June 19 / Proverbs 19 / John 12

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Proverbs 19:3

People’s own foolishness ruins their lives,
but in their minds they blame the Lord.

God is good.

He will never ruin your life.

People “ruin” people’s lives.

And are we ever really ruined???

For those of us who are followers of Jesus, Dallas Willard reminds us that “No irredeemable harm can ever come to us.”

God never fails you. If you believe He does, you have a false concept of God. You do not believe in the God that Jesus of Nazareth revealed to us.

We can never forget that all authority has been given to Jesus, and we are empowered from on high by the Holy Spirit that He died to send us. We all have access to this empowered, free, abundant life. It is simply in the ignoring of this great truth where we see such evil and harm and hate. It is not due to Jesus not really getting His act together. We have a part in this, a participatory part. We really are the physical body of Christ now. We really do have power over earthly kingdoms here and now.

This is NOT “prosperity gospel” BS. Rather this is thy kingdom come, here and now available. Jesus is always open armed to bestow good upon us, making us more than conquerors. It may not look as we anticipate, but if we genuinely trust Him with our welfare, He will do good to us, what is best for us. Sure, you can look at all the awful stuff happening in the world and get depressed, but while you are trudging in the depths, you’re not seeing all the good that is happening (or participating in it!)–and there is a lot. There is a lot of good.

In case you need a little inspiration, you may check into these two ministries I’ve been personally involved with and amazed by:






Like a friend wisely said the other day, we can choose a life of trying to please God, or a life of trusting God. One is exhausting, the other is liberating and restful.

John 12:9-11

So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus as well, because many of the Judaeans were leaving their side on account of him, and were believing in Jesus.

Hey let’s go against everything we teach so that we can keep teaching.

This is a clear sign you have veered off the path you started on.

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