Give God your current situation

 God's Will, God's Work in Us, Trials  Comments Off on Give God your current situation
Sep 012017
 

“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result” (Genesis 50:20).

Joseph’s life was anything but peaceful.

It was complicated by youthful folly, broken dreams, and the mean-spirited actions of others.

Sold into slavery by jealous brothers.

Thrown into prison on false charges.

Yet he remained a man remarkable for his lack of bitterness or regret.

Always seeing God as the “Great Engineer” behind even the worst of circumstances.

In a final confrontation with his brothers, he graciously noted:

“You meant it for bad; God meant it for good.”

The theology packed in that statement is astounding!

“God meant it for good” means:

You can accept the past!

No sin, no action, no choice on your part is too big for God to handle –

or too big to be worked for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Ask his fearful and famished brothers, who were forced to rely on him for survival.

You can embrace the present!

There’s no need to play the “what if” game.

The past is gone, and no energy you expend will ever change it.

The future is in God’s omnipotent hands-

– so you’re free to focus on the present.

Your job is to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, trusting him to forgive the past and transform the future.

Jim Eliot once wrote, “Wherever you are, be all there!”

– not living in the past and not fantasizing about the future.

God wants you in the present because that’s where his grace will flow.

You can look expectantly toward the future!!!

Even if you make mistakes today-

God still controls your future.

Walking in the Spirit, you can live life to the fullest, unafraid of making mistakes and unconcerned that you may stumble into some terrible circumstance that takes you out of God’s control.

Even when things appear to be terrible, you can trust that God is working out some divine plan through you.

So what?

No matter how bad things get-

God is still able to bring good out of it.

Today, thank God that nothing – no disaster, no delay – is bigger that his ability to turn it into something good and godly.

Thank God and let go!

Thank God that He is sovereign over your past, your present, and your future.

Give God the circumstances, disasters, hindrances, hurts, and sins from your past.

Give God your current situation, your disasters, hindrances, hurts, and sins of today.

Praise God that he can work anything in your future for godly good, that you can walk in confidence that there is nothing anyone can do to you, or anything you can do that will be beyond the reach of God’s grace and redemption.

Look for God’s hand!

Walking by faith means you see God’s hand even in the most difficult of circumstances.

You trust His ability and his willingness to transform the bad into godly good.

God is not limited by people’s motives.

In other words, it doesn’t matter why someone hurt you-

God still can transform a deliberate, mean-spirited situation into something for His good.

(PA)

Aug 242017
 

“Look, the days are coming”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“when I will fulfill the good promises that I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” Jeremiah 33:14. 

The prophet Jeremiah told us God would fulfill His promise of a Saviour.  

The people could look forward to someone who would save them from captivity. 

What did they expect as an answer to their prayers? 

They thought the Messiah would be a powerful leader, capable of subduing an empire and ushering in God’s reign.  

But instead of answering the promise as they anticipated-

God did the opposite. 

He sent a servant who would die on the cross for their sins. 

God often does that!

He answers our prayers in unexpected ways.  

We ask for healing, but God chooses to give us strength for each day. 

We ask for relief from our trials, but God helps us endure and grow stronger. 

We ask God to deal with our adversaries; instead, He transforms our attitudes. 

God is always faithful to his promises.

He just doesn’t do things the way we expect.  

When you don’t see answers to prayer that you are anticipating-

– take a look to see if God is blessing in unexpected ways. 

“Father, You are faithful to Your Word. I give You praise.”

(PA)

Fiery trials of life!

 Faith  Comments Off on Fiery trials of life!
Aug 202017
 

One night a house caught fire and a young boy was forced to flee flames by jumping to the ground from the roof.

His father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son,

“Jump! I’ll catch you.”

But the boy was afraid — he couldn’t see his father — all he could see was flame, smoke, and blackness.

He was afraid.

Still, his father kept yelling:

“Jump son! I will catch you!”

But the boy refused, crying, “Daddy, I can’t see you!”

His father replied, “It’s ok son — I can see you — and that’s all that matters!”

Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of the fiery trials of life!

And all we can see is the smoke and the flames.

But faith is knowing who will catch us when take that leap.

God delights in responding to our faith.

He wants us to jump into His arms — especially when we can’t see Him.

George Mueller said:

“Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible.

There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible.

Faith begins where man’s power ends.”

(PA)

Aug 012017
 

“But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions” (Genesis 15:14).

God kept the people of Israel enslaved 400 years!

But when the time came to free them from the bondage of slavery-

-they came out with great possessions!

These physical possessions symbolize-

-the spiritual possessions we receive when we come out of being enslaved to those things that have hindered us all our lives.

Whenever God brings you through a time of great adversity-

you can expect to come out of that experience with great possessions,

-if you have been faithful through the trial.

This is a universal truth!

When we have been tested and proven-

-the reality of our faith results in possessions from God that we would never receive if we had not gone through those trials.

These are precious possessions in His sight and should be valued greatly.

Those who know you-

-will be amazed at the wisdom that comes from your mouth.

It is one of those mysteries of the gospel that only those who experience incredible testing and hardship can explain.

These possessions are to be shared with others so that-

-they also can know how they might become free.

What has God freed you from that allows you to share your possessions with others?

Share what God has done in your life with someone you work with today.

It may be the possession they need most in their life.

(PA)

May 312017
 

“Set me free from my prison” (Psalm 142:7).

The heading given to this psalm by the ancient scribes invites us to think of David, falsely accused, on the run, hiding in a cave (1 Sam. 22:1).

We might also think of Paul in Ephesus (and quite possibly in prison), “under great pressure,” feeling he had received “a sentence of death,” forced to rely on “God who raises the dead” (2 Cor 1:8-11).

Our prisons may be literal, economic or a depressive state of mind in which it seems that everyone is against us and no one cares. If that is what we face or feel, we need to see that the psalmist did not stay in prison. He reached a point where he was able to declare: “You are … my portion” (v 5).

These words recall the tradition that the Levites who served the tabernacle received no share when the land was divided (Num 18:20). Instead God said to them, “I am your portion.” How

does the psalmist move-

– from “prison” to “portion”?

Through this prayer!

If we read the psalm 142 in three sections, vs. 1-3a, 3b-5 and 6,7:

– we will notice that each section begins with a description of the psalmist’s plight and ends with an expression of confidence! This surely is what it means to wrestle in prayer. Pouring out complaint gives way to the realization that God knows my way. The feeling that no

one cares gives way to the conviction that God is both refuge and portion. Desperate need is replaced by the expectation of deliverance!

Is there any “prison” from which you need to be released?

– A debt, disease, depression, den of lions, demonic habit or an actual prison?

If so –

Use this psalm 147 as a model for “wrestling” with God in prayer!

May the Lord set you free from that prison! And grant you His glorious freedom and portion!! Any you will be filled with His praises!!!

(PA)