Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ten Ways to Live Gloriously: Introduction

Introduction
There are people out there, some non-Christians and Christians alike, that believe God wants us to be miserable. Maybe some even believe that he wants us to suffer. They look at all the bad things going on in the world, maybe in their lives, and think that it is God’s fault and that he is not perfect and not really all that good.

So does God want us to suffer or expect us to suffer? We did eat of the fruit. I believe that the life we live is not without suffering. The life we have chosen is not without suffering, but God does want us to rise above it or else why bother with Jesus? God hurts when we hurt. The Bible is not a book to control, as some believe. What people seem to misunderstand is that the all-knowing, all-powerful God has given us his living word to set us free from ourselves and the pain.

He wants us to live in his full glory. He does not want us to hurt or to suffer or to die. I know it is hard to believe when we look at life or even read some of the stories in the Bible. However, it is true. God knows were life can end when we step away from him. The bible is to keep us pure, and joyful and safe and to help us live a long life, not to constrain us.

So where do we start? Well, first and foremost, get to know God and his word. Then join me as we review 10 God-given ways to live gloriously.

16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
19Do not put out the Spirit's fire; 20do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22Avoid every kind of evil. 23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. –1st Thessalonians 5:16-24


Look for Ten Ways to Live Gloriously: Number One soon.
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