No matter how shaken our life may be, we can re-build!

It can seem tough to trust God when we don’t quite understand something that is going on in life or to us in life.  It can be challenging to trust God when everything around us is falling apart and we don’t seem to see a blessing coming our way.  I can tell you is the only way we develop faith and trust in God is having a reason to.  As we journey with God we see His faithfulness and we gain experience.  The way we trusted God yesterday will be different than how we trust God tomorrow.

Hebrews 12:26-27 (AMPC) 26 Then [at Mount Sinai] His voice shook the earth, but now He has given a promise: Yet once more I will shake and make tremble not only the earth but also the [starry] heavens. 27 Now this expression, Yet once more, indicates the final removal and transformation of all [that can be] shaken—that is, of that which has been created—in order that what cannot be shaken may remain and continue.

Trusting God is a decision.  No matter what is going on around you, your answer is to trust God even when you do not understand what is going on in your life and things don’t seem to be fair.  Many times we put our confidence in people our ourselves in our problems.  We are to put our trust in God in our situations.  God may strip some people out of our lives so we learn to rely on and trust Him in our situations.  People are human and we are going to get hurt when we rely on people.  The only one we should give our complete trust to is Jesus!

Isaiah 40:29-31 (AMPC) 29 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; 31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Things that are going on in our life right now that does not make sense will make sense later on in life.  A lot of things we go through that we think are terrible are sometimes in the long run good for us.  The things that may not be good – we can trust God that He will work that bad thing out for good.  No matter how shaken our life may be, we can re-build!

Hebrews 12:28-29 (AMPC) 28 Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe; 29 For our God [is indeed] a consuming fire.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen


 

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God knows what is best in our lives

We have the privilege of trusting God.  Trusting God should be our first response to a situation rather than a last resort.  We say things like I guess the only thing we can do is pray.  Praying is the first thing we should do when faced with a difficult situation.

1 Corinthians 1:9 (AMPC) God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

We are partners with God – He called us into companionship and participation.  Trusting God is not about praying and then waiting for a miracle.  It is about praying and doing things we can in our situation.  We often act in the extremes of us trying to control everything around us, or doing nothing and waiting for God to perform a miracle.  Both of those extremes can make us bitter.

Trusting God will lead us to a lifestyle of obedience.  Trusting God and obedience go hand in hand.  Trusting God means we know He will respond and knows best for our lives.  Because God knows what is best in our lives, we respond with obedience to His direction for our lives.

Acts 10:38 (AMPC) How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, [a]in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.

When you don’t know what action to take in your situation, go about taking action to bless others while you are waiting for your personal miracle.  In the midst of everything you are going through, you can go about doing good for others.  Don’t let your troubles consume you to the point where you cannot function.  Trust God and do good. 

We all say we trust God – but we show how we trust God through how we respond to negative situations.  Learning to trust God is a journey.  It is not something that we just wake up one day and do.  The more difficult situations we have to face, the more we learn to put our faith and trust in God.

Psalm 62:7-8 (AMPC) With God rests my salvation and my glory; He is my Rock of unyielding strength and impenetrable hardness, and my refuge is in God! Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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God has a different plan for each of us

Trust is a choice.  We all want to trust something.  We all do trust some things whether it is our own abilities, our job, or our God.  We have to get smart enough to know who to trust and when to trust.  Honestly, we are mere humans.  The only one we can truly trust is God almighty.

Psalm 37:1-3 *(AMPC) Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God). For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

We may feel let down because we do not feel as if God has given us what we have prayed for.  Sometimes I need to ask myself – was I trusting God for what I wanted or was I trusting God knowing He would do what is best for me in my life to fulfill the purpose He has for me in life. When everything around us seems to be falling apart, we are to trust God and do good.

Psalm 37:4-6 (AMPC) Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.

The bible has an answer for everything that bothers us in life.  I have a medicine cabinet full of medicine that I take.  What is not in that medicine cabinet is medicine I can take when someone wounds my soul because I trusted someone I should not have.  While my medicine cabinet does not have anything that will take that hurt away, my God does.  My medicine cabinet has medicine for my body but my God has medicine for my soul.  The Word of God is medicine for everything that ails us on the inside.

Psalm 37:7-8 (AMPC) Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.

When we are facing a trial or problem, our mind can just go crazy.  It can seem like everyone around you is blessed or are getting blessings.  Just stay patient.  God has a different plan for each of us and He may want to bless you differently than others.  The way to calm ourselves down is go to the Word of God, trust God, and continue doing good while we are praying for our situation.

Psalm 37:9 (AMPC) For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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Invest in yourself

2 Timothy 2:15 (AMPC) 15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

Make an investment in yourself!  If you are having a tough time, then take some time out for yourself to re-focus your mind and relax for a little bit.  That might be going to get ice cream, get a manicure, or even just go take time to take a walk and see the beautiful things around you that God has created for our enjoyment.  It is important to re-set our thinking when it starts to falter.  Invest in yourself and take care of yourself.  You are the temple of Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (AMPC) 19 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 20 You were bought with a price [purchased with a [a]preciousness and paid for, [b]made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. 

To enjoy life we might need to worry less to eliminate the stress we feel in when pursing excellence.  No matter what happens in this world, God will take care of us.  When we have done what we can do then we can always trust God to take care of us.

Don’t let your bad days turn into a bad life.  Make your mind up today that you will enjoy every day that God has given you!

Psalm 37:1-2 (AMPC) Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God). For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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It is not what happens to us that is matters it is what happens inside of us

Psalm 23:4 (AMPC) 4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

When you are having a bad day don’t dread what you are facing. Dread is expecting to have a negative experience. Dreading anything will not make it better. There’s always the temptation to face the day with a negative attitude. We can decide to enjoy the day we have no matter what it is we have to face. God has a plan. Stop being miserable about things that you have absolutely no control over. Stay happy and let God take care of your day. Make your mind up to not dread anything

Colossians 3:23-24 (AMPC) 23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, 24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).

It is time to get the spirit of dread out of our lives. Dread just sucks the joy right out of us and it does not change a thing. Whatever it is we have to do, we can do it unto the Lord. Whether it is facing doing something simple we don’t want to do like cleaning the house, or whether it is facing some big life circumstances. Keep God in your situation.

Try to find something good in everything you do, especially in an unpleasant situation. Sometimes we have to look for the good. It’s human nature to see the negative right away. If we spent as much time looking and recognizing the good as we did speaking negatively we might see some drastic changes in our attitude. We need to learn a new way to respond to our problems if we are used to responding with negativity.

Romans 12:2 (AMPC) 2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

Some of us are going through some terribly difficult times. We have to make sure our problems do not make us hard, harsh, and bitter. We want our problems to change us into a better person so we can let our light shine and help other people through the experiences we have endured and learned from our situations. It is not what happens to us that is matters it is what happens inside of us because of our problems.

Matthew 11:28-30 (AMPC) 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will [a]ease and relieve and [b]refresh [c]your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([d]relief and ease and refreshment and [e]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, [f]good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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Instead of letting our circumstances seize us we can seize our circumstances

Romans 8:37 (AMPC) 37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors [a]and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

What a waste of life to dread every day. We can get to the point where we stop letting everything around us control us. We have Christ in us and greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. This doesn’t mean we will enjoy problems or not hurt when we go through things.

Ephesians 4:23-24 (AMPC) 23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], 24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

There is tremendous power in our attitude we have when enduring thee storms of life. Our attitude belongs to us and nobody can make us have a bad attitude. We choose that. Decide today that you will not waste one more day being miserable in life. God wants us to be happy. God doesn’t want us to be unhappy just like we do not want our kids to be unhappy.

It seems like everything in life is so hard and difficult. What is hard is not becoming bitter during the difficult times. Instead of letting our circumstances seize us we can seize our circumstances with a joyful attitude knowing that God has got our back. We get upset and dread things because we don’t want to face them. We can face each day with a joyful attitude by letting go of things we hold onto that keep bitterness and hate inside of us and trust God to do what His will is in our situation.

Psalm 5:3 (AMPC) 3 In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].

If you struggle with a negative or bad attitude, have a true and honest conversation with God and be honest about how you feel about things and how things make you feel. Ask God to help you in this area. Let him know about the things that upset you and why. God wants us to talk to Him. Prayer has incredible power.

Philippians 4:6 (AMPC) 6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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When things just plain stink in life, don’t give up on God and let life make you sour

Proverbs 3:6 (AMPC) 6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

We hear God’s voice through His word, through inner peace, wisdom, and common sense. Our instinct is the voice of God inside of us telling us to make the right decision. Our instinct is a knowing what to do down deep inside. When God speaks to us we have to make sure we are not in such a big hurry to figure things out on our own that we don’t stop, listen, pray, and then make decisions off of what we have peace about doing.

We all can have a relationship with God and have that guiding that God gives us. God can speak to us and through us. He speaks to us through other people, through nature, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, through circumstances, and through guiding us in making right decisions in the midst of our circumstances. It takes a while to develop the habit of involving God in all of our decisions if we are not used to slowing down a little bit to ask Him to guide us.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (AMPC) 12 Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, 2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Sometimes we let our circumstances seize us and it is hard to imagine that life could ever get better. We can end up developing at attitude of negativity and bitterness when we feel like we are doing everything we know to do and nothing ever seems to be getting better in life. It is especially in those difficult times in life that we do not give up on God or give up on ourselves. When things just plain stink in life, don’t give up on God and let life make you sour. Keep enduring and doing what is right and ask for God’s direction. He will guide you but unfortunately, we don’t always get immediate miracles.

While trials may not be pleasant we must not lose heart and grow weary. In due time we will reap, if we do not lose heart and faint.

Galatians 6:8-10 (AMPC) 8 For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. 10 So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [[a]morally] to all people [not only [b]being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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