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Paul J. Bucknell
The Waves of Goodness Break About Me
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What are some practical steps to know more of His goodness?
I would like to share an experience that just happened over a week ago. I was very busy that Saturday trying to finish a project deadline. Earlier when I was meditating, I was quietly prompted that I should meditate on a portion of God's Word. I scanned it but, I was so busy. Nothing jumped out at me. I went and worked on my project. But God was so patient with me.
Later He prodded me again by bringing the passage back to my mind. I reasoned that I already looked at the passage, and it didn't particularly excite me. But then I thought how the Lord had prodded me. I decided to start reflecting on that passage even though it was going on midnight. As I did, the flood gates were opened and a torrent of ideas flooded my soul. For well over an hour, I was engaged in a contest on trying to write down all that was coming to my mind.
I was overwhelmed by God's goodness on two accounts. Firstly, the truths were simply awesome that He revealed to me. I had prayed for many years for insight on this difficult subject. He was beginning to release a deeper understanding to me. I don't have time to share them now with you. But how my soul for more than a day was caught up in the glorious truths of God's ways. I would remind you that at one moment I didn't get anything out of His Word, and then the next moment He released special insight to know Him more. I still am deeply touched by His dynamic power.
The other reason I was so deeply touched by his goodness is perhaps more obvious. I almost scorned His truths. I was so busy with other things. I didn't seriously look into His Word when He first nudged my soul. It was only later that I figured I better respond to Him. Now here God in His graciousness God pours out such a blessing that my soul was deeply touched. This is His great kindness which flows from His goodness. Truly God is good!
What are some practical steps to avoid temptation?
My eyes tend to stray as any man's eyes. Because of this, I don't watch hardly any television and read vry little magazines and newspapers. These sources of information are not going to change their ways overnight. However, I have found several way around this. Only read what is necessary. If one spots an ad that causes ones eyes to wander, immediately cover it up. Sometimes I just fold the page or put my hand across it. Other times I rip it up, crumble it up and throw it away. I ask my wife to rip covers off of seductive magazines or ad brochure covers that come in the mail. This keeps me from having to deal with constantly trying to control my eyes. I can then read in a somewhat relaxed mode of reading.
Prayer, and always talking to God, always praising God and finding a good thing in all situations. Get yourself away from that temptation because if it's in sight, it's easy to turn to it.
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