“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward
Joshua 1:9 tells us, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Our God is Omnipresent, which means God is everywhere at the same time. God is all around us, there is no experience, no situation that has happened in your life that God doesn’t know about.
Now, if your living right that can be a wonderful thought…if you’re not living right…well…I’ll let you soak on that…smile.
In regard to things that hinder us brought on by fear and the unknown, what we must understand the fact that if God is always present in our lives, what do we have to fear? What is unknown to us is known to God.
Let me say this, if I were going on a journey to a place that is foreign to me. I’d rather have someone accompany me that has not only been there before but that is an expert guide and knowledgeable in the places to go and things to do. God knows the landscape…He knows where every valley and hill is located…He knows where the enemy has laid traps…He knows it all because Hes in the future and Hes in the present.
So, we can live a life of optimism, knowing that what lies ahead of us is greater than what lies behind us. How? Because we are a blessed people! Luke 11:28 says, “But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
1 Peter 1:13 tells us, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” This means to keep your eyes on God family. We must read the Word….Speak the Word…Pray the Word…and live by the Word! Revelation comes through Gods Word. Many of us are saying we are waiting to hear from God regarding situations we are walking through but what are you doing in your waiting? God speaks through His Word…so if you never read His Word, how will you get the answer? If you don’t pray Gods word, how do you know that you’re not just mumbling words? Is God hearing your prayer? He only responds to His Word so if you are not praying His will according to scripture then you already have the answer to why you’re not hearing from God!
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
2 Peter 1:20-21 tells us, “Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
John 16:13 tells us, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
Let’s get this family, God desires to perform His awesome will in each of us. We are all destined for greatness. We are all seeds of Abraham, so the promises are ours on this side. Don’t live any kind of way anticipating the better life in the sweet by and by. No, God wants to bless you with the overflow in the here and now. Ambassadors don’t live in lack…they are royalty. They have everything they need and then some…they don’t operate in low self-esteem and doubt because they know who they are and whose family they are part of. They know the weight they carry because they are part of the royal cabinet.
Who are you? To whom do you belong? This is the season for you to readjust your sails.
Meditation verse – Romans 6:1-23
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves,you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.