Your Word for This Day: “I DO HAVE JOY!”

Friday, July 7, 2017 

“Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LordSeek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.” Psalm 105:3-5

As you journey through the different seasons of your life, especially in the difficult ones, I want you to remember this powerful quote that I once read in a book:

“In every adverse situation, there is a seed of equivalent or greater benefit*.” 

Take the time to search for the seed of equal or greater benefit in challenging times.  Remember, God uses everything and so, even in the terrible circumstances there is something that we can learn or use.  There is something in that dark situation that will be beneficial to you later on as you continue your walk with God.

Yes, stuff happens. But these things do not determine our joy. Our joy is in the Lord our God. In His presence there is fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures forever more. Happiness depends not on the things that happen but joy comes from our relationship with the Lord.

Determine in your heart to let nothing interfere with your joy in the Lord. Things come and they go. People come and they go. Situations come and they go. But God abides forever. He comes in us, and He never leaves us. When He comes, He stays so that our joy may be complete. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength as you choose to become better and not bitter through your trials and difficult times. You can, and will make it!

 

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

*Quote by Napolean Hill

Your Word for This Day: “Pressing into More”

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Job 42:5

There is something about the difficult times in our lives that causes us to turn to God. We can use these seasons that we experience to develop our personal relationship with God. If your relationship was good, work at getting it better and if it was better work at getting it to the best level possible. There is always higher to go with God.

From the beginning, Job’s relationship with God was good (Job 1:8), but at the end of his season of bad things happening to him, it got better than it was. He came to know God at another level. He understood things about God that he had never known before. This would not have been possible had he not gone through the difficulties and testing. They truly worked together for Job’s good.

Your trials and persecution can work together for your good too. Use the time to delve into the Word of God. Surround yourself with those who could encourage you and counsel you in the way of the Lord. Learn more about Him. Let this time be the season when the Word of God becomes flesh to you. Love Him more. Pray more. Serve more. Worship more. Fellowship more. Share the Word with others more. Like Jesus did in the wilderness do so yourself. Live on the word of God, For  “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

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

Your Word for This Day: “Use Your Pain to Propel You!”

Friday, June 30, 2017

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4

The fifth key to becoming a BETTER and not BITTER person when we encounter difficult times, is to leverage your pain.

5. Use the pain to propel you into your destiny. Refuse to roll over and give up.

This is the time to focus on your earthly assignment. We were all born with a God given assignment but many times, we are too busy doing what we want to do and so we miss doing what we were born to do. Use the pain as an incentive to further your education, to learn a new skill or to get involve in something that you have always wanted to achieve.Let the anguish and sufferings be the wind under your sails as your ship of destiny comes in to shore. Since you cannot get out of the situation before time and you have to stay in the boat, then let the boat take you in the direction of where you were born to go.

I remember once being hospitalized for a long time. After about the fifth day I realized that I had a choice. Lie in bed confined for weeks and have daily pity parties or use the time to do something I had always wanted to do but never had the time. I had always wanted to study the Bible, especially the Book of Isaiah. So I chose to become better and not bitter. Armed with my Bible, notebook and pen I began on the seventh day of my confinement to study the Book of Isaiah.

Today, when I travel the world and preach out of the Book of Isaiah I can honestly thank God for that season of my life. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I did not only study Isaiah but Jeremiah and Daniel also. At that time, I did not know that I was called to be a teacher and Minister of the Word and that God would open doors for me to travel and teach extensively. I was in the boat of pain and confinement but the boat sailed me into the dock of my destiny.

The same can happen for you if you make the right choice and use the pain productively. God would honour your choice and send you help along the way. It is up to you, and you can start today.

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

 

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: “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: “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?