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The Treasure Chest

This week has been tough, and at the same time I think I am finally learning to trust God a little. Or a little more than before at least. I think that trust is coming from really believing in his love and goodness. Not a selfish goodness that takes care only of me for my own pleasure apart from God, but a goodness that draws me into God's arms knowing He is my greatest good and that His kingdom is worth losing everything else for. Paul said it in these words... "What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ." Phil.3:8 Jesus also tells a parable about the kingdom of God, comparing it to a treasure that a man finds hidden in a field. The man recognizes the worth of the treasure, so he sells all his possessions and buys the field. Jesus is that treasure. Jesus is worth losing everything for. I think I had forgotten that. …

Joy in Weakness: Refining the riff raff

Isn't it amazing how God knows exactly how he needs to refine us? Wouldn't it be nice if he only gave us challenges that were easy to handle, where our character was already strong? Yeah, he doesn't work that way most of the time. It's exactly in our place of weakness that God throws us in the fire. Like he said to Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Isn't that the heart of the gospel? God's power in our weakness. This apparently was a lesson God drove home for Paul often. Elsewhere, Paul says, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Phil. 4:12-13  We often use this verse as a way to say we can accomplish anything we want through the power of Christ. But it seems to me that this passage is talking about the power to suffer, to be in "unfav…