Free to Grow: Overcoming Setbacks and Disappointments

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Today's Scripture
"You're blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That's right—you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set." Psalm 119:1-3 MSG

Thoughts for Today
Jesus is interested in helping us make choices. Perhaps one of the biggest choices for us to make is whether or not we are going to trust him to guide us.

The Bible promises us that if we follow Jesus, all things will work together for our good. I have found this to be so true. As I trust Jesus to help me make the right choices, I know without a doubt that no matter how things may look right now, in the end they will work out for the best. His way is always the best way ... and his time the best time.

Consider this ...
Why should you trust Jesus?

First of all, he loves you. In fact, he loves you so much that he died on the cross for you. His love is perfect—and nothing can ever separate you from that love. You are important to him.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 NLT

Second, he knows what is best. He knows what is best for you in the here and now—and even more important, he knows what is best for you in eternity. He sees the whole picture, a perspective we can never have. Today's scripture beautifully expresses the blessing of trusting him in all our planning and decisions.

And last, he is able. He has the power to work things out for your good.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT

All God asks is that you choose to trust him. That you are willing to do things his way.

Are you?

Prayer
Father, forgive me for the times I thought I knew better than you how to work things out. I know that you love me and want only what is best for me. And I know that no matter how things may look sometimes, your way is always the best way. Help me to trust you more and choose to do things your way. In Jesus' name ...


These thoughts were drawn from ...


Free to Grow: Overcoming Setbacks and Disappointments
by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. The purpose of this group study is to help people overcome disappointments and setbacks that have arrested or are presently hindering their emotional and spiritual development. The group study will help participants understand how to be set free so that they can grow and become all that God has designed them to be. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.


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