WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

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Have you ever had a time in your life, where you felt you were doing everything right, and your life still seemed to fall apart? Unfortunately, bad things do happen to good people. How we handle those bad events will determine the course of our destiny. We have to keep our thoughts going in the right direction. We cannot afford to allow the devil to deceive us into being mad at God because if we disconnect ourselves from the Power Source, we’re doomed. Therefore, if you’re going to stay connected to the Lord in the difficult times, you have to remember a few things:

  1. Jesus said in this world you will have tribulation. Doing the right thing does not exempt you from trials. In Matthew 14:22-24, the disciples found that out when Jesus told them to get in the boat and go across the lake, and they ended up encountering a storm. They did what they were told and still entered rough waters, and so will we. However, Jesus says in John 16:33, although we will experience tribulation, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
  2. No weapon formed against you will prosper. God says the weapons the devil uses against you won’t prosper. He never said they wouldn’t form. So why is it that we get bent out of shape when hit a proverbial snag, and the devil hits us with his best shot? God said it won’t work! Therefore, you must ask the Father for His instructions, follow them, and then “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”
  3. God uses adversity to get glory for Himself. One of the reasons we have to go through adversity is so that God can make Himself visible and tangible to us. How else are we going to “see” Him or know that He exists unless He manifests himself through supernatural acts? God wants to get glory for Himself. Why? Not because He is an egomaniac, but because He needs to be seen in this earth so that people know that He exists. Only then will they come to Him for the salvation and help they so desperately need.

Therefore, when adversity strikes, you must cling to God with all your might. You must have the bulldog kind of faith that refuses to let go of God’s promises. You must be determined that no matter what happens, who lives, who dies, who gets healed or doesn’t get healed, whether the money comes or not, you will serve Lord.  As Peter said in John 6:68 when Jesus asked the disciples if they were going to abandon Him, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Beloved, we all are going to have “situations” occur in our lives even if we are doing everything we are supposed to be doing. That’s not negative thinking. That’s just reality. Jesus has already told us this. The question is how will you handle the adversity when it comes? Will you trust in God’s love for you, expect Him to keep His Word to you, and believe Jesus has already overcome any circumstance in which you may find yourself?  Or will you get angry with God, turn your back on Him, declare He’s not real, or that He doesn’t love you? You must make up in your mind now, before adversity strikes, that you will go all the way with God no matter what. Then you can truthfully sing that old hymn, I Have Decided to Follow Jesus, which ends with the declaration, “No turning back, no turning back.”

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ARE YOU EXALTING YOUR OWN KNOWLEDGE ABOVE GOD’S?

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I pray that the blessings of God are chasing you down and overtaking you! He wants to do great things in your life and use you in a mighty way. In order for that to happen, it’s imperative that we think the way our Creator thinks. That is why Romans 12:2 says be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.

I recently discovered an area where I needed to renew my own mind. In one week I had three different occasions where I felt people had said things to me to boost their self-esteem at my expense, appearing to build themselves up while attempting to tear me down. I got angry and said to myself and God, “They know exactly what they are doing!”

THE REVELATION THAT CHANGED MY THINKING

One day shortly after those three incidents I was in my kitchen preparing a meal and having a conversation with God about this, and He said to me, “They don’t know what they are doing.” I asked, “How can they not know what they are doing?” He brought to mind 2 Timothy 2:24-26 which says:

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

I was able to glean the following insights from this passage:

  1. They are deceived by a lie Satan is feeding them at the moment. Satan is telling them that they have to operate in a certain manner to get their deepest needs met instead of depending on God to meet their needs. If they knew better they would do better.
  2. They really don’t know what they are doing. If a group of people murdered Jesus and He said, “Forgive them because they know not what they do,” then it could be possible that people really don’t know what they are doing when they are engaging in behavior that is far less hurtful.
  3. They are being controlled by the enemy himself. The devil operates through people’s soul wounds to hurt those around them. As the old saying goes, “Hurt people hurt people.”

ARE YOU EXALTING YOUR KNOWLEDGE AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD?

Furthermore, God said when I say they know what they are doing, and He says they don’t, I am exalting my knowledge against His. 2 Corinthians 10:13 Says, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting  imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” God was showing me that I needed to bring my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.

Do you have any thoughts that are exalting themselves against the knowledge of God? Ask the Holy Spirit where your thinking needs to be changed. Once He has revealed to you the thoughts you have that are contrary to his Word, then it’s up to you to meditate on and confess the Word out loud so that you will believe right and agree with Almighty God. Only then will the fiery darts of the enemy launched against you through people be quenched.

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WAIT ON THE LORD

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Today, my goal is to encourage you to wait on the Lord daily. What I mean by that is that you will wait quietly in His presence, saying nothing, not asking Him for anything, just enjoying His company every day. When you do this, you demonstrate that you are not just coming to Him for what you can get from Him, but you are connecting with Him because of Who He is.

WAITING ON THE LORD IS A COMMAND

First of all, Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” That’s a command.  Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord, and be of good courage. Wait, I say, on the Lord.” There it is again: a command, and God spoke through the Psalmist and said it twice! That should be a clue.

HOW TO WAIT ON GOD

Personally, each morning when I wake up, I go to my office, power up my laptop, and pull up a song on youtube.com because I like to listen to music while waiting on the Lord. You can use instrumental praise music if you like or sit in silence. Music is not even a requirement. However, the lyrics of the right song will minister healing to your soul in areas where you may need it most. These songs have ministered to me greatly:

  • Saturate – Vicki Yohe
  • Known – Tauren Wells
  • Saturate Me In Your Anointing – Candy LaFlora
  • Kari Jobe – The More I Seek You

Next, I sit quietly in my chair while the music plays, and I imagine myself in the presence of the Lord in His embrace. I can feel His heartbeat. He speaks to me, heart to heart, no words are exchanged. He tells me how much he loves me and who I am in Christ. During this time, I don’t ask Him for anything. I just abide. This session may last a few minutes to a half hour or more as the Lord leads. I have really come to enjoy this time with Him each day, and I believe you will too.

THE BENEFITS OF WAITING ON GOD

If you haven’t tried this, I encourage you to do so. I believe when you wait in God’s presence:

  • He’ll smile with pleasure when you show up each morning because, believe it or not, He enjoys spending time with you.
  • You’ll receive the anointing to heal the soul wounds the enemy inflicts upon you through people and situations during the previous day.
  • You’ll be filled with power to accomplish His will for the day.
  • You’ll receive the truth you need to become rooted and grounded in your identity in Christ.

With these benefits, who wouldn’t want to wait on the Lord?

I challenge you to try waiting on the Lord. While in His presence, I pray that you will experience His comfort, love, acceptance, joy and peace. It’s a really wonderful experience. After all, He sent His Son to die for us and went to such great lengths so that He could accept each of us into His presence. Therefore, let’s show our appreciation by taking full advantage of that truth on a daily basis.

 

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SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS

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This past week in Bible study at my church, Life Unlimited Empowerment Center, we discussed the importance of staying motivated while on our spiritual journey and taking bold steps toward our dreams. I want to encourage you to pursue your dreams and boldly move forward as you are led by the Spirit. If you are going to realize your dreams, boldness is imperative.

The morning after attending the Bible study, I was led to focus on Numbers 13, the account of the twelve spies sent to the Promised Land. The question popped into my mind, why were Joshua and Caleb so bold? What caused them to see things differently than their ten other counterparts? As I did the character studies, I found that Joshua and Caleb were different from the other spies in that they possessed the following characteristics:

  1. A strong confidence in the promise God had made to them. For example, in Numbers 13:1 we read that God promised them the land. They believed God would do what He promised, and that was fuel for their boldness. God has made you some promises. Believe that He intends to bring them to pass, and boldness will rise up in you.
  2. A strong faith that was birth out of circumstances orchestrated by God. In Exodus 17:14, we are told that Joshua fought and won against the Amalekites and told Moses to write it down so Joshua would remember. Because Joshua had experienced God giving him victory in the past, he developed a strong faith that he would need for the future. You too can expect God to orchestrate your circumstances to build the faith you need in the future to do exploits.
  3. A commitment to trust in and follow God no matter what happens. Joshua 14:14 states that Caleb “followed the Lord, the God of Israel, completely.” In Numbers 14:24 we read, “My servant Caleb…has a different spirit and has followed me fully.” Therefore, we can conclude that the level of commitment in following the Lord is directly proportional to the level of boldness you will possess. If you are fully committed as Caleb was, you will be able to forge boldly ahead into your destiny in spite of the adversity that appears to loom before you.
  4. A proper view of God and themselves. The ten spies said they saw themselves as “grasshoppers” in Numbers 13:32. However, Caleb said in Numbers 13:30, “Let us go up at once and take possession of it; for we will certainly conquer it.” Apparently, Caleb saw himself as a conqueror. In Numbers 14:6-9, Joshua and Caleb said, “Do not fear the people of the land…Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us.” That signifies that they saw God as protector and defender, the decisive factor in gaining the victory, and that view of God was a solid platform for their spirit of boldness. Knowing Who your God is and who you are in Christ will enable you to be bold as well.

So if you want to be as bold as a lion, Child of God, stand on the promises of God. Embrace the circumstances that He allows to come your way for the purpose of building your faith. Be committed wholeheartedly to following the Lord and be determined that you will never turn your back on God regardless of the circumstances you encounter. Finally, know who you are and Whose you are on such a deep level that no one can convince you otherwise. If you have these four characteristics present in your life, you will find that boldness will rise up in you supernaturally.

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KEYS TO ACTIVATING THE PEACE WITHIN

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Today I want to talk about keys to activating your peace.  Peace is a very precious commodity. We need to maintain our peace for several reasons: 1) to be able to hear from God; 2) to maintain our health; 3) to be a good witness to unbelievers; 3)  to be able to be able to dominate and speak peace to situations in our lives; and 4) to maintain joy which gives us spiritual strength. That being said, obviously, maintaining a peaceful spirit is imperative.

THE FIRST STEP: RECOGNITION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The first step to activating peace in your life is to recognize and acknowledge that you have it. Jesus said in John 14:27, “My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.” Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is…peace.” That tells us that if you have the Spirit within, you have peace residing within. Finally, Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of God rule in your heart.” Therefore, it’s your choice whether you let the peace that’s in you rule or not.

KEYS TO ACTIVATING THE PEACE YOU HAVE

So now that you acknowledge that you actually do have peace within you, the question is, how do you activate that peace? It’s a shame that we allow the peace Jesus died to give us to lie dormant while the enemy wears us out with unnecessary anxiety and worry. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some keys to activating the peace which already resides within you:

  1. Identify wrong believing. I Corinthians 10:4 says that joy and peace are found in believing. When you uncover errors in your belief system and focus in on the promises of God, your heart will be settled and fear and worry will be dispelled. What are you believing?
  2. Pray and give thanks. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving, make your request known unto God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” Have you prayed about it? Have you expressed gratitude to God for what He has done in the past to show Himself faithful and expressed confidence in what He will do in the future?
  3. Focus on the Word. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” When you maintain a focus on the Word through worshiping God and speaking, meditating, and memorizing the Word, you are focusing on the Prince of Peace. God says He Himself will keep you peaceful. What are you focusing on?
  4. Focus on the peace within. When you feel anxious, you first have to recognize that you are out of peace, look within and “zoom in” on the peace in the midst of all the internal noise. Once you find the peace, you’ll begin to feel more peaceful, and then it’s a matter of maintaining that focus. It’s kind of like being in a crowded room with many conversations, but you hone in on the one person with whom you are talking. That’s called selective attention. What are you “selectively attending” to today? Your negative self-talk?

Beloved, you have to be intentional in your pursuit of peace, not passively stand by and let the devil beat you down with anxiety and worry. Peace is not going to just fall on you. Hebrews 4:11 says you have to LABOR to enter into rest. God has made the fruit of the Spirit available, but you must decide to pick it off of the Tree of Life and eat it.

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THE TOP TEN CHARACTERISTICS OF UNRIGHTEOUS ANGER

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Today I want to talk about the emotion of anger. We all get angry sometimes. Anger is an emotion created by God, and actually, there are two types of anger: righteous anger and unrighteous anger. Jesus displayed righteous anger, turning over tables when He saw people had turned His Father’s house into “a den of thieves” (Matthew 12:13). However, the Bible says to be angry and sin not. When we get angry and then allow that emotion to make us act in ways contrary to God’s Word, we end up displaying unrighteous anger.

Righteous anger can quickly turn into unrighteous anger if we are not careful.  How do we know if we have slipped from righteous anger into unrighteous anger that totally displeases God? I’m glad you asked! Here are the top ten characteristics of unrighteous anger:

  1. Anger about something that is not a direct violation of God’s Word, or a preference that you have set up as a law.
  2. A superior attitude that forgets its own imperfections and weaknesses, and looks down on others because of their flaws.
  3. Withdrawal from the person without any thought given as to how you can help the person grow and become better.
  4. A condemning attitude with the thought that this person can never be any better and fails to see that he or she is a work in progress just as you are.
  5. A failure to pray for the person to be enlightened and have a change of heart about their sin and for the Holy Spirit to help them change their ways.
  6. A failure to examine yourself to see if you have committed the very sin you are angry about when you see it in others.
  7. Talking about the person to others with absolutely no intention of gently confronting them and helping them to grow.
  8. A failure to give thought to what is possibly fueling the behavior or to see the person through Jesus’ eyes.
  9. Holding on to anger about the person’s sin for long periods of time, far more than a day, and letting it taint your behavior towards the person.
  10. Lashing out at a person in anger with un-Christlike behaviors and attitudes.

Galatians 6:1 says, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” I think that Paul is encouraging us to make sure that when we see sinful behavior in others, we don’t allow ourselves to be tripped up by sin ourselves, especially the sin of unrighteous anger. You cannot be steeped in unrighteous anger and be a restorer. Therefore, anger should be like a flare, which is defined as “a sudden brief burst of bright flame or light.” Likewise, our anger should “burn out” quickly because only then can the Holy Spirit use us to make a difference.

Which one of the top ten characteristics above do you fight against the most? Please leave a comment below.

 

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PATIENCE IS YOUR FRIEND

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Have you been waiting on God for something? Waiting for what we want and need is hard sometimes. Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” One of the best anecdotes for heartsickness is to develop the fruit of the Spirit of patience.

What Is Patience, and Why Do We Need It?
Patience is the ability to stay peaceful on the inside and wait for what you want and need without agitation, even when things are not going as you had hoped on the outside. We don’t like to talk about patience because we don’t like to wait. We want what we want when we want it. But patience is our friend. Patience keeps us peaceful. Patience gives us the ability to endure hardship like a good soldier. It’s through faith AND patience we inherit the promises. Patience breathes life into our faith by allowing hope to remain intact for the long haul.

Examples of Patience
There are many examples in the Bible where the saints had to wait many years for God to bring their hopes and dreams to pass:

  1. The Israelites were in bondage hundreds of years before God delivered them.
  2. Joseph was in prison 12 years before he went to the palace.
  3. Jesus Himself had to wait 30 years before He started His ministry.
  4. The woman with the issue of blood waited 12 years to get her miracle.
  5. Abraham waited 23 years to get his son of promise, Isaac.

Time after time, we see that God’s people had to wait on Him for many years before they received what they hoped for. I’m not saying you will have to necessarily wait as long as they did. But what makes us think we won’t have to wait? Why do we give up on our dreams so easily?

Adjusting Our Expectations is a Must
When we study our Father’s ways, we will be much better able to hang on to our faith for longer periods of time because we know how He operates.  For example, we know He’s an “eleventh hour” kind of God. He’s usually not early, but He is NEVER late. So why do we get so impatient expecting Him to show up early on?  We know what we should expect from God based on His impeccable track record, but for some reason, we keep expecting Him to be different. Knowledge of God and how He operates will help you to maintain your peace and patience in times of difficulty. The key lies in knowing that what you are going through will not last forever because everything is subject to change but the Word of God.

Therefore, be encouraged. Be a hope addict and let patience fuel your faith for the long haul. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” God said, “Wait on the Lord” twice. That’s important because patience will result in your heart being strengthened. Lack of patience, which eventually leads to full-blown hopelessness, will make your heart sick. Which will you choose?

How has patience proved to be a positive thing in your life? Please leave your comment below. 

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