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: “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: “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: “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: “Seek FIRST…”

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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

In the Lord Jesus’ words to us today we are given the key to being successful in life, and how powerful they are!

You see, true success is not found in obtaining every educational degree, nor in meeting the right people and getting into the right circles. It is not about having the right look or living in the right neighbourhood and driving the right car. The key to living a fulfilled, purpose-driven and love-giving life is simply this:

seek God’s Kingdom above all else.

Some translations say “Seek first the Kingdom of God”, and in essence it says the same thing… put God first. Pursue Him with the best of yourself and give Him top priority in all that you do.

It’s not that God doesn’t want us to have material things and to enjoy them…He wants us to seek Him FIRST. God must be our FOCUS in life. When we are focused on Him and on doing His will, He teaches us how to view and understand life correctly – just as He does – and we will in turn experience less stress, worry and anxiety.

When we focus on the things of the earth, all the material things that we run after, we are led by our flesh (our selfish desires, ambitions and goals), and we end up stressing out about everything and bringing glory to the devil and not to God! But, it must not be so. Our lives are designed to bring glory to God and we do that when we choose, among the many options and things vying for our affections and attention, to seek Him and His Kingdom first.

Let’s ask ourselves today: Is God first in my life? What am I honestly giving to Him? Is it the best of myself, or what is left over after the world and everything in it has taken it’s piece? 

May the Holy Spirit burn within us a desire to seek God with everything that we have and help us to cultivate a heart’s position to always put Him first. That’s the only position that He deserves. 
 

Your Word for This Day: “What Are You REALLY Looking At?”

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” Matthew 6: 31-32

In life, there are things that can cause us to become very anxious, fearful, and worrisome if we choose to focus on them. But, God does not want His children to worry. He doesn’t want us to fear for what the future will bring. You see, He knows what we have need of and He desires to provide for us as any good Father would. He is taking care of you today!

God knows our needs.

God is interested in our welfare.

God loves us with an unconditional love. 

And for these reasons, and many more, we can trust in His ability to take care of us, and not stress ourselves out with the sole pursuit of material things.

When we focus primarily on things of the earth, then the things of the earth will become our gods. When we use our energy to run after these things, we can only seek God with what energy we have left over. And, He is deserving of so much more. 

When our thoughts are consumed by clothes, food, houses, cars and money, we cannot really love and serve God of with all of our hearts, mind, soul and strength – and this is to be our highest goal in life.

A very wise woman once told me, “If you put God first, you cannot come last.” It’s just impossible to fail in life when you are focusing on God and your desire is to do His will in the earth.

Friends, God never loses at anything. He is never overcome by anything. He doesn’t get flustered by our challenges or thrown off course by life’s twists and turns. He knows it all and He promises that when we seek Him, He will take care of all that concerns us.  So, today, I ask you: “What are your really looking at?” What are you focusing on? What’s at the center of your gaze?

If we choose to focus on God, trusting Him for every day that we are alive, He will lead us in paths of righteousness. He will prepare tables of feasting before us. He will guide and cause us to walk victoriously! That’s the God that we serve!