How do we respond when God answers our prayers with a “Yes”?! ‘Y’all be’ all up on social media posting pictures of new homes, cars, jewelry, and other notable accomplishments. But what happens when God says “NO”! Lets be honest; we get a little frustrated and disappointed to say the least. We have the tendency to forget that God is omniscient (all knowing). Therefore, He knows more than we do. God will always say “No” to anything we ask for that we’re not ready for or that will cause us harm.
God’s “No” is not rejection, but redirection (2 Sam 7), God’s “No” isn’t punishment, it’s preparation (Romans 5) and God’s “No” helps us to develop our perseverance and character in Christ!
Ask yourself; will God Close a door just to open a window? No! God’s “No” to one thing is a “Yes” to another. Romans 8:28 is a great reminder for everyone that has accepted Christ into their lives that, “…in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Yes, God promises that He will work together everything we experience–even the hard and painful stuff–for our good in ways that are better than we could ever imagine.
If God loves the unlovable in you why do you find it too arduous to love the unlovable in people?! Matthew 5:47 says, “If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that (Msg).” It’s easy to love people who love you back. But then there are times when it’s not so easy extend love to others, right?! In 1 John 3:14-15, John, one of Jesus’ closest friends, warns us that hating someone makes us murderers in our hearts. So how do we love the unlovable? First we have to understand that it’s not a request rather a command! Jesus said in John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Remember, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples (including Judas), touched lepers, and showed love to the kinds of people that others shunned. If the living God of the universe was humble enough to do those things and more, then how can we be above serving an unlovable person?!
Romans 5:8 says,”But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners [unlovable], Christ died for us.” Jesus raised the bar and set the example and in turn it’s our duty to set the example for others, through our obedience to Christ’s command!
The key to unlocking unshakable faith is found in the measure of our relationship with God. Romans 12:3 says that we have all been given a measure of faith. This measure of faith accompanied by grace is the gift from which all the other gifts flow. Faith is the first gift we receive (for justification), and faith is the gift that brings the other gifts of the Spirit into our lives. Our faith grows when our relationship with God grows stronger. Most people don’t get married after the first date! Why?! Marriage requires investing your time, talent, treasure, and commitment. The same is required and desired from us by God. So how do you build a relationship with God no matter where you are now? Through prayer, quiet time, reading the word, fasting, fellowship with other believers, attending church (regularly) and living out (practicing) your faith. In order to unlock the door to unshakable faith it requires that you have a personal relationship with God. Think about it; you’re not gonna say, “I do” until you know who you are saying, “I do” to!! Yes, the sum total of your relationship with God depends on the sum total of your faith in God!
If we are called and commanded to encourage one another why do so many opt for the latter rather than the former? It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are encouragement is no different than oxygen; we all need it. The late S. Truett Cathy, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, and founder of Chick-Fil-A said, “How do you know if someone needs encouragement? If they are breathing!” The Message paraphrased I Thessalonians 5:15, “Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.” Encouragement makes it easier to live in our fallen world, it makes it easier to love Jesus (John 13:34-35), it helps us through difficult times, it nurtures patience, and it makes it easier to live the Christian life.
Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
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I never would have made it without God in my life! His presence has made all the difference. When I was faithless, He remained faithful to His will, plan, and purpose! I love the way Message paraphrases Psalm 94:19, “Who stood up for me against the wicked? Who took my side against evil workers? If GOD hadn’t been there for me, I never would have made it. The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,” your love, GOD, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up.” I stand with Marvin Sapp and when I too look back over all God brought me through, I can see that God was the one who brought me through. And I can honestly say that I am stronger, wiser, and better! Thank you Lord for never leaving nor forsaking me! God is truly awesome and His love for us is unwavering!!
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In a dispute it’s important not to play tennis with hyperbolized statements that contain the words “always” and “never”. Statements that contain these words are frequently used by people in order to emphasize or illustrate the merits of their position. Simply put, man use “Always” and “Never” statements as delivery vehicles to convey fear, obligation and guilt. Whereas, God uses these statements to encourage, uplift, and inspire.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Beloved, there is power of life 🌱 and death ☠️ in our tongues (Proverbs 18:21). So today choose to convey and live by the Word that breeds vitality, encouragement, inspiration, and affirmation!
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Satan is absolutely determined to overthrow every believer who walks in holiness and complete devotion to Jesus Christ. Indeed, the devil knows where you live and work – every path you take, every footstep. And yes, he follows you on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all other social media outlets. Although he is not omnipresent; he does have at his command multitudes of demonic beings, principalities and powers of darkness. And these evil workers troll you. They go about like fowlers, laying traps to ensnare you – hidden, crafty, diabolical (Ps 124:6-8)! Envy, lust and hatred are a few traps the enemy uses to wreak havoc in the lives of many Christian believers. Remember Haman’s indignation against Mordecai (Esther 5:9), Potiphar wife’s illicit passion for Joseph (Gen 39), and Cain’s fury against Abel (Gen 4)? So if you get caught up in one of Satan’s snares remember that God promises you will not stay trapped. “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped” (Psalm 124:7). Therefore, rest assured, beloved – God will deliver you! No matter what your failure, your hardship, your trap, He is on your side. Just stand still and see His salvation. Even if you’re weak, you can cry out to Him. He promises to come and tear the net away!
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