Thursday, August 30, 2012
Understand that your present condition or situation is temporary. Whatever it is that you are facing will soon be over. It is only for a season. The Word of God promises that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
Understand that the enemy wants to make you believe that where you are is the way it is going to be. The devil is a liar! He wants you to buy into the phrase that says, “it is what it is”. However, I must let you know that things change, situations change and people change. Regardless to how bad things look, feel or seem, things do change. Too often, the darkest hour is just before daybreak.
I am reminded of the Bible story of Jacob wrestling with the angel. According to the Bible, Jacob wrestled with the angel all night long. The angel tried to get away from Jacob. However, Jacob relentlessly continued to wrestle with the angel and announced to the angel that he would not let go until the angel blessed him. According to the story, right around daybreak, the angel of the Lord blessed Jacob with a new name and a new destiny. No longer was he called Jacob (the trickster). He was then called Israel. No longer did he have to rest his head upon rocks, but according to the scripture, he returns with great riches. … (Gen. 32:22-31)
This Bible account reminds me to remind you that your midnight experience is not in vain. The dawn will come and when it comes, the morning brings a new destiny - a day that you have never seen and an experience that you can not fathom. Hang on in there! Where you are now is just a layover. Your layover may delay you, but it will not deny you!
Monday, August 6, 2012
There are chapters in every novel . Metaphorically speaking, the life that we are given is one big novel. It begins with conception and ends with death. Some people have short novels, while others have very long novels. Within each novel, there are chapters in our lives. Some are filled with joy, peace, abundance , bliss, approval, acceptance and all that is good. However, there are also chapters that are filled with sadness, sorrow, disappointment, rejection, etc. In time, people change and situations change - often resulting in chapters that we refer to as “good” or “bad“.
Too often, we get stuck in what we view as a very painful, embarrassing, helpless chapter. That is exactly where the enemy wants us. He wants us to feel rejected, abandoned and hopeless. Why does he want this? I’m glad you asked. He wants us to feel this way because feeling this way
1) blinds our outlook,
2) stunts our spiritual growth , and
3) forces us to dwell on the problem (as opposed to looking for a possible solution).
The Bible promses us that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Cor. 2:9) Therefore, you and I can not fathom the solution that God has in store for us. Our minds are too finite.
What , then, do you do when you are stuck in a chapter?
1. Recognize that you are not alone . Jesus promises in Matthew 28, “…
I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. "
2. Realize that where you are now is temporary. Just because it is raining
in your life now does not mean that it will be raining tomorrow.
2 Cor. 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
3. TURN THE PAGE ! You will never experience the next chapter if you
never turn the page at the end of the last chapter.
… forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before