Future: Five Minute Friday topic

Future – scary or exciting?

Are you scared for the future of the world? Do you see “doom and gloom” for the direction of our country?

OR

Does the future feel like an adventure? Do you believe good things are waiting?

We have plenty to be concerned about as we consider the future of the state of our country or of the world.

But consider this. The Bible tells us Satan is active in our world and is looking for every weakness as an opportunity to gain a foothold into our soul’s armor.

John Eldredge says there is a lie we believe based on the following assumptions:

Because we believe in God  +  because He is love = God will give us a happy life.

An extension of this lie looks like another A + B = C. We assume that:

 A. if we believe in God +

B. if we are a good person =

C. God will deliver the rest

The problem with these assumptions is the New Testament makes it clear in numerous places that we will have troubles in our lives, especially if we are Believers.

The early Christians had reason to fear their future; their lives were often in physical danger. Paul writes to those Christians in several of his letters, encouraging and giving them hope. He reminded them to fix their eyes on Jesus.

Walking With God, Eldredge’s book, addresses these issues in detail, and this question: What does God want from us?

But I find myself too deep into this subject for a 5 minute writing exercise. And I’ve already exceeded my 5 minutes.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans he remind his readers AND us that the world’s pattern of living is not for Believers.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Romans 12:2

My joys this week are all about food I haven’t eaten in YEARS! I’m thankful for:

  • caramel pecan ice cream
  • crackers (that don’t cost twice as much as regular crackers), crisp and buttery
  • biscuits made from Bisquick with crushed strawberries and blueberries
  • Greek yogurt for breakfast
  • corn muffins and Campfire Roast Beef DinnerCracker Barrel Campfire S
  • and S’mores

Here’s my story about the changes in my diet.

JoyMartell

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6 thoughts on “Future: Five Minute Friday topic

  1. Tanya

    Your words made me think of John 16:33, ” I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Great job! (FMF #72)

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  2. Emalie Love Egan

    This equation drives me crazy. This is one of the big questions of our faith with no satisfying answers. The innocent do suffer. Children suffer. C.S. Lewis addressed the problem of pain — with powerful arguments, but without success. “Pain is God’s megaphone to a broken world. God whispers to us in our joy, but he shouts to us in our pain.” (from imperfect memory) All we know is that God is WITH us. Emanuel.

    Em

    *Courage!*

    *Emalie Love Egan Dockery, Ed. D. 615-403-8455 (Mobile)*

    On Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 10:24 PM, Counting Joy Blog wrote:

    > JoyMartell posted: “Future – scary or exciting? Are you scared for the > future of the world? Do you see “doom and gloom” for the direction of our > country? OR Does the future feel like an adventure? Do you believe good > things are waiting? We have plenty to be concerned” >

    Reply

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