1 CHRONICLES 29:11-12 “Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the
majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art
exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is
power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.”
DEUTERONOMY 10:14 “Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with
all that therein is.”
LEVITICUS 25:23 “The land shall not be sold for ever; for the land is Mine, for ye are strangers and sojourners
HAGGAI 2:8 “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of hosts.”
PSALM 50:10-12 “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls
of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world
is Mine, and the fullness thereof.”
THE LORD CREATED ALL THINGS, AND HE NEVER TRANSFERRED THE OWNERSHIP OF HIS CREATION TO PEOPLE.
COLOSSIANS 1:17 “And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.”
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BELONGS TO US!
LUKE 14:33 “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.”
GENESIS 22:2 “And He said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the
land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”
[THOUGHT TO CONSIDER: Because the Lord is the owner of where we live we want to please Him by keeping HIS
home or apartment cleaner and in better repair! Right?]
SINCE GOD OWNS EVERYTHING HE HAS THE RIGHT TO DO AS HE PLEASES!
PSALM 135:6 “Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep
[CONSIDER THIS ALSO: Think of man creating his first airplane…would he not keep refining it until it is perfectly
safe and suitable for human transportation? Wouldn’t God want perfection in Eternity?]
DANIEL 4:34-35 “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine
understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honoured Him that liveth for
ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the
inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and
among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?
ISAIAH 45:6-7 6 “That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside
Me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I
the LORD do all these things.”
ROMANS 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to His purpose.”
SO, WHY DOES THE LORD ALLOW DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES? HERE ARE THREE REASONS:
1. TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PLAN AND PURPOSE
GENESIS 45:5,8 (THE STORY OF JOSEPH) “Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold
me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.”
GENESIS 50:20 “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is
this day, to save much people alive.”
2. TO DEVELOP MATURE US
ROMANS 5:3-5 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and
patience experience; and experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
3. TO DISCIPLINE US--HIS CHILDREN
HEBREWS 12:6-11 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye
endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But
if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we
have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in
subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own
pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening for the present
seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto
them which are exercised thereby.”
GETTING TO KNOW GOD
The God of the Bible is much different from the way people imagine Him to be. We shrink Him to fit into a mold
with human abilities and limitations. We do not understand His greatness…”And forgettest the Lord thy maker,
that hath stretched forth the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth…” ISAIAH 51:13a.
The Bible tells us that
• He is Lord of the Universe
Isaiah 40:26 “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host
by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one
• He is Lord of the nations
o Isaiah 40:15-17 “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the
balance: behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the
beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him
less than nothing, and vanity.
o Acts 17:26 “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and
hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.”
• He is Lord of the Individual
o Psalm 139:3-4, 16 “Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo O Lord, thou knowest it altogether…16Thine eyes did see my
substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were
fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
o Matthew 10:30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
o Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and
stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee…”
So, here’s the deal. Jesus said: “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name, Amen.”
Be Blessed! Be comforted!
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|QUESTION 1: DOES GOD OWN EVERYTHING?
QUESTION 2: WHAT ABOUT LOVE?
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? SCROLL DOWN!
DAILY SOULFOOD FOR YOU
LOVE - THE ANSWER IS IN THE CROSS
LOVE - THE ANSWER
The answer is in the Cross!
Because of LOVE, Jesus came!
Because of LOVE, He died for us!
He condensed the
Ten Commandments into Two
Love thy LORD thy God, and
LOVE thy neighbor as thyself!
On these Two Commandments
Hang all the law and the prophets!
When we harbor love,
We cannot hate!
Jesus said: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
they mind...and thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself." [Matt 22:37-40]
|PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
[and my prayer too]
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, let me sow pardon;
where there is doubt, let me sow faith;
where there is despair, let me give hope;
where there is darkness, let me give light;
where there is sadness, let me give joy."
O Divine Master, grant that I may not try to
be comforted, but to comfort;
not try to be understood, but to understand;
not try to be loved, but to love.
Because it is in giving that we receive,
It is in forgiving that we are forgiven;
and it is in dying that we are born into eternal