Do You Ever Doubt God’s Goodness Toward You?

Have you ever had any reason to doubt God’s goodness? Would you agree that His loving kindness has been marvelous? Has He at any time failed to justify your trust? Your answer should be a resounding, no! I think it safe to say your God has never left you at any time.

You may have had some dark nights, but the star of love has shone forth amid the blackness; you may have been in stern conflicts, but over your head He has held the shield of your defense. You may have gone through many trials, but never to your detriment, always to your advantage.

The conclusion from your past experience is, that he who has been with you in your troubles, will not forsake you when you experience more. What you have known of your faithful God, proves that he will protect you and keep you to the end.

Let us not, then, reason contrary to the evidence. Let us not be ungenerous as to doubting our God. Let the Lord, throw down the enemy of your unbelief, and let the dogs devour it.

How To Be Calm In All Situations Through Christ Our Defender

He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.—Proverbs 14:29

There are verses from the book of Proverbs that emphasize the value of being slow to anger. This is especially important when facing a verbal attack. Quiet listening, however difficult, protects us from speaking rashly and offers the opportunity to ask God for help in responding as Christ would.

A calm, gentle reply can defuse a tense situation, but without taking time to process what was said, few of us will be able to answer wisely. When we are slow to anger, we can gain understanding of the situation and the hidden motives that a hot-tempered person can’t objectively comprehend. The Holy Spirit will provide insight on how to answer in a tense situation.

A calm, gentle type response is unnatural, but that shouldn’t surprise us since the One who modeled it is supernatural. Our priorities need to change if we’re to emulate Jesus. Love and understanding must supersede the need to defend ourselves, and preserving the relationship must replace safeguarding our rights. So be calm in all situations, and let Christ be your defender and protector.

We Must Confess Unrighteous Anger As Sin

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.—Romans 12:17-18; 21

We must confess unrighteous anger as sin and then begin to deal with it immediately. Anger is often a response to hurt and care must be taken not to excuse or defend it in the name of justice. Even when someone has sinned against you, it’s important to realize that holding onto anger in response is also a sin. Scripture tells us to overcome evil with good, not to repay it.

Some people want to hang on to ill feelings, but nursing a resentful attitude isn’t sustainable; anger must be put aside. If we retain our “right” to hold grudges, we can’t expect to live in the new nature Christ has created for us.

The place where we will find strength is in our new Christlike personality. Our responsibility is to put it on. He invites us to cooperate with Him in the process of transformation. With each step of obedience, the peace of Christ will increase and anger will diminish.

What Does The Holy Spirit Do?

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.—John 16:13

If someone asked what the Holy Spirit does, how would you answer? Some Christians may not be aware of what He is accomplishing in their life, but the Spirit’s work isn’t a total mystery—Scripture tells us what the role of our divine Helper is.

He convicts us of sin (John 16:8). This is the first step in awakening us to our need for salvation. But even afterwards, the Spirit continues revealing sin in our life so we can immediately confess and receive forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

He guides us into all truth (John 16:13-14). The Holy Spirit teaches about Jesus Christ and God’s Word, and He helps us discern the difference between truth and error.

He fills us (Eph. 5:18). To be filled with the Spirit means that He is directing our path, much like a ship that is driven along by the wind filling its sails. This requires that we surrender our life to Him, acknowledging that He owns us and has the right to lead.

He bears fruit through us (Gal. 5:22-23). The Spirit produces qualities we could never consistently display on our own: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Although the Holy Spirit indwells and seals us immediately upon salvation, His work within each believer takes a lifetime. He is our constant Helper, who transforms us into Christ’s image and equips us for our daily challenges so we don’t have to struggle through life in our own strength. In all of our difficulties, conflicts, and heartaches, He guides our way, guards our hearts, and gives us His wisdom.

Trust. Wait. Speak. Delight.

Psalm 119:41-48

These words describe my relationship with the Lord and my daily walk with Him.

I will trust Him with my life and my days. I will wait upon the Lord and as it says in Isaiah 40:31, “Those that wait upon the Lord will gain new strength……”.

I will speak of your goodness and truth before men and kings and shall not be ashamed. Let’s live our lives as an example to others that Christ Jesus is King and Lord of our lives. Let us delight and speak of His unending love and mercies without fear or prejudice.

God is good all the time. I prayed to Him last night and asked that He would help me wake up at 6:00 AM. I woke up at 5:58 today. Praise the Lord for His everlasting kindness. His love and mercy endures forever.

Thank you Lord for leading me with your Holy Spirit. He is a faithful guide and mentor in my walk with you.

Verse 47: “I shall delight in your commandments which I love.”

Verse 48: “And I shall lift up my hands to your commandments which I love. And I will will meditate on your statutes.”

Father, your word is a lamp unto my feet. Lead me in this world of darkness that I may not stumble but instead give you all the glory and honor.—Amen

Give Someone A Very Rare Gift—It’s Something We All Need

Every person needs to hear a “wonderful.” Here is why. Companies spend billions of dollars to convince us that we are chubby, smelly, ugly and out-of-date. Inadequacy indwells a billion hearts.

Would you distribute encouragement? Will you make some happiness happen? Will you remind humanity that we are made in God’s image? That we are chosen, destined, and loved?

Start by listening intently. Ask someone to tell you his, or her, story. Give the rarest of gifts— your full attention.

Praise abundantly. Biblical encouragement is no casual, kind word but rather a premeditated resolve to lift the spirit of another person. Everyone needs a cheerleader.

Give the gift that God loves to give—the gift of encouragement. This is how happiness happens.

Are You Trying To Direct Your Own Life?

being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have full endurance and patience, and…—Colossians 1:11

God gave us the free will to choose His plan or step away from it. When life does not follow our desired path, we can try to make things happen in our own power. Though this option is tempting at uncomfortable times, it often leads to disappointment and difficulty, and we end up missing God’s best.

Scripture contains rich promises that we can claim throughout life—and God always keeps His Word. As His followers, we are to believe with faith, anticipate with hope, and wait quietly with patience (Rom. 12:12). In the meantime, we listen and obey.

Embrace whatever season God has you in right now. If it’s a time of waiting, choose patience, trusting that His plan for you is beautiful. Walking in His will requires us to remain sensitive to His voice. When we readily listen to our loving Father, He protects us from making mistakes.