Many times when a problem comes our way we tend to focus on the negative
aspects of the problem and we do not look ahead of that situation to see
what good may come from it. We are to always remember God's Word and know
that we are called to be a victorious people and are promised to triumph if
we faint not. The Lord Jesus knows that problems would come our way and He
reassured us to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world for us.
We are to have a favored attitude that if God be for us, who can be against
us? If problems have been keeping your focus, I encourage you to look
beyond your negative situation and see with your spiritual eyes the good
that is promised to come. (Romans 8:28) (John 16:33) (Romans 8:31-32)
I hope you are encouraged by today's message to not focus on the negative
that may come before you, but rather look ahead to see what good will come
that will overshadow the problems that were once in your path.
Years ago I worked on some writing projects with a wise old psychiatrist
named Smiley Blanton. One day I was complaining bitterly about an important
book assignment that had fallen through. "Well, I can't solve that problem
for you," Smiley said. "But I can give you a little homemade antidote for
disappointment that you might find helpful."
He went on to say that as a small boy growing up in Tennessee he had a
favorite aunt he went to whenever he needed solace. Almost always Aunt
Eliza's response began with just 2 words: 'Yes, but...' She had a wonderful
way of making me look past the unpleasant moment to some compensation that
might be arranged. 'Yes,' she'd say, 'our picnic has been rained out. But
this afternoon we can go to the movies.' I always sought out Aunt Eliza
when I was feeling depressed and always came away feeling happy.
"That 'yes, but' phrase is a powerful attitude-changer." Smiley said. "Yes,
the loss of your book assignment is painful. But there will be others, some
of them more rewarding, perhaps, than the one you've lost. You'll be a lot
better off if you shift your focus from past disappointments to future
He was right; life presents all of us with endless "yes, but" scenarios.
And today when I use the "yes, but" therapy on myself I give thanks to
Smiley's Aunt Eliza. Yes, she's gone now...but her philosophy remains a
Be encouraged to not focus on the bad that comes before you, but rather
look ahead and know that good will come and it will greatly outweigh the
negative situations that were in your path. The Bible declares in Psalm
46:1-3 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the
mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof
roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling
thereof." We are to remain steadfast in our faith no matter what bad may
come and focus on the Great I Am who is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think. Remain Joyful and rest in His peace
knowing that God is on our side and will work all things for our good.
(1 Peter 5:8-11) (Jeremiah 32:17-19) (Ephesians 3:20-21) (Philippians 4:6-7)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Habakkuk 3:17-19 "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall
fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields
shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there
shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy
in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and He will make
my feet like hinds' feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places..."
Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."
Hebrews 13:5-6 "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be
content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WHAT IF?
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Today's Selected Testimony: HE WILL WORK IT OUT
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry