Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 25

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 25 - Transformed by Trouble

Chapter Overview:  Rick writes that god uses our circumstances even more than the bible to change us. He points out that Moses, Job, Joseph, and David were all changed this way. And he spent a good part of the chapter focussed on the verse 'God works all things together for good for them who love him and are called according to his purpose.' He also suggested to watch how we pray about our trials.

2011 (40 years old) 

Philip Yancey has a new book out that I read a review on a little while ago. In it he compares how believers in North America pray about their trials versus how believers in China do. North Americans say please take the problem away where the Chinese believers don't ask for it to be taken away - rather they ask for help to learn whatever it is that God wants them to learn through the situation.  'to know Christ and the fellowship of his sufferings...'   'Jesus learned obedience through suffering...'

2016 (45 years old)

Transformed by trouble and trials. There is purpose behind every problem. Romans 8:28. 'We know that all things work together for good for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose'.  What problem in my life has caused the greatest growth in me?  I don't know if I'd call it a problem - challenge my that be a better term... But I'd say my marriage. This chapter has been kind of echoing the thoughts I've had for the past couple of days about seeing Gods hand in circumstances - that they are all coming through a 'father-filter'.  Even other people's criticism, lack of support and encouragement and attitude.  He's ok'ed it and ready to use it if we recognize it. The thing I got out of this chapter this morning is how I am supposed to respond - remember God is good. Rejoice and give thanks. Refuse to give up.


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Transformed by trouble and trials.  Image of single arm raise from dark background
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 1 - Its Not About Me
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 2 - You Are Not an Accident
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 3 - What Drives You?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 4 - Eternity In Our Hearts
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 5 - What is Life?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 6 - Life on Earth is a Temporary Assignment
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 7 - The Reason for Everything
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 8 - You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 9 - What Makes God Smile?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 10 - The Surrendered Life
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 11 - Friend of God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 12 - Friend of God II
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 13 - Worship That Pleases God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 14 - When God Isn't There
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 15 - Part of God's Family
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 16 - What Matters Most
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 17 - You Belong
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 18 - Life is Meant to be Shared
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 19 - Made for Community
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 20 - Restoring Broken Fellowship
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 21 - Unity of the Church
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 22 - Transformed to be Like Christ
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 23 - Transformed by Thought
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 24 - Transformed By Truth
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 26 - Transformed by Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 27 - Defeating Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 28 - It Takes Time
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 29 - Shaped for Serving God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 30 - Our Place in Serving
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 31 - Finding Your Specific Purpose
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 32 - Using What God Gave You
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 33 - How Real Servants Act
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 34 - Thinking Like a Servant
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 35 - God Uses Our Weaknesses
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 36 - You Were Made for a Mission
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 37 - Sharing Your Life Message
  • My Appendix to Chapter 37
  • My Testimony Based on Chapter 37
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 38 - Becoming a World-Class Christian
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 39 - Balance
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 40 - Living With Purpose

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