In life we always have a choice. We can look at the problems before us and complain about the situation or we can choose to see the good that will come after we have solved or overcame the problem. What many of us seem to forget is that it is within our control on how we react to anything that comes our way. Charles Swindoll famously said “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” We can't control the storms of life, but we can control how we react to them. We can believe God's Word and trust that all things will work together for our good. We can stand strong in our faith and have the deep and assured knowing that even though we may stumble and fall, we will rise again and stand taller than we did before. God is good, He is faithful to those who wholeheartedly trust in Him. He has not and will never fail those who depend on His provision and sustenance. Our job is to see past our current status and look forward to our future to come because it is brighter and more beautiful than we can ever think or imagine right now. (Romans 8:28) (Isaiah 26:3-4)
The next time you face a difficult time, remember that you have control to your reaction. You can keep calm, hold on to your peace and allow the Lord to comfort you even in the midst of your tribulation. We don't have to murmur and complain, we don't have to shout at the darkness, but we can have a countenance of peace knowing that God is in control of all things and if He has brought us to it, He can also bring us through it. Don't allow the enemy to tempt you to murmur and complain against the Lord. Have a vision of victory and use your 90% to stay positive, to stay encouraged, to stay in peace, and most importantly you should know and keep in mind that God will never leave you nor forsake you. He is more faithful to us than we can ever be to Him. Let us remember God's faithfulness and have an attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving no matter what may come our way. (Ephesians 4:26-31) (1 Peter 5:6-11) (Hebrews 13:5-6)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to never allow yourself to have a pity party or find things to murmur and complain about, but rather use that energy to Praise God and trust Him that no matter what may come your way, victory is promised if you simply believe and stay in faith.
It's a great temptation to volunteer as being a victim. Do you know that we sign up for that job?
A man who dined regularly in his favorite restaurant complained about the bread. It wasn't fair, he emphasized, that other restaurants served lots of bread. But here he gets only one piece.
So the next time he came in, they served him four pieces. He still complained it wasn't enough.
On his next visit his server brought him a dozen pieces of bread. The man still complained.
For his next visit they put a large basket of bread on the table. But still he complained. “The other restaurants give all the bread you can eat.”
They decided to be ready for him the next day. They had an enormous loaf of bread prepared. It was six feet long and two feet wide. Four people carried the loaf to his table. They plopped it down in front of him. It took up half the table and hung over both sides. The chef stood back, pleased with himself, to see how the customer would react.
He looked over the loaf and commented, “So, we're back to one piece again, are we?”
Like this man, we volunteer to be victims, but in more subtle ways. We believe life is unfair, people are untrustworthy and we are getting a bad shake. We think everyone should know just how terrible things are and we feel obliged to tell them.
The problem is, life sometimes is unfair and we can be victimized. But the greater truth is, people can decide whether they are victims or are victors. They can feel helpless and miserable, or they can try to feel strong. Happy people have learned that they cannot always control their circumstances, but they can often control how they will respond.
Lewis Dunning said, “What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.”
You were born to be a victor! You were meant to be happy! Will you claim your birthright today?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 37:7-9 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”
Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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