How would you react if somebody said this to you when you're going through your worst?
I have actually had this said to me many times. I may not have been singled out but, I have been in the audience or on the other end of a device and heard many a teacher of the Word of God reminding us that there is a place called "Christ" that those who "know their God" live in that is above the defeat that most of us experience in our health, wealth, relationships, and growth.
Listen, to me, whilst many had to close down their businesses, for some, 2020 was their best year ever!" Apostle Joshua Selman. I believe this - there is knowledge, wisdom, understanding principles that people apply to ride over the very waves of global recession that drown others.
Asked what he thought would happen to his ministry during the recession 10 years ago, Reverend Jesse Duplantis said, "I don't participate." When the journalist looked perplexed and asked the same question again, he responded by saying that he wasn't governed by the economy of this world but, that economy of God in heaven and heaven never lacks." What an understanding!
I know you're thinking, "Out with it then! What's the secret?"
That's just the thing, there isn't one. What they know is hidden in plain sight, if only we would care to look, trust, believe, and act on it as they have.
Jeremiah 29:11-14a reminds us all:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.14 I will be found by you,”
Pause and reflect on that until it really sinks into your heart: God has plans for your good and not for disaster. He really truly is a good and loving father. He said so Himself.
In Mathew 7:7-11 Jesus challenges us by saying,
7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him."
Let's get real for a minute. By a show of hands (there's just you and me here), how many people have prayed, asked, begged, bribed God, and didn't get what we were asking for? I'm raising my hand really high for this one.
So either Jesus was lying in Mathew 7:7-11 or there is something we are not doing right with all our attempts to get what we ask for. Which one do you think it is?
Numbers 23:19 add insult to injury when it provokes us with:
"God is not a man, so he does not lie.
He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
Has he ever promised and not carried it through?"
Sooooo, if God does not lie, then we are missing His truth in our lives. What gives?
Romans 12:2 gives us a clue:
"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
Is that it? Could it be a question of mindset? That facing the same set of circumstances, some of us think a certain way and get the results of our thoughts? And others think another way, God's way, and get other results, God's results?
Man! All kinds of scriptures now come to mind:
"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7 NLT)
"22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.[f]” (Mark 11:22-25 NLT)
Could it really be that we may not (1) know all that God has already done for us to live above struggles of this world? (2) have faith in God? (3) speak to our "mountain" (whatever it may be) (4) believe it will happen (5) forgive others and let go? And that be the reason for us not seeing God's good plans come to pass in our lives?
What do you think?
Let's explore each of these 5 points in the next couple of posts. P31 Womanaire, we just started a series!
I don't know about you, but I love knowing that I don't know, or I'm doing something wrong (not because I am a psycho who enjoys self-abasement) because at least now I can stop going around in circles in my head, and can choose to head in the direction of finding out what I need to know to get different results, God's results in the area of my struggle.
What are you struggling with? Would you like to stop struggling and instead find out God's best for you in that area?
Thought as much.
See you in the next post, P31 Womanaire!
Have an awesome day!