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?

 

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: “The Correct Response”

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lordlet all who are helpless take heart. Psalm 34:1-2 NLT

In life, each person will walk through different seasons when he or she will experience things that are unpleasant, despairing, and even frustrating. We encounter sickness, death, troubles, financial distress, broken marriages, rebellious children, unfaithful spouses, job loss, betrayal, disappointment, natural disasters, and even failures. We all experience ‘bad’ times in our lives.

In His word, God instructs us how we are to respond when we encounter those difficult situations in life and we must strive to do what He requires of us. Our love for God must motivate us to respond accurately. Knowing and understanding the character and heart of God will enable us, in the midst of our pain, to be able to continue to bless the Lord at all times.

We are being transformed daily by the renewing of our minds through the study of His Word and so, we can grow and develop into mature saints who live to bring pleasure to Him. This is not an impossible feat; in fact, it is very possible to please God because He gave us His word and His Spirit so that we could. God, in His infinite wisdom and knowledge of the human frame, did not leave it up to us and our feelings. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can accept and believe that God is a good God who cares deeply about us, knows what we are going through and is committed to working out all things for our good. We can boast in our God because He is with us in the midst of our difficult moments and will bring us through victoriously!  

 

 

 

Your Word for This Day: Purpose in the Pain!

 Monday, March 18, 2013

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,  to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 

It’s mind-boggling to see how God works things out for our good. Just think of the challenges that you have been through, the mistakes you have made, the trials you have endured and the persecution that you have faced and then recall how by God’s grace you made it through. It’s truly astounding. We serve a remarkable God who works in remarkable ways!

The scripture says that all things work together for good to those who love God and to those who are the called according to His purpose, but read the first three words… “And we know”. This is the key. It’s not really a matter of what you are going through or what it looks like, but a matter of knowing (letting this truth be settled in your heart) that God is using everything and making it work for you. God has big plans for you! He has given you a divine destiny that only you can fulfill! He orchestrates rough times in our lives for our good. We are processed so that the character of Christ would be formed in us and we would bring Him glory.

Today, embrace the challenges that you face, not because you enjoy pain, but because you know that those who are in Christ Jesus are being changed from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord. There is purpose in every step you take.