Dear Precious Friends,
I pray you are embracing this new day as the gift it is and walking in the purpose God has us here for seeking Him first. I heard Dr. David Jeremiah giving a sermon and was really thinking about this the other day... When asking people "how are you doing?"...or when we ourselves are asked this question, often times we hear or say, “I am doing pretty good under the circumstances.” Under the circumstances?
I love this reminder and needed to hear this myself.
What are we doing there? That’s no place for a Christian to be living.” But a lot of us spend our lives hanging out under our circumstances. We are smothering under the weight of very difficult things that only God can handle such as a prodigal child, a physical illness, or mounting financial debt. Now, I am not suggesting we should deny our circumstances–that would be unrealistic. There are so many challenging circumstances in our lives that are unbelievable! We need to remember as Christians in the midst of these difficult circumstances is our Lord and His promises as true. His word is true. There are over 1000 promises in the Bible that God has made to us – to all His believers . However, most of these promises are what we call Covenant Promises – a two-way contract “Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.” (Jeremiah 7:23) “Having therefore these promises… let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) Unfortunately, often we do not build our house of faith on a foundation of these promises “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matt. 7:26)
God never, ever lies – what He promises is absolute truth. “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2Corinthians 1:20)
These promises are not just for a select few but to everyone who calls on His Name “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off” (Acts 2:39)
There are two realities in our life. One reality is the challenging circumstance we are facing. We can’t deny that, but there is another reality that’s running parallel to it, and that is God is on His throne. He is in control of every circumstance that is happening in our life. And the biggest choice we have to make is, what are we going to focus on: our circumstances, or our God who is in control of our circumstances? The key to navigating bad days is to become a bifocal Christian. We do not negate or deny our circumstances, but as we deal with our circumstances we must have our focus on our God as well and we must remember our part. We must Remember the promise of Isaiah 26:3: “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.”
Here's to fixing our eyes on Him and claiming His promises over our circumstances and our lives.