Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.
Psalms 66:16 NLT
We live in a world full of pain, sorrow, disappointment, and blame. God is getting blamed for everything that is wrong in the world, and it’s time for His children to rise and defend His honor. God is doing so much good in the world and in the lives of His children, but it gets overshadowed by negativity. Christians need to be shouting from the rooftops about how good God has been to them. How will people know if we don’t tell them? A person can always argue what they see, but they can’t argue your testimony. People are so carnal now that for some, in order for them to believe, they need to see the miraculous. We can be so quick to open our mouths to gossip or to complain, but when it comes to bragging about God, all of a sudden, we fall mute. What sense does that make?!? Use your mouth to glorify God! Continue reading
“… ‘The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.’”
1 Samuel 17:37 NIV
So often we forget what God has done in our lives when we find ourselves in a bind. We tend to only focus on why He isn’t working right then instead of remembering how He has come through for us in the past. God is always working whether you feel it or not. It’s times like these when you have to get out of your head and focus on what you know. Instead of giving into the pressure of what your circumstance may look like, think, “If God brought me out before, He can surely do it right now.” I even challenge you to add “God I am expecting you to deliver me.” In dire times, you need to focus on the solution (God) and not the problem. God is bigger than any problem that you can ever have. Continue reading
Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism.
Acts 10:34 NIV (emphasis added)
You should never judge God for what He does for someone. You don’t know what that person had to do to get what they have, nor is it any of your business. God does not have favorites—He deals with all of His children accordingly. If you are not willing to put in the work God is calling you to do, you have nothing to say about how other people are getting blessed and your lack thereof. God has a different way of blessing His children, but He blesses us all the same and at different times. He might supernaturally bless someone, whereas you might have to take the long road to get your blessing. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to get what you asked for; it just means that God has a different avenue for you namely to develop your spiritual growth and deepen your relationship with Him. There is something to be learned on the way to your blessing. Treasure the journey and keep your eyes and mouth on what God is doing for you and through you. How you act in times of waiting has a lot to do with the timing of your breakthrough. Continue reading
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Luke 22:42 NLT
No one likes to be uncomfortable, and no one likes to struggle. If we had it our way, everything would always go nice and easy, and we would get everything that we wanted without struggle. In a perfect world this would be ideal, but the world we live in is broken and needs the hand and soldiers of God in order to be repaired. This means, as God’s children assigned to show the world Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:20), we have a huge task in front of us. Just as Jesus wasn’t exempt from suffering, neither are we. Continue reading
God made everything, and you can no more understand what he does than you understand how new life begins in the womb of a pregnant woman.
Ecclesiastes 11:5 GNT
We can prevent a lot of unwanted stress in our lives if we just learn to trust God. He is the ruler over all, and because of this, He is free to do whatever He pleases whenever He decides to do so. Our job is to know that everything that God allows to happen will eventually work out for our good. We don’t have to understand everything that He does when we truly know that He has our best interest at heart. Trying to figure out what God is doing, or better yet, what we think He’s not doing, will only stress you out. Our minds our finite and can only see what’s in front of us right now, whereas God’s wisdom is infinite, and He knows the end from the beginning. He doesn’t operate or think the way we think, which is more reason why we shouldn’t try to figure out what He is doing. Isaiah 55:8-9 (MSG) paints the picture perfectly: Continue reading