What Does This Mean? | August 2015
There was no sickness, pain or death in the Garden of Eden. Yet that is certainly not the case for us now! In Paul’s words, ‘creation has been subjected to futility’. Rom 8:20. This situation was triggered when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and took the whole human race into sin and independence. Every day, the world experiences ‘futility’ in the form of suffering, sickness, fear and death. God subjected mankind to futility in hope, so we could ‘be set free from its slavery into the freedom of the glory of the children of God’. Rom 8:21. His plan is not just for suffering to cease. He wants to deliver us into the kind of sonship that will never again fall. In fact, He has provided everything we need to grow to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Friday | 05 February 2016
As we meet the Lord and one another, we learn how to process our responses to suffering. In the first instance, it is helpful to acknowledge that our responses to grief or trauma, such as shock, denial, anger or resentment are not necessarily an indication of our unwillingness to accept the sufferings of Christ. This simply shows us that we are suffering! Inevitably, there is an emotional, mental or physical impact upon us when we experience a violation or grief. The apostle Paul made some helpful statements in his letter to the Corinthians concerning our responses to suffering. He said, ‘We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed’. Like the apostle Paul, we will be perplexed at times and may not know how to proceed in the midst of our suffering. Yet, we...
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This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 1Jn 5:6-8.
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'Restoring my soul' is a monthly daily devotional guide produced by Restoration Publications. The title is taken from the well-known words of the psalmist, ´He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name´s sake´. Psa 23:3. This verse beautifully portrays a vibrant devotional life. The purpose of the devotional guide is to help individuals and families digest the word of God in daily portions.
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