Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Do you ever take the time to think how God may view you? What does God see when He looks at the life you are living at this time? Does He see someone who is standing on His promises? Does He someone who is living in accordance to the precepts set for to us in the Bible? Does God see a person whom He would be pleased with? Or does He someone who has let go of His promises? Someone who is losing faith in His ability? Someone who doesn't want to obey?
I pray none of the latter applies to you. I know sometimes life can turn us around and really get us looking through a lens of hopelessness. We get so discouraged by life we stop obeying the commands set out to us by the Lord.We all will have times in our lives when we get discouraged, depressed and upset with ourselves. We will feel like we’ve let our families, ourselves and God down. But, God is a redeemer. He is waiting on us to admit where we are not strong so he can come in and fill that void and strengthen us through his word and his love. I have been there before. I let alcohol be my God. And it's sad when I think I about it. I do so much in the church. I do my best to promote the word of God and all that He stands for but behind closed doors I wasn't even standing on the very foundation I was promoting. I really had to evaluate is this the way I would want God to look at me if I were to meet Him soon? How can I really push the Word when I myself am not standing on it and all of its promises. I was very angry with life at that time. But that is no way to handle any problem. Like my favorite song in church says," Everything to God in prayer." I want God to see me as a child of His who won't quit on Him. I want to stand on all of His promises. I want to be obedient to the Word. I want to serve others with a clean heart. I want to be a doer and steward of the Word. I want God to take notice and be delighted with me. I want to handle my stress with the Word and the people He puts around me for my counsel.
I pray still to reach the mark because while I have made progress, I know that there is ways to go. I want God to be pleased when He looks down on me. So I have to actively press myself to do what pleases Him. I have to be trusting of Him. This means when hard times come, I have to fix my attitude of life. An attitude of despair in all parts of my life is not one He would be pleased with no matter how much He loves me. Why? Because that's not the spirit He put inside me. That spirit of any despair I grow in me is one I cultivated, not of God. I need to be obedient. I need God to know that I receive His word and I will follow because I know He loves me and that is a way for me to show that I love Him too. Another way is to be a servant. Jesus led a life of service to others no matter how hard He had it. He knew people were out for His life and He still pressed forward to be there for others. Sometimes when we hit hard times, we act like we can;t do a thing for others until we are OK. There is always a little thing you can do. Something as simple as a phone call to someone going through a hard time even though you are in your own mess. Can you sit self down? Think of another. What if God told you to wait in line while He took care of someone else? You see God in many lives simultaneously.
So build yourself up Saints. We are all children of God. We are to be an example of who watches over our growth. I pray everyday we think about being seen through a lens of God as we take on the day...Be Blessed...
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
My encouragement to you this week is position yourself with God so He can position you in places of His grace. God will soothe your doubts and elevate you when you stand firm with Him. Be obedient and persevere in prayer. God's provisions are always exactly what you need.
Have you positioned yourself with the Lord? Are you standing firm with God? Many of us will say yes we have positioned ourselves with God. Amen!!But have we actually? Let's think about it in terms of war because that's what you may be going through in some way now. There is a General and there are soldiers. We are the soldiers of course. The General sends the troops into battle. The troops know there is a chance for victory or a chance for defeat but no matter what, they trust this General to make the right call to win the war. And sometimes it may look very bleak and all will be lost but do they give up on the General? No. They keep fighting til the end. Now when bleak times come, ask yourself do you stand with the General as faithfully?? Some of us can only say this when things are looking promising. But when it isn't, we wave our white flag on the General and the battle. When you position yourself with God, our General, we see it through the whole way. The difference between God and an earthly General, God will always remain undefeated.
Like a good General, when things aren't looking their best, they will push you and try to soothe your doubts. They will continue to reassure you that something good is going to happen if you stay the course. When you position yourself with God, that's not a wish, it's a promise. Things will actually be OK. The turning point is approaching. Stay the course. God will elevate you to victory. He will place you in places you never dreamed. He will heal your situations and make you better than what you even expected. We all say, " With God all is possible" but do we live the life that represents an unrelenting faith in that statement? When it's hard, do we turn our back on the greatest strategist in history? If you have seen God in victory, then you know He can and will secure another victory when He is in charge.
Be obedient and listen to the General when He speaks. God is telling you don't fear. Listen to Him. God says cast your cares on Him. Listen to Him. God says He will provide. Trust Him. Go to your battles in prayer and persevere in prayer. There is nothing prayer can't change. Perseverance in prayer is a key means of overcoming obstacles. Don’t stop praying about something just because it hasn’t been answered yet. Keep pressing on. This is exactly what Jesus commands us to do in Luke 18:1. He says "Pray and don't lose heart.." God will supply you with all you need to win this battle. But that only comes from a firm positioning with God...Be Blessed...