Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! Well…we've made it through another week…and I don't know about you; but God has been so good to me…and I praise Him today for being in my life…and for always working…to keep me lifted high above the circumstances that may attempt to remove me from His loving presence!
Have you ever wondered why we feel the need to give up during a difficult situation? Yes…the weight of a problem can truly be the culprit for giving up; but yesterday, while spending time with God, I came to see something that I had never thought of before. Let's look at it this way…a problem enters our day and what do we do from there…we become drawn into that problem…and the more we become drawn into that problem…the more we become controlled by that problem, until we begin to see the problem as something more powerful, than the power of almighty God…which is what eventually causes us to give into that problem even more, until we find ourselves giving up altogether.
Sometimes I wonder why we react to a problem in this way, when we have already been set free from these problems in advance at the cross? Don't we realize that by drawing closer to a problem; that we only find ourselves in Satan's trap…one that can allow Satan to control us and manipulate our minds and hearts into believing that this problem is greater than anything…even God?
This morning, as I was looking through some Bible verses; God led me to a couple Bible references that I would like to share with you today…and the first one is found in I John 4:4, and we read… "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." I would say that if our minds are fixed on all that Christ has already done, as a means of overcoming these circumstances; then we would have no need to study the problems that are standing before us? The way I see it; is that when we become deeply focused on a problem; then the problem begins to seem larger than what it really is, which can allow our focus on God to fade away…which can also cause us to see the problem as something greater than God, rather than the other way around.
What can keep us out of these traps that Satan longs to use as a means of controlling us? Let's continue on by reading James 4:7-8, which says… "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."
One of the first things we must do; is to not allow ourselves to be double minded. In other words…we shouldn't sway in God's direction…only when everything is going well, while allowing ourselves to be drawn in Satan's direction, when a problem arises. We are either going to completely submit ourselves to God and flee from evil…or we are going to find ourselves distant from God, while being drawn into a problem that can easily be controlled by Satan. There are only two choices…and it's up to us to not only remain committed to God when everything in life is going well; but we must also remain committed to God when we face a problem…and once we can do this…with all our hearts; that is when we won't find it so easy to give up on life.
No matter what you're facing today, just know that it will never be greater than the power of almighty God. Yes…these problems we face have a way of convincing us that they are bigger than God; but when we choose to turn away from the deception that is coming forth from these problems; then this will be the time that we will find hope…and a God that is greater than anything we may face in life.
Have a very blessed day…and ALWAYS remember that nothing can be bigger or greater than God!
God bless…have a great weekend…and I will see you on Monday!
It's Always & Only Because of Him…
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