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Chapter 10

Out of Control

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Chapter 10 pages 174-183

1 Peter 5:5

How can something become so out of control?
How can an Institution go from smooth running to total chaos in just minutes as I write about in my book Unshackled?
How can life change all of a sudden?

There isn’t an answer that fits all, but I am convinced God is unchanging and unshaken by any sudden emergency in our lives. He is Sovereign. Because of the impact of Adam’s original sin, we may have to suffer circumstances of it. While God forgives our sins, he also provides the grace to continue to live life in spite of the painful consequences that may manifest. God’s grace empowers us to walk through, not around the circumstance.
Recently, I met this young precious and successful family whose baby boy developed a special need. It was life-threatening and altered their everyday existence. The grace of God was at work in this beautiful family. Although unbelievably painful, they are able to live one day at a time. More like one hour at a time as the boy’s Mother put it. I agreed with her and if you’re like me in any way, God’s grace gets us through each day leaving a favorable impression as to who He is. While God resists pride, His grace flows unrestrained where there is humility. I like to describe true humility through my dependence on Jesus for everything I need in life. A great place to start our day is knowing we are totally dependent on Him.
Be encouraged knowing God is Sovereign and grace is available.

The Riot

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Chapter 10 pages 167-173

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

That night still remains vivid in my mind. It wasn’t a single act or some radical moment that stands out, but that I was in the middle of one of the worst prison riots in the United States and walked through it untouched. While so many thoughts ran through my head the moment it when it all begun, the explosion of violence and mayhem erupted, the one thing that anchored me was my relationship with Christ. He didn’t exactly tell me what to do when I prayed, “O LORD Help Us and Protect Us and Others in Danger,” I just knew instinctively I was to walk in love. Walk in Love even in the midst of a prison riot where twenty staff-members were cuffed, blindfolded and taken hostage, over a hundred people seriously injured and millions of dollars in damage due to set fires that burned for days.

That may not be everyone’s first thought but because of the Word of God inside me, I had this deep conviction that Love would best direct my decisions. God’s never failed before, ever! Today as I go through difficult events of seasons, I am quick to recall past victories. While we may have to walk through mayhem we can be confident that God is Faithful and Love never Fails. I hope you’ll memorize this verse so when troubles come it will remind you what to do.