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Someone once asked Jesus, so He answered. John 9:3 – “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God may be displayed in his life.” Jesus wasn’t saying that this man or his parents never sinned, he said no sin was the cause of this. This happened so that the glory of God may be put on display. First – some things are the cause of sin. If you are facing something, a trial – just ask Him – God, did I cause this? Is there something that I’m doing, or a way that I am thinking that is preventing you from delivering me, or bringing victory in my life? Joshua faced this – God parts the Jordan River – and brings a million plus people - to the Land He promised them. The Mighty Walls of Jericho fall down – the fear of God is on all the nations around them. And they get their butts kicked by Ai? – you can barely even call that a city! What happened! Sometimes it’s not a longtime struggle, sometimes it comes up quickly. In this case – it was because of Achan’s sin. Sin causes stuff to happen; sin causes separation from God, and sin always has harmful effects; spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, relationally. Sin can block what God wants to do. I Peter 3:7 - Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with honor as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. Husbands, if you are not being kind and understanding to your wife, if you are not laying down your life for her… Your prayers aren't being heard! It’s not God’s fault - your actions are preventing God’s answer! You might not be married, do you honor your parents or those in authority, do you have a critical spirit? Has bitterness taken root in you? Is there unforgiveness in your heart towards someone? Is there a pattern if your life un-surrendered to His authority, are you disobeying in an area? Just not following God’s plan for your good, brings other plans for your destruction. There is always an effect of sin. Sin causes bad things to happen. Every road leads somewhere – the end of the road for every sin – is destruction. So take an honest look first, use sober judgment. Ask God, He loves you! He will show you.
But sometimes things occur through no direct action of your own. God said this was the case with the man who was blind from birth. Things happen – which are not a direct result of sin, or your sin, personally. If your parents chose divorce – when God said “What God has put together, let not man separate.” That was not your fault, that was their choice. The consequence you faced because of it, was not God’s will, but He will show himself strong to you through it, He will display his glory in your life – despite it. Be sure of this, God doesn’t break things so He can fix them. He’s not a false hero. Are there things in your life that you have faced since birth, or have faced for a long time, or may have arisen recently that have burden you greatly? What the devil intended for evil – God will turn it for good. God will make good come in it, and good to come from it. Joseph recognized this and shared it with His brothers when they feared for their lives after their father died. Gen 50:19 – But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So whether no one’s sin caused this trial in your life, or no sin of your own caused this trial in your life. God will use this to put His glory on display. Be careful – in the midst of deliverance – there is often a test. And it comes suddenly. Joseph was tested. He could have gotten angry with God or his brothers – He chose instead to give all glory to God. To leave the past behind him, and Praise God for the present and believe His promise for the future. Both the lame man faced a test, and the ‘blind from birth’ man also faced a test after their deliverance. Will you forgive? Will you believe? Will you be thankful? The devil can’t stop God from delivering you! Don’t let him steal your victory, don't let him steal your joy, and don't let him get you to fall into sin. Jonah did. God could have left him in that big fish! But God saved Him! And that was even his own sin that caused that trial in his life. But when God did a miracle - and brought deliverance to Nineveh, Jonah didn't rejoice in God displaying his glory - He got mad and threw a fit. He wasn't prepared for the test. Do you walk in complete victory? Even now? Before you see the glory He will surely display? Trust God – His decisions in your life are right - fully trustworthy. His judgments are right! Even in affliction - He’s faithful! Whatever situation you may be facing, no matter what day it is (a day of trouble, or not) Call on the LORD – Praise Him, Give Thanks, Count it All Joy! And when He delivers you – whatever test the LORD allows that the devil tries to bring - be ready, humble yourself – let God receive all the glory. Give Him the Praise He deserves – so your blessing remains! Its funny how we judge God’s goodness by our present situation, or our present comfort level. But God’s Goodness is far above our situation at the time, or what we go through in life. You don’t even know what struggle is – compared to what some people have had to go through! I Thessalonians 5:18 - In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. If you can give God thanks because He will display His glory in this situation - even before you see it fully happen, you'll be better prepared for the test that often accompanies God's deliverance. God loves you, He has good for you, He hears, He saves. Praying that you will rejoice – in every situation. That you will have a faith that moves mountains, that you will believe and know and praise Him in advance! That victory will be yours even before you see His full deliverance. God will surely display His glory through your life! His plans for you are good. You can trust Him.
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