Page 53 – We have a tendency to think of light as good and darkness as evil. They are often portrayed that way in books and movies. But when we read the Scripture we find God in the darkness. In Exodus 20:21 it says, “So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.” Deuteronomy 5:23 tells of God speaking to Moses “from the midst of the darkness.”… (and) Psalm 18:11 – “He made darkness His secret place.”
It may be a little uncomfortable passing through the darkness, but don’t fear it. God is not only in the darkness, He is at work doing good things on your behalf.
Page 52 – When we are passing through a difficult situation we are often blinded to what is really taking place. We can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. These are the times we try to avoid because we think they are working against us. But the days of creation teach us otherwise. As each day passed from darkness to light, it brought with it a new revelation. There was dry land, then trees and vegetation, then living creatures and so forth. God’s work in the darkness was revealed by the light. So it is with us. We must pass through the darkness to get to the light. Each time we do, we get a new revelation of God’s working in our lives and we find that it was good.
Excerpt from ‘The Heart and Soul of God’ by Dave Stone.
Page 51-52 – I remember years ago there was a button that Bill Gothard used to make available to those who attended his Basic Youth Conficts seminars. It simply read, “PBPWMGINFWMY”. It stood for: “Please Be Patient With Me, God Is Not Finished With Me Yet.” Don’t get discouraged if it seems like you’re not making any progress in your walk with God. He is Working and He will continue to work. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like it. In fact, there are times when others will see the change in you before you do.
Page 49 – The days of creation are an illustration of the work of salvation and sanctification that God is producing in the lives of those who believe in Him. It has a definite starting point, and a specific goal to which it is being directed.
As you read through the verses of Genesis 1 there are three things in particular that stand out in relation to God’s work as it applies to creation and to our lives: (1) It is progressive. (2) It is from darkness to light. And, (3) it is good.
Page 41 – There is another promise in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 for those who love God: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.” What a wonderful promise. I have heard this used as a promise we can look forward to in heaven. I believe that in heaven we will see colors we have never seen and hear music we have never heard. But the context indicates that it is not only a future promise, but a present reality as well. Even though we can’t see it , hear it, or understand it, we can still know that God has set Himself to do us good if we are His children.
Page 41 – The context of Romans 8:18-39 has to do with suffering and the final outcome. When we suffer, we are not alone. God has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in us and to help us in our weakness and aid us with our prayers. If we will cooperate with Him, we can be assured that God’s good purpose will be revealed in us.
What is the result of our suffering? In verse 18, it is glory. In verse 26, it is His present help. In verse 28, it will work for good. In verse 31, God is on our side. In verses 33 and 34 He intercedes for us. In verses 35-39 it is God inseparable love. And in verse 37 it is victory – we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ.
Page 38 – Romans 8:28 has become a foundation verse in my walk with God. It has given me strength and confidence to go through difficult situations because I know that the outcome is not left to fate or chance. My life is under the divine control of a loving Heavenly Father who cares for me and will work all things together for my good. No matter what happens, I can’t lose.
Page 33 – When we begin to see God’s heart for us, it should make a difference in the way we respond to difficult and unpleasant situations. If He can turn our mourning into dancing, He can turn our complaining into praise. It is with a grateful heart that we can trust in God to work all things together for good. Having that kind of outlook in life gives us a definite advantage as we face trials and tribulations.
Page 31 – God’s desire to be in a relationship with His people is more than just a good intention. His everlasting love is connected to an everlasting covenant. What is that covenant? Jer. 32:40 tells us: “I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good.” Contrary to what some people might think, God is not out to punish you. He’s out to do you good.
Page 28 – True faith does not just believe a doctrine – it knows the Person of Jesus Christ and trusts Him in every circumstance. It doesn’t matter if it is healing, provision, guidance, or whatever the need may be, knowing that He is in control is what counts. My doctrine may fail me, but God will never fail.