Graceful Truth — Suffering & Trials

SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH GOD'S EYES

Bill Elliff Suffering & Trials

How we see things is most always through the lens of our particular perspective, our bias. And, it's not always right. This is why it is so critical to be a man who has humbled himself and listened to God. A man who sees all of life through God's eyes finds the right perspective. And this changes everything. Joseph was such a man. It is why his story stands out in human history. Joseph was used by God to deliver the Israelite nation in a time of famine. Indeed, he was used to save the whole world from worldwide famine....

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CONTINUING WHEN THERE SEEMS TO BE NO REWARD

Bill Elliff Suffering & Trials

There are many times that we do our work, but it is hard or painful and it looks like it is all done for nothing. a couple pouring into a prodigal child, even though the child refuses to respond to their love a person investing in an unbeliever, although they continually reject the gospel a mate continuing to love and give to their mate, even though there does not seem to be love in return. the employee who faithfully does his work ""unto God"" even though he seems to be opposed and looked over. the one who is suffering physically...

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7 REASONS WE SHOULD EMBRACE GOD'S TRAINING

Bill Elliff Christian Life Suffering & Trials

Every significant task on earth requires training. The homemaker, the accountant, the pastor, the CEO all have to learn somewhere and somehow. To do life in the way God intends requires training, and God Himself, our Father, is our Master Trainer.  IT'S HARD Ask anyone who has been trained or is in the process. To be rightly developed, there is a process involved that is often not easy. Part of this is to acclimate the trainee to the rigors of what they are about to do. A soldier must face some simulated battlefield conditions to be ready for the real...

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OUR BLESSED HOPE

Bill Elliff Suffering & Trials

I was visiting a wonderful,  godly lady yesterday who has faced tremendous, continual suffering in this life. She nearly died recently, unconscious and failing for many days, and then she woke up, right on the brink of death. She told me that when she awakened, she was disappointed at first that she had not been taken on to heaven. In my head, I completely understood this natural thought, although I cannot imagine the depths of her experience. Heaven would have completely released her from this life of suffering. I have pastored many people who are at the point in their...

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The Value of God's Training

Bill Elliff Discipleship/Equipping Suffering & Trials

God knows what He's doing with His children. He is perfect in His applications of both love and truth, pain and healing, discipline and compassion. This is why we should embrace His reproof when it comes. His timing is perfect and His endgame is completely right in every intent. Job, a man who went through the most intense difficulties, but still under the sovereign hand of God, saw this. “Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also...

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