Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake (Luke 5:4-6)~~ What an inspiration to obey The Lord! How often do we know what the word of the Lord says, but we tend to go our own way because we see differently? If we would just do what the Lord says, we would reap in much greater benefit that we could possibly imagine! Here was the example of what even Jesus did. While the fiber of His being wanted something different, He set aside His own will for the will of God…”Nevertheless, not my will but THY will”. The result of Simon dropping the nets at Jesus’ will was more fish than the nets could hold! The result of Jesus submitting to God’s will was the eternal salvation of all of mankind who believed in Him! A lot of us feel like if we follow the Word, we give up desires of our heart but the truth is: When we follow the Word of God, HE FULFILLS the desires of our heart and blesses us beyond our own ask or thought! No matter what it looks like to me, it’s so important to believe in and just do what God says!!!
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men (1 Thes 5:15); Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men (Rom 12:17-18); Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing (1 Pet 3:8-9)~~ People are going to be … people. They will sometimes disrespect you, mistreat you and will use you to obtain their own gain or make their own way. They will take out angers and frustration on you that you may not even deserve, just because you are there and the opportunity exists. Sometimes it’s a malicious act, sometimes they don’t even realize what they’ve inflicted on you. This can come from anyone; co-workers, classmates, perfect strangers, even those we know and love. But we have to keep within ourselves that fruit of the Spirit- self control, that we don’t make it our purpose to seek revenge or return the negative behavior that is done toward us. Not that we should allow ourselves to be abused, but justice for an act is the reserved responsibility of the Lord, for He says ‘Vengeance is mine”. As hard as it becomes for our “persona” to walk away, we must remember that the wrath of man does not bring about the righteousness of God (James 1:20)..or as we also hear, two wrongs don’t make a right. The greater blessing comes upon you when you learn to “be not weary in well doing” and you respond in blessing and grace to your offenders. Your “ego” gets bruised when you worry about what others think about you but your “spirit” is blessed when you realize and respond based on what God says about you. Want to see Him work in this situation? Watch what happens when you respond in kind grace; and keep the peace! You can’t control what people do to you but you can control how you respond. Do unto others not as they do unto you, but as you would HAVE them do unto you! Remember, God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). Trust in the ways of God and be blessed!
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends (Prov 16:28)~~There are those that would rather go through more pains to do mischief than would be needful to do good. They keep up conversations and activities that defame and destroy the character of others, separate friendships, and lower the reputation of others by any means possible; and they take pleasure and pride in doing so. Sadly, this hateful characteristic is becoming more and more common… almost daily! Where does it stop? When do we stop talking negatively about others. Whatever happened to “If you cannot say something good, then don’t say anything”? We hate and cringe at the thought of committing rape or murder – but all this slander and gossip is are bad as both. They violate and kill a person’s reputation instead of their body, and it ruins their joy, peace, and friendships/relationships. It’s really sad these days how people love to cause division by spreading rumors, innuendos, secrets, or lies about others. What’s worse is that the world PAYS people for the most outrageous information and will make those willing to participate rich for putting it on display – just look at how many reality TV and gossip shows are on…there are entire networks dedicated to this type of stuff…and the more brashly the hosts of this information come across, the more outrageous their gossip, the more they are respected in their ‘profession’. When does it stop?? You would use any means to prevent a terrible crime… what if we were to so respond forcibly to verbal wickedness as well? What if we didn’t entertain but instead actively rebuked and purposely avoided gossip, backbiting, slander and negative talk when we came across it…taking the same efforts to shut down all of the “wretchedness”? What if we refused to subscribe to divisive and perverse insinuations…turned away from the reality shows; refused to tune into the media or share the posts that promote negativity and and embrace ignorance? Slanders would not be so readily spoken, if they were not readily heard. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men (Rom 12:18) and seek not to harm others by divisive words. This is the most peaceful and successful way to be. By choosing to be a peacemaker, you are a true child of God (Mat 5:9). The peacemakers are happy. They love, and desire, and delight in peace; and study to be quiet. They don’t delight in spreading more ignorance and broadcasting the best gossip. They seek to keep the peace that it be not broken, and recover it when it is broken. Imagine what we could do, what a difference we could make by building up lives with our words rather than tearing them down; if we looked to bring out the good rather than expose the bad; if we would take joy in the positive rather than be entertained by the negative. Purify your heart, and let it produce gracious words at all times; Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man (Col 4:6).
Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and He shall save thee (Prov 20:22)~~ Is revenge really sweet? Your spirit and the world say it is. But God says it is sin. Who will you believe? Rather than take things into your own hands regarding your enemies, let the LORD take care of them. When someone hurts us, the natural response is anger and thoughts of self-defense and revenge. We react immediately, instinctively, and violently. Mankind loves to fight and war. Rather than overlook offenses, we want to repay. Rather than forgive wrongs, we can hold a grudge forever. “The poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known” (Rom 3:13-17). Revenge comes from pride: a humble man does not worry about repaying evil. Revenge is blinding: it can easily lead to horrible crimes, including murder. The blinding rage of revenge perverts our ability to perceive, understand, and judge correctly. It destroys wisdom. And it leads to sinful actions. Rather than returning evil for evil, a wise man will return good for evil, thus avoiding the blinding danger of grudges and revenge, calming his enemies with kindness and patience, and glorifying God in a difficult matter. We should not think about revenge, not even in our hearts, not even when evil befalls our enemies from other sources. God condemns any joy when our enemy falls (Pr 24:17-18). We must be careful how we respond to people, even those that hurt us. We must treat them as we want them to treat us, not as they “have” treated us (Luke 6:27-36). The best revenge is to leave enemies to God. He is most fair, His judgments most awful. Vengeance is His: He will repay. Only the Lord can create and sustain a loving and peaceful spirit in a man, so that anger and revenge are only fleeting thoughts of foolishness. Faith in God is the cure, for He will always take care of His own. Believe it!
Whither shall I go from thy spirit or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me (Ps 139:7-10)~ In our weakness, in our failings, in every one of our circumstances, God has us in His hands. He is in complete control. There is nothing beyond the boundary of God’s reign. Even when we feel as though our failures may knock the earth off its axis, we can rest assured that He’s got the whole world in His hands. Friend, no matter what your situation in life, no matter where you are in life or what you’ve done, God is there for you; always in your reach. He’s just a prayer’s distance away and no matter what, He’s got you covered! Take comfort in His powerful right hand and be encouraged that He will lift you up!
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls (1 Pet 1:6-9)~~ Ever wonder why God allows us to go through things? How many times have you asked Him in prayer why you have to endure these troubles; only to be reminded in revelation of the Word that His grace is sufficient for you (2 Cor 12:9)? There are trials that God may impose and there are definitely trials that He allows for us, all in His great will and sovereign determination, that we come forth in our best, our strongest and our most well defined character. See, adversity is not always a bad thing because it develops in us greatness, while also strengthening our faith. There are few better teachers than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss contains its own seed of an equal or greater benefit; its own lesson on preparing ourselves for the future time. Adversity demands perseverance and that perseverance is nurtured in faith; and all these things shape you into the person God intends you to be. They can give you a final form; a value and a self-esteem that is priceless. I personally have seen the results in my own life, of years of adversity. ..amid some gray hairs, a strength and character of a man that God has created, formed and refined, that results in a praise so great in me that I cannot articulate my joy in Him. And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor 12:9). Friend, don’t gripe in your adversity but instead look forward to the divine results He will soon reveal in you! Be blessed!
The Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him (Isaiah 30:18)~~ God WANTS you to grow closer to Him, to be filled with His love and peace, because He longs for what is best for you. God has always had you and His plan for you in mind, even before you were brought into existence (Jer 1:5); and His plan for you involves great things concerning you (Jer 29:11). This plan for YOU means so much to God that He sent His son to make sure it happens. Jesus reveled it Himself: …”I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Although God works on your behalf, He wants you to desire Him, to seek Him and respond to Him, showing a willingness to share your life with Him. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart (Jer 29:12-13). It is God’s desire for you that you wait on Him, look for Him, desire Him with all your being! What a treasure He is to be found of us…greater than anything the world can produce. He will give us, not the expectations of our fears, nor the expectations of our fancies, but the expectations of our faith; the end result He has promised, which will be the best for us. The abundance of life in Him throughout our current state and the eternity of life in and with Him without expiration. Yes, God WANTS to bless us; not that we would have material riches but according to HIS riches and glory we would have a quality of life and love that proceeds beyond the benefit of anything material or tangible. To know the Lord in this fashion – let this be our ultimate desire for Him as He desires so much more for us! That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (Phi 3:10-11) – The Lord wants YOU – Do you want Him?