Dealing with Change (1)
Think how foolish it is to pray for success, and resist the changes needed to bring it about. However, we do that, don’t we?
Let’s face it; it’s easier to settle for the status quo than to face the ‘what ifs’ that accompany progress. Some of us even think it’s selfish and unspiritual to pray for success. Not Jabez! Listen to his prayer: ‘…Oh, that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested.
Consider this list of ‘changes’ you may be resisting: leaving an unfulfilling job, starting a business, or letting go of an unprofitable one, learning to use a computer, abandoning a toxic relationship, letting go of an unaffordable home, car, or lifestyle, establishing a responsible spending plan. All these changes are normal; they’re part of daily life. However, panic sets in when the change is unexpected. That’s when we discover the difference between what we say and what we truly believe.
‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28 NKJV).
The key words in this Scripture are ‘all things’ and ‘good’ and ‘purpose’. Since you are ‘in Christ’, nothing can get to you without first coming through Him. In ‘all things’, including things you don’t like, God has a ‘purpose’, and He’s working for your ‘good’. You’ll look back and say, ‘If I hadn’t gone through that, I wouldn’t be experiencing the blessing of God I enjoy today.’
‘…Enlarge my territory…’ 1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Matthew 14:27-31; 21:21, 22; Mark 9:23; 10:27; John 11:40
Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid!
Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. He said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat & walked on the water & came to Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid, & beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand & took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Truly, I say to you, if you have faith & do not doubt, even if you say to this mountain, be taken up & thrown into the sea, it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith! If you can! All things are possible for one who believes. For all things are possible with god!
Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of god!
Do not fear your storms! Only believe in him & he will guide you through the storm! He has promised you so much! Believe & you will see!