over three hundred entry holes in my aircraft in a single mission and many other trials for my own good and for His Glory.(Rom. 8:28)
... The question that must be asked by each and everyone of us is, "Are we ready to serve God? No matter what?"

That's a beautiful testimony and thought provoking question Bill. I often times come to that point in my life where I have asked the very same question. I think the one thing we can depend on, despite our ability to serve..is God's faithfulness to us despite our ability to serve.

th1bill
Dec 19th 2008, 06:47 PM
That's a beautiful testimony and thought provoking question Bill. I often times come to that point in my life where I have asked the very same question. I think the one thing we can depend on, despite our ability to serve..is God's faithfulness to us despite our ability to serve.
... Like yourself I have found that God is faithful, even when I am not. I have a website that tells why I trust Him so completely that you might be interested in poking around at http://www.angelfire.com/tx2/christiannewsletter/ and you might find it handy to know what I love to do besides build computers. You can discover what that is and some examples of my photo restoration work. that is at http://www.photorepaired.com and if you go there use the Easy Nav. drop menu and go see My Favorite Project. Since I am not charging anymore the email link is broken but I'll be happy to give you my direct link if you need some free work done. The latest I have done is for a friend but I do not charge anyone now. I do not refuse gifts but there is no charge.

theBelovedDisciple
Dec 19th 2008, 06:51 PM
... Like yourself I have found that God is faithful, even when I am not. I have a website that tells why I trust Him so completely that you might be interested in poking around at http://www.angelfire.com/tx2/christiannewsletter/ and you might find it handy to know what I love to do besides build computers. You can discover what that is and some examples of my photo restoration work. that is at http://www.photorepaired.com and if you go there use the Easy Nav. drop menu and go see My Favorite Project. Since I am not charging anymore the email link is broken but I'll be happy to give you my direct link if you need some free work done. The latest I have done is for a friend but I do not charge anyone now. I do not refuse gifts but there is no charge.

Yes that is a wonderful testimony.. My hope is that He will use it to touch many hearts and lives... and yes..

God is 'FAITHFUL'... even when we are not.... He always has been.. always is.. always will be... Amen..

TrustingFollower
Dec 19th 2008, 08:12 PM
... I have begun a new study on the sovereignty of God and it is a very thought provoking study. The book is Trusting God, Even When Life Hurt by Jerry Bridges. One of the early items of intense study is the Absolute Sovereignty of our LORD. This is a matter that I have seen very experienced Christians trip over and that is a shame. In the first place it is absolutely necessary to understand and to believe that nothing has ever or will ever sneak up on God and surprise him.
... There are several life examples I can draw from here that will illustrate what I am talking about but I'll just use the one that offends no-one. I have had MS since the early seventies and they have been able to diagnose it for almost twenty years now. That I, a combat veteran and definitely a man have the disease is enough to cause doubt and yet it hasn't. The fact that I have contracted the disease because of the need to defoliate the jungle for our men's protection is another reason to question God's authority and still I do not. Before I was growing inside my mother's womb, God knew that I would volunteer to go serve in Vietnam because I would believe that the South Vietnamese people deserved freedom. None of this has taken God by surprise.
... God knew from the very beginning of the creation that Bill Taylor would get sick with this disease, so the question might be asked, "Did He know and still allow it?" For the answer to that look at the Book of Job. Satan told God that Job was only worshiping Him because He had a hedge of God's protection about him. God took that hedge away and Satan took all of Job's children, all of his possessions and then afflicted him with boils and sores so badly that all Job could do for relief was to scrape them with shells and stones. Job was sorely tested and still his faith remained in God.
... Going, many centuries, in time forward we find Jesus, God's only Son hanging on the cross paying the debt that Bill Taylor owed to God. He was laid down on that cross and nails of about a quarter inch square were driven into the hole in the bone in the center of the wrist, one for each hand. And then His feet were placed atop of each other and a nail of, judging by my feet, at least 8 or 9 inches in length, square and most likely about the same thickness was driven through the bones in His feet. After all of that torture He was lifted upright and dropped into the hole meant to keep Him erect until He would die. And if I had been to only sinner that would ever have accepted His sacrifice, He would have done so, just the same.
... Yes, God knew before I was born that my fate, His plan, included this disease and yes, He could have prevented it but the fact is that He did not because He had a plan to glorify Himself and in doing so to raise up sinners mark on the scales of life a few inches. I absolutely believe that God, through His Wisdom, has allowed me to have MS, to lose my very best friend in life to a mortar in his chest, to receive over three hundred entry holes in my aircraft in a single mission and many other trials for my own good and for His Glory.(Rom. 8:28)
... The question that must be asked by each and everyone of us is, "Are we ready to serve God? No matter what?"
Thank you Bill, this is a question I ask myself what seems like quite often now. When life throws hurdles in the path of what I think my life should be. Then I remember the story of Paul and his thorn. Paul asked 3 times to be relieved of the affliction, but God reassures him and us that His grace is enough. I can't help but to think that God has given each and every one of us a thorn of some kind. The hard part for me is to let go of my control of dealing with the thorn I have and focusing on the grace God has given me. With the power of Christ I can overcome the thorn and live fully for Christ as Paul did, this is available to all of us.

th1bill
Dec 19th 2008, 09:32 PM
Thank you Bill, this is a question I ask myself what seems like quite often now. When life throws hurdles in the path of what I think my life should be. Then I remember the story of Paul and his thorn. Paul asked 3 times to be relieved of the affliction, but God reassures him and us that His grace is enough. I can't help but to think that God has given each and every one of us a thorn of some kind. The hard part for me is to let go of my control of dealing with the thorn I have and focusing on the grace God has given me. With the power of Christ I can overcome the thorn and live fully for Christ as Paul did, this is available to all of us.
... While your thorn is not my thorn there is a two fold purpose for the message. First it is my duty to carry my load and yet it is my duty to help you carry yours and yours to help me carry mine. Of course this is best carried out in the local Church but to day we must learn to cease the execution of the wounded and begin to step back into our rolls as Christ directed us. It is my firm belief that this will never be accomplished as long as we allow God to be contained in somebodies magical matchbox. Until we can praise God for the trials as well as the blessings we are in trouble. You see, my LORD is God in Hell just as He is in Heaven and yet so many people give all this credit to Satan, even though without God's consent, he can do nothing.
... I feel that until we wrap our heads around the truth of Romans 8:28 we will never be able to fully appreciate the love of God for us. As a father, my son wanted to play T-ball. I sat him down and read the entire contract that he was to sign to him and spent a couple of days answering questions before I allowed him to sign it. Like God, I had nothing but good in mind for him but I made sure that he understood that we would treat that paper in the same manor that I treated my contracts as a contract worker.
... When the coach got all over him for some bad moves on the field, I said nothing. When he came to tears and wanted to quit I refused to allow it and his mother divorced me soon after that. True love can often be brutal and there are always important lessons to be learned from that type of love. I did not force him to remain because I was cruel but because I wanted him to be a strong and honest man whose word was his bond. Today, that is not who he is. God never allows trouble for us except that we will look more like Christ afterwards.

Friend of I AM
Dec 19th 2008, 09:42 PM
... Like yourself I have found that God is faithful, even when I am not. I have a website that tells why I trust Him so completely that you might be interested in poking around at http://www.angelfire.com/tx2/christiannewsletter/ and you might find it handy to know what I love to do besides build computers. You can discover what that is and some examples of my photo restoration work. that is at http://www.photorepaired.com and if you go there use the Easy Nav. drop menu and go see My Favorite Project. Since I am not charging anymore the email link is broken but I'll be happy to give you my direct link if you need some free work done. The latest I have done is for a friend but I do not charge anyone now. I do not refuse gifts but there is no charge.

Thanks bud. I read the first link. It was insightful as well. I appreciate your honesty regarding where you were at in your life, and where you are now. I hope you continue to grow in your walk, and that God's grace, love and insight will continue to be present within your walk.

TrustingFollower
Dec 19th 2008, 09:43 PM
You are exactly right Bill. I agree fully with everything you have said here. Christians today have to let go of their so called rights and be humble servants as Christ was.

As soon as I have rep power again I will be sending you some brother.