WITHOUT EXCLUSION

 WITHOUT EXCLUSION
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

God works in the heart in a myriad of ways to tenderize, teach, and conform it.
He contributes difficulties, trials, and testings to mature us for greater works of service and mold us into who we become.
He utilizes the arenas of our everyday lives to intersect us:
Relationships,
Health,
Finances,
Vocation,
Location,
Life,
Death,
Heartache,
Pain.
All of these, without exclusion, are designated by a hand and heart much greater than our own and each of these is subject to the supreme authority of God.
It is God, and not us, who possesses and holds in His hand the authority to add or subtract what is deemed best for our growth and our good in each of these arenas.
His goal is singular and simple: To make us more like Him and to be glorified through our lives.
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Sometimes we bulk at the difficulties imposed in our lives … quite unaware of their future yield and goal for eternity;
quite unaware of how much we are being changed through them.
We see with a shortsighted and narrow vision a much larger plan of God.
We kick at the confines,
Question the character,
Wonder at the wisdom of this higher authority wielding such extraordinary and everlasting power.
We rebel, resist, and refuse the hand we perceive has dealt us the difficulty;
We contemplate whether the heart behind the hand truly loves us.
And what we don’t understand we often misinterpret.
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God knows all this, in advance, about our human nature and He continues to contend with each of us in a loving, faithful, and fatherly manner anyway.
He doesn’t let go of our frail nature or ignore our attempts to break free of Him.
He holds, clings, and adamantly clutches to the weakness of our frame with a sovereign and holy abandonment … and He loves unceasingly and unchangingly.
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God’s love for you is not dependent upon you … and it never will be.
It rests on the unchanging qualifiers of His righteousness, holiness, and perfect love.
He has all you need and He will provide all you need for your life.
In spite of you ... He holds tight to you.
Cling to the One who wields control.
He's changing you.
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“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue."
2 Peter 1:2-3