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Have you learned the secret to being content in every circumstance?

Rely on God’s strength.

He demonstrated how expansive and unconditional His love is for you (John 3:16). He promised He would never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Practically, you have to recite these scriptures continuously. Even when the situation overwhelms you and you find yourself crying out – confess the truth of those scriptures. Even when all your flesh wants to do is meditate on all of the negative thoughts, force yourself to audibly speak the scriptures.

And there will come the moment of clarity where you find yourself finally believing the Truth. That you can, in fact, do all things through Him Who continuously strengthens you. And then, when fear, doubt, and frustration attempt to take over again, you say to yourself, I’ve got this.

Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

God’s got this.

Those were the three words my husband, Marvin (the one who provides most of the daily devotionals), said to my healthcare provider as he waited by himself in the emergency room following the car accident. He didn’t wait for the medical professionals to provide an outcome; he stood in faith in the midst of the unknown.

To stand in faith when trials arise, we have to feed our faith daily. So, read and re-read the Word of God, listen to those Word based sermons and worship songs, and your faith will move mountains.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

To read more about the accident, click the following link (no Facebook account needed): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10106518548179225&set=a.10100618670017355.2930794.23409184&type=3

Proverbs 3:3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.

Believers often refer to favor. They want favor on their lives, favor on their children, and favor on their jobs. Favor is God using people somewhere to use their power, their ability, and their influence to help us.

Favor is great and it’s available for anyone who can have faith for it, but how about being the favor? Favor works through people. It’s God inspiring people to be a blessing to someone else. Instead of always looking for favor, how about being the favor?

We can be that person who takes a friend out to eat, be that person to pay for the groceries of someone we don’t know, or help someone get a job where we work. All it takes is us listening and being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. Our flesh will tell us we don’t have the time or the money to be the favor for someone else, but He wouldn’t tell us to do something we couldn’t do.

Just remember, as we’re led to be the favor for someone else, God promised to reward us.

Ephesians 6:8 knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.

God desires good in the world. So much so until He has a promise of good being returned by Him, based on the good we do.

God didn’t limit the good we do only to the church or even to His Kingdom, but He desires goodness done in every arena in the world. Why is goodness so important to God? Because God is good (Mark 10:18).

Every time we spread goodness throughout the world, we spread God throughout the world. So give to that charity, volunteer at that shelter, help that friend who is behind on their bills, and spread God throughout the world.

Although Christmas is over, the goodness of God should continue throughout the year. 

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

These are simple lessons from the Word of God that will assist us in life.

Faithful in Prayer: There are a lot of circumstances in our lives and in this world that need to change. The only way things will change is through prayer.

Prayer is permission for God to get involved in mankind’s affairs. If it’s a circumstance that needs changing in our lives or in the world, prayer is the first thing we must do. Once we’ve prayed, we don’t need to pray about the situation again. We transition into thanksgiving because we know God heard us and since He heard us, we know we have what we asked (1 John 5:15).

Our faithfulness in prayer is based on our consistency. From mass shootings, to cancer in people’s bodies, to an increase in finances, the amount of things we can pray about is endless. Watching the news for an hour will keep us praying for a week.

The problem occurs when we get prayer-lazy because we’re content with our life and how our life is going and we’re not compassionate for others or the condition of the world. If we can extend our prayer life outside of ourselves and our immediate circle, the world around us would be a better place.

Continue to be faithful in prayer because it’s the only way God can get involved.

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

These are simple lessons from the Word of God that will assist us in life.

Patient in Affliction:
As we go through troubling times, our afflictions seem like they last forever. The pain won’t seem to go away, the chaos continues, and there’s one issue after the next.

It’s during these times we must have patience. Biblical patience is not inactivity as if we’re waiting on the signal light to change. Biblical patience is doing what we know to do until the situation changes for the good.

That means we’ll have to use our God-given authority to confess the Truth in God’s Word about the situation instead of feeding the negative situation with our speech (Prov. 18:21). We’ll have to find scriptures pertaining to that affliction and saturate our minds with the Word of God (Josh. 1:8). We’ll have to combat doubt by praising God knowing He’s already given us the victory over the circumstance (2 Cor. 2:14).

Just remember we go through our troubling times. We don’t stay there. So be patient in affliction

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

These are simple lessons from the Word of God that will assist us in life.

Joyful in Hope:
When we hope to receive something from God, that thing has not appeared in our lives yet. From the time we pray, to the time we receive our desire, there is a season of delay. During delay, doubt and frustration has a tendency to set in. At that point, we must recognize that the enemy is attempting to distract us and we must choose to be joyful.

We’re joyful because every Godly desire has been paid for by the blood of Jesus and we know regardless of how long it takes, our promise will come to pass. In every season of delay, there is a lesson from God. As we successfully complete that lesson, that lesson helps us to become better people through maturity (James 1:4).

So as you hope for your promise, make an intentional decision to have joy.

 

Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Unfortunately, a lot of us get to a place where we get used to God’s goodness. There is no longer any excitement after being delivered from a situation, and now we just expect to be blessed. As a result of this commonality with God’s goodness, we tend to lose our zeal or intensity for the things of God.

Think back to when we first got saved, when everything would excite us. We would give God praise for the smallest things such as, when we found a scripture directly related to the situation we were facing, or praise and worship Him based on how far He had brought us, and we valued the importance of reading God’s Word.

It may take some effort, but some of us need to reflect on the goodness of God and all He’s done for us. We need to stop going through the motions of life and walk in the exciting purpose He has for us. When we reflect and walk in our purpose, we can maintain our zeal regarding the things of God.

We get a new job that we believed God for, however, the job pays us less than we desired. We can thank God for our job or wonder why He didn’t completely answer our prayer. We get into a car crash. God spared our lives, however, we received a broken arm. We can rejoice that God spared our lives or wonder why He allowed us to receive a broken arm instead of coming out of the accident injury free. We’re in a successful relationship, however, our best friend is in a relationship where money is not an object and they frequently travel. We can continue to enjoy our relationship or slowly begin to resent the relationship we’re in.

The enemy has a way of minimizing the blessings we receive. In spite of all the joy we may initially feel when we receive our blessing, he’ll show us what we’re missing out on. Sound familiar? It’s the same trick he used against Eve. Out of all the trees in the Garden of Eden, Satan magnified the tree that was off-limits. Instead of being grateful for ALL God provided, she was enticed by the one thing she couldn’t have, and sinned against God.

Never get deceived into minimizing what God has done. Receive, accept, and be grateful for all God has done and for the blessings coming into your life.

Genesis 3:5 Satan says…”For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

If it takes faith (believing the sacrifice Jesus paid on our behalf) to have peace with Almighty God, how much more should faith be applied to have peace in other areas of our lives?

This is the time of year where the phrase “peace on earth and goodwill toward men” is frequently used. Unfortunately, peace is not automatic. Faith must be applied to receive peace.

Many of us would prefer additional peace in our homes, our marriages, at our jobs, and in our minds. Peace is God’s will for our lives (John 14:27). In order to have God’s version of peace, we must use our God-given authority to declare peace in those areas. Once declared, we can’t be moved by what we see. In the face of chaos, calamity, and delay, we must continue to believe and declare peace. By keeping the faith, peace will materialize in our lives.

Receive the God kind of peace and enjoy more of life.

 

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