What does is it mean to have a relationship with God?

There are many questions that people have about God, and how we, ourselves, can have a relationship, and KNOW him! In my life, it has been a marvelous journey, learning how to trust and draw my life from God. I've found that the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, and Moses, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah)--IS. My life is forever changed.

One person that helped me is Charles Stanley--here is a conversation with him, and his explaination about how to have a relationship with God.  Click HERE.   Peninah

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2 Corinthians 1:3-4
New International Version (NIV)

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.


There is no university for a Christian, like that of sorrow and trial" CH Spurgeon

When I first became disabled, a friend told me I was on a bed of languishing. LOL, I said, "NO!" "I am on a bed of learning!" Peninah


Turning Our Crisis into an Opportunity

Charles F. Stanley

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Genesis Chapters 37-50

I. Introduction: How do you respond to a crisis? Too often, we fail to view suffering with an eternal perspective. At some point, we all will face hardships, losses, and painful circumstances. But our heavenly Father always has a purpose for adversity in our lives, and we can profit from it if we respond correctly. The Old Testament patriarch Joseph experienced difficulty, but he learned to react wisely. From his example, we can understand how to turn our crises into opportunities.

II. Seven Crises in the Life of Joseph

He was . . .

A. Hated by his brothers (Gen. 37:1-17): As Jacob’s favorite son, he made things worse by telling his brothers they would bow down to him one day.

B. Thrown in a pit (Gen. 37:18-24): Although helpless, he remembered God’s promise for the future. That meant the Lord would not allow him to die.

C. Sold into slavery by his brothers (Gen. 37:25-36): Instead of rebelling against his captors, Joseph took advantage of the situation and learned about the Egyptian culture and language, trusting that God had a purpose for allowing hardship.

D. Forced to work as a slave for Potiphar, Pharaoh’s chief bodyguard (Gen. 39:1-6): There he learned how an Egyptian family operated. Though as a Hebrew and a slave, Joseph was considered inferior, he gained knowledge about how to manage a large, prosperous household.

E. Targeted for Seduction by Potiphar’s wife (Gen. 39:7-20): Despite the cost, Joseph remained faithful to God. Through this crisis, Joseph discovered his own strength to resist temptation and demonstrated the depth of his devotion to the Lord.

F. Sent to prison unjustly for refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife (Gen. 39:20-23): Even though Joseph was wronged, he was obedient to the authorities and treated others with kindness.

G. Asked to interpret Pharaoh’s dream (Gen. 41:15-16): When Joseph explained that famine would come after seven years of abundance, he advised Pharaoh to prepare by storing food from the years of plenty. In response, the ruler promoted him to second-in-command over all of Egypt and placed Joseph in charge of administering food storage. Why was Joseph ready for such a responsibility? He had used each crisis in his life as an opportunity to develop himself into a wiser, godlier person.

III. How to Turn a Crisis into an Opportunity

  • A. Trust that God is working everything in your life for your good (Rom. 8:28).
  • B. Believe that the heavenly Father is in control of everything.
  • C. Accept that the Lord’s ways are higher than ours (Isa. 55:8-9).
  • D. Refuse to make quick judgments in the midst of a crisis.
  • E. Focus on the Father instead of circumstances. Meditate on Scripture, which fuels your awareness of God’s unconditional love and comforting presence.
  • F. Avoid dwelling on the pain. It’s normal to feel the sting of loss and suffering, but instead of fixating on the grief, go to the ultimate Source of strength—God Himself.
  • G. Recall past crises and the opportunities that followed. (See Romans 8:29.)
  • H. Let go of anger immediately (Eph. 4:26).
  • I. Submit to God’s will.
  • J. Demonstrate a spirit of gratitude.
  • K. Determine to view the trial as a chance to see God at work.
  • L. Refuse to listen to unscriptural interpretations of the situation.
  • M. Remain in constant prayer, listening for the Father’s instructions. God will often use hardship to draw you closer to Himself.
  • N. Do not give in to fluctuating emotions.
  • O. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him. You can’t go wrong by trusting Him with your entire life.

IV. CONCLUSION: Are you facing a crisis today? If so, the Lord wants to use it to develop your skills, strengthen your character, and draw you closer to Him. My prayer is that you will surrender to the grace and love of the Father, even in the midst of adversity. Then you will be able to turn each crisis of your life into an amazing opportunity to see Him work.

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10 Reasons to Believe in a God Who Allows Suffering

Natural disasters. Terrorist acts. Injustice. Incurable disease. All these experiences point to suffering, and can cause people to question the love and goodness of a God who would let such things occur. In this publication, we seek to consider who God is, and why we can trust Him even when life hurts—and we don’t know why.

Suffering Comes With The Freedom To Choose

Loving parents long to protect their children from unnecessary pain. But wise parents know the danger of over-protection. They know that the freedom to choose is at the heart of what it means to be human, and that a world without choice would be worse than a world without pain. Worse yet would be a world populated by people who could make wrong choices without feeling any pain. No one is more dangerous than the liar, thief, or killer who doesn’t feel the harm he is doing to himself and to others (Genesis 2:15-17).

Pain Can Warn Us Of Danger

We hate pain, especially in those we love. Yet without discomfort, the sick wouldn’t go to a doctor. Worn-out bodies would get no rest. Criminals wouldn’t fear the law. Children would laugh at correction. Without pangs of conscience, the daily dissatisfaction of boredom, or the empty longing for significance, people who are made to find satisfaction in an eternal Father would settle for far less. The example of Solomon, lured by pleasure and taught by his pain, shows us that even the wisest among us tend to drift from good and from God until arrested by the resulting pain of their own shortsighted choices (Ecclesiastes 1-12; Psalms 78:34-35; Romans 3:10-18).

Suffering Reveals What Is In Our Hearts

Suffering often occurs at the hand of others. But it has a way of revealing what is in our own hearts. Capacities for love, mercy, anger, envy, and pride can lie dormant until awakened by circumstances. Strength and weakness of heart is found not when everything is going our way but when flames of suffering and temptation test the mettle of our character. As gold and silver are refined by fire, and as coal needs time and pressure to become a diamond, the human heart is revealed and developed by enduring the pressure and heat of time and circumstance. Strength of character is shown not when all is well with our world but in the presence of human pain and suffering (Job 42:1-17; Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-5; 1 Peter 1:6-8).

Suffering Takes Us To The Edge Of Eternity

If death is the end of everything, then a life filled with suffering isn’t fair. But if the end of this life brings us to the threshold of eternity, then the most fortunate people in the universe are those who discover, through suffering, that this life is not all we have to live for. Those who find themselves and their eternal God through suffering have not wasted their pain. They have let their poverty, grief, and hunger drive them to the Lord of eternity. They are the ones who will discover to their own unending joy why Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:1-12; Romans 8:18-19).

Pain Loosens Our Grip On This Life

In time, our work and our opinions are sought less and less. Our bodies become increasingly worse for the wear. Gradually they succumb to inevitable obsolescence. Joints stiffen and ache. Eyes grow dim. Digestion slows. Sleep becomes difficult. Problems loom larger and larger while options narrow. Yet, if death is not the end but the threshold of a new day, then the curse of old age is also a blessing. Each new pain makes this world less inviting and the next life more appealing. In its own way, pain paves the way for a graceful departure ( Ecclesiastes 12:1-14).

Suffering Gives Opportunity To Trust God

The most famous sufferer of all time was a man named Job. According to the Bible, Job lost his family to “a mighty wind,” his wealth to war and fire, and his health to painful boils. Through it all, God never told Job why it was happening. As Job endured the accusations of his friends, heaven remained silent. When God finally did speak, He did not reveal that His archenemy Satan had challenged Job’s motives for serving God. Neither did the Lord apologize for allowing Satan to test Job’s devotion to God. Instead, God talked about mountain goats giving birth, young lions on the hunt, and ravens in the nest. He cited the behavior of the ostrich, the strength of the ox, and the stride of the horse. He cited the wonders of the heavens, the marvels of the sea, and the cycle of the seasons. Job was left to conclude that if God had the power and wisdom to create this physical universe, there was reason to trust that same God in times of suffering (Job 1-42).

God Suffers With Us In Our Suffering

No one has suffered more than our Father in heaven. No one has paid more dearly for the allowance of sin into the world. No one has so continuously grieved over the pain of a race gone bad. No one has suffered like the One who paid for our sin in the crucified body of His own Son. No one has suffered more than the One who, when He stretched out His arms and died, showed us how much He loved us. It is this God who, in drawing us to Himself, asks us to trust Him when we are suffering and when our own loved ones cry out in our presence ( 1 Peter 2:21; 3:18; 4:1 ).

God’s Comfort Is Greater Than Our Suffering

The apostle Paul pleaded with the Lord to take away an unidentified source of suffering. But the Lord declined saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” “Therefore,” said Paul, “most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Paul learned that he would rather be with Christ in suffering than without Christ in good health and pleasant circumstances.

In Times Of Crisis, We Find One Another

No one would choose pain and suffering. But when there is no choice, there remains some consolation. Natural disasters and times of crisis have a way of bringing us together. Hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, riots, illnesses, and accidents all have a way of bringing us to our senses. Suddenly we remember our own mortality and that people are more important than things. We remember that we do need one another and that, above all, we need God. Each time we discover God’s comfort in our own suffering, our capacity to help others is increased. This is what the apostle Paul had in mind when he wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” ( 2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

God Can Turn Suffering Around For Our Good

This truth is best seen in the many examples of the Bible. Through Job’s suffering we see a man who not only came to a deeper understanding of God but who also became a source of encouragement for people in every generation to follow. Through the rejection, betrayal, enslavement, and wrongful imprisonment of a man named Joseph, we see someone who eventually was able to say to those who had hurt him, “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good” ( Genesis 50:20). When everything in us screams at the heavens for allowing suffering, we have reason to look at the eternal outcome and joy of Jesus who in His own suffering on an executioner’s cross cried, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” ( Matthew 27:46)

You’re Not Alone

You’re Not Alone

You’re not alone if you find yourself honestly unconvinced about whether Christ rose from the dead. But keep in mind that Jesus promised God’s help to those who want to be right with God. He said, “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own” (John 7:17 NIV).

If you do see the reasonableness of the resurrection, keep in mind that the Bible says Christ died to pay the price for our sins, and those who believe in their heart that God has raised Him from the dead will be saved (Romans 10:9-10). The salvation Christ offers is not a reward for effort, but a gift to all who in light of the evidence put their trust in Him.

Natural disasters. Terrorist acts. Injustice. Incurable disease. All these experiences point to suffering, and can ca

Natural disasters. Terrorist acts. Injustice. Incurable disease. All these experiences point to suffering, and can cause people to question the love and goodness of a God who would let such things occur. In this publication, we seek to consider who God is, and why we can trust Him even when life hurts—and we don’t know why.


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