Friday, March 4, 2011

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

During these times of economic stress we may be tempted to just throw in the towel and float along with the tide of total defeat.
Our response to stress is a key in whether we see the glass half empty or half full. Remember what the Lord’s word says in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4?
‘For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’
The full armor of God is the Christian’s weapons. The helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet ready with the gospel of peace. Take the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Be alert and always keep on praying for the saints. [Ephesians 6 spells it out] The first place the devil tries to hit us is our mind. Yet, when we remember who we are…we can dodge this attack. Fear, anxiety, wild imaginations and confusion can control us if we turn our minds over to Christ by walking in His ways, praying and listening to the one who is our Savior.
We are going through some trials now that have the power to make us stronger and better, or faithless and bitter. The choice is in how you wish to see things.
The world is a challenging place to be, and yet it was never God’s plan to take His children out of this world. Rather, He wants the church to be a light in a dark place. How hard that is when we are faced with physical, financial and emotional strife. Our eyes see the natural as we grow weary from the fight. The injustice of the world is seen at the gas pumps, in the job force, and we listen to it on the daily news. The world’s view is pumped to us each day.
Yet if we remember that we can never get approval from any other source than God, we will not be surprised when injustice comes our way. Our hope is in God alone. The bank account can dry up in a day. Those we count on can turn on us. Our emotions can go from a pumped up state to a downward slide in a moment.
Our prayers need to be for God to illuminate the glass half full. Philippians 4:8 tells us what to do.
‘Finally , brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praise-worthy-think about such things.’
The devil magnifies the negative and tries to eliminate the positive. The most positive aspect of our life is the constant love and approval we have from our Lord Jesus as we walk in His way. We have a counselor as we seek the answers we need. Our prayers must go up to Him and our ears are open. This is a time to praise Him as Philippians 4:8 says.
Don’t let the trials make us bitter, but allow God to make us better as we are strengthened through the trials. Then as we look at the glass before us, we will be amazed to receive its fullness.

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