THE  NEW  BELIEVER  
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For those undecided ones who wonder, wander, and worry….

A  TRAP!
When a religious soul turns from the Bible or changes it to suit self, he/she forms a personal religion;

When one forms a personal religion he/she changes God's ways to man's ways;

When one changes God's ways he/she serves self and pleases Satan;

When one serves self and pleases Satan he/she falls into a trap;

Don't fall into Satan's trap ---hold to the Bible and learn God's ways.


THE DISAPPOINTMENTS OF LIFE 
"This thing is from Me" - 1 Kings 12:24 
[I enjoyed this writing as it applies to so many things we, as saints of God face, and we can find peace as we continue to see God in everything; knowing that in good or bad times God will be speaking to us and ever seeks our good, for He cares. It may be people we face, circumstances, or trouble by the enemy of our soul, but our Lord Jesus said: "lo, I am with you always" (Matt. 28:20), and God exhorts us to be "...bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5), for God wants to care for us and not that we should struggle or strive. We might hear our Lord speaking of His care like unto the following sweet writing, in all His "exceeding great and precious promises" (2 Pet. 1:1-4).   - R.L.D.: OR - Disappointments; 12/13]

"The disappointments of life are in reality only the decrees of love. I have a message for you today, My child. I will whisper it softly in your ear, in order that the storm clouds which appear may be gilded with glory, and that the thorns on which you may have to walk may be blunted. The message is short --a tiny sentence, but allow it to sink into the depths of your heart, and be to you as a cushion on which to rest your weary head: 'This thing is from Me.' 

"Have you never thought that aII which concerns you, concerns Me aIso? 'He that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye.' Zech. 2 :8. You have been precious in My eyes; that is why I take a special interest in your upbringing. When temptation assails you, and the enemy comes in like a flood, I would wish you to know that 'This thing is from Me.' I am the God of circumstances. You have not been placed where you are by chance, but because it is the place I have chosen for you. Did you not ask to become humble? Behold, I have placed you in the very place where this lesson is to be learned. It is by your surroundings and your companions that the working of My will is to come about. 

"Have you money difficulties? Is it hard to keep with in your income? 'This thing is from Me.' For I am He that possesses all things. I wish you to draw everything from Me, and that you depend entirely upon Me. My riches are illimitable (Phil. 4 :19). Put My promise to the proof, so that it may not be said of you, 'Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God.' Deut. 1 :32. 

"Are you passing through a night of affliction? 'This thing is from Me.' I am the Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isa. 53 :3). I have left you without human support, that in turning to Me you might obtain eternal consolation (2 Thess. 2:16,17). 

"Has some friend disappointed you? - one to whom you had opened your heart? 'This thing is from Me.' I have allowed this disappointment that you might learn that the best friend is Jesus. He preserves us from falling, fights for us in our combats; yes, the best friend is Jesus. I long to be your confidant. 

"Has someone said false things of you? Leave that, and come closer to Me, under My wings, away from the place of wordy dispute; for I will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday (Psa. 37:6). Have your plans been all upset? Are you crushed and weary? 'This thing is from Me.' 

"Have you made plans and then coming, asked Me to bless them? I wish to make your plans for you. I will take the responsibility, for it is too heavy for you, and you could not perform it alone (Ex. 18 :18). You are but an instrument and not an agent. 

"Have you desired fervently to do some great work for Me? Instead of that you have been laid aside on a bed of sickness and suffering. 'This thing is from Me.' I was unable to attract your attention while you were so active. I wish to teach you some of My deep lessons. It is only those who have learned to wait patiently who can serve Me. My greatest workers are sometimes those who.are laid aside from active service in order that they may learn to wield the weapon of prayer. 

"Are you suddenly called to occupy a difficult position full of responsibilities? Go forward, counting on me. I am giving you the position full of difficulties for the reason that Jehovah your God will bless you in all your works, and in all the business of your hands (Deut. 15:18). This day I place in your hand a pot of holy oil. Draw from it freely, My child, that all the circumstances arising along the pathway, each word that gives you pain, each interruption trying to your patience, each manifestation of your feebleness, may be anointed with this oil. Remember that interruptions are divine instructions, The sting will go in the measure in which you see Me in all things. Therefore set your heart to all the words that I testify among you this day. For it is your life. (Deut. 32 :46, 47.)" 

(Found in J. N. Darby's Bible (circa 1800 AD) - believed to be by Laura A. Barter Snow; forw. from Praise & Prayer Alert 09/13)