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: “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: “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