Everyday we meet or talk to people who are experiencing immeasurable trials and tribulations during this leveled economy. We encourage each other, but if we don’t have faith, the words disappear in the air.
Faith is believing in what you cannot see. I am a big advocate of positive thinking, speaking, and actions, but even to me things occasionally look bleak.
My faith has increased though. I know that obstacles come before blessings. God is preparing me for something big and beautiful. I let God know that I have faith in Him, His plan, and His promises. Christians are not impermeable to problems; instead, we are equipped to deal with problems because we believe in Him, and we know how to use the tools He’s given us. The worse things get, the more I praise God and remind Him that I have faith that He is my provider, leader, comforter, alpha, and omega.
It’s not easy. Sometimes I do see with my eyes instead of with my Spirit, but the more I pray, the less I use my eyes. But as my faith rises, I can see the abundance of grace and favor that God overtly and surreptitiously bestows on me each day. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things, and look for God’s grace and blessings in everything. I know now how I took a lot of things, including God, for granted. I don’t think that my tribulations are punishment; instead, I know that trials grow me and make me more aware. Through these trials, I’ve become more creative in solving problems, making money, and dealing with issues. I’ve had to adopt a different frame of mind and levy the resources that are available to me. In this, I’ve discovered new interests and abilities that I had no idea were inside of me. I like to think of this time as a Renaissance.
The cartoon above from Mark at www.joyfultoons.com inspired this post because I realized that especially during this time, I must turn my cup up and fill it up with faith. I take it one day at a time.
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“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind”
(Proverbs 21:5, Message)
A Plan!! That is what my husband and I need now. We must develop a plan. Our life is changing and it’s mostly out of our control…my husband is unemployed and my biggest client required that I take a pay cut. Wow! With this degradation in income, we cannot meet our current expenses. That is not going to work. I am an advocate of living BENEATH my means and not above them.
We are moving from one era to another. The Industrial age is over. If you are looking to be employed by a company to maintain your lively hood, you are going to get left behind, and if you do get a job, you are likely to be overworked. We are now in the Entrepreneurial age. You need a plan for your own business…a way to accumulate your income without depending upon someone else’s business plan.
We do not like being at the mercy of the Nation’s economy and the whims of the corporations. But just as Joel Osteen suggests below, we are coming up with a plan to take control of our livlihood…and you should too. We must be intentional in pursuing our dreams and aspirations. We must envision, believe, plan, and have a contingency plan for obstacles. God wants us to have a plan, but we must incorporate His advice, and have Him bless the plan before we implement it.
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
One thing I’ve learned is that success is not accidental. You’re not going to accidentally accomplish your dreams. You don’t accidentally have good relationships. You won’t accidentally lose twenty pounds. You have to have a plan. If you’re going to get to the right destination, you’ve got to know where you’re going and how you are going to get there.
If you’ve ever been at the beach just floating in the water and relaxing, you’ll notice that after a while, the current will take you far away. That’s how it is in life, too. If you don’t have clear-cut goals with a plan in place to accomplish those goals, you’re not going to end up at the right place. You’ll just float around in life easily distracted not knowing where you’re headed.
Today, I encourage you to examine where you are in life. What are your goals? What is your plan? Maybe your first goal needs to be to make a plan. Do some research. Talk to people who have been successful at what you are trying to do. Ask the Lord to guide your steps and connect you with the right people. As you step in faith to accomplish your goals, I believe God will pour out His favor so that you can experience His supernatural blessing on everything you set your hand to.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
“Father in heaven, I commit everything I am to You today. Direct my steps. Order my destiny. Give me the plan to accomplish every dream and desire You’ve placed within me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
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Determining Your Day in the Morning Part 2
Yesterday, we talked about how to think positive thoughts, say positive affirmations, and praise God first thing in the morning to start your day right. But how do you keep your day going right with pressures of work, business of chauffering kids around, helping your spouse, walking the dog, running errands, and dealing with others whose day might have started out bad, and they are taking it out on the world?
The answer is Self-control! We cannot allow other people to dictate our state of mind and the direction of our day. You can control your reactions to others, but you cannot control them. You can control how others’ actions and words affect you, but you cannot control what others say or do.
In addition to praising God first thing in the morning, thinking good thoughts, and saying affirmations, I also pray and read encouraging verses in the Bible that I repeat throughout the day. I read the passages that tell me how to deal with others and treat others. If you don’t have time to sit down and actually read, write or type the passages, print them out, and put them up where you can see them. I have passages on the bathroom and bedroom mirrors, on my computer monitor, and on my bulletin board. Every where I turn, God’s word is staring at me, reminding me.
I also stretch, do some Yoga, and take some quiet time for myself before the house awakens and needs me. Some of you might have kids and leave your home for work. You can get up an hour earlier than everyone else to take some time for yourself, or as you drive to work, listen to the Bible on CD or tape, listen to a message from the many tapes and CDs that are available to order, and pray as you drive to work. Instead of listening to the news, traffic, or the local radio announcer every morning or all morning during your drive, carve out sometime to spend with God, and you two map out your successful day.
It might seem like you don’t have the time or energy to insert some of these actions into your life, but everything is about balance. Regardless of your responsibilities and tasks, you still have to care for yourself, which includes spending time with God and exercising.
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In an Instant
“…And in an instant, suddenly, you shall be visited and delivered by the Lord of hosts…”
(Isaiah 29:5-6, AMP)
from Joel and Victoria
All through the Bible, we have examples of how God suddenly showed Himself strong on behalf of His people. But sometimes when we’ve struggled in an area for a long time, it’s easy to just give up and accept things the way they are. One of the enemy’s favorite lies is to tell you that nothing is ever going to change. He’ll tell you that you’re never going to get well, that your marriage isn’t going to work out, that you’re never going to break that addiction. But I want to tell you today, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in those circumstances, God can change things in an instant! In a split second of time, He can turn it all around. One touch of God’s power can heal your body. One touch of His favor can promote you. One touch of His goodness can solve that problem. Just one touch from Almighty God can instantly change your life.
I encourage you today, keep believing, keep standing, and keep hoping. Don’t let the enemy drag your thoughts down because God is working behind the scenes. Your time is coming, and I declare that your breakthrough is going to happen suddenly–in an instant!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
“Father in heaven, I choose to trust that You are working things out for my good. I choose to stand in faith, believing that my season of breakthrough is coming. Give me Your strength and peace as I patiently wait on You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
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2 Timothy 1:7 says that “For God did not give us the spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” There are numerous places in the Bible where God tells us “Do not fear…” Even when the angels appear, they say, “Do not fear…”
What is fear?
Fear is not from God. Fear is from the devil. Fear is contrary to Faith. The two work on the same frequency…except God needs your faith to work and the devil needs your fear to work. Fear is an access point for the devil. If you don’t fear, then there isn’t any type of deception or blinders that the devil can cause. Fear hinders your blessings. Fear is faith in Satan.
The devil’s power is limited. He can only use certain tools to trick us, and fear is his biggest tool; however, God already gave us dominion over the world and in Luke 10:19, Jesus says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Jesus already defeated death, so there is nothing for us to be afraid of.
Fear incubates guilt, torment, and paralysis. Fear contaminates faith; the two cannot both work in the same place. There is no lukewarm area; either you are faithful, using God’s power or you are fearful, allowing Satan to destroy your power. You must make sure that your words and thoughts are not full of fear. Control your thoughts and words, and make them faith-based and not fear-based.
How do we fight Fear?
Fight fear with the truth! The truth is God’s Word. You can always counter Satan’s lies with truth. God cannot lie, and He says that His words will not come back empty. If your fear is lack of money, read Deuteronomy 28, and meditate on those promises. If protection is a problem, read Psalm 91. If the devil is telling you that you cannot have peace, read John 16:33, and tell Satan that He is a liar. The Bible is truth and it is a weapon for us to use.
Here are more ways that you can fight fear:
- Gear up and use your warfare weapons, which are specific verses in the Bible that you can plunder the devil with anytime he tries to insert lies into your mind.
- Spend time with the Lord in prayer, reading His Word, hearing His word, and fellowshipping with other Christians makes you stronger in faith and trust. Commit to praying and talking to God several times a day. Block out 15 to 30 minutes of time to read the bible, and as time goes on, lengthen the amount of time.
- If you cannot physically get to a church, you can watch most churches on the Internet and watch free Podcasts from their Web sites. My favorites are: Bishop Eddie L Long, Pastor Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, and Joel Osteen. They all feed me food for my soul.
- Praise the Lord. Praise confuses the enemy…especially when there is something going wrong in your life, and you still praise the Lord.
Block Satan’s entry into your life by abolishing any type of fear. God loves you. God chose you. You are God’s child and He is here for you…have faith. Come back tomorrow when we tackle Fear’s prodigy…worry!
Anxiety opens the door to spontaneous decisions and actions that can be premature, destructive, and counterproductive. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Anxiety, crying, nor anger can quicken your blessing’s arrival. God watches how we wait on Him. He doesn’t want you in a situation that you are not prepared for. Our experiences prepare us for our blessings.
While you wait, thank God in advance for answering your prayers, pray for divine direction and for wisdom for every decision you make, and ask God to show you what you are to learn from the situation. Maintain joy, hope, and positive thoughts.