Give God A Chance—He Won’t Let You Down.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight.”—Proverbs 3:5-6

Friday is a day of the week so many look forward to because it represents the coming of the weekend and time for relaxation. Relaxation that does not involve worrying about anything. Just taking it easy is the way to go. Oh, of course the troubles and worries of the week are still there but now is not the time to think about them, or is it?

Prayer time, bible reading and worship throughout the week will give you the peace you need to handle whatever comes your way during the week. There is no need to wait until the weekend to blow off steam. Going to God in prayer and blowing off steam, and yes it’s OK to do that with God because He already knows what you’re dealing with, is permissible.

Asking for, waiting for and receiving God’s guidance on how to live your life and handle the daily pitfalls is as close as a prayer. God understands what you’re going through and wants to help if you’ll let Him.

Before you start your weekend, pray and ask God what’s the best way to live your life and handle the challenges you face. He will be happy to answer you and will invite you to worship Him daily from then on.

Give God a chance. He won’t let you down.

Do You Think Of Yourself As A Failure?

13To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech. 14Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight and strength.—Proverbs 8:13-14

Do you think of yourself as a failure? No one likes being a failure. But there’s a reason for it. Your failures can often be a result of too much pride, which scripture clearly and repeatedly says the Lord hates (Prov. 6:16-17; Prov. 8:13; Prov. 16:5). Our pride can keep us from hearing God’s voice. And if that’s the case in your life, God knows exactly how to challenge your proud attitude—with a good dose of failure.

God still speaks to us through our failure. If it keeps us on His path to our success, isn’t the setback worth it? In the future when an unexpected failure occurs, try to be aware of your response. Don’t get upset. There’s no need to beat yourself up because you failed.

Instead, admit your errors to God and seek His insight. Ask Him, “Lord, what are You trying to tell me in this?” and our heavenly Father will guide you. We can give thanks for God’s correction, knowing it comes from His great love for us.

Discover How to Handle Those Days When Nothing Works

“I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”—Philipians 4:13

Do you have days when it seems like nothing works? Your plans go awry; your job project gets canceled; and your car wouldn’t start in the morning. What a way to start the day. Or is it?

God waits for us to enter into His presence first thing in the morning. When we’ve spent time in His word and in prayer we come away from that time with a sense of peace that we can face and deal with just about anything the enemy will throw at us.

So, when your car doesn’t start in the morning you look at God and say thank you for the time we had together and the strength you’ve given me to deal with anything the world throws at me. Surprisingly, in some instances after telling God how you feel, you think to try once more in starting your car and it does.

I’m not saying that every time you have a problem or challenge and you pray about it you will get an immediate answer like in my example above. We’ve all experienced the “waiting” on God to answer our prayer. But, it’s what you say and do and how you act while waiting that encourages others to see that God is in your corner.

The devil waits for opportunities like the above to destroy our witness. When we buy into his emotional displays he has won. But, when we meditate on God’s word and react with calmness our witness to others is praise worthy.

God is Your Guardian And Life Director

According to Psalm 91:14, “The LORD says, ‘I will rescue those who love me.  I will protect those who trust in my name.’” God is your guardian, separating you from evil.  So, why do bad things happen to us?

You and God may have different definitions for the word bad.   God not only read your story…he wrote it.  His perspective is different and his purpose is clear.  He uses struggles to toughen our spiritual skin.  James urges us to “consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides…Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way” (James 1:2,4).

Trust God’s sovereignty.  He is directing your steps and delighting in every detail of your life. Don’t you feel better knowing he is in control?

Waging War Against Our Doubts, Challenges and Other Issues

As we start a new week we will face doubts, challenges and other issues that attack our strengths and beliefs. It is only natural to respond to these situations with a human response but is that the most effective method to use? As Christians we don’t wage war as humans do. Our faith in God and His word are our weapons of choice when faced with obstacles and situations of this world. Read how Paul faced his challenges with the church at Corinth and gain strength from God’s word.

In the church at Corinth there were some who were challenging the authority of the Apostle Paul and the message he had preached to them. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 form part of his response to the challenge. In these verses he acknowledges that he is human, but he will not wage war against the challenge with mere human, worldly weapons. That is, he will not use anything that is sinful, devious, and underhanded in the war. He has something more righteous and more potent at hand.

He will wage war with God’s mighty weapons. What are God’s weapons? He does not say specifically. Given the nature of the opposition, however, one weapon is clearly intended—the Word of God. Paul regarded the Word of God as the “Sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17). Paul will wage war with the truth of the Word of God.

That the Word of God is the primary weapon Paul has in mind here is clear from the fact that the opposition consists of “strongholds of human reasoning” and “false arguments.” The challengers, in other words, were trying to undermine Paul and his message with mere human reasons and arguments, rather than with the Word of God. Understandably, the best weapon to use in such circumstances is the Word of God itself. 

Since the weapons of the challengers were not biblically based, they were keeping people, including themselves, from the true knowledge of God. Since they were not biblically based, they were “proud obstacles” to the true knowledge of God. They were formed on the basis of human willfulness and pride, rather than on the basis of a humble submission to God’s Word. 

The kind of thing that happened in Paul’s day happens now. People challenge the teachings of those committed to the Word of God with mere human reasoning and false arguments. 

Like Paul, we must be ready to take up our primary weapon against such incursions. We must be ready to wield the sword of the Spirit.