Love you all, praying for you!
God showed me something recently. What day is it? A day of trouble, or a day of no trouble? What’s the Home Run for the day of trouble? Psalm 86:7 – In the day of my trouble, I will call to you, for you will answer me. Are you facing trouble right now? You need to say to yourself, “I will call to you, for you will answer me.” Promise yourself, Encourage yourself, Commit yourself. And then do it. When you face trouble, the first human reaction is to fret or fear, to complain, to try and find someone to worry with, and put that fear on them… or to try to figure out how to escape, make a plan for self-preservation, or to avoid the discomfort or pain. But God reveals through David, what to do in the day of trouble. I will call to you, for you will answer me - saying what you will do, and what God will do. What else does God tell you to do in the day of trouble. Praise - Psalms 34:1 - I will bless the LORD at all times, His Praise will continually be in my mouth. It’s funny – when you dedicate yourself completely – with your whole heart, might, mind and strength - to Praise – the trouble fades. It’s blocked out. You get lost in His presence, His power, His goodness. The trouble may remain, but you become unaffected by it, it’s unnoticeable. You call, He will answer, the trouble will soon pass, but in the day of trouble - Call, and Praise. What else? Be thankful! I Thessalonians 5:18 - In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus, concerning you. Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for you? This is it. Give Thanks. No matter what you are facing, no matter what attack you are under, or what you are going through. The list of things to be thankful to God for – is endless, literally. Remember what He did for others – but also for you! He’s never failed you! Give thanks. He’s even doing things right now! Whatever you face – it could be much, much worse. Don’t look at what you don’t have, look at what you have – and Give Thanks. Finally – Count it all joy. James 1:2 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. What’s the test about? Your response to troubles faced. So Respond well. #1 Call on Him! #2 Praise Him! #3 Give Thanks! #4 Count it all Joy! Four things - that’s the home run for the day of trouble. That’s how you pass tests! It’s also how you build perseverance, become mature, and receive everything last thing God has for you!
But what if I’m not facing trouble? Actually right now, things are pretty good… The economy is booming, the stock market's up, I have a job, what if there are no real troubles facing you? What do you do now? In the day of trouble, I will call to you, for you will answer me. When you call to Him in the day of trouble – He brings deliverance and salvation. He comes to your rescue. But in the days of no trouble – when other than the little irritations and inconveniences of life, you are facing no real grave threats or dangers, no dark clouds on the horizon. It’s because God is protecting you, covering you and hiding you from evil, from the enemy who wants to destroy you. The devil can’t find you, you’re hidden in Christ. You may not be in the day of trouble right now. This is the day of His favor, His provision, His abundance – seedtime and harvest. So what do you do then? Jeremiah 33:3 – Call unto me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not. (Incomprensible things that you don’t know yet – amazing things that I got for you! – if you call unto me.) If you ever need to say, "In the day of trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me." Than in the day of no trouble – you really need to say. "In the day of your goodness and blessing I will call to you – for you will answer me and show me unsearchable things that I don’t know." If you ever need to call on Him - it’s now. In the day of no trouble – when I call to you, you answer me - with revelation and instruction, with preparation, with wisdom, which strengthens me and only increases my love and my faith, my thanksgiving, my gratitude and appreciation. When you are facing no trouble – it’s time to be fully about your Father’s business. #1 Call on Him, #2 Praise Him, #3 Give Thanks, #4 Count it all Joy! Wow, the same Home Run for the Day of Trouble, is the same Home Run for the day of no trouble. God, I need you more today, than I need you in the day of my trouble. I need you to lead me and guide me and help me keep my eyes on you! Ecclesiastes 7:14 – In the day of prosperity be joyful, (count it all joy) and in the day of adversity consider. God made the one as well as the other. I found that for myself, I’ve always had the habit of being thankful, but God convicted me of thanksgiving with the wrong attitude. I was thankful but fearful, I was thankful in fear. Almost as if - what if the shoe drops… this can’t continue… things are going too well. Who said that? God always gets bigger, not smaller, His faithfulness increases, not decreases. 2 Corinthians 3:18 - So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are being changed into his glorious image.” God told me to no longer be thankful in fear, but be thankful in hope. Who said good times will never last? When we live in Christ and live as Christ – He makes us more and more like him, from glory to glory. Outside circumstances don’t affect that – so it doesn’t matter what happens. He’s faithful! He will answer! He will deliver me!
Praying for you – that no matter what time it is, you will hit home runs. Whether you are facing trouble, or facing no trouble - that you would do no matter what day it is - what God’s Word says to do. #1 Call on Him, #2 Praise Him, #3 Give Thanks, #4 Count it all Joy! Prism Topic - Joy, or the PRISM Topic - Praise - or the Relationship Topic - Thankful 100 - may be a good start. Call on Him, God will save you! He will show you things! If you Praise Him, He will come and live in it. When you give thanks – it is pleasing in His sight. Praying that you will always be thankful in hope! And when you count it all joy – He can mature you, make you look like Him, and give you completely every Good Thing that He has stored up for you.
Love you all,
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