“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?
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!!!!!!!