We can get impatient when it comes to Gods will for our lives. We want everything to work out on our timetable. The truth is, a great deal of time usually elapses between when God calls us and when we’ve fulfilled His will for our lives.
And until we accept that, we’re not ready to go anywhere.
We need to understand that the journey is an important part of the process. It matters to God what you become on the way to where you are going. And following Him in obedience through many unknown, trails, and difficulties is an integral and indispensable part of the preparation.
God uses the journey to teach you faith, refine your character, and equip you for greater challenges that lie ahead. In fact, if you’re in the process of seeking Gods will right now, you’re already fulfilling part of it in your life.
God said, ‘I will instruct you and teach you in the ways you should go.’
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that because you don’t know all you’d like to, you’re not making progress.
Something is happening right now. Your faith is being stretched; your patience is being developed. Your doubts are being confronted and conquered, and your relationship with God is growing deeper. He always prepares us in advance for what He has planned for us.
Yes, the struggle is uncomfortable — but its a necessary part of the process.
Thank God for the way that He uses everything to transform you and deepen your relationship with Him.
Why does the bible compare us to sheep? Because they are one of the most dependent creatures in the world; they must trust in the shepherd for everything they need.
And that is how God wants you to live: in dependence on him.
When you always live in fear of lack, you’re not trusting God enough. This core fear drives many of our other fears, including fear of ageing, fear of poor health and fear of losing the people we love
In its extreme form, fear of lack can lead to anxiety. It’s also one of the root causes of greed.
You can become so obsessed with insuring yourself against the possibility of not having enough, that you hoard more than you’ll ever need.
It can drive you to become a workaholic so that neither you nor your children will ever experience discomfort, inconvenience, and helplessness. And like all fears, it’s based on an erroneous belief about God — in particular, His ability and willingness to take care of you.
“The Lord is my shepherd (to feed, guide, and shield me); I shall not lack.” Stop living as though you don’t believe what God has promised you! A good strategy is to learn the promises, understand the conditional ones, meet the conditions, and rest in his love and faithfulness.
This doesn’t mean you sit idly by and wait for God to do what He has given you the ability to do. You must do the natural things, and trust Him for the supernatural ones.
Living in fear is not much fun as it restricts the options available to us, limiting what we can achieve. Most people let their fears imprison them, resulting in them never fulfilling their destiny.
When you anchor yourself in faith, new possibilities will appear, allowing you to transcend your limitations. As worry and doubts disappear.
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The world isn’t going to devote itself to making us happy, and only when we accept that can we begin can move forward. Much of the time life doesn’t work out the way we plan.
Paul wrote, “Whenever a journey to Spain, I shall come to you.” But he never got to Spain; instead, he landed in prison. But it was from there he wrote the epistles. So, your disappointment may turn out to be God’s appointment!
The Bible says, ”In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9 NIV 1984 Edition).
Aren’t you glad God is in control of your life? Let the philosophers argue over why life works as it does; just you focus on how to live it!
If you live to be a hundred, what good is it if resentment and regret keep you from enjoying it? And what good is more time, if you’re just wasting the time you’ve got?
Do you know how an oyster makes a pearl? When a grain of sand gets into it shell and irritates it, the oyster wraps the sand in layers of beauty until a pearl is formed.
An unknown poet wrote, “This tale has a moral, for isn’t it grand, what an oyster can do with a morsel of sand? What couldn’t I do if I’d only begin, with all of the things that get under my skin?”
God is at work in what you’re going through today — for your good and His glory. All you need to do is trust him.
Enjoy your week.
2 Timothy 2:3 NKJV
Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
There are two types of criticism: constructive criticism and destructive criticism. One builds you up the other tears you down. Be wise in how you respond to unfounded criticism and gossip.
When your critic wants to remain anonymous, they’re not worthy of your response.
The story told of a pastor who received a letter that contained one word — FOOL! Next Sunday he held it up and said to the congregation, I received the strangest letter this past week. He read the one-word text and said, ‘Somebody wrote it and forgot to sign it!
You say, but they are attempting to hurt my reputation. D.L. Moody said, if I take care of my character, God will take care of my reputation’ (see Isaiah 54:17) Any time you’re involved in a worthy cause, people will not only try to beat you down, but keep you down.
In training Timothy for ministry, Paul told him ‘endure hardship like a good soldier of Jesus Christ’.
Difficult people are placed in our path not to defeat us, but to develop us. Leaders know this, so they stay and finish the job regardless of the cost. Just like the captain goes down with the ship, the true leader stays until the work is done.
You say, ‘Then how should I respond? By praying for them! Jesus said, ‘Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you…and you will be sons of the Most-High’ (Luke 6:28, 35 NKJV).
Enjoy your week.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 NLT
Underlying your deepest fears — are thoughts. They may be expressed publicly or entertained privately. Either way, you must be aware of them and change them. If you don’t, they will capture and control you.
One of the most powerful weapons God has given you for conquering fear and worry is the ability to personalise His promises.
Here are just a few: don’t be afraid… you are mine. When you go through the deep waters and deep trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression… the flames will not consume you, for I am the Lord your God’ (Isaiah 43:1-3 TLB).
And what should your response to Gods promise be? “I will be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. I will not be afraid, neither will I be dismayed, for the Lord my God is with me where ever I go’ (see Joshua 1:9 AMPC).
‘The Lords’s eye is upon me because I fear Him [revere and worship Him with awe] and because I trust in his mercy and loving-kindness’ (see Psalm 33:18 AMPC).
‘When I am tempted to have a fearful and hasty heart, I will say to myself, be strong, fear not! My God will come… and save me’ (see Isaiah 35:4 AMPC).
‘The Lord is my light and my salvation… whom shall I fear?… when troubles come. He will hide me. He will set me on a high rock out of reach of all my enemies. Then I will… sing his praise with much joy’ (Psalm 27:1, 5-6 TLB).
Do you want to overcome your fears and worries? Personalise God’s Promises!
When you go beyond simply reading your bible and take time to meditate each day on its truths, you begin to think like God. And when that happens your life changes for the better.
Peter was so dependent on the words of Jesus that he said, “To whom shall we go? Thou hast the of eternal life.” (John 6:68 KJV). And job said, I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” (Job 23:12NIV 2011 Edition)
How often do you set time aside to meditate on the Scriptures?
As you meditate on God word you develop a mindset that enables you to rise above your fears. ‘My word will not return to me empty. But will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it’ (Isaiah 55:11 NIV Edition).
Did you get that?
God’s word will accomplish Gods purposes in your life. That why meaningless things over you finding the time to read the bible and pray. The truth is, you don’t find time, you make it!
The prophet Isaiah said, ‘Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will’ (Isaiah 50:4 NLT).
In a world that’s often devoid of commitment God promises. ‘I won’t give up on you. I’ll keep working on you until you’re clear in your perceptions, strong in your faith, and balanced in your spiritual walk. As you meditate on My precepts, you’ll start moving in a new direction. And when that happens, your life will begin to prosper.’
So, begin today — meditate on God’s word.
Enjoy your day. 🙂