Rev. Colangelo

Going into the New Year: How big is your but?

Published Dec 30, 2017 at 4:00pm

Well, the holidays have come and gone. A new year is beginning, a fresh start to an exciting 2018.

Let me share with you something I feel is very important, it’s what we say.  I’ve found a big defeater in life is following up statements about what we want or need to do with the words “BUT I.”

I need to work out…BUT I  am so tired.

I want to get healthy… BUT I lack self-control.

I want to stop yelling at my kids… BUT I just feel so frustrated all the time.

I need to talk about this issue with my friend… BUT I don’t like confrontation.

When we follow up statements with “BUT I” the BUT seems very big. That’s why we need to learn to follow every “BUT I” with a “BUT GOD” statement of truth.  If you catch yourself saying “BUT I”… We need to see this as a trigger to redirect our discouraged heart with a BUT GOD truth. When we follow up statements with “BUT GOD” the BUT becomes smaller and smaller. So, here are some BUT GOD verses we can use:

In the Book of Genesis there are many accounts. Creation, Adam and Eve, the Great Flood, Noah etc. There’s also a story of
a man named Joseph. He’s the one with the coat of many colors. The one who was thrown into a pit and left for dead by his brothers. Many things happened to Joseph but we read in Genesis Chapter 50:15, When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.”

Verse 18, Then, his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, Behold, we are your servants.” Verse 19. Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? Verse 20. “But as for you, you meant evil against me; BUT GOD meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” You can read how Joseph stocked up food to save many people. Other BUT GOD verses are:

1 Samuel 23:14: David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, “BUT GOD”  did not give David into his hands.

In the Book of Psalms, chapter 49, talks about the confidence of the foolish. In verses 16-20.

If you drive around Beverly Hills, California, you see a lot of mansions and expensive homes. There is nothing wrong with wealth, property, and possessions. However, if one is rich in material goods but poor in spirit, something is definitely missing.

God wants us to have the right perspective on wealth. We are not supposed to be troubled when people who do not know God acquire great wealth. In God’s scheme of things, what matters most is the condition of the heart. In verse 15, it says BUT GOD, will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, For He shall receive me.

Psalm 73:26: My flesh and my heart may fail, BUT GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Matthew 19:26: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, BUT with GOD all things are possible.

Romans 5:8: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. One of my favorite BUT GOD verses is found in 1 Corinthians 1:27  God chose the foolish things of the world to shame (or confound) the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame (or confound) the strong. I hope you get the idea. Next time you BUT I, think of the “BUT GOD” verses He gave us in HIS Word.  

Happy New Year, May God bless and keep you in 2018! God loves you and so do I!