When God Says “NO”!

I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, “No, it is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up!”

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, “No, his spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.”

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, “No, patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.” 
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, “No, I give you blessings; happiness is up to you.”
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, “No, suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.”

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, “No, you must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.”

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, “No, I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.”
I asked God to help me love others as much as he loves me.
God said “Ahhhh, finally you have the idea!”



This Much I Know – A “Know So” Religion from First John

Some say, “We can’t know anything” Others seem to think they know everything.  The truth is somewhere in the middle, for we can know the truth (John 8:32; 1 John 2:21), but we will not understand many things until we get to heaven (1 John 3:1-2).

Consider fifteen “knows” in 1 John. We can know the following:

  1. “We know Him” (1 John2:3-4).
  2. “We are in Him” (1 John 2:5).
  3. Who is born of God (1 John 2:29).
  4. We will be like Him (1 John 3:1-3).
  5. “He was manifested to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5).
  6. We have “passed from death to life” (1 John 3:14).
  7. “We are of the truth” (1 John 3:19).
  8. “He abides in us”  (1 John 3:24)
  9. The Spirit of God abides (1 John 4:2, 3, 6).
  10. “Everyone that loves knows God”  ( 1 John 4:7-8).
  11. “We abide in Him” (1 John 4:13).
  12. “We love the children of God” (1 John 5:2-3)
  13. We have eternal life (1 John 5:11-13).
  14. He hears us (1 John 5: 14-15).
  15. The whole world lies in wickedness (1 John 5:19).

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32

Dan Winkler
House to House – Heart to Heart
Vol 22 #5