God’s Way Is Perfect

PSALM 18:30 NIV “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”

People blame God for many things. There are people at this time who are blaming God for COVID19 and its devastating effect. But they are wrong. God is perfect in all He does. When we have full information and see the complete picture, we will not be able to find any fault in God. I agree, there may be things that now seem as if God is at fault. But, in time, we will know the full truth. Then we will realize that God has done everything in the best way. No matter how smart we think we are, compared to God, we still have much to learn. We are like children who may think they know better than their parents, but who will, later on, realize their parents were right. When you are tempted to think God is not doing what He should be doing, look around you at what God has created.  Look at the excellence, accuracy, and beauty in everything God created. Then realize that God never changes, and the precise way He perfectly created things is the same way He is working now to create your future. God loves you. God knows more than you do. God is perfect in every way. So trust Him!

What If Things Don’t Seem To Be Working?

Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

What should you do when it seems like God has forgotten you and you feel hopeless? Act on God’s Word! Speak to the mountain! Rejoice in the Lord! Stand in faith! Continue to thank God! Expect God’s help! Do not ever give in or give up! Realize God is not the problem. God is perfect. He never fails and never makes a mistake. God will help you as much as you allow Him. You probably need to change some of your beliefs so you can see things from God’s perspective. God will gently guide you in making whatever changes you need to make. God is there to help you, not to condemn you. But never make the mistake of putting yourself down and accepting the devil’s lies that you are so hopeless that nothing can work out for you. Understand that when it seems like things are not working out, then your faith is being tested by the devil. In that situation, just keep on doing what you know is right. Do not change your beliefs about God. He is still good. Keep trusting Him. Keep believing that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). We must continue to stand in faith, regardless of what comes against us. We must hold fast our confession (Hebrews 4:14). We must not lose heart (Galatians 6:9). True faith in God never gives up or quits, for it knows that God always has the final word!

Hope until the End

Hebrews 6:11-12 CEV “But we desperately want each of you to show the same effort to make your hope sure until the end. This is so you won’t be lazy but follow the example of the ones who inherit the promises through faith and patience.”

Hope is expectation of a positive outcome. This verse tells us we should never give up “expecting a positive outcome.” Always expect a positive outcome in the end (when you see your desire manifest), no matter how many failures you experience or how much time has passed. Keep on having an expectation of a positive outcome based on your faith in God’s promises. Many Christians give up and accept defeat too soon. They are like a soccer team that, just because it is not winning after the first half of the game, decides to go home and not even play the rest of the game. Do not quit so soon especially when you know you are going the right direction. How can you know you are going the right direction? By following the instructions and guidance of God’s Word, and being led by the Holy Spirit. When you are doing God’s will, keep your switch of faith on, no matter what. Continue to have expectation of a positive outcome because God is good and He is faithful!

Prepare for The “New”

Luke 5:37 NIV “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined”

Are you ready for a new chapter in your life? To move forward into the blessing God has for you, you must be willing to let go of the old. The things that are behind you are not nearly as important as what is out in front of you. It is time to get ready for the “new”! You may have had some unfair things happen, things that you do not understand; but you should not get stuck. Instead of allowing those things to hold you back, you should let go of them and take a step of faith into the new. It is time to get a new, bigger vision; it is time to get a new, fresher outlook; it is time to arise and shine with a new attitude! Instead of settling where you are, get up and move forward. Have the attitude that says: I may not understand what I am going through; it may not have been fair, but I am not getting stuck on this chapter of my life. I know God has a new chapter for me: a chapter filled with blessings, favor, and victory! I am breaking out of the norm! Always thank God for His faithfulness in your life. Trust Him with your past, present, and future. Ask God to give you wisdom to discern the seasons of your life so you can embrace the new things He has in store for you!

Always Be Thankful

1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Bad things happen in life sometimes, and believers are not exempted from experiencing bad things. There are times we do not understand what is happening or why. But there are many things we can always be thankful for: God loves us. Jesus died for us. Our sins are forgiven. Jesus has promised to never leave us. God is our Father and He is faithful. We have an eternal home in Heaven. Whatever we choose to focus on determines our attitude. While we may face challenges in life, we do not have to let those challenges become our focus. We can choose to give thanks and praise God for His goodness and faithfulness. Thanksgiving and praise are powerful weapons of spiritual warfare. Imagine the pleasure it will bring our Father God when we stay in faith and focus on Him, instead of being distracted by the lies of the devil to steal our faith. If you are always thankful, the bad things that do happen to you will lose their ability to really harm you, because your focus is on God and He is more than able to make you victorious always. I want to encourage you today to choose to be thankful to God, no matter what happens!

Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled

JOHN 14:1 NIV “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

There are so many disturbing events going on all over the world that could make people’s hearts to be troubled. But as Christians we should not be troubled because we are not of the world. Jesus told us to NOT LET our hearts be troubled, it means we can do it. Jesus would never tell us to do something that was impossible for us to do. There are several scriptures that can stabilize us in troubled times. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We (Christians) are not exempt from trouble in this world. But Jesus is always with us to lead us into victory, no matter what we may face. Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” If your heart is troubled, it means you are looking at, and feeding your mind with wrong information. What you feed on, listen to, and watch is important, because such information determines what you believe. I want to encourage you today to look to God and His Word. Refuse to doubt God’s never-failing word. Do not allow your heart to be troubled, but trust in Jesus!

 

 

 

 

Expect God’s Protection

Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”

We need God’s protection. So, we should expect His protection and thank Him for it. But we must remember that we receive from God by faith.  If we do not believe God will protect us, we are, in effect, hindering God’s protection. So, we need to feed our faith on the promises of the Bible concerning God’s protection for His people. There are many, but here are some: Psalm 46: 1 “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 138:7 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.” Psalm 140:4 “Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men, Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.”  2 Samuel 22:3-4 “The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.” Also Psalm 23:1-6; Psalm 121:1-8; Psalm 91:1-16. Then we also need to express our faith in thanks to God every day for His protection. Psalm 91 can help us do this. I recommend you make Psalm 91 personal and speak it often.

 

 

God wants you to succeed

Mathew 6:33 NKJV “All these things shall be added to you.”

Some Christians think that God’s sole purpose is to save their soul, help them become as morally upright and as spiritually mature as possible, and one day take them to heaven to live with Him. And in a sense, that is true. But here is what is not true: that God is not interested in your job, your health, your relationships, your finances, or your dreams and goals because somehow those things are carnal, worldly, irrelevant, and temporal. When you think like that, you will have challenges receiving every promise God has for you. That type of thinking contradicts God’s word (3 John 2; Isaiah 48:17; Joshua 1:8). As a matter of fact, the more spiritual you are the more wisdom, favor, and capacity you should have to succeed in life. Spirituality should never be equated with failure or unfulfilled life! Jesus says however, that we should not have our priority messed up (Matthew 6:31-33) in our quest for success but to put God first in every undertaking. This requires renewing our minds with God’s word (Romans 12:2). So, let us be clear: God wants you to succeed in life for the right reasons, and He has provided for you through Christ Jesus everything you need to succeed in life!

Put Your Heart in Order

1 Samuel 16:7 NKJ “…For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

When the Lord looks at your heart, what does He see? Every one of us has an outer life and an inner life. The outer life is our public life that the people around us see. The inner life is made up of our thoughts, attitudes, and motives. Only you and God know what is going on inside of you unless it is revealed by the Holy Spirit. Too many people go around today pretending, acting one way, yet on the inside they are thinking something totally different. Their heart and their actions do not line up (Matthew 15:8). But we must understand that God is looking on the inside. We can fool a lot of people, but we cannot fool God. He would rather us be open and honest than go through life pretending. Take inventory of what is going on inside of you today. Examine your heart. Are you at peace? Are you harboring offenses, bitterness, unforgiveness? Do you believe the best in people? Do your heart and actions line up? Be honest with yourself and ask the Lord for help if you need to be free from the bondage of hypocrisy. Put your heart in order!

 

God Has Already Given

ROMANS 8:32 NKJ “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not
with Him also freely give us all things?”
Most Christians are asking God to give them things that God says already belong to them. With Jesus God freely
gave us ALL things! Many are still hoping God will forgive them. But Scripture tells us God has already forgiven
us, and He is no longer holding our sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:19, Hebrews 8:12). Instead of begging God to
forgive us, we should be thanking Him for already forgiving us! And we should tell others they are also forgiven!
God has blessed us with everything Heaven has to offer (Ephesians 1:3). Spiritual blessings are what cause the
manifestation of all physical blessings. God has already given. Now we need to learn how to receive His
blessings, and to keep the devil from stealing them from us and our families. God has given forgives. God has
given healing. God has given prosperity. God has given peace. God has given joy. God has given us all the
blessings Heaven has. It was already paid and provided for us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We only need
to learn how to receive what God has already given to us. One way to do that is through prevailing prayers.
Praying without ceasing and according to His will (1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 John 5:14-15)!