YOU HAVE HEARD THE SAYING
"GOD IS A GOOD GOD!"
We need to develop our own testimony of this.
One we can draw on in life's situations -
for ourselves and others instead of resignation.
Do you let your heart sink down when circumstances show up?
Sometimes they are intended for evil (to cause you to fret and get you down)
but we need to take on a resilience in God, not to let them make us frown.
Take courage my friend, there are ANSWERS.
You may have also heard the following scripture:
"I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU. PLANS FOR YOUR WELFARE
AND NOT FOR EVIL - TO GIVE YOU HOPE and A FUTURE" (Jer 29:11)
Another version says to prosper you and NOT to harm you.
We need to be settled in our hearts and minds that
GOD IS GOOD
(not half the things that would rush through our minds at times).
We can best do this by turning to Scripture.
It also says in that verse "declares The Lord" immediately after it says
"I Know, the Plans I Have for You". We don't always, do we?
Some of them are revealed in scripture and some of them are in the
secret mind of God. So let's go to what we can know in His Word -
one will never go against the other and "He does not author confusion but
He is our GOD OF PEACE" (1 Co 14:33)
So you can be sure that whatever plans and intentions are in the Heart and Mind of God
towards you are GOOD and WHOLESOME. In this you can TRUST.
So often we feel that God is against us when things don't work out, whatever, we
think He is not happy with us. We are conscious of our shortcomings etc
but Hebrews 10:17 speaks about our relationship with Him in this way:
"I will no longer hold their sins and their disobedience against them."
"I will remember their sins and their iniquities no more."
1 John 3 says these words for when we walk in love with each-other.
A marvelous promise:
20whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
22and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and
do what pleases him.
18Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him.
We have there in Hebrews God's true disposition towards us in Christ and also in John
a wonderful promise concerning our prayers and assuring our hearts against
And did you know the word "blessings" in Ephesians 1:3 has quite a
different meaning in the original Greek than we give it?
New International Version
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
English Standard Version
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
The original means TO SPEAK WELL OF. So He Speaks Well of Us EVERYDAY.
David in Psalms says
"HOW PRECIOUS ARE HIS THOUGHTS TOWARDS US
HOW GREAT IS THE SUM OF THEM" (Ps 139:17)
The New Living Translation says:
"How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!"
So can you tell me, where is the room for offended thoughts and irritated thoughts
here, my friends?
David had a heart after God's Heart according to scripture and he also said:
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
3Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;
4Who redeems your life. Who crowns you with Loving-Kindness and compassion;
5Who satisfies your years with Good Things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
6The LORD performs Righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed.
8The LORD is Compassionate and Gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in Loving-Kindness.
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We need to have these things firm in our minds to Win in life's situations.
So we can "fight the good fight" (the victorious one) 1 Tim 6:12
and things are not such a battle.
I know a big family who are brought up with such love between them
that they are almost invincible with anything they put their minds to.
They have had certain set backs and excelled past them.
That is in the natural and we have a Mighty God.
A personal revelation of His Love for You
will make you Confident with your Faith.
Have this mindset in God, that difficulties are not meant to get us down
but if looked at the right way, can show us our POTENTIAL IN GOD!
Remember the principle of the Good Report and the bad report
shown in Numbers 13. When Israelites were sent to spy out Canaan
(the promised land) some came back with a bad report saying
"It's impossible, those circumstances are too big for us" and saw themselves
as powerless to take the land. But Joshua and Caleb said
"No, with God on our side, we are well able to take it" and they listed
all the Blessings God had in store for them!
Friends, that is the mindset we as His Children need to have.
"The Ways of The Lord are a Refuge for the righteous" (Prov 10:29)
Believe the Good Report and resist the other, when things challenge your
confidence in God. Yes, be confident - set your face as a flint
towards the GOOD THINGS of God.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be steadfast, immovable.
The Lord even caused the sun not to go down on one occasion in scripture
to help His people to win a victory. (Josh 10:12,13)
Don't allow the negative to creep in - keep your thoughts sunny.
Say to yourself "GOD IS GOOD.....I will see Him in this situation!"
Don't take time to entertain thoughts of doubt
give them a clout
Nip negative thoughts in the bud
in this way you can run
towards your God.
Let your feet be shod
with the Gospel of Peace
that brings comfort and release.
Gospel is Good News, that's your Good Report
the one that brings comfort and release
so your thoughts are at ease.
Keep yielded and still to the sound of His Voice
with singleness of heart, yes this is a choice.
With God you win
over thoughts that make your light dim
Unite your heart and worship Him.
He will cause the sun not to go down
or He will cause you to cross over on dry ground
He is not short of answers, so don't let yourself frown.
He's the God of Peace, His Presence seek
He's the God of Peace, oh let your heart leap.
Sing songs of Praise, His Anthem raise.
Rejoice, Rejoice, yes lift your voice
The Ancient of Days is on your side
fill your heart with worship, in Him abide.
Janet Vargas© Dec 2015
Learn through the above scriptures
what His Will is toward You.
It's not burdensome or toilsome. It's not living defeated and depressed.
Berean Literal Bible
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, for you to prove what is the
good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God. (Rom 12:2)
When circumstances are challenging, the enemy attempts to influence you
with a negative report. Just like the Israelites you have a choice.
Go for the Good Report, of His Spirit be taught.
It's a land of plenty He calls us to - not back to Egypt or to make you lose.
So keep your faith and direct it towards your God.
Be decided about His Goodness and Faithfulness.
That is the way for the righteous.
The Goodness of God will change things around for us if we
embrace it more often. Yes, let's be receivers of His Love and Grace
throughout each day. His Love gives us confidence.
And in practicing confidence in the Goodness of God, we can
afford to be more cheerful.
Winning in life's situations. This mindset. will place you on top of them.
Yes indeed, the Ways of The Lord are a Refuge for me and you.
Stay close to Jesus, His Heart is TRUE.
"You are Loved, You are Loved"