Your Word for This Day: “I Take Responsibility”

Thursday, June 29, 2017

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.” Proverbs 24:16

The fourth key to becoming a BETTER and not BITTER person when we encounter difficult times, is to take responsibility.  In times like these, it is very easy to blame everybody and every thing, even God for what’s happening around us and to us. But if we play the blame game, we will never rise above the circumstances.

4. The Take responsibility for your response in the situation.

If we are to move forward in life, we cannot blame others for our misfortunes (even if someone could be blamed). As was already stated, many times you have no control over the bad things that happen but you do have control over your response.

Imagine this, you are walking down the street, studying your own business, and someone willfully trips you and causes you to fall. The person runs off laughing, leaving you with your face buried in the pavement. Would you remain there or would you struggle to get yourself up? I am sure that you would, while feeling great pain and even embarrassment, pull yourself up and dust yourself off. You would not lie there saying, “I am not moving because it was not my fault. They did this to me and they have to help me up.” No, that is not what you would do at all. You would get up and get up quickly. People may come around to help you get up, but ultimately, you take the responsibility to get up by yourself, assuring all around you that you are all right and you can make it.

That is the same attitude that we must have when we experience difficult times. Take responsibility. Get yourself up. Use what you have and get yourself up. When your enemies look for you they must not find you on the ground lying with your face buried in the sand. No. Take action. Take responsibility. God can work all things for your good! Arise!

Adapted from an Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson

Your Word for This Day: “The Key is to Forgive”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

“Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22

The third key to becoming a BETTER and not BITTER person when we encounter difficult times, is Forgiveness. If we are to respond accurately to the challenges of lie, we must be quick to forgive those who have hurt us along the way.

3. FORGIVE.

This is one of the most difficult steps to make as you determine in your heart to make the most of your difficult times. Many times, the person or persons who may be responsible for what you are experiencing are those closest to you and this makes it even more challenging. You can’t forgive them because in your mind you did not deserve to be treated like this.

But, when we measure what we are experiencing to what Jesus endured on Calvary, we see that no real comparison can be made. Yet He looked at those who nailed Him to the cross and prayed for their forgiveness, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). This must be our response also. Is it an easy thing to do? Not at all. Forgiveness takes Grace. The enabling power of His Holy Spirit. This Grace is available if we make the choice to forgive those who have caused us great pain.

As we forgive, we make room for the blessings of God. God literally opens the windows of heaven and showers us with blessings for our act of obedience. He sees that we are willing to obey so He allows us to eat the good of the land. Forgive those who hurt you and watch God turn your situation around. He will make you stand out and shine like you never did before. He will prepare a table for you in the presence of those who caused you pain. Forgiveness allows goodness and mercy to follow you constantly so that you can walk in the continuous flow of the Lord.

Adapted from an Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson

Your Word for This Day: “I Choose Better”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

“Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6

You and I have grace for today. God gives us GRACE that we need to navigate every season of our lives. Knowing this must help us to respond in a way that pleases God so that we would become all that He has designed us to be.  As we journey through life, God desires that we become better and not bitter.

Better and Bitter. The difference between the two words, is simply one letter. There is an ‘e’ in the word better and an ‘i’ in the word bitter, yet this letter exchange is significant. To become better amidst pain and the trial we need that ‘e’ that represents the eternal, everlasting and ever-present God. We need the ‘e’ to:

  • Encourage ourselves.
  • Engage in deep prayer and intercession.
  • Enlarge our perception of who God is.
  • Enquire of the Lord concerning His will in this time.
  • Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.
  • Experience His majesty and power.

If we were to replace the ‘e’ in better with the ‘i’, this is what we would experience:

  • I do don’t deserve this.”
  • I cannot go on.”
  • I am too weak to fight.”
  • “Why am I going through this?”

As we focus on the I, we become bitter and when we are bitter, all we can see and hear about is ourselves—what we need, what we deserve and what we can or cannot do.

That same letter ‘i’ is in the middle of the word pride. When we allow ourselves to become bitter, we are operating in pride -we are judging God and blaming Him for the things that we are experiencing instead of blessing Him as Job did although he did not understand his misfortunes.

Today, let us ask ourselves these questions: Will I become better or bitter? Will I focus on the ‘i’ position and the ‘poor me’ condition  or on the ‘e’ position and worship the eternal ever-wise God who is in complete control of my life? What will be the decision that I make today?

 

Your Word for This Day: ” It CAN be DONE!”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

“Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” 1 Samuel 17:37

The Philistine champion, Goliath, came up against the people of God and in their eyes defeating him and the Philistine army seemed an impossible task…

But, not for David, the shepherd boy who was sent to the battlefield on an errand. He knew that He could take down the giant. David was able to have faith in God to do the impossible because God had empowered him to kill a bear and a lion when they interfered with his sheep.  When David came up against Goliath, he reminded himself of God’s delivering power and this strengthened David’s resolve.

David was able to build upon his faith as a result of his past experiences, so too, our faith can be great as we go through dark, challenging times.  Every time we endure something negative, we learn something about God that we did not know before.  We learn that He is able to do more than we can imagine possible.  We also learn something about ourselves.  We realize that we are stronger than we thought we were.  All in all, dark times are supposed to make us stronger and wiser and better than we were before.

One of the myths that surrounds Christianity is that if a man is faithful to God, he will not go through adversity and persecution, but the Bible does not teach that believers would be free from trouble, pain, and suffering in their lives.  In fact the Bible is clear in its message that the righteous would be persecuted.  The world will hate us because it first hated our Master Jesus Christ. But we can hold on to the promises of God in his Word that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear (See 1 Corinthians 10:13).

God has promised to deliver those who love and obey Him out of their suffering. We can rest assured that God will stand by us in our pain and bad times.   David declared, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me, thy rod and staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). We can trust in our God!

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: “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