His Grace Is Enough

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.”
– 1 Peter 4:12-13

 

Dr. Bob Miller

Dr. Bob Miller

Our lives full of confusing challenges that often escape understanding.  We know friends and loved ones who have been trophies of tenderness, yet now suffer with struggling situations.  Some have debilitating health issues . . . some face injustice . . . some live with the consequences of other’s decisions.

There is real suffering and pain.  It would be so easy for God to release us to a life of heavenly joy than to wallow in this hellish junk.  Why doesn’t He just give us our promised hope instead of us grasping for permanent help?

Peter describes a purpose that gives perspective on our problems.  Granted, our understanding is limited.  But, our God’s understanding is limitless.  He longs to replace our fear, failure and fatigue with faith.

My Growth.  Peter reminds us to be ready and “not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon [us] to test [us]”.  Our first response to any difficulty is often surprise and shock.  We ask “How could God allow this to happen?” or “What sin have I committed and why is God punishing me?”  Be assured of Paul’s encouragement to the Christ-followers in Rome, “There is no therefore NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus”. (Rom 8:1). We often see problems as God’s punishment, when in reality they assist in accomplishing His purposes.  Peter tells us, “So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you.” (1 Pet 4:19).  We don’t just sit back and groan in God’s decision, we stand up grow in God’s destiny.

His Grace.  In our struggles, in our challenges, and even in our weaknesses, He is always there with grace that is perfectly portioned to our pain.  Paul encourages us through his own pain, “. . . I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me”. (2 Cor 12:7-9).  Grace is always there . . . we must give ourselves to it and go with it.  Alexander Whyte wrote, “Grace, then, is grace, that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting.”

His Glory.  The Apostle Peter’s words ring true, “But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.”  Sadly, we all live our lives as if it’s all about us . . . our pleasures, our possessions, our performance or our position.  That’s part of the “keeping ourselves on the throne” struggle.  It’s really all about Him. Paul gives some insightful instruction, “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Cor 4:16-18)  Our story is about His glory.

Struggling?  Suffering?  Sinking?  Reach out to the One who has suffered for you and is suffering with you.  His grace is sufficient!

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  1. Bob’s sermons on God’s grace are amazing. In the depth of our troubles, God seems so much closer in times of trial. Thank you, Bob, for your words of encouragement. Our lives can be used to glorify His.

    America is at a crossroads. Greed and abuse of power are ramant. Our people must return to God and start loving our neighbors more. We must also take America back, one district at a time, as Bob suggests.

    We will overcome.
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    Where I live in the mountains of Colorado, in a company town, God provides.

    Mulcahy faces trespassing charge for serving lawsuit
    Article

    ASPEN – The battle between a former ski instructor and Aspen Skiing Co. took another odd twist Thursday when Lee Mulcahy received a summons for third-degree trespass after he taped a court notice onto a door at the firm’s headquarters.

    Pitkin County Deputy Sheriff Levi Borst determined the trespass charge, a petty offense, was warranted because Mulcahy had been warned previously to stay off Skico property, according to an incident report. Mulcahy was banned from all Skico property when he was fired as a ski instructor in February 2011.

    Mulcahy said he was simply trying to deliver a revised court summons for a lawsuit he filed against Jim and Paula Crown, members of the family that owns Skico. The lawsuit was initially filed in Pitkin County District Court. It was refiled in Pitkin County Court. Once it was refiled, Mulcahy was obligated to inform the Crowns.

    “Being white trash, I was trying to save the money by taping the revision to the door” at Skico headquarters at 117 Aspen Airport Business Center, Mulcahy said.

    In his lawsuit against the Crowns, Mulcahy is seeking to overturn the ban and damages of $1.

    Earlier, Mulcahy tried to serve the revised summons by handing it to a Skico employee and asking her to take it inside, according to the incident report. The employee wouldn’t help. So Mulcahy decided to tape the summons to an outside door at Skico offices. He said he had a 6-foot pole made from PVC pipe with him in case he needed an extension to avoid trespassing. However, he said he thought he was on a public sidewalk to a side door at Skico headquarters, so he walked up and taped the notice to the door.

    Skico Senior Vice President and attorney Dave Bellack contacted the sheriff’s department about Mulcahy’s actions later Thursday. He reported the incident as a harassment because of Mulcahy’s efforts to convince a Skico employee to take in the revised summons.

    Mulcahy said he was contacted by a deputy at his home after he returned home Thursday night from bible study at an Aspen church. He requested that the deputy go to Skico headquarters with him to see if he actually trespassed on Skico property. Mulcahy said he will investigate whether he was on a public easement as part of his defense. The door opens to a parking lot that doesn’t belong to Skico, he said.

    Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said Skico had no comment about the incident.

    Mulcahy claimed he was the victim in the incident. It shows how Skico “bullies the little guy,” he said.

    “Should I expect this kind of disrespectful treatment from billionaires Jim and Paula Crown for pointing out they’re limousine liberals …. for questioning their ban?” he said.

    Mulcahy has a running battle against Skico over the wages paid to beginning ski instructors and other lower tier employees. Mulcahy wants Skico to pay what he calls a living wage.

    Mulcahy was fired by Skico in February 2011. The company said it was for multiple infractions of company policy. Mulcahy claimed it was because he criticized company practices and talked to other instructors about forming a union.

    He tried to get his job back by filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) but was not reinstated. The NLRB did require Skico to restructure its ski school structure so that management didn’t participate on employee grievance boards. Skico was also required to specifically inform employees it was within their rights to explore formation of a union.

    Mulcahy said his fight with his former employer is over freedom of speech. In addition to his lawsuit against the Crowns, he filed a libel lawsuit earlier this year against Skico President and CEO Mike Kaplan for comments Kaplan made at the time of Mulcahy’s firing.

    Mulcahy is supposed to appear in county court May 1 for the trespass case. He said he will try to get the hearing postponed because he will be in Africa installing water wells as part of a interfaith community volunteer project.

    scondon@aspentimes.com

    http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20120331/NEWS/120339991

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