Rising From the Ashes! Really!

In I, Radical I make the statement that “I will always have all I need to do all God wants.” What He wants is His will in and for our lives. Over the years some have questioned such a bold and starightforward claim. I realize that it is bold but the fact is that it is based on two pillars; one fairly reliable, and the other totally certain.

The “fairly reliable” pillar is the testimony of personal experience and that of many others. It has been my experience for over 40 years but that’s not a really long time and I’m not at the end of my race yet. God may leave me hanging out to dry and I may be shown to be a fool. But I’m not in the least bit worried about that. I have read the biographies of many others who have trusted God and their testimonies are amazingly consistent. People like Hudson Taylor, George Mueller, Mother Teresa, and Amy Charmichael all say the same thing – God provides for what God calls. We sometimes get confused between what we WANT and what God ASKS. He isn’t obligated to provide for any whim or fancy we might have and His ways are not like ours, but He is the Creator King of the Universe and nothing is beyond His ability to supply to those who are striving to do His will.

An example of this principle is found in chapter 3 in I, Radical, the back-story of C12. It’s called “Rising From The Ashes.” Along with several others I share the story of how God carried our business through an arson that wiped out our office and laboratory at a time when our company had no insurance and no ability to borrow. Someone squirted gasoline under our front door and torched us. It looked like that was the end of the dream of having a business that would honor God for sure…and yet… it wasn’t! In the mid-seventies with no insurance and no credit and interest rates at 20% and stag-flation and 10% unemplyement, we not only survived but lived a miracle. It’s a great story, get a copy of I, Radical and check it out.

Oh yes, that second pillar; it’s simply this, every Christian will be judged for what we have done with the opportunities, resoiurces, anad gifts that we have been given in relation for the plan that God has for our lives. If God were to judge us but didn’t provide what we needed to do His will He would be unjust… and He’s not! No Way! (Mini-Bible Study! Read and think about – Ephesians 2:10. II Corinthians 5:10, I Corinthians 3:15-18, Philippians 4:19)

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