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In Limiting God

By Gayle Raif
Dec. 17, 2015 at 7:15 a.m.


God says, “The reason some people have turned against you and walked away from you without reason has nothing to do with you.  It is because I have removed them from your life because they cannot take you where I am taking you next.  They will only hinder you or your next level because they have already served their purpose in your life.  Let them go and keep moving.  Greater is coming,” says the Lord.

This anonymous posting was on my Facebook page recently.  It answered a lot of questions for me, even although I think I knew the answer intuitively.  The husband I came to Texas with was here three months when he announced he was going back to Delaware.  Two hours later he was gone.  I hadn’t a clue that he had planned to leave.  Even very close friends of his couldn’t understand his actions and were as shocked as I was.

For days (maybe even weeks because I lost track of time) I was in a fog.  For hours I sat in the swing on the porch, reading my Bible, talking with God. There was a verse I was clinging to, Hebrews 11:1. “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (New Living Translation)

I was so positive that God did not want my husband to leave and that He would bring him back.  Gradually God changed my thinking about that verse.  I had been believing in a circumstance or an outcome, when my belief had to be in God and what He wanted.

A related verse is Romans 8:28.  “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”  I had to let God define “good.”

More than ten years have passed now and God truly has shown me not only what I was to become, but how my husband would have kept me from God’s plan.  Those plans included going to graduate school to get a masters in Social Work and become a counselor, and to marry a wonderful man who truly permits and helps me to fly.  He grew up in the same church I did and loves the Lord.  We work together to mentor men who have been homeless at one time. We’re active in a church we love.  And I have become very aware of when, where, and how God leads me.  I truly believe that He will supply all our needs, so I am free of worry and can indeed follow Him.






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