Be still, and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10 NKJV
A little bird was flying south for the winter, but the air became so cold that it began to freeze. The bird collapsed in a large field where a herd of cows were grazing. Eventually, a cow came by and dropped manure on the freezing bird. At first, the bird was very upset, until it felt how warm the manure was. Before too long, it began to thaw out and became so excited that it started singing with joy.
A cat happened to be passing by and heard the bird’s joyful song. He followed the sound to the pile of manure and started digging until he discovered the little bird and promptly ate it.
There are a number of lessons we can learn from this little story. First, not everybody who drops manure on you is your enemy. Second, not everybody who digs you out is your friend. Finally, when you’re in manure, keep your mouth shut.
If we live long enough, each one of us will find ourselves in a situation that seems much worse than we can bear. To follow the story line above, we’ll feel as though we are under a pile of manure. However, if our expectations are set on Jesus Christ and His providential care, we won’t stumble at the thought of going through a time of trial. In fact, we’ll have His hope to comfort us even in what appears to be a hopeless situation. If you feel as though you are in a horrendous situation, be still before the Lord. Seek Him in prayer and wait for His will to unfold before you. Don’t rush ahead because He will come to you.
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The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold. – Job 42:10
If you are familiar with the story of Job, you will recall that Job’s friends were not that friendly to him at all. In fact, when Job was at the worst of times, his friends judged, griped, criticized, accused and more. For Job, praying “for his friends” involved a lot more than asking God to bless those he loved and considered dear. It involved a significant amount of forgiveness, acceptance, humility and love. It also involved faith.
It wasn’t until after Job showed grace and kindness to those who had brought him pain during his greatest moments of pain that God restored him. This is because Job had obeyed the law of love and asked God to give His goodness to others. When Job did that, God gave goodness to Job as well.
Learning to wait well with patience involves learning how to put into practice the regularity of living as a child of God. It means putting into practice those things we already know.
Working as unto the Lord, even if it’s not your favorite place to work. Honoring the authority over you, even if you don’t particularly like or respect that authority. Bearing with one another’s burdens, even when you feel weighted down by your own.
Do what God has already said to do. Then watch Him usher you straight out of your detour and into your destiny.
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By this time you ought to be teachers. – Hebrews 5:12
The writer of Hebrews contrasted anemic Christians, who live on milk, with mature Christians, who live on meat.
If we’re “meat” Christians, we should be able to explain biblical truths to our children. Husbands should be able to answer their wives’ questions. We should be able to sit down with the Bible and help someone else know the truth. We should be able to lead an unbeliever to the Lord.
“Everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14). If we refuse to go deeper into the things of God, we will not be able to use the Word because we won’t know the Word. As the old saying goes, “Use it or lose it.” We can’t lose our salvation, but we can forget how to walk in the Word and how to be God’s representatives.
If we are mature Christians, we use God’s Word every day. We practice His Word in our everyday life. The phrase “senses trained” comes from the Greek root word forgymnasium, like a training ground. We are trained in discernment of the truth.
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Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us… – Ephesians 3:20
Life is filled with expectations. Look at our everyday lives. Some of us wake up expecting the best in our workday or family life or health or finances. Others dread the day or, at best, never expect anything to change for the better.
Childhood dreams and hopes might be crushed by comments that discourage rather than encourage. Disillusionment and disappointment can undercut positive expectations.
What are you expecting in life? There’s a good chance you’re going to get it. In other words, you often get whatever you expect out of life.
Please know that God is still able to deliver you from low expectations. And that begins when you ask Him to help you start believing for something better in your life. The Word tells us that God is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
God will meet all your needs as well as your expectations. Speak life and God will give life to your words thru His will for your life.
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Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” – Acts 3:6
As a pastor, I witness people accepting their hard circumstances with a “crippled” mindset rather than believing God for something better in life.
These people are like the lame man in Acts 3 who sat by the temple gate begging for money. His only expectation was that a passerby would take pity on him and toss a coin his way. He never expected anything better. He was crippled in his body and his mind.
That’s the mindset of those who don’t expect that things can change in their lives. We all face bad days, but we don’t have to let them turn into a bad life.
Do you know anyone like that?
Is that you?
Jesus’ disciples offered the lame man miraculous healing in both his body and his mind. You too can move forward regardless of what you face in life when you fix your hope on Jesus.
Trust Him and Believe He will come through.
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