Thursday, January 17, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 5 - Seeing Life From God's View

In today's reading (where today is Friday if you started on Monday) we read that life is to be viewed as both a test and a trust. I certainly feel like I'm being tested at the moment. I had to go back to the doctors today as I haven't been getting much better - I've got some different antibiotics now which hopefully alongside all the people praying for me will lead to a quick recovery. I find it so hard being ill! There are so many things I want to be getting on with and I so want to preach on Sunday morning. Trusting God can be easy until you find yourself in a storm, believing that God is in this and developing both me and us as a church through it. What are the areas where trusting God is an issue for you at the moment? Be honest!

It's encouraging to read the comments on the blog and hear from LifeGroups (housegroups as was) about how much people are already getting from The Purpose Driven Life. We're only at the beginning - can't wait for the next 35 days.

Rick's notes are below. Have fun!

Simon.

p.s. Slightly more sure about Kevin Keegan after Newcastle won 4-1 last night!

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The way you see your life shapes your life!

The way you view life is your life metaphor. It's your description of how life works and what you expect from it; it influences your life more than you realize and determines your expectations, values, relationships, goals, and priorities. To fulfill the purposes God has for you, you will have to base your view on the biblical metaphors of life. These are: Life is a test, and life is a trust.

Life is a test - God continually tests people’s character, faith, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty. Character is both developed and revealed, and all of life is a test. When you understand that life is a test, you realize that every day is important. God wants you to pass the tests of life, so he never allows the tests to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them.

Life is a trust - We are to be stewards of whatever God gives us. All we enjoy is to be treated as a trust that God has placed in our hands. If you treat everything as a trust, God promises three rewards in eternity: affirmation, promotion, and celebration.

“Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones.” Luke 16:10a (NLT)

7 comments:

irene said...

just home from life group....great to hear other peoples thoughts...we are such a large group we split into 3 and spread through the house...we then had a time of worship all together and we sang words that were particularly relevant....about eternity.....and God being the alpha and omega and that history belongs to Him .....and i will spend eternity with you...great to be reminded of this again and again

i have been thinking a bit about what drives me...and looking at the suggestions in the book i can see that at certain seasons of my life i have been driven by each of them....

i had begun to think that i wouldnt be able to keep pace with the book as it seemed as if i would need to spend time looking at some of the truths and i was a bit worried in case i missed something........but pete reminded me of the spiritual significance of the 40 days and encouraged me to keep pace...suggesting that i can re-visit areas later if needed...and that God would bless me in the 40 day period....so will def. keep pace...thanks pete..!!!

any one else out there...please post...we can call it a "line group" instead of a " life group" ho ho

hope you are feeling much better soon simon...
irene m.

sandra said...

good to hear your comments Irene. We too had a good night at LG and had a particularly moving discussion about the fabulous drama the youth did which led to some specific prayer for not only ourselves but for our children and young people
Sandra

Sarah L said...

I've been really encouraged by my son Josh's willingness and eagerness to make sure he does his workbook on a daily basis. It's really getting him thinking about things which is great as he's only 7. It also makes me realise how slack I'd become with my quiet time (not alot of chance with 3 boys!!!) Sarah

irene said...

hello again.. sarah .....good to hear that the children are doing this as well...
i have had conversations with three different friends today about what they are getting from the study...really good sharing with them and seeing how God is using the study already....

even better was the sense of excitement....glad it isnt just me who seems excited.!!!

thinking today about what tests i felt i was going through and i can see a recurring theme over the years in particular with finances and with having faith for my 2adult children to return to God.....but reassuring to again know that God doesnt give us more than we can handle and i have seen that to be true over the years...just when i think i cant do this any more i seem to receive a fresh amount of grace..patience and faith

again Simon....hoping and praying you are continuing to get better

irene m

Simon Benham said...

Great to read the comments. And yes I am continuing to get better thanks.

Simon.

Jacqui W-G said...

My LifeGroup have come up with our own Blog which we have invited members only so that we can reflect and think through things through, reflect and keep in touch.We have had some male contributions too!

Simon Benham said...

Hi Jacqui,

You'll have to let me know the secret of getting men to contribute! Quite impressive to hear of a LifeGroup having its own blog - must be a first for our church.

Simon.