Thursday, November 11, 2010

He Deals With Each of us Differently (Replay)

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January 29, 2008

Good afternoon fam,

I hope that everyone is doing well this nice Tuesday. I want to apologize for my recent leave of absence from the list, but I'm back in the saddle so lets get things rolling. Also, I want to wish my boy Ryan (who is the brain-child of WFTD) a Happy Birthday today. Keep on living your life in a Godly manner broham and do not let anything separate you from that. Alright, so now to some word.

Scripture please: 

Hebrews 12:6-8 "(6) For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (7) If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (8) But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons." 
Isn't it amazing that as of 2005, "2.14 billion people made up the world's Christian population" (for more information click here)?! What's even more amazing is that God knows how to handle all of us, even though we are all unique. I mean there are some identical siblings out there, but we are still unique. As verse 7 above states, God deals with us as we are sons (or children) and if there are any parents on the list, we know not all children behave the same. Some you can speak to one time and that's all it takes for them to get the message. Some you have to nearly lose your mind, before they get the idea that you aren't playing with them and they should obey. This is the same thing that God has to do to us Christians.

Johnny, may be the most obedient person to God you know so when God chastises him, He gets the message immediately. However, Billy might here God's message but chose to go right instead of going left like he was suppose too. Again it takes a different tactic to get the message across that Billy should have turned left! You may be asking what does all this mean and why should I care? Well, here you go. You cannot look at other people's situations and wonder how God made it look so simple for them. You may be experienceing something in your life that you know other people have gone through, but for some reason your experience does not seem to be the same. No matter how much advice you receive your situation seems to be unique. Well, we have to first look at the individuals involved and understand what God is trying to show and/or do to them. The testimony that you will have at the end of your journey cannot possibly be the same as someone else because your experience is unique between you and the Lord.

Here's another example. I may have mentioned before that when my wife wanted to leave her job in July/August 2006, the Lord knew that I looked at my Excel spreadsheets as was like, "uhm no, you can't leave". According to the numbers things didn't add up. However, after crunching some numbers and going on some assumptions, I was like ok we can do this. So, what happens, God threw in a monkey wrench. Guess what, we were pregnant with our second child (SURPISE!) AND some monies that I had counted on wasn't coming. To make a long story short, the Lord had to deal with me differently to get us moving into the direction He would have us go. In the end we were just fine.

Keep your eyes on the Lord and follow his Word closely. He may have been getting you to take some steps (that you thought were the final answers you were asking for) to prepare you for a larger move that He has for you.

Be blessed gang and have a great one. 
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Antoine E. Hall


"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." - James 1:22

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