Ever Been Mad at God? 

Have you ever been mad at God? Most of us have; because in a sense at times we lose the light to our path. We start to get into trouble in this life when we try to figure out where God is taking us. We get into a vicious cycle of “Since this happened God must be doing this” or “since I didn’t get this job this must be what He wants.” Satan loves when we try to figure out God because then our focus is on us and not others. Many problems in this life come from our own selfish desires.



If we could figure out God, He would not be God! So why do we spend countless hours fretting about our future? The farther we are from Jesus, the more control we desire. The closer we are to Jesus, the more we see His love for us. Sometimes we see wicked men succeed (in a worldly sense) and sometimes we see the righteous suffer (in a worldly sense). When we question this, we are trying to figure out God’s scales for justice. I have questioned God for many years. Why did He take my dad when I was 13? Why did I smoke that joint and it ruined many aspects of my life? Why did our son get Autism? Why? Why? Why? My problem and yours with God will always be an issue when we try to make this world heaven.



No wonder we are frustrated with the plans we see. We see injustice, but we don’t see behind the scenes. At Disney World, there is a whole city underneath the Magic Kingdom. People are changing clothes, making outfits, and doing all the work to make everything above ground go according to plan. I am sure it looks like chaos underneath, so on top all we see is a smoothly functioning theme park. In this life, we equate joy with being in control. We want to make sure we have all the parts and pieces going in the right direction as that will ensure safety for us.



No matter how much money you have, how secure your job, your health or your future – it can all evaporate in an instant; YES an instant.



The verse that follows is at the end of the book of Job. After all the questions and concerns, God finally answers Job and his friends. This is just part of what God says:




“Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct? Who gives intuition to the heart and instinct to the mind? Who is wise enough to count all the clouds? Who can tilt the water jars of heaven when the parched ground is dry and the soil has hardened into clods? Can you stalk prey for a lioness and satisfy the young lions’ appetites as they lie in their dens or crouch in the thicket? Who provides food for the ravens when their young cry out to God and wander about in hunger?” Job 38:35-41 NLT




Even though the lion hunts, God brings the lion its prey. Don’t ever be so arrogant that you think all your hard work, long hours, and playing politics will get you the next big deal or the next championship. We do what we can with the talents God gave us BUTthe victory is the Lord’s and the Lord’s alone.



You can work 24 hours a day, give it all you can – and if God does not want it to happen, it won’t. If you want to get mad at God, then transfer that over to Satan who has twisted you into thinking that God does not love you. That is a lie of Satan; it is not from God. God is the only place you can turn to. Today, stop believing a lie that you are the master of your ship and in control of your destiny. All we are called to do is put our hand to the plow with our talents, but it is God and God alone who sends the rain. Oh, and by the way, STOP trying to make this life heaven. When you look to death and heaven as your reward, then nothing on this earth can steal your joy, nothing! That is true victory.



Copyright © 2012 Brad Henry.



Author: Brad Henry

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As Christians spend time studying the Bible and coming to know God and his character, our faith expands. We become carbonated Christians walking with more power than we ever imagined. Outrageous power to forgive the unforgivable, stand bravely in the face of fear, and love our enemies. Passion to reach out to the lost despite intense shyness. An overwhelming desire to put others first and the strength to pray instead of panic when our nightmare comes true.



If it feels like your faith is flat, supercharge it with time at God’s feet. Let his Word work in you to infuse your faith and explode it into a cascading fountain of power and trust.



Nothing we imagine will exceed what God is able to do according to the power of his Spirit at work in us. His Spirit transforms us into us carbonated Christians.



Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20 NIV



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Come to God in faith — and expect an answer! 


(James 1:6-8)


When you ask God for help, remember that He is faithful. When Jesus invited Peter to walk with Him on the water, Peter was able to do it — as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus and focused on his circumstances — looking at the waves around him and the water beneath him, he sank. When you ask God for help, focus on His Word and what He is speaking to your heart to believe for, rather than letting your faith be determined by your situation.

Walking With God. 

Walking with God is a process. It’s a journey. As a Christian, you’ll still experience life’s ups and downs. But, now you’re connected to a loving God who has an amazing life in store for you and to other believers who are walking out their faith just like you.


“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 TLB


God gives meaning to life and is all about giving us purpose. As you follow Jesus, His spirit and way of thinking will change you for the better.


“Live the way God’s people should live, because He chose you to be His. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love.”Ephesians 4:1-2 ERV


Over the past five days, we’ve talked about receiving God’s forgiveness, the importance of prayer, reading the Bible, and being in a community with believers. We hope this series has helped as you begin your faith journey. Be encouraged. Walk with God and you will be blessed!

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God’s lamp. 

The Lord continually probes our hearts with his penetrating light. His word says,



“The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being” (Proverbs 20:27).

Whether we recognize him or not, God continually examines us. Our part in the process requires a willingness to look with God and discover what keeps us from experiencing a vibrant relationship with him. 
We all desire to live healed and with power. Asking the God of the universe to shine his lamp on us and in us as he leads us his way is the best place to begin.


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A Dove Of Wisdom. 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 NIV

The Hebrew word used here for fear suggests reverence and awe. A person seeking wisdom is willing to bow down to God simply because of the awe and respect they feel for Him. This phrase also suggests total dependence on God.

Our culture does not teach this kind of fear or respect, therefore, it is a concept many people do not fully understand. Respect means that I trust the other person and esteem them, or hold them in high regard. It also means that I am willing to be submissive to another person. Oh yes, the ‘S’ word–submit. To respect another causes one to desire to please that person and perhaps even emulate them.



As Proverbs 1:7 tells us, a fool does not feel the need to respect God and therefore lacks the wisdom and knowledge that comes only from God. In fact, the fool chooses to go the opposite direction from wisdom.



I like this quote from Walter Lippman:




“It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.”




The fool is like a deaf audience. He has no way to gain wisdom because he doesn’t understand or respect the way to wisdom, which is the Lord. The fool refuses to submit to God because he doesn’t trust God.



When I fear the Lord and walk before Him in respect, He makes me so much wiser than I should be. Really, I am a blonde underneath the Miss Clairol on my head, so sometimes I am stunned by the wisdom that God gives me.



I don’t want to be a fool!



How about you?



Let’s learn to respect, trust and submit to God in order to get a dose of WISDOM.



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Temptation To Sin. 

Temptation to sin has a broad spectrum of application. It can be telling a little-white-lie or a big fat in-your-face lie. It can mean inflating numbers on a work report or stealing a widow’s retirement account. It can describe lusting after a person or having a full-blown affair.  At some point in our walk with Christ, we will be tested.  We will be tempted! The Bible makes it clear we are not bad people because we are tempted. How we handle the temptation, however, says a lot about who we are at our core.  Matthew 12:33 (NLT) says,“A tree is identified by its fruit.  If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad.”


Just as temptation begins in our mind, we can use our mind to combat following through and ultimately committing sin.

The next time we are tempted to commit sin, use our minds in any variety of ways to help resist. One way is to focus on something else. Call a friend. Go for a run. Schedule a volunteer opportunity at a homeless shelter.  Share the temptation with a trusted Godly friend. Read the Psalms. Redirect thoughts. Another way is to think about consequences of the intended sin. How will it inflict pain or suffering? Will it be worth the potential emotional and practical consequences? A great way to fight temptation is to pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to provide the necessary strength to stay strong! Ask Him to bring-to-mind Scripture references to help the fight.

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