SUPERMAN HAD A PHONE BOOTH, YOU HAVE A PRAYER CLOSET

All of us have been discouraged at times. Things don’t always go as we planned or as we’d like them to. For instance, the other day, I had several negative things happen, and as a result, I felt discouraged. My alternator went bad in my car. Then we had a mishap at our house that resulted in many precious family heirlooms being completely destroyed. I was heart broken. There were a couple of other things that happened along with these two situations that I won’t go into. But needless to say, I felt discouraged. My hope was waning, and I felt my faith was fading fast. Joyce Meyer had taught me to “resist the devil at his onset,” so I needed to get out of the pit before I went any deeper into it. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” It was time to “steal away to Jesus.”

Time to Call for Backup
I called my girlfriend and asked her to pray with me. She had a situation at her house and needed prayer as well, so we prayed for each other and invited the Holy Spirit to get involved. I immediately started to feel better, but I was not completely out of the woods. So I went in my bedroom, shut the door and began to praise and worship God. I pulled out the Word and two books that really had blessed me in the past entitled, Never Give Up! (by Joyce Meyer), and Believe that You Can (by Jentezen Franklin). I’d say I spent about two hours in the presence of God, writing in my journal, praying, praising, reading and getting built back up. I prayed and asked God to help me to hold on to my faith and to send someone to encourage me. Lo and behold, that evening, a friend called and left me an encouraging message that was just what I needed to hear. At that point, I felt like I could leap over a wall!

The Anointing Makes the Difference
I was also feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the things I had to do. That was playing a part in my discouragement as well. That night I sat at my desk and asked for the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit to help me to be productive and dig myself out from under a massive pile of “to do’s.” I felt energized and worked until the wee hours of the morning until I had gotten done all that I had set out to accomplish. I was so thankful to God. I still had a lot to do, but I felt exhilarated. The discouragement was gone. I felt empowered.

Let Your Prayer Closet Become Your Phone Booth
The lesson I learned from this episode is this: discouragement is our cue to go into our prayer closet, shut out the world, and fellowship with Jesus until we are saturated with His Spirit. When discouragement sets in, Jesus is calling. When you take the opportunity to spend time with the Savior when you’ve been spiritually knocked down, know that when you emerge, the devil better watch out! Why? Because you will be endowed with supernatural strength to overcome any obstacles you are facing. Discouragement will be defeated. Just as Clark Kent went into a phone booth and came out as Superman, you, child of God, have your prayer closet. The key is to duck into it as often as needed when discouragement rears its ugly head. If you do, Satan will not easily be able to steal your dreams or your joy. When you come out of there, you will be able to proudly wear an “S” on your chest, but your “S” will stand for “Supernatural.” Give it a try, and watch Jesus be faithful to His Word.

What do you do when the enemy attacks you with a spirit of discouragement? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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AVOID “ISHMAELS” AND FRUSTRATION BY YIELDING TO GOD’S TIMING

Being Out of God’s Timing Causes Problems
When Abraham and Sarah received a promise from God that they would become parents, they got frustrated when it didn’t happen right away. They got tired of waiting and took matters into their own hands and drafted Hagar, their Egyptian maid servant, to become a “surrogate parent.” She ultimately gave birth to Abraham’s son, Ishmael.

In Genesis 16:10-11, Hagar received this prophecy about Ishmael from the Angel of the Lord after she ran away to the desert to escape the ill treatment she received from Sarah: “…Behold thou art with child, and shalt bear a son …And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him….” As you probably well know, to this day, the descendants of Ishmael and his half-brother, Isaac, born according to the promise of God, are enemies to this day. This is why we currently have so much trouble in the Middle East.

We Birth “Ishmaels” in Our Lives
When an “Ishmael” manifests in our lives, it’s not pretty. Ishmaels are the consequences that ensue when we take matters into our own hands and try to obtain the promises of God in our own timing. At times, we’re not much different than Abraham and Sarah were. We see something we want, and we go about devising a way to get it without even consulting God. We do whatever is necessary because we are tired of waiting. We subscribe to the old adage, “If it is to be, it’s up to me,” and slip into self-sufficiency as we attempt, knowingly or unknowingly, to circumvent the will of God.

What’s the Lesson Here?
The Lord wants to use Abraham and Sarah’s situation to teach a valuable lesson: We must be willing to delay gratification and move in His timing or suffer the consequences. There can be dire consequences for failing to seek out the will of God and follow His instructions. God is saying, “Do not run ahead of Me. Seek My guidance, and you will avoid birthing ‘Ishmaels’ in your life.” We must be mindful of God’s timing. To Him, timing is everything.

Avoid Frustration
When we fail to be mindful of the timing of God, the result is frustration. We know that we have yielded to God’s timing when things don’t go as we had planned or work according to our schedule, and we can be at peace about it. When we forget that God has a timing for everything that concerns us, we will get antsy about not being able to be on schedule. Anger ensues when we refuse to yield to His plan for our lives. So the next time, you are thrown off your schedule, don’t get angry and frustrated, and allow your planner to become your “sacred cow.” Remember God has a plan, He’s working it, and, by far, it’s better than yours.

What is your strategy to avoid birthing Ishmaels in your life? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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HOW TO BE SUPERNATURALLY CONTENT IN ANY SITUATION

We Must Learn to Be Content

According to I Timothy 6:6, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”  Conversely, godliness (e.g. going to church, reading the Word, etc.) without contentment will cause our spiritual progress to be thwarted. Paul says that he learned to be content and actively fought against discontentment. Learned means that he was a student. What do students do? They observe, do research, apply knowledge, and change their thinking and/or their behavior based on the data that they gather. Paul learned the secret of being content, and so must we.

Discontent Is an Enemy

Discontent usually comes when have to wait on God to change the things in our lives we can’t. Thus, we experience a sense of frustration and a loss of peace when we are unable to make a difference with our own efforts. Discontent is the desire to have things be different than what they are while failing to consider the will of God in the situation.  Many times, our angst stems from comparing our lives to others’. Therefore, if we are to be content in any and every situation and keep discontent from overtaking our lives, we have to come against the enemy of souls with all that is within us.

Steps to Being Content

Hebrews 13:5 says, “Be content with such things as ye have.”  That is a direct commandment from God. When we are discontent, we are allowing ourselves to fall into sin. The question is: how do we keep this sin from creeping into our lives? How do we maintain contentment with all that the enemy throws at us on a daily basis? What is the secret? Like Paul, we must be students and actively learn to be content. If you have discontentment in your life today, here are some steps that you can take that will help you to get to a place of contentment:

  1. Admit to yourself and God that you are in a state of discontent and that it is a sin. (Hebrews 13:5)
  2. Repent of the discontentment. (1 John 1:9)
  3. Pray to God and tell Him what is going on and why you feel the way you do. Ask Him for what you want. (Psalm 142:2)
  4. Pray and ask God to supernaturally help you to be content through the power of His Spirit.
  5. Pray and ask God for instructions, and then carry them out.
  6. While you wait for change, immerse yourself in the Word (read and study the Word, read spiritual books, view Christian TV programs, and listen to Christian radio programming, etc.) and saturate your mind with God’s thoughts.
  7. Praise and worship God regularly so that you stay in awe of Him and believe in His ability change you and your situation (Psalm 34:1).
  8. Search out as many things as you can to be thankful for in your life and purpose in your heart to focus on them (Ephesians 5:20).
  9. Refuse to compare your life to someone else’s because God has a unique plan to prepare you for your destiny (II Corinthians 10:12).

If you follow these steps, supernatural contentment will ultimately be the result, and you will experience the peace that surpasses all understanding. Recognize that banishment of discontent from your life will enable you to gain all that God has for you as you practice godly living. If you’ll be determined to be content and depend on God’s power to help you, He will make it happen, and life will be much more enjoyable.

 

What have you learned about maintaining your contentment lately? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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YOU ARE GOD’S LEXUS

High-End Cars Are Maintained Well
Have you ever known anyone who bought a car and then didn’t change the oil regularly, or threw hamburger wrappers in the back seat? Some car owners will pay good money for a car, and then won’t take care of it. However, if you think about it, most people who pay for high-end cars (like Lexus or Mercedes) wouldn’t think of not maintaining their vehicles. They wash and wax them regularly, or get them detailed. They take them in for scheduled maintenance without fail. Why? Because those cars cost a lot of money! They understand the value of those vehicles, and they want to keep them looking good and running well.

God Paid a Hefty Price
High-end car buyers mirror God. When He pays for something, He takes care of it! Consider this: God paid the ultimate price for us when He allowed His Son to die on the cross in our place. He ascribed much value and worth to us. Therefore, because of who He is, God would not even think of letting us be desolate (Psalm 34:22). As David proclaimed in Psalm 37:25, “I once was young, but now I’m old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” If we as human beings will take care of valued vehicles, how much more will God take care of what He values? Are we better than He? Therefore, know that God will make sure you are well taken care of. He will provide routine maintenance and upkeep on His prize possession: YOU.

Don’t Worry
Matthew 6:25 sums it up well: “Therefore, I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” So remember those words today. The next time you begin to worry that God won’t provide for you, consider the fact that in God’s eyes, you’re a “Lexus.” He paid a pretty penny for you when He allowed His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for your sin. Know that He will keep you maintained. Let that thought bring peace to your soul today as you contemplate any needs you are waiting for Him to meet.

What do you do to keep yourself from worrying while you are waiting for God to meet your needs? Please leave a reply below.

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