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God Took This Away From Me

I am hearing Christians say, "God took this away from me." Would you agree or disagree that God does NOT take anything away from us that we don't surrender to Him? Please give scripture references or real life story to back up your response.

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Proverbs 25:14: "Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain."
---Nana on 9/11/08

God does indeed take things away from us when we don't use them or abuse them. Remember the guy who was given a talent and he burried it? What did the master do when he returned? He took it away and gave it to the others who did use theirs.
---john on 9/10/08

What is the biblical basis for your statement about God taking a gift away? What about Romans 11:29, "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance."?
---Bruce5656 on 9/10/08

Yes, God can and sometimes does take things away from us. For reference in the Bible if that is all you think God has given us then turn to the Book of Job for a lesson on how things are taken from us.
---Brenda2 on 7/13/07

A favorite of mine: Philippians 2:13
for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
---Christina on 7/13/07

The question above does not necessarily refer to gifts since it speaks of surrender.
---Christina on 7/13/07

Yes, in the book of Job God did allow things to be taken from Job (through Satan) but God did not take away Job's giftings and calling, only Job's health, material possessions and family were taken. I am sure that part of Job's calling was to be an example to all of us to still praise the Lord even in the storm and not curse God...therefore, Job fulfilled his calling.
---Holly4jc on 7/13/07

Anyone who thinks God doesn't take away things once given need to read the book of JOb and everytime one of God's people were chastised. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away." Take nothing for granted and be content with what God has given you. Wanting and wanting more, taking what you have for granted, can lead to God taking away the little you do have. Beware.
---Matthew on 7/13/07

Job 9:12

He taketh away who can hinder him? Who will say unto him what does thou?

Job had many thing taken away from him during his time of testing, so it will also be with us in our times of testing.
---Marcia on 7/13/07

Amen Bruce5656! God does not take away our giftings. Look at all the talented people in the world with amazing gifts and talents. Just because they are not using them for God, they are still operating in their gifts. God gave those giftings to them when He created them and even if those people choose not to use them for God's glory, they are still able to operate in those giftings.
---Holly4jc on 7/12/07

Part 2)Granted, God might have wanted to use those people with the giftings He gave them for a specific purpose for His kingdom, but if they do not choose to cooperate, He can use someone else instead to fulfill that plan. Someone else with those very same giftings or callings. God will accomplish His will no matter what. The sad thing is that the person who refuses the call of God, to be used by Him is really the one who misses out.
---Holly4jc on 7/12/07

Part 3) Who better to let direct you into the fullness of operating in your gifting or calling than the One who bestowed it upon you? Only God can fine tune you as if you were an instrument as you operate in your giftings and callings and submit to the leading of the Maestro Himself.
---Holly4jc on 7/12/07

If God has given someone a gift or a talent (singing, etc) and if they don't use that gift or talent for the glory of God, God will take that away and give it to someone whom is willing to use it. Just like preachers, if their not called by God to preach, they need to sit down. And if there not doing their calling from God, chances are God won't call them again to do anything for them. God won't and don't use the unwilling.
---Rebecca_D on 7/12/07

rom.11:29 is applicable to the jew first, but also to the gentiles. because of the words "gifts and callings of God".. which can be found in other scriptures that pertain to gentile believers. for there is no partiality with God.
---JaeR on 12/5/06

Bruce5656 - I believe that Romans 11:29 is often misused. That verse applies to Israel.
---Helen_5378 on 12/5/06

Bruce has a good point. I tried to point out to these Christians profession "God took this away from me" that I can only find scriptures where it says, "God GAVE His only Son, God GIVES his angels charge over you, God GAVE gifts to men," Do you folks know of any others?
---Donna9759 on 12/5/06

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