And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? (Luke 12:25)~ What someone said; what someone did. How they make us feel… how they upset, disrespect or annoy us. What didn’t go our way…what was a challenge for us. We have so much more to worry about than these little distractions. What benefit is there to focus on all of that negativity?? If you expect to be happy and enjoy your life you must master not allowing small stuff to bother you when it occurs. So many of us get so bent out of shape over the small stupid things that when you think about it mean absolutely nothing. Stop allowing words, gossip and negativity to bring you down. Stop worrying about what other people say, think and do. People say and do mean things to you because they are subconsciously casting the feelings of themselves onto you. When things occur and you have no control over them, just keep it moving; rather than expend energy on those things you couldn’t even change if you wanted to. God has called you BLESSED. No weapon formed against you shall prosper!! That doesn’t mean there won’t be weapons; it means that things that come against you will fail because you are in Christ! But it’s all on you…the more you focus on negativity, the more it impacts you. The less mess you allow to trickle through your life, the more blessed your life will be! Resist the devil and he will flee!
…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matt 17:20)~~ It is good for us to distrust ourselves and our own strength. In our abilities and ways, we concern ourselves with those things that we see as limitations. So much so that many times we stress out over things we think about when we’re trying to succeed in life. We literally start doubting and losing the very foundations of our faith because of things we think about as challenges to us. Our obstacles in life are not physical artifacts (literal mountains) that tangibly impact us, but more about the thoughts and fears in our minds (that seem bigger than anything we could overcome)! This is the most prominent devilish attack…The extraordinary power of Satan must not discourage our faith, but quicken us to more earnestness in praying to God for the increase of it. By faith, we can overcome those fears…not in an embattled standoff, but bringing our very thoughts captive to the word of Christ; to means by which Satan’s strongholds in the soul are beaten down. When you walk in this faith in the Lord, He keeps in perfect peace the mind that is stayed on Him; because that mind trusts in Him (Isa 26:3). When you praise the Lord for His hand on your life, He clears that obstacle from your mind (moves the “mountain”) and rewards your faith…you are no longer held hostage by that obstacle…For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear (Rom 8:15); For God hath not given us the spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7)…Friend, go forward FEARLESS in FAITH today, knowing that God has made the way for you and He has made your path clear…moving that mountain out of your way!!
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Tim 4:1-2)~ Increasingly mankind is buying in to a ‘new’ mindset that interprets the truth of God in a very different (and misguided) way… politically correct and adjusted as seen fit to compensate for the “way things are” today; taking into considerations man’s feelings and desires; in step with trending popularity; re-defining the intent of God’s word! We have changed the truth of God into a lie; following and even worshipping the created (our own ideals) rather than the Creator (God)! This interpretation suggests that it’s okay to exist in a way other than God’s word; because what God expects from us is unrealistic and we can’t do it anyway! People now attach ‘language’ to sin to soften the blow of sin…to make it more acceptable and its consequence less punitive..like the lies the devil told in the Garden of Eden. Because society has propagated the belief that it’s unrealistic to live by the guidelines of God’s Word, today’s culture says that to follow the Word of God is out of step and out of date with ‘reality’. Now what used to be up is down, what used to be this way is now that way. God’s doctrines are now viewed as to be intended for those in ‘Biblical’ times. Here’s the reality check: As much as it may disturb some to take it in, the truth of the matter is this: God is God alone and He does not change (Mal 3:6); He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34) – He didn’t ask for nor does He desire our opinion, feedback or interpretation. Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct Him? He that reproveth God, let him answer it (Job 40:2). He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) and His way IS the way…Acceptance by Him cannot be obtained on any other ground than that of the covenant of mercy, through the atonement of Christ. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Cor 2:11)..we can’t shape things around political campaigns, public outcry and opinion or even organized rebellion. These are all areas that the enemy will use to get us to justify our rebellion. Satan has many plans to deceive, and knows how to make a bad use of our mistakes. We have the Word, that many of us have knowledge and understanding of. We must also stand under that Word! Wisdom is to be used, that we take great care in the decisions we make and the doctrines we follow. We scream that we have ‘free will’ to do as we choose..but that doesn’t mean that what we choose will be right. From the choices of Adam and Eve going aside of the Word of God in the Garden that set the course of a curse to all of mankind…to the choice of Abraham to trust God that brought the promise of abundant blessings to all that came behind him…and the choice of Jesus to do the Will of God that restored all of mankind… His Word is and must always be our foundation. No matter what is said, created as a new law or trending in popularity, God’s Word is still the ultimate truth and we must not depart from it!
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 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 12:8-9)~ We all have that ‘thing’ that is the thorn of our side, that problem or issue or ailment or condition; that we WISH God would take away. But if you’ve lived at all you know by now that you typically don’t see that prayer answered IN THE WAY YOU’D LIKE it answered. In fact, you’ve probably asked WHY does God allow this to be! The Bible tells us that “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). This is our reminder that trials and challenges are a part of our life. It’s common to hear folks say “trials come to strengthen you”. So what strength do I get from having that ‘thing’ in my life??? God allows these trials that we may trust in the Grace! He tells us His Grace is sufficient but our response has to be to TRUST in that Grace. In our selfishness, we (and I know at some point you have done it) ask, ‘Why doesn’t He just remove the pain, problem, condition or issue?’. Here’s your answer: If He removes the ‘thing’ we forget about the Grace and our dependence on Him! If the ‘thing’ stays with us, we come to keep our mind stayed on HIM, which is where we get our perfect peace! We learn to trust the Grace more and more and when you do something more and more, you get better at it. What better thing to get ‘better’ at than loving, trusting and depending on the God that gives us that grace to trust in? What better thing to have on you to get you through those ‘things’ than the Power of Christ? The Lord we serve and trust, is God alone. All that God has said is plain, satisfactory, and just. We may not feel comfort with the ‘thing’, but His Grace is enough to get us through it, and He will keep us in His perfect peace if we depend and trust in Him. As God in His word calls us to seek Him and depend on Him, so He has never denied believing prayers, nor disappointed believing expectations. But He gives us Grace sufficient, and comfort and satisfaction of soul.
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! (Prov 15:23)~~ The Lord Jesus taught that giving is more blessed than receiving (Acts 20:35). One of the best and easiest ways to give and support others is with a kind or wise word when they need it. There is righteous joy in helping someone with good counsel. It is a duty and privilege to have this wise tongue, so you also can help others. But such ability only comes by careful preparation and knowledge before the opportunity presents itself. So much effort is given to and you can probably think of a time when you prepared to tear someone down, give them a piece of your mind or just put your response or statement out there to them or about them. You prepared so hard you were speaking to yourself out loud just to make sure your rant sounded right (yeah– you did didn’t you?). But have you ever thought to yourself: “I’m going to speak some goodness on someone today; compliment them; make their day; encourage them today” have you ever? Most of us won’t go so far to do that because we are more concerned about what someone else might think of us!! That’s right! Pride! Our own ego stops us from doing good to others, yet it also makes us feel “good” about stepping on them! Although those of us with a conscience will often feel some remorse after we see the negative impact of what we speak. So much more good can come in the world, even in your own life when you speak encouragement and wisdom and life into the lives of others. That’s because this is what God looks for us to do. Our own Spirit rejoices in our well doing according to God’s will. This is one of the ways we can effectively follow the second great commandment of Jesus (Mark 12:31)! The tongue has the power of life and death: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Prov 18:21). Yes, even you will benefit in your own life from the goodness you speak in the lives of others! If you want a happy life and good life, then learn how to rule your speech and use it for the profit of others. Make a plan, to speak life into someone’s life today! Be blessed, be a blessing!
Do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame? Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another’s secret, lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end (Prov 25:8-10)~ Isn’t it interesting that the person that loves to ‘call people out’ ends up being the one getting the “side-eye” from everyone else as the truly shameful person? What good does it really do to go after a person and publicly humiliate them for some offense? Your efforts to make them look bad are actually casting a negative shadow on you! Why create all that drama?? All it does is fuel the fire even though in the moment it seems to feel vindicating. Conflict and strife are parts of life in a sinful world. They evoke strong passions, which cause us to rush to action. Some of us pride ourselves in being direct or outspoken or passionate. But a passionate response is usually a poor response. It is better to let passions cool before taking any action. The mind is usually not fully engaged, when the heart is pounding and the emotions are raging. Cool off first, before you say anything, do anything or even plan anything. Otherwise, unless you are very careful, small conflicts will escalate quickly into much larger trials. Kings go to battle slowly. Jesus said, “Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace” (Luke 14:31-32). Let this all be a lesson to us: If you have ever slept on a conflict, with a mind toward fearing God and loving wisdom, you woke in the morning with a very different perspective than what you went to bed with. This is wisdom. By allowing some time to pass, your passions cooled, your mind had time to clear foolish emotions, and the Holy Spirit could direct you. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord (Rom 12:19). Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:19-20).