Your Word for This Day: “Its Working for My Good!”

Monday, June 19, 2017

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

As we journey through life, we will encounter different seasons. There will be seasons of great joy and there will be difficult seasons, where we will experience pain and sorrow.       In the midst of the difficult seasons, we must try to keep our faith thermometer at a level that is consistent and, we are only able to do this as we understand who God is and appreciate what He has done for us on Calvary.

Nothing that we would go through can be compared to what Jesus Christ went through for us on the Cross.  He who knew no sin became sin for us so that we could inherit the Kingdom of God. He allowed men to spit on Him and abuse Him to the fullest so that he can redeem us from the clutches of the enemy.

God will not allow us to go through difficult times that are too much for us to handle.  He is a very fair God and we can trust His love for us.  Through the times of testing we may not understand what is happening and why it is happening, but knowing our God helps us to successfully hold on to the anchor of our souls.

When we understand that everything that happens must be permitted by God, it gives us greater courage and strength to keep going on. We can sincerely believe that all the things, good and bad, work together for our good. If we believe that God’s word is true and our trouble will work out for our good, we will become better and not bitter persons and we will be able to move forward victoriously into all that God has prepared for us.

 

An Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson

Your Word for This Day: “God Always has a Plan!”

Friday, June 16, 2017

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20

Joseph encountered difficult times. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers. He was thrown into prison on an attempted rape charge by his boss’ wife. Those he helped while he was in prison forgot him when they were released, although they promised him that they would help him. He endured almost fourteen years of bad things happening one after another.

Yet, in the midst of it all, Joseph remained focus. He was focused because God had given him a dream of greatness before everything happened and nothing was going to take that dream away.

Has God given you a dream or a vision and you are beginning to lose hope?  Stay focused. When bad things happen, focus on the dream in your heart. Keep the dream alive; please do not let it die. You cannot control what has happened or may be happening even now, but you can control how you react to what is happening.

Joseph fulfilled his dream and his destiny. Later on, he chose to help those who tried to destroy him because he understood that they meant it for evil but God meant it for God.  God always has a plan. God is always up to something when we are down to nothing. Remember His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not like ours. He knows what is happening and He has the plan.

Joseph’s accurate response prepared him to rule and reign in his position of power when it came.  Your correct response in the midst of your adversity would also be preparation for your elevation when all is said and done.  Do you want to be elevated? Then learn from Joseph and go through your hard times focused and trusting God and He who has promised to bless you is faithful and He will give you double for your trouble if you will only endure to the end with the right attitude and spiritual position. Of this you can be sure.

An Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson

Your Word for This Day: “I Will Sing and Testify”

Thursday, June 15, 2017

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.” Psalm 34:4-6

When difficult times happen in our lives, how should we respond? Let’s have a look today at David, the shepherd boy. In 1 Samuel 16, we read of David being summons to his father’s house from the field to be anointed for his destiny – King over Israel. This was definitely something good.

As time progressed, we see that David had many accomplishments and he caught the attention of the King and of the people… then trouble started – King Saul’s jealousy of David caused him to try to kill the young shepherd boy.  David was forced to run for His life, and he kept running for more than a decade. He experienced thirteen long, hard years of being a fugitive.

How did David respond during those years of trouble and hardship? Did David sing? Yes he did. Did David Praise God? Yes he did. Did David testify about God’s goodness even in times of trouble? Yes he did. His words testified loud and clear, that God was still in control of His life.

As we look at the life of David, we see that his response was not one of hopelessness, rather of praise. He continued to praise the Lord and we must do the same. During his bad times, David kept focused on what he had to do. He knew that he had been anointed to lead Israel one day. He did not have control over his circumstances, but he, however, had control over the way he chose to respond to the attacks of the enemy and from all that we have read, we can see that he responded accurately. We can learn a lot from David… when troubles abound, our praise to God must abound the more!

Your Word for This Day: “The Correct Response”

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lordlet all who are helpless take heart. Psalm 34:1-2 NLT

In life, each person will walk through different seasons when he or she will experience things that are unpleasant, despairing, and even frustrating. We encounter sickness, death, troubles, financial distress, broken marriages, rebellious children, unfaithful spouses, job loss, betrayal, disappointment, natural disasters, and even failures. We all experience ‘bad’ times in our lives.

In His word, God instructs us how we are to respond when we encounter those difficult situations in life and we must strive to do what He requires of us. Our love for God must motivate us to respond accurately. Knowing and understanding the character and heart of God will enable us, in the midst of our pain, to be able to continue to bless the Lord at all times.

We are being transformed daily by the renewing of our minds through the study of His Word and so, we can grow and develop into mature saints who live to bring pleasure to Him. This is not an impossible feat; in fact, it is very possible to please God because He gave us His word and His Spirit so that we could. God, in His infinite wisdom and knowledge of the human frame, did not leave it up to us and our feelings. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can accept and believe that God is a good God who cares deeply about us, knows what we are going through and is committed to working out all things for our good. We can boast in our God because He is with us in the midst of our difficult moments and will bring us through victoriously!  

 

 

 

Your Word for This Day: “Stuff Happens”

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” Ecclesiastes 12:13

In this journey of life, we have many different experiences. Some life events are very joyful and cause us to celebrate and be thankful, and there are life events that are sad and cause us to stop and think about the true meaning of living. As we face life head on, we will navigate through numerous emotions evoked by the many things we see, hear, and feel.

There are things, things, and more things. Life is full of experiences and events, and wherever you may travel in the world and whomever you may speak with, there is always a story of something that has happened or is happening. Things happen. STUFF HAPPENS! There is no getting away from things happening once you are alive and living on this earth.

We must come to the realization that there are things that we will encounter that we have no control over. God is the only one who has supreme control over life. He created life, He sustains life, and He alone has the ability to direct life. Not only does He have the ability but He also has the right and the authority to do so, for we are His handiwork. Nothing exists that was not created by the hand of our mighty God. That gives Him the legal right to be able to control and direct everything for His pleasure and purpose.

If we understand this important truth, we would be freed from a lot of unnecessary stress. We are reminded today that as children of God our duty, is to “Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person” (NASB). This is our main responsibility and as we obey this instruction, it is God’s covenanted duty to take care of us in the good times and in the not so good times.

An Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson

Your Word for This Day: “Trust for Today…and the Day After”

Friday, June 9, 2017

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34

This day is a gift to you from your heavenly Father. He has given you a full 24 hours filled with great potential and endless possibilities and He desires that you live it to the full, bringing glory to His name!

Don’t waste a minute of this great day worrying, stressing or being anxious, especially about what will happen tomorrow. Sometimes our minds are so far in “what will happen down the road”  that we are not fully living in today, and today needs our full attention to make it through victoriously.

Worrying about tomorrow today is a serious trap. It will leave you depressed, negative and feeling powerless. When we meditate on the troubles and challenges that might or could or even at times, will happen tomorrow we end up bringing into today unnecessary baggage. Instead, we should use our energy to trust God. We don’t have to worry about today, because our heavenly Father knows what we have need of, so to we can trust Him for our tomorrows because He continues to know what we have need of.

Hear the words of God to you today:

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,  yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? (v. 25-30)

Let faith arise within you today! God can be trusted. He loves us and knows what we have need of. With Him, all things are possible. Seek Him with your whole heart. Place Him first in your life. Celebrate His goodness in your life. Trust in His plans, His timing, His way of working things out. Give yourself wholeheartedly to pursuing the things of God. And, don’t worry about a thing… God has given you grace for today and when tomorrow comes, He will once again give you grace for today. God is still on the throne and His eye is on you!

Your Word for This Day: “He will Give You what You NEED”

Thursday, June 8, 2017

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6: 33

Yesterday, we looked at the importance of putting God first in our lives. It is the only way to truly live the abundant life that Jesus Christ has given to us. Above all else, we must seek, pursue, and chase after the things of God. We must use our energies for making Him and what He has done for us known on the earth.

As we go after the things of God, He promises to take care of what we have need of. Let’s read that carefully… He will give us everything that we need, not everything that we want. And there my friend, is the big difference. God knows what’s best for us. He knows what we need to live the life that He has called us to.

Many times, what we want is not really good for us.

You see, we are limited in our understanding as to what is good for us. Often, we want what will bring us the greatest comfort, make life easier and cause us to look and feel good. But, God knows what is truly good for us. He gives us everything that we need, and the most important things are those which can’t be seen or touched. God gives us peace, grace, love, the ability to endure, wisdom, and more so that we can make it to eternity with Him.

God’s ultimate Goal is that we would not perish, but be saved and live forever with Him in eternity. This is why Jesus came, died and rose again. That is why God provides for us. And that is why we must seek first His Kingdom – to ensure that we are getting the right things that we need as children of God and that our life with God after we die is secured. This must be our ultimate goal!