“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”Ephesians 6:10
Do you realize that many people think that disciples of Christ are are very weak and inconsistent?
You hear all about people who say that they love God but do not live as people who actually do love God.
You, however, because you know who you are and whose you are, do not fall into that category. You are stronger than that.
You are wiser than that. You are more focused than that. You know who you are and you are on your way to fulfill your destiny.
Yes, the problems come. Yes, the challenges are there. Yes, the temptations are real. Yes, the pressures of life do exist. All of the above is real, but you are stronger than that. You have One on your side who has enabled you to persist. You have God on the inside who causes you to triumph.
It may be all around you. All the others may be still struggling with their identity and trying to discover who they really are, but you, you have begun the journey of self-discovery and you are stronger than that.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”2 Corinthians 5:20
Have you ever been chosen to represent your school, workplace, church or company at an event? Well, if so, you know that it is a great honour to do so. You become the face of whatever your are representing and how you conduct yourself will reflect on the organization.
When God made you, He made you to represent Him on the earth.
When someone trusts you to represent them, you must not take that charge lightly. It is a great honour. And, to ensure that we represent God accurately, He gave a manual to help us to do so.
How are you representing the One who made you and gave you your identity?
Be sure that you are bringing glory to Him by being the best that you can be, wherever you are, and doing whatever He has asked of you.
We can accurately represent the One who gave us life. He has given us His word and His Spirit to help us.
Let’s make the effort to be an accurate representation of our heavenly Father. It is worth the effort for it produces great blessings.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”Psalm 139:14
Many times, you may notice that there are people who around you who are actually very unhappy with their lives. Yes, we face difficult situations and challenging moments, but often people can be very unsatisfied and discontent not because of what’s happening on the outside, but because of what’s happening on the inside. It’s a real simple reason… they never discovered who they really were.
Please don’t make that same mistake.
Take the time and know yourself. You are not who others say you are. You are who God says you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. That means that God took His very own hands and molded and fashioned you according to His own unique design.
Who are you?
You are God’s creation.
You are wonderfully designed and handcrafted by The Almighty to be who He created you to be. Everything about you is special, unique and amazing. Even if you don’t think so, God does!
Don’t look and see yourself in a negative light. Don’t look at your life as a deficit. Appreciate who you are and value what you look like. Every part of your design is important to your purpose.
From the beginning of time, God has never made one mistake or one thing that wasn’t good. As you meditate on today’s scripture remind yourself this… “I am a Great Me!”
“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.” Philippians 3:15-16 MSG
In every season that we walk through, especially difficult seasons, we must make a conscious effort to focus our thoughts on positive things and people.
Take control of your thought processes.
Whatever we focus on always becomes stronger and larger in our minds. If we focus on God and what He says in the Word, it will empower us. If we focus on the situation that is confronting us then that becomes even bigger and it literally devours us. Choose to focus on things that are positive.
In times like these, bring to mind all the good things that God did for you in times past. Make a memorial of all the victories that you won, of all the challenges that you overcame, and of all the obstacles that were turned into stepping stones to get you out of the deep pits. Recall the goodness of God. Count your blessings and count them aloud. Let your mind hear what your spirit is saying. Flood your mind with the good and peaceful thoughts. As you do so you will find that you have less time to rehearse all the negative things that have happened or may be happening now. In fact, as you begin to think thoughts of peace, joy, love, wholeness and contention, you will find that you begin to attract those same things in your life, causing a shift in your situation.
Start thinking and focusing on what you want to achieve at the end of it all. Identify a goal and concentrate on it. Fill your thoughts with positive affirmations and change the atmosphere around you. Don’t magnify the situation by focusing on it. Focus on God and magnify Him.
Adapted from an Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson
“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
“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!
“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