A good friend and mentor in my life used to make this statement when he would minister, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” That is so very true. In life, you should always be learning and always be growing. After all, if growth stops you will find that decay will set in to your life. It’s vital in our walk with the Lord that we are growing!
Jesus told us to seek the Kingdom.
Matthew 6:33 (New Living Translation) “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
The Amplified Bible reads, “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”
We should desire strength in our lives. The Lord is our strength in all things. We always grow stronger as we are seeking after the Lord. Even in our struggles, in the hard and dark places, we always will find peace, joy, and victory as we seek Him.
Isaiah 26:9 ”With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”
We need to remember what Proverbs 10:24 says, in the Amplified Bible (AMP) "The thing a wicked man fears shall come upon him, but the desire of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be granted."
What you dwell on can be a powerful force in your life, in your thoughts and in the words you speak. It can drive your emotions and push your flesh to react in bad and totally wrong ways.
The other day the Lord reminded me of an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. When ole Barney would get all worked up and flustered with Andy, he would say things like, "Nip it! Nip it in the bud!" Or, "Tick a lock Ange! Tick! Tick a lock!" Our attitude always will determine our altitude, spiritually and naturally.
James 1:4 says, "But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
Sometimes our flesh can be uncomfortable, but you’d better "Nip it!" and you’d better, "Tick a lock!" Don't you allow the work of patience that is being worked in you, to be undone by circumstances and outside influences. The enemy wants you to complain and say the wrong things. But YOU need to speak the Word to the mountain. YOU need to speak the Word to the circumstance. And in PRAYER, speak the Word regarding any thing and everything and not what you think is happening. Let the Lord do the work. You relax in Him! Flesh is deceiving. The Lord wants you perfect and complete, lacking nothing. There are things going on that you cannot see. Don't tear it down. You can't get across the river by kicking the rocks that you are suppose to use to get to the other side.
One of our missionaries wrote, “Remember, if the going is real easy, we need to beware that we may be headed down hill. There's always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice ain't happy there.”
There are times in which I find myself “between a rock and hard place.” When I do, I remind myself of three simple things that really reset my compass. Make a note of them and allow them to speak to you and reset your compass. I call these points:
The Three Things I Have Learned In Life So Far
1. This is the day the Lord has made – make the most of it.
The Bible says, in Psalm 118:24 ”This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
It’s HIS DAY! He told you to rejoice and be glad! He didn’t say to be a whiner or a complainer. He said it’s HIS DAY, you rejoice and be glad!
In Psalm 34:8 it says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!”
You’ll always be better off reminding yourself of His goodness and His promises rather than your trouble.
2. God is smarter than I am.
Stop and think here. There are over 7 billion people on the earth and only one with my fingerprint. God made you special and unique. Get it in your head that He’s watching over you. Jesus said in Luke 12:7, “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
He’s got it together. His blood was shed. You are the redeemed. He has whatever you think is so huge and overwhelming, under control. Jesus told us in Matthew 6:25-31, “25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “
3. Jesus has whooped the devil.
The real fight is in your mind and heart. It’s the flesh versus the spirit. Colossians 2:15 says that Jesus, “…spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Ephesians 1:19-23 tells us about Jesus, “19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Jesus whooped the devil. Whooped him! Won the victory! He put the enemy under His feet and Jesus gave that victory to you! He made you MORE than a conqueror. He could have just made you a conqueror. That’s pretty good. But the Bible says in Romans 8:37 that He made you MORE THAN a conqueror.
Always remember that you have the will of God before you all the time. His Word is His will. Believe it and speak it. When things come in on your thought life, remember to do what 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Prayer: Father, I choose to believe YOU. I choose to believe YOUR WORD. I cast down the wrong thoughts and imaginations that try to pull me down and cause me to whine and complain. I choose to believe and speak good things. I choose to walk in the victory that YOU bought, paid for, and won for me. Amen!