Hello everyone…what a beautiful day outside my office window! Praise God that He is truly with us at all times…and praise Him…that He has the power to do all things…to make the rain fall, while bringing light into darkness! As we begin our time together, I pray that we will once more be reminded; that our God is greater and more powerful, than anything we may experience in this life…Amen!!
This morning, as I’ve been sitting here…listening to some music, while looking out my window to another beautiful day; God began to remind me of a power that can truly go way beyond any so-called power of a circumstance. Isn’t it amazing, as to how a circumstance can seem so overpowering…to the place where we seem to think that nothing could ever be greater than what we are facing at the time?
As I look back on my life, I remember so much, as to how the difficult moments of the past made me feel bound up in chains, while trapped within a prison cell of despair. Oh, how I felt that nothing would ever change…and why…because I was focusing on where the circumstances had taken me at the time.
No matter what we face…and no matter where these moments attempt to take us; we must take our focus away from this so-called power that stems from a problem and focus on who God truly is…the most powerful being ever.
As I was looking through some Bible verses this morning, I came across several verses that I would like to share with you today…and a few of them are found in Acts 16:25-26 and we read… “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26) Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
Now let’s just stop for a moment and take these two verses apart. Here we see two men…Paul and Silas, who were bound up in chains or what they called shackles in those days. Now I would say that Paul and Silas could have sat there in that prison and felt sorry for themselves. They could have even begun to focus on thoughts that would have made these moments even more discouraging; but that is not what they did. Instead, they began to praise God…and why…because they knew without a doubt that the God, they served was greater than these moments they were experiencing…and that He would free them, which God did eventually do.
Now let’s compare this to our own lives. We can feel as if a circumstance has bound us up and thrown us into a dark prison of despair. These moments can attempt to make us believe that there is no way of escape. Now comes a time of testing…do we truly believe that God’s power is greater than that circumstance…or have we come to believe in the so-called power of that circumstance. One thing I know…when we can see our God as someone greater than these moments we’re facing; then I would say that a heart of praise would automatically go up into the heavens…and why…because we have no reason to think on any other thing, when we know without a doubt that our God is greater than what we are facing at the time.
As we close, I would like to finish with one other Bible verse, which is found in Psalm 107:14, which reads… “He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.”
One thing I have truly come to see is this…how we react to a problem will definitely become a message to God, as to whether we see His power as something greater than what we’re facing at the time. We need to remember that even though the chains that attempt to bind us up within a circumstance, can make our lives seem hopeless…as though we will never be free of them; there is a God who can enter these moments and break the chains that were meant to keep us in bondage.
One thing that I would like to close with is this…when we are caught up in the moments of a circumstance; we can also become easily addicted to these moments, until Satan uses moments such as these to manipulate us like a puppet on a string. If we are ever going to be set free from the chains that have bound us up within a circumstance; then we need to realize that Jesus is the only One, whose power is greater than that circumstance we’re facing. Once we can truly believe this with all our hearts, rather than just speaking it; that is when Jesus will hear our cry for help and reach down from the heavens…to break the chains that once attempted to enslave us to evil…Amen!!
Have a very blessed day…and always know that there is power greater than your circumstance! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain