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God's in the Deliverance Business
Theme of the Week: God Weaves Purpose into Our Pain
Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Who Said It … Max Lucado

Max Lucado is the minster of preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. His "UpWords" radio messages can be heard on radio stations around the world. Max is the author of numerous books including God's Story, Your Story; Grace; and You'll Get Through This—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. He has been married to Denalyn since 1981.

What he Said … God's in the Deliverance Business

Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz is to Mardi Gras: bold, brassy, and everywhere.

Out of the lions' den for Daniel, the whale's belly for Jonah, the grave for Lazarus, the shackles for Paul.

God gets us through stuff. Through the Red Sea onto dry ground (Ex. 14:22), through the wilderness (Deut. 29:5), through the valley of the shadow of death (Ps. 23:4).

It won't be painless. Have you wept your final tear or received your last round of chemotherapy? Not necessarily. But God does pledge to reweave your pain for a higher purpose.

It won't be quick. Sometimes God takes his time. [It took] 120 years to prepare Noah for the flood, 80 years to prepare Moses for his work. How long will God take with you? He may take his time. His history is redeemed not in minutes but in lifetimes.

But God will use your mess for good. We see a perfect mess; God sees a perfect chance to train, test, and teach.

Key Study Passage: Romans 8

Adapted from You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, 2013; by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, you tell me in your Word that you can bring good out of the worst situations (Rom. 8:28) and that nothing can ever separate me from your love (Rom. 8:35-39). Help me to believe and cling to these truths and promises, especially when major disappointments and devastating news come my way.

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Todd Ham

September 07, 2014  10:43am

I have spent ten years praying about something in my life that is breaking my heart and the heart of my daughter. Basically I have spoke to carpet best I can tell. I know there is a creator but just don't think he is listening anymore.

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Curt Schleicher

September 07, 2014  10:06am

Yes yes yes ! a thousand times over and over and over! Again and again. Forevermore! In my life He has performed miracles i can only attribute to God.

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