Satan is constantly laying elaborate traps to destroy the lives and testimony of God’s disciples. In spite of everything, God sees beyond all schemes. The Holy Spirit is faithful to speak to and for everyone who has a close relationship with the Lord. The wisdom of God will amaze others and end dangerous dilemmas. God has no one to impress and we shouldn’t either. His infinite wisdom is always available to those who truly believe in and rely on Him.
Life goes on. We sometimes assume that God isn’t aware or doesn’t care about the violence and injustice that fills the earth. The truth is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has already saved millions of humans from destruction. Every day, hundreds more are returning to God. Lest we become complacent, lets remember that God isn’t being lax, He is waiting for more people to be saved. The day and hour has already been appointed when all evil (and those who practice it) will be eliminated. Where is God? He’s looking forward and rejoicing over being eternally reunited with us!
God has a direct path and assignment for us. Some of us resist, but later become faithful. Others were born and raised in the church, forsake God to pursue a downward path. Jesus observed that in the end, it was the worse of sinners who (most readily) converted to become His most devoted followers. All of us must guard against pride. The Word of God warns that, “Anyone who regards himself as all-wise is a fool” (Proverb 26:12). The Lord has prophesied that much to our amazement, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first” (Matthew 20:16).
When we find ourselves in challenging circumstances or confronted by enemies, it is not wise to speak or act too hastily. We must give the Holy Spirit time to direct or steps and our speech. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19 NIV).
We understand and use very little of the power God has freely given us. Jesus told his disciples, “If you believe, you will received whatever you ask for in prayer (Matthew 21:22, NIV). What a promise! Of course He was referring to prayers that agree with the Word and will of God. Even so, how often we fail to even ask God for what we need and truly believe that we will receive it. Let’s stretch our faith and go boldly to the throne of God asking for good things, then stepping out confidently, expecting His best.
Ministries have struggled to survive financially without becoming what Jesus called, “a den of robbers,” (Matthew 21:13). The brutal truth is that it takes great faith for anyone to serve God with honor. Leaders must rely 100% on our Lord to supply their family’s needs and the massive expenses of a growing ministry. As impossible as it may seem, it is imperative that we follow the example of Jesus Christ. He focused on completing the work His Father had assigned to Him while fully trusting in God to supply practical needs. Christ was not oblivious to their financial status, but He fully relied on the verse “Give and it shall be given to you,” (Luke 6:38). The ministry of Jesus Christ had a treasurer and dependable donors. In addition, they invited people to join their efforts or pitch in toward mutual goals. Most importantly, Jesus never lost sight of the fact that God Almighty (and not followers) was the central provider for their successful ministry!
It is ironic that people cheered Jesus one day, then not long after, they turned and murdered Him. Throughout His ministry, Jesus healed them, prayed for them and finally laid down His life for the same people who killed Him. His love for them was greater than life or death. God has given us the same unconditional love through the power of His Holy Spirit. When love springs from a pure heart (without selfish motives), it can become invincible and totally indestructible. Circumstances have no power to alter or obliterate true love.
Each of us has a burning desire to accomplish something meaningful. Life can bury our dreams as people try to convince us that we are wasting our time. Throughout the Bible, we see God honoring perseverance. Those who hang in there get their miracle! If God has given us a vision, we cannot expect others to see what only we can see. As we forge ahead (sometimes all alone) we can succeed in making our dreams a reality.
All our lives we are taught to work for accolades, rank and positions of authority. However, the Bible demonstrates a less obvious path to greatness. Jesus said, “I came to serve, not to be served,” yet He was the greatest leader who ever lived. The scripture, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” reinforces this same principal. As we meditate on this truth, we know that the most accomplished people who have ever lived, made the most profound contributions to mankind. God has given each of us unique abilities. To the extent that we give of ourselves and develop our talent for the enrichment of all, will be to the extent that we become truly great leaders in the eyesight of God and man.
We often hear devastating news. Do we stop to consider that for every work of the enemy (Satan), God has empowered believers to overcome and triumph? In the end, we always win! No matter how dire the situation, God knows what to do. He has the resources and He has promised to direct us. Even in death, believers go on their eternal reward while God heals, strengthens and provides for the survivors. As Jesus predicted His upcoming death, He was careful to remind His disciples that three (3) days following his murder, He would be raised to reign forever! When it comes to faith-filled believers, behind every dark cloud, there really is a silver lining.