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: “My God is Greater!”

Friday, June 23, 2017 

“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

Our heavenly Father is a God of purpose. Nothing is wasted with God. He uses everything for His honour and His glory. God has the plan and knows the purpose for everything that He allows us to walk through. If we cooperate with Him and learn to respond correctly in the different seasons of life that we walk through, we will experience the joy of His presence and walk in the fullness of His glory. It all comes down to these two words and two mindsets. Which one will you choose? Do I choose to be BETTER OR BITTER?

If we choose to become better, then there are some things that we must do. Let’s start with this key:

1. Recognize that the difficult situation is not bigger than God is.

God created the entire universe and sustains it all by His power. He took care of the children of Israel and all believers as recorded in the Scriptures. Everything and everyone is subject to God. He is the only true Power on the earth. Remind yourself constantly that your God does not slumber nor sleep (See Psalm 121). Draw strength and courage from your knowledge of God. See Him big and mighty, larger than everything that is confronting you.

Yes, you will cry and sometimes the pain that you experience may seem unbearable, but in the midst of it all, gather what small amount of strength you may possess and magnify your God. Make Him large in your mind. Fix your gaze on His strength and His power. Remember that He told Paul, “My strength is made perfect in your weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). When we are weak then our God shows His strength and might. He is the God of all flesh and there is nothing too hard for Him to do (See Jeremiah 32:17, 27; Genesis 18:14). In His time and in His own unique way He will work all things together for your good. HE is a faithful God.

 

 

Your Word for This Day: “Count it All Joy”

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1: 2-4

The objective of life in Christ is to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. The trying of our faith helps us to develop Christ-like ways. Take a moment and reread today’s scripture above.

What is James saying to us? He is saying that the difficult situations should make us better people, not bitter. We must choose how we want to be.

The Greek word for trials (peirasmoi) refers to persecution and troubles from the world or Satan. The things that have happened may be terrible but our response must be good to please God. We must meet these trials with joy knowing that at the end of it all we would have developed a persevering faith, proven character and mature hope. Our faith can only reach full maturity when faced with difficulty and opposition.

The kingdom of God demands a  people of faith.  Faith is the language of heaven.  Faith is the only thing that causes God to respond to our prayers.  What will develop our faith?  The situations that God brings us through.

Our faith can increase when we hear the testimonies of others and witness what God does for them, but, it is only after we have come through a dark season ourselves, that we can look back and truly know that God is who He says He is.

Just think for a moment, what had God brought YOU through?

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

 

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! 
 

Your Word for This Day: “Wisdom for Living: CHANGE”

Thursday, June 1, 2017

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

In the month of May, we have been re-discovering many important truths about our need for WISDOM to navigate our journey through life and to access the abundance that God has prepared for His children in this season.

We have learned that wisdom is the principal thing and in all our getting we must get wisdom. We were reminded that there were two main types of wisdom: Earthly or devilish and God given (James 3:13). We also looked at the many benefits that we gain from wisdom (Proverbs 2, 3 and 4).

Now is time to ask ourselves: “What have I learned? Have I applied anything to my life? Has anything in my thinking changed? Am I walking in greater freedom?

  • Am I making wiser health decisions?
  • Am I making wiser financial decisions?
  • Am I making wiser ministry decisions?
  • Am I making wiser relational decisions?
  • Am I making wiser educational decisions?
  • Am I making wiser parenting decisions?
  • Am I making wiser spiritual decisions?
  • Am I making wiser career decisions?

Where are you right now?  Are you walking in a higher level of Truth concerning yourself and your life?

My friends, we all are at different levels of growth and development, spiritually and physically but we must all come to the conclusion that we cannot remain where we are because all living things grow and develop.  It doesn’t matter where we are in life, if we are alive, we must grow. Change is a natural part of life.

Growth is painful, but necessary. Change can be difficult, but it is also necessary.

We need to come to the knowledge of the truth about ourselves and so, as we wrap up this study on wisdom, let’s take some time today to use check ourselves out. Let’s use the mirror of God’s word to help us all to see clearly where we are so that we can chart a wise course to get to where God wants us to be.