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: “The Night is Turning into Day!”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 

“Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name… Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:4-5

When we encounter difficult seasons in our lives, our aim as children of God should be to become BETTER and not BITTER. We cannot allow our hard times to completely rob us of our peace, our joy and our sense of purpose in life. To help us in our journeys, there are some things that we must do when we feel like giving up. The first key is to recognize that the difficult situation is not bigger than God is.

The second key is:

2. Understand that this too will pass.

When we are going through bad times it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, we must remember that weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). This may have nothing to do with actual twelve-hour days and twelve-hour nights, rather we have night seasons and morning seasons.

In the natural, no season lasts forever. After summer comes autumn, after autumn comes winter, then spring and then the cycle repeats itself. In our lives, seasons change as well. Nothing lasts forever, not even difficult times. They always pass. Your night will turn to day. It must – it is the natural order of life. Encourage yourself by repeating this statement: “Nothing lasts forever. God has given me the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; He will turn my darkness into light. Although the night seems unending, morning will come again.”

Be encouraged today in all that you walk through! Hold on to the truth of the Word of God. Speak it. Declare it. Meditate on it. It shall surely bring you out!

 

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: ” 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: “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!