“In my distress I cried unto the Lord and he heard me”
As soon as the heat is turned up in our lives we turn to the world for pacifying.
Some find this comfort in drinking, watching pornography ,listening to negative or depressing secular music or sleeping their life away when depression takes a hold of them BUT as Christians if we claim that the JESUS we serve has the power we say he has and the authority we so boldly profess to the world then we as Christians ought to turn to him when all hell is breaking loose in our lives and not to the world for comfort.
Easier said than done right? Its true Ive been there and truthfully I’m still there. Sometimes I do find myself turning to secular things for comfort when I feel like God is ignoring my crys. Worldly things however profits nothing, it fills the void for a little while and then your left empty again–searching for something–searching for GOD.
Certain attacks in life are God sent to catapult you to the next level but sometimes the test will cause you to question certain areas of your life.
Naturally as human we tend to retreat when were being attacked but if you’ve been asking to go to the next level this year you may need to reconsider your method
Ask yourself this question will I Fight or will I Flee.
Secular pursuits will do nothing but DRAG you to hell with YOUR despairs.
The enemy doesn’t care about the PRESSURES of life or how high the heat is turned up. He only wants to sit back and observe how you will handle the conflict.
Satan is an accuser of the brethren which means his job is to scrutinize our lives and report back to God when our actions are contrary to the manuscript we should be following—the bible. He will sit back and point a finger at us when were not holding up our end of the bargain, he gets a high off of our failures and because we know this we should not give him the satisfaction.
When we experience excessive stress whether from internal worry or external circumstance a bodily reaction is triggered, called the “fight or flight” response
The term describes a mechanism in the body that enables us humans or animals to mobilize a lot of energy rapidly in order to cope with threats to survival.
If were overwhelmed and feel like were in a hopeless battle we tend to remove ourselves from the equation or in other words FLIGHT but if we see any value in what were trying to obtain or recover we will stand our grounds persevere and FIGHT.
The question you should ask yourself tonight is when trouble continues to arise in my life will I FIGHT or will I FLIGHT. Will I retreat andrn to the worlds advances for direction or pacifying or will I stand firm and lift my eyes up unto Christ whom my help and livelihood resides from?
Wherever this may be applicable in your life today you have to make the decision for yourself…How bad do you want this and are you willing to stay in the ring and FIGHT?
Don’t give the fight!
Jerimiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God placed this desire for rest in our souls, and he promises to fulfill it however with that being said he also asked us to have long suffering because he knew that eventually we will all long for rest from the stress of living
“I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish” (Jeremiah 31;25)
Have you ever spoken to someone who said something like “I don’t want to live anymore..but I don’t want to die either”?
What their really saying is simple. I want hope–I want to know that my living wont be in vain.
I have been at this stage many times sometimes the thought of suicide even crossed my mind but as a child of God I wouldn’t dare take my life because it isn’t mines to take.
There were times when I fell into deep depression and I didn’t want to try anymore,depression is real I see it everyday and its prevalent amongst young people
As believers we really need to ask God to give us the spirit of discernment so many people are suffering around us but we cant see it. We walk past friends, church members and people within our vicinity everyday and we have no idea about the things there are going through.
Encourage someone today if you can sometimes just a hello can make a difference in a person mind where life and death is concerned and If you feel depressed and alone, and feel like there’s no point to it all, remind yourself that you have a plan, you are working your plan and that someday it will come to past .
Don’t give up the fight because your future depends on it, and do not give up on yourself God has a plan for us all that MUST come to Past but it can only be fulfilled if we Endure.
Long suffering is one of the fruits of the spirit and its something we need to acquire in order to walk this walk of faith. Encourage yourself because outside of the assurance of Christ all we have is ourselves so we have to love on ourselves and speak life over ourselves
“But don’t give up. No, rather “take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:8–9)
Jesus replied saying Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:
I wish I could fast forwarded my life to get a glimpse of where God is taking me, I mean if God can show us what will become of us in the next few years wouldn’t that be great. It certainly would save ME from a lot of bad decisions and wrong turns IM destined to make along the way.
In this I could avoid bringing temporary people into MY space or avoid some choices that will have a negative lasting factor on MY live. If God did that for us it would be great… but wouldn’t that also be boring and predictable …What lessons could life teach us if we knew or could predict everything that it had to offer. How could faith play any part if we had no need to exercise it and how confident would we be in God if we didn’t have to rely on him for each step or decision we had to make.
The truth is God wants us to lean on him daily at every waking moment of our lives, he wants us to rely on him with our hope for tomorrow, he wants us to exercise and gain faith unparalleled (never seen or experienced before) because without it its not possible to please him.) We exercise to improve our heart health and we lift weights to build and tone our muscles. But what about our spiritual walk, what about building spiritual muscles
What do we do to stay hopeful, encouraged, and faithful when it seems as if life is taking on a rollercoaster ride. Truth is faith is like a muscle you need to exercise it daily to keep it active because if you don’t it will gradually decline in its effectiveness If you have ever broken a leg and been unable to use it for a time, you will know that you need to work hard to rebuild the muscle that has been weakened by prolonged inactivity.
The physiotherapist will work with you to rebuild what has been lost through lack of use and eventually you will be able to walk on your own again. In the same way Jesus (the object of our faith) has assured us that exercising our faith is crucial in order to walk along side him, he said to us if we have faith even as small as a mustard seed its enough to move any obstacle in our lives.
The mustard seed is a very small seed but once watered the plant grows to a remarkable LARGE size in comparison to the original mustard seed. The more we exercise our faith is more it grows within us and produces remarkable results. It is not the quantity of faith you have but the quality of faith (confidence) you have in God and God’s Word
It matters not how large or small Your faith may seem to be; What really counts is WHOM you trust In life’s uncertainty. —Fitzhugh
Progression not Regression
And because of the increase of wickedness many will be discouraged and grow cold BUT he who endures to the end shall be saved. Matthew 24:12-13
If we were to examine the world or church around us at large we would realize that the majority have given up on life. Maybe not in the physical sense because people still go to work and still show up at church… but they have given up on life internally (the inside).
They’ve allowed the chaos of the world and the persecution and oppression they face from the enemy to get to them thus turning them cold and even steering some off the path of righteousness.
Obstacles will occur in your (my) life to DISTRACT ,DISTORT and DIVERT us from the road to destiny but I rather travel on a Rocky road going SOMEWHERE than on a Smooth road going NOWHERE.
Life will pass you by if you are immobile that’s why God wants us to be progressive, he wants us to move higher to go where wève never gone before AND to push pass the LIMITATIONS.
You cannot afford to miss out on any opportunities God has presented before you because you are concerned with whats happening around you. Your too gifted to sit down and let life pass you by ,you need to get up and take your life back from the snare of the fowler and make your life work.
To be progressive is to ; move forward or onward in space or time towards an area, or destination.
To regress is to; return to a former or less developed state. It’s the act of going back to a thing that didn’t benefit you when you were in it in the first place.
Our God is a progressive God, his word is not only quick but its ACTIVE … its always in MOTION, so as believers we cannot afford to go back into old chapters of our lives or revert back to a lesser quality of ourselves we must always be on the rise.
The word of God is clear in Matthew 24:13 it says that the one that endures will be SAVED. To ENDURE is not to live a fruitless, pitiful life in hopes that Jesus will come back soon and save us from our misery but it is to hold out against the pressure of life without GIVING IN and GIVING UP.
To ENDURE is to continue on with the same attitude you had when everything was going right in your life…your attitude determines your LATTITUDE and your LOT in life.
Endure until the end you can’t look back you can’t go back, you have to stay on the road you may get tired you may get weary but Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 To come to him if we are weighed down and need rest, if we take his yoke, take his weight it is easy , his yoke is light and he will give us rest for our souls.
Anything worth having is worth FIGHTING and WORKING for so stay in the ring and FIGHT.
PICK UP YOUR BED AND WALK !!!
Proverbs 23: 18 (NIV)
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
If I had to look back over my life and even examine myself currently I would say like shakspeare that expectation was the root of all my heartaches”…but how do we live a life without expectation?
Wouldn’t that be a life full of uncertainty and hopelessness? Just like the widow of Zerapheth a lot of us are just waiting to eat the last fruits of our labour and then die…….. but how can we just believe that this is all that God has for us? There must be more to life than this…. If this was all there was to life why bother to even go on
The hardest thing for a Christian to do is to stand on their faith in God when life is not meeting their expectation. A popular myth of Christianity says once we come to Jesus we’ll never have a problem. But Jesus Himself reminds us that God causes the Sun to shine on the unjust and the rain to fall on the faithful.(Matthew 5:45) And while we can accept that intellectually, it’s hard to live with that reality when the one in the rain is you…or me
A philosopher said this “there are two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations.” a lot of us take the easier route of either lowering our expectations or worst yet getting rid of it all together.
I MEAN LETS BE HONEST ITS HARD to sing songs of praise when all our bills are not paid, when our spouses disappoint us, or when our bodies are racked with ailments Often, when life doesn’t meet expectations, it disrupts our relationship with God.
The bible is full of examples of people who broke at the point where life wasn’t meeting their expectation. Elijah ran and hid himself in a cave, and asked God to take away his life , Jeremiah got mad with God and said that he wasn’t going to preach anymore and even when David told us to wait on the Lord and be of Good courage. He was speaking from a place of frustration and impatience but he knew the formula for success alongside faith was his expectation!
The word WAIT in the Old Testament means “to maintain an earnest expectation.” Psalms 125;1 says that Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.” We worship a consistent God one who does not change despite our disobedient and wicked ways . God himself said that ” I am the lord thy God and I change not so you sons of Jacob are not consumed”(Malachi 3;6 ) So we must then decide that we are not going to allow lifes circumstances to change our attitude towards God.
Regardless of where the trouble came from, there’s only one person who can fix your problems. Tell Jesus, and watch Him make a way out of no way. When we maintain our expectation we allow Gods powers to manifest. Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Something is about to happen…….you must become a slave to hope and expectation!!!!!!!
1st Kings 17 5-9
5″ So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food”
Have you been at a season in your life where you were just ENJOYING the blessings and the favour of God and then suddenly…it got INTERRUPTED?
Think about it you finally got that great paying job , student grant ,or the opportunity to FINALLY book a vacation because God knows you been working like a slave all year.
Then all ALL OF A SUDDEN the company lays you off your job , the airline goes out of business before you could take the vacation and the college decides there not giving any more hand outs to students so now that student grant isnt available to you.
Seems a bit dramatic doesn’t it? For all of this to occur at once to someone.
I mean….why would God allow this to happen, when he knew that it was something you really needed ?
Im sure Elijah had these same questions when he came back from the scorching sun to see the very thing that God provided him with was gone.
THE BROOK CHERITH DRIED UP !!!!!!
Not a drop of water was in sight! Elijah probably said to God “Why did you send me the ravens or give me this well to drink from if you were going to deprive me of it later“?
Today I know you’ve asked God the same question. Im not sure what your “brook” may have been but what I am certain of is that you had A DIVINE INTERRUPTION from God himself. No it was not the Devil….. it was GOD!
God has to interrupt our daily program in order to get our attention and better than that to move us from one place to another
We have no way of knowing how long God tested His prophet by the barren brook. For a time, at least, Elijah had to wait in faith.
It probably seemed that all the promises were failing. God had abandoned him to an agonizing death in the parched wilderness. But as he lingered and listened, God spoke these words, “Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee” (1 Kings 17:9).
WOW so God closed one door so that He could open another one? Elijah had lingered there long enough he probably got too comfortable (like most of us) God had another experience waiting for him in Zarephath. God’s brooks always dry up because there only meant to transition us from one season to another and in that we can go from Glory to Glory.
Were not called to stay in the same place all the time or to rest in mediocrity the remainder of our days. Zarephath was better than the Brook Cherith but I believe God closed up Cherith before he revealed Zarephath to Elijah
While your waiting on your Zarephath( your miracle) are you waiting in faith or wavering with doubt? Your Faith has to be tested in order for you to be perfected.
Excellence requires testing and what better teacher do we have than life itself. God uses Experience to shape us!
Tell me…………………. What do you do when your gray skies wont turn blue, when you look to the left but there’s trouble there too, you look to the right expecting something new, something that can give you some sort of clue as to why the Lord is allowing you to go through… this PROCESS….
You look up to the sky expecting some sort of sign from The Most High, the one you always rely on, but hes M.I.A….Missing in Action ….so it would seems….. but really he just wants you to go through so that he can purge you….and allow your faith to build RESISTANCE.
Resistance builds muscles that your Faith can use to HUSTLE against life’s hard REBUTTALS… because he knows ..YOU CAN HANDLE IT.
So what do I do when everything is in and over my head… I smile and I stand I don look to the left or right but I look above because God is not M.I.A hes just paving the way
God said this prophet word to me this morning. He said” Your coming out alive” You may not like the process dont let the process kill you ….I may not bring you out the way you want it but just know the Process won’t kill you YOUR COMING OUT ALIVE and that’s all you need to know *praise God* I cried my last cry …keep your faith alive…keep your plans alive….keep your worship alive.. The weapons will form but they cannot kill you God wont allow your death to come by a process he ordained to strengthen and deliver you Have a good morning your coming out with Endurance, Faith a Plan and a Praise!
Psalms 118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD
I’ve realized Fear is a Fact not a Force I’ve acknowledged my fear but I won’t give it power to hold me back as a force Anyone can have faith when things are going right but it takes adversity in life hardship to simulate growth mentally spiritually etc Im not just GOING through stuff im GROWING through stuff life isnt fair life just is that life.. But we are more than conquerors in Christ
The picture here shows persons from all walks of life it shows the speed that are moving at because we achieve different things at our pace. It also shows the direction they heading which is forward not backwards not sideways not at a standstill but foward
We spend our lives struggling to move past the things that held us back. Some of us are stuck on fighting the same challenges for years.
God has an incredible life designed for each of us, and he has given us the keys to move forward into that life. Today we are going to identify and unpack some principles found in the bible that will help us to move forward in life and in this New Year.
The first principle to moving forward is Repentance
What is repentance,
Repentance is the act of changing one’s mind. Webster defines the word as “to feel sorry for or reproachful for what one has done or has not done”. Regret past actions or intention .To change one’s mind about it or to change one’s way.
Why is it the first step and why is it important? We all heard the saying the first step to getting help is to admit or confess or the other cliché confession is good for the soul well this plays the part in repenting. Before we can move forward in life we need to admit/confess to God the things we need him to help us work towards. he is an all knowing God but he also wants to hear from us.
Repentance is important you have to acknowledge that you were and that you made some bad decisions and you have to decide to turn from the thing that placed you in that position where you were stagnant and couldn’t move forward
• 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
• Proverbs 28:13 – He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy
• Luke 13:5 – I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
The second principle to consider before moving forward is Forgiveness
What is forgiveness? Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge.
Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you
Forgiveness will help the believer let go so that they can focus on improving different areas in their life.
How does forgiveness benefit a believer/person ?
In one my blogs Forgiveness letting go of grudges I quoted UnForgiveness and bitterness has robbed me of progression, I could have been ahead by now.I’ve seen the people I’ve held unforgiveness towards prosper while my life was at a standstill.
You can forgive without excusing the act. Forgiveness is not justification but it brings peace that will help you to go on with life. Forgiveness is for you the believer its for your healing process not the other persons
• Ephesians 4:31-32
• 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
• Colossians 3: 13
• Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].
The third principle is Consistency
• What is consistency?
• always acting or behaving in the same way
• of the same quality; especially : good each time
• continuing to happen or develop in the same way
Why is consistency key ?
It is key because it produces good results your more likely to reach your goals when you are working towards it everyday if you don’t you’ll see negative or no results
Ill use a basic example for if you shower everyday and then you decide well today im lazy ill shower the next day and you know your body and your routine but your tired or not in the mood then you’ll reap negative results you’ll have an odor it will lead to discomfort a potential rash etc this all plays a part in being consistent
You cannot unleash your inner greatness if you don’t focus and remain consistent . When you allow your self to wander along aimlessly, you are delaying your greatness.
What are some ways in which we can we remain consistent?
• Pick your priorities-If you try to tackle every discipline challenge at once, you’ll be too overwhelmed to stick with it. So choose just one or two to focus on with special diligence and attention
• Write reminders/encouragement – Leave yourself notes that say,don’t give up don’t give in you completed this now your moving on to that encourage yourself by reminding yourself of past victories
Get an accountability partner– No man is an island we all need at least one person that will be accountable for the things we do someone to probe us remind us and even run that race along side us. They’ ll have to leave you to soar eventually but for the most part get someone you know that’s disciplined enough to help you out
• Devout time-A lot of us want to see results in life but we dont want to devout any time not just with God but in our lives if you want results in different areas of your life you need to put aside at least an hour a day to
work specifically on that area and gradually you should see improvement.
Reward yourself-You should reward yourself for sticking to your objective.Use something that you actually want or need as a reward this will add more incentive for you to actually keep your promise to yourself. Also think of the greater reward which is the ultimate value THE BETTER YOU if you stay on track and remain consistent.
Rewards are only for those who did what they didn’t want to do when they didn’t want to do it.-anonymous
STAY ON TRACK AND REMAIN PROGRESSIVE
• Revisit your goals. Rewrite it if you have to it will help make it more real. Be patient, and continue don’t give up on you because you are working towards the best version of yourself.
I spent probably 2-3 hours a day practicing writing or coming up with different topics for future contents/articles that I wish to publish to the general audience. Im learning to write on different subjects inspirational, political, social because I want to write a couple books one day and in order to master this I have to put aside time to work on it
So consistency is important to get ahead on all avenues in our lives.
God gave you the tools to succeed to achieve to work towards whatever you put your hands to so put your all in it because the grave has no use the grave will do nothing but rob us of what could have been so while were alive in the land of the living we must use this time wisely
tThe fourth principle is Perseverance which is defined as Continued steady belief or efforts, withstanding discouragement or difficulty; persistence
So you must exercise perseverance you must remain steadfast or in Jamaican terms rooted and grounded w.e your lingo may be but keep moving forward you have to make up in your mind that your tired of being in the same place and you want to see the promises of God manifested in your life
Henry ford quoted Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently
5.Have faith! What is faith?
Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
6.Lastly Maintain your expectation!
How important is it for us to maintain our expectation?
Were not going into the new years or finishing this old year with no expectation if you ask God to help apply these principles to your life then you should expect something out of it.
If we take care of the inches, we will not have to worry about the miles ,moving forward is not running a marathon its about pacing yourself to get were you want to go
If you can fly,if you cant walk crawl but whatever you do keep moving on wards and the only time you should look back is to see how far you have come
In order to move forward this year you need to;
• BE CONSISTENT
• HAVE PERSEVERANCE
• HAVE FAITH AND
• BE WAITING IN EXPECTATION