God’s Principles – Part Three – Financial Health

The Word of God is full of advice on how to live a healthy life mentally, emotionally, financially, physically and spiritually (3 John 1:2). If we ferret them out of the chapters and verses, we find amazing truth by which to live our life (Proverbs 4:22).

 

When our thoughts, words and deeds please the Lord, even our enemies are at peace with us (Proverbs 16:7). He daily increases our blessings, and this even includes our children (Psalm 37:25, 115:14). We lack nothing that we truly need (Psalm 34:10; Deuteronomy 28:6; Philippians 4:19).

 

God actually gives the ability and wisdom to produce wealth to those who covenant with Him (Deuteronomy 8:18; Psalm 24:1). He yokes up with us to carry our burdens each moment of the day, because He is the only God who truly saves (Psalm 68:19).

 

God’s blessings bring us wealth, without the painful toil that so many must endure (Proverbs 10:22). When we humble our self enough to respect, honor, obey and consult the Lord throughout the day, we reap riches and honor (Proverbs 22:4).

 

The secret to financial success in life is to seek God’s Kingdom before our own desires, and He will give us everything we need (Matthew 6:33-34). When our ways please the Lord, He also gives us wisdom, knowledge and happiness (Ecclesiastes 2:26).

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for Your abundant prosperity for Your children. You bless the fruit of our labors, and our physical and financial needs. You open for us the windows of Heaven and the storehouse of Your bounty. You send rain to water our gardens, and You bless all the work of our hands (Deuteronomy 28:11-13).

 

As we pay attention to and obey Your precepts, we will always find fulfillment, peace, joy and richness in our life. Remind us to tithe a tenth of our income; because if we do not, we are guilty of robbing You. However, when we are faithful tithers, You open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out Your abundance of blessings on us, so that we have enough to share with those in need (Malachi 3:10).

 

Thought for the Day:

Financial responsibility and honoring the Lord with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength will result in His bountiful provision in our life, His protection over our resources, and His abundance in all of our endeavors.

– Malachi 3:11-12; Deuteronomy 29:9

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Victorious through the Storms of Life

Life is unpredictable, disturbing, threatening, and even devastating at times. We have our ups and downs, and every time the mood changes, we stress out, feel shame over our past, and fear for our future.

 

If we take an inventory of every trial we ever experienced, God used most of them to work out our sanctification in some way. He also used some of them to position us into the right place at the right time to prepare us to effectively minister for His Kingdom, as well as to continually bless us by His divine appointments.

 

In nature, a storm often brings a cool front to refresh us, much needed rain to help us to grow, and wind to blow away the dead leaves and cobwebs that were preventing or limiting our growth. Our Father God knows best what we need and how to provide it for us.

 

He may turn us upside down, strip us from every relationship and treasure that we collected along our path, and then put us on an entirely different route. We often resent these changes, cry out to Him in anguish and devastation, and question His love for us.

 

The truth is that these peripheral provisions from our past are currently keeping us from moving forward in our personal intimacy with Christ in us (Colossians 1:27). We spend so much time absorbed in these earthly people and possessions that we are too busy to praise and consult the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

When tragedy strikes, we realize that God is in control of every facet of our life. As we put our trust only in Him, we soon discover His perfect plans for us. We grieve the loss of what was important to us, and we cling to the eternal spiritual blessings we receive from this new direction in life.

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for designing our Christian walk to include comfort in trials, wisdom for decisions, transformation for our character, and meaning in our purpose in life. We choose to pray about every decision from what to wear to what to eat and drink (1 Corinthians 10:31). In the darkness of the moment we cling to Your presence within us, and we trust that You are working out everything for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28).

 

Your multi-dimensional love for us shelters us with Your wings and surrounds us with Your peace and joy regardless of our circumstances (Romans 8:35-39). We face our shame with Your forgiveness and our fears with Your confidence. The faith of Your Son fills us completely with courage and direction through every storm we encounter in our lifetime (Galatians 2:20).

 

Thought for the Day:

We often create our storms because of our own insecurity, emotional handicaps, negative thoughts, unwise words, obsessive relationships, and immoral deeds and greeds; however, walking in the Spirit, in the very center of God’s will for us, protects us from these self-imposed trials.

– Galatians 5:15-25; Romans 8:28

 

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Our Authority in Christ

Jesus gave His disciples, and us as His co-heirs, the authority to make disciples. We work in His place as His Ambassadors to further His Kingdom in the earth, imploring people on Christ’s behalf to allow His Spirit to reconcile them to God (2 Corinthians 5:20; John 14:12).

 

With His authority given to each of us, there is no need to feel apprehensive about stepping out and sharing with people as God’s Spirit leads us. When I see someone in a store more than once, I know that God wants me to tell them that He loves them and has a perfect plan for their life.

 

Every checkout person gets greeted by name (I look at their name tag), asked if they are having a good day, and given a promise to pray for God’s blessings on the rest of their time at work. We are not responsible for the results, simply the witness.

 

If people I greet live in my area, I tell them we would love for them to visit our church and check us out. Often, I also give them a Bible tract or our business card and tell them I’m always available if they ever need a friend with whom they can chat.

 

We do all of this with no fear, by the direction of God’s Spirit, because He already gave us His authority to do so. Acts 16 provides us with a bird’s eye view of many of Paul’s ministry opportunities, trials, and victories in that season of His life.

 

Paul certainly made the most of his authority in Christ (Acts 16:18). We enjoy this same redemption, resurrection and confidence in Christ that Paul exemplified. In Jesus’ name we can do everything that He calls us to do (Philippians 4:13-17).

 

We are seated with Jesus, even now, in Heavenly Places (Colossians 3:1). We are no longer limited to the confines of this world. We focus on the fruit of God’s Spirit until they replace our earthly tendencies (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

We do not allow our culture to force us into its pattern; but we emulate Christ in us as He works through us. We also cooperate with God’s Spirit as He renews our mind, transforms our emotional responses and behavior, and gives us the nature of Christ to replace or carnal one (Romans 12:2; 2 Peter 1:4).

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for giving us Your authority, as well as Your boldness not to allow this world to press us into its mold. We devour Your Word, and set our affections on things above, not on things of this earth (Colossians 3:2-17). We no longer have two masters (Matthew 6:24), because we have learned to despise this world and to love You, Your precepts and Your will for our life.

 

We focus on Your presence in our life right now, as well as our future with You in eternity (Colossians 3:3-4). Our deepest and most motivating expectation is a life filled with all of Your fullness (Ephesians 3:16-19, Amplified Bible). We focus on Your will for us, to the exclusion of our own plans, goals and dreams. We prefer Your perfect plans over anything we can work for or even wildly imagine (1 Corinthians 2:9).

 

Thought for the Day:

Our citizenship is really in heaven, not on this earth, and we enjoy the presence of God’s Trinity within us, make use of the fact that everything and everyone on this earth is under God’s control, and eagerly anticipate Christ coming for His Bride when we receive our glorified body so that our Salvation will be complete in spirit, soul and body.

– Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:23

 

The Link between Discord and Serenity

What is your pet peeve? What drives you absolutely crazy? What causes you more frustration and resentment than anything else in your life? What causes you to want to walk out of the room or go for a very long drive?

 

The answer to these questions may be a clue to explain why you no longer feel the same intensity of joy and contentment with your life now, compared to what you used to feel.

 

Maybe there are household chores that no one ever does but you; the reason may be that they never think about them. You could have a job jar or a chore list, so that everyone could pick a chore each day.

 

There could be a ministry that you thought you were involved in with a team, but it turns out that one member of the team ran with his/her own ideas and made decisions without consulting the rest of the team. Have the whole team kindly discuss this with him/her.

 

Possibly your mate takes you for granted and your date nights and romantic trysts occur farther and farther apart. Using a calendar and reserving a time each week for one another will go a long way in improving this record. Emergencies may arise occasionally; but otherwise, you can look forward to this time together.

 

Your mate may spend more than your budget allows, and it is hard to balance the checkbook, or pay off the credit card debt every month. If heart-felt talks and counseling does not remedy the situation, an envelope with cash will limit his/her spending, while keeping you from paying overdrafts on the bank account.

 

A lack of reliability can make you feel like you cannot trust your mate, friend, associate, etc.; when a person neglects to read your blog, texts, emails and answer your calls, or when they break promises and give you no say in choices they make that affect you too, etc. this makes you feel slighted and unimportant to them.

 

Or maybe your mate is flirting with the opposite sex, which causes insecurity and jealousy to invade your peace; a lack of consideration and appreciation may drive a wedge between any two people.

 

Working together to find a third alternative that both people feel good about will solve many of these issues. Do not demand your own way, but discuss the issues and brainstorm solutions until you both agree on one of them.

 

Prayer:

Father God, help us to kindly admit to each other when something bothers us. Remind us not to criticize or accuse, but to choose a time when we are both available to chat about any negative issues that arise between us. Help us to see that we may not be able to find an alternate solution to the problem, but talking about it often diffuses the negative emotions in the situation.

 

When we choose to understand one another’s viewpoint, and we see where we are both coming from, peace is often restored to the relationship; especially when You remind us that we are human too, and are often frustrating and annoying as well. Point out to us the good in each of us, so that we can focus on our blessings and learn to be content.

 

Thought for the Day:

Loving someone is always a choice, and our contentment level is what we make it; when we view life from a heavenly perspective, the little annoyances that attempt to spoil our relationships cannot compare to the blessing and wisdom, which God gives us every single day. – Song of Solomon 2:15; Psalm 23:1-4

 

 

The Healing Presence of God

When we pray, we often look for earthquakes, fire from heaven, a great rushing wind, miraculous answers; however, God often comes in the sound of “gentle stillness” – in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:9-12).

 

We meet God in the quiet rest of His presence (Hebrews 4:10) – allowing His peace to bathe our soul and to heal the sources of our negative emotions. Listening to His directives for each moment of our day, we live and walk in His Spirit and His will – the happiest place on earth (Acts 17:28).

 

Connecting with patient, uncondemning people who pay attention to us is very healing. They are not absorbed in their self, their own problems, and their schedule. We can bond with one another as we chat or sit quietly in companionable silence.

 

We learn from God’s Spirit, and from physically and psychologically safe people, to accept our self, to have patience with our flaws, and to find direction for our difficulties. This helps us to recover from the negative tapes in our mind of past labeling, criticism and degrading remarks.

 

In addition to externally safe environments, we also need an internally safe atmosphere. A place where we refuse to condemn our self, call our self names, or belittle our best efforts to follow God in our life.

 

Instead, we encourage and have compassion on our self. We accept our self for who we are in Christ. Paying attention to and meeting the needs of our body, soul and spirit are paramount pre-qualifications to our positive quality of life.

 

By the healing power of God within us, through Christ and by His Spirit, we stop judging our self, second-guessing our motives, or criticizing and devaluing everything we think, say and do each moment of the day.

 

Intimacy with God, basking in His attention, and listening to His words of comfort and direction all during the day, keep us joyful even in negative circumstances. As we wait on Him, He manifests to us His presence within us.

 

Prayer:

Father God, please keep us grounded and centered on Christ in us, and on who You are in our life; so that we keep Your peace in us through every trial and stressful situation. Help us to find our healing under the shadow of Your wings (Malachi 4:2). Teach us to walk in Your ways and to give You the glory for everything that You accomplish in us and through us during our life on this earth.

 

Thank You for helping us to live free of Satan’s lies within our soul, and for teaching our internal voices to lift us up, have compassion and empathy for our self as well as others, to accept our self just the way we are, and to watch as Your Spirit transforms us into the likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). We look to You to heal us and to bring us into a more intimate relationship with You day by day.

 

Thought for the Day:

In order to heal, we think Godly thoughts about our self. Below is a list of who we are in Christ, developed over the years from various authors I have read:

 

WHO AM I IN JESUS CHRIST AS A CHILD OF GOD:

  • I am loved (1 John 4:10)
  • I am capable; I am enough (Philippians 4:13)
  • I have been sanctified and called to holiness (1 Corinthians 1:2)
  • I have been given grace in Christ Jesus (1Corinthians 1:4)
  • I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ’s life (Galatians 2:20)
  • I am a son of God and one with Christ (Galatians 3:26, 28)
  • I am an heir of God, and co-heir with Jess since I am a Born Again child of God (Galatians 4:6,7)
  • I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13)
  • I have been redeemed and forgiven, and I am a recipient of His lavish grace (Romans 6:1-5)
  • I have been made alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
  • I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6)
  • I am God’s workmanship…His handiwork…given a new life in Christ to do His work (Ephesians 2:10)
  • I am a Saint of God (Ephesians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2)
  • I have been placed into Christ, by God (1 Corinthians 1:30)
  • I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might comprehend the extent of what He freely gave to me (1 Corinthians 2:12)
  • I have already been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)
  • I am God’s temple…His dwelling place not made by humans. His Spirit and His life dwell in me (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)
  • I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17)
  • I am bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19,20; 7:23)
  • I am called (1 Corinthians 7:17)
  • I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30)
  • I am victorious through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57)
  • I have been established, anointed and sealed by God in Christ, and I have been given to the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing my inheritance to come (2 Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:13, 14)
  • I am blameless and free from accusation (Colossians 1:22)
  • Christ Himself is in me (Colossians 1:27)
  • I am firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built up in Him (Colossians 2:7)
  • I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)
  • My old unregenerate nature has been removed (Colossians 2:11)
  • I have been buried, raised, and made alive with Christ (Colossians 2:12,13)
  • I died with Christ and I have been raised up with Christ. My life is now hidden With Christ in God. Christ is now my life. (Colossians 1:1-4)
  • I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life (Colossians 3:4)
  • I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4)
  • I am a child of light and not of darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
  • I have been rescued from the domain of Satan’s rule and transferred to the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13)
  • I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. The debt against me has been cancelled (Colossians 1:14)
  • I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • I have been saved and set apart by God (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5)
  • I am an enemy of the devil (1 Peter 2:11)
  • I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I am a partaker of God’s divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)
  • I am forgiven on the account of Jesus’ name (1 John 2:12)
  • I am anointed by God (1 John 2:27)
  • I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns (1 John 3:1,2)
  • I am like Christ (1 John 4:10)
  • I have life (1 John 5:12)
  • I am born of God, and the evil one…the devil…cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
  • I have been redeemed (Revelation 5:9)
  • In Christ I have been healed (Isaiah 53:5)
  • I am the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)
  • I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)
  • I am being changed into the likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18
  • Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14,15)
  • I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18,19)
  • I have been made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • I am commissioned to make disciples (Matthew 28:19,20)
  • I am a child of God (John 1:12)
  • I have eternal life (John 10:27)
  • I have been given peace (John 14:27)
  • I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life (John 15:1,5)
  • I am clean (John 15:3)
  • I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
  • I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (John 15:16)
  • I have been given glory (John 17:22)
  • I have been justified…completely forgiven and made righteous (Romans 5:1)
  • I died with Christ and died to the power of sin’s rule over my life (Romans 6:1-6)
  • I am now a slave of righteousness, not of sin (Romans 6:18)
  • I am free from sin and enslaved to God (Romans 6:22)
  • I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1)
  • I am a son of God; God is my Heavenly Father (Romans 8:14, 15 Galatians 3:26; 4:6)
  • I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Romans 8:17)
  • Because I am sanctified and am one with the Sanctifier, He is not ashamed to call me brother (Hebrews 2:11)
  • I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1)
  • I have the right to come boldly before the throne of God to find mercy and grace in a time of need (Hebrews4:16)
  • I have been born again (1 Peter 1:23)
  • I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5)
  • I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a People for God’s own possession (1 Peter 2:9,10)
  • I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live (1 Peter 2:11)
  • I am more than a conqueror through Christ, who loves me (Romans 8:37)
  • I have faith in God’s faithfulness (Romans 12:3)
  • I am led by God in triumphal procession (2 Corinthians 2:14)
  • I am to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing (2 Corinthians 2:15)
  • I am given strength in exchange for weakness (2 Corinthians 12:10)
  • I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
  • I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and am without blame before Him (Ephesians 1:4)
  • I was predestined…determined by God…to be adopted as God’s son (Ephesians 1:5)
  • I have direct access to God through the Spirit (Ephesians 2:18)
  • I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family (Ephesians 2:19)
  • I may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
  • I am righteous and holy through Christ (Ephesians 2:24)
  • I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now through Christ in me (Philippians 3:20 Ephesians 2:6)

 

 

 

Not Captured by the Culture

Like in the days of Noah, people tend to gravitate toward the route of least resistance (Matthew 24:37-39). They speed along their chosen path, virtually unhindered; and they truly believe that they are effective, accomplished, prosperous and moving up the ladder of success.

 

In truth, their life is meaningless, distracted, unfulfilled, myopic and unfaithful to their self, their family, their friends, and especially to Creator God. They commit sins that cause death to their body and soul (Romans 1:31).

 

They not only practice ungodly behavior as a way of life, but they teach others to do the same thing; and then, they applaud each other’s depravity, as if it were an achievement rather than the vice of earthly and eternal destruction that it truly is (Romans 1:32).

 

These people reap God’s wrath, because they mock and denounce God’s truth by their unholy living. God’s eternal power and divine nature is plain to them, they even view it in the earth around them, because God makes it easy to see (Romans 1:18-20).

 

Therefore, they are without excuse for their behavior. They know about God, but they do not glorify Him as God, or thank Him for His provision in their life (Psalm 20:7). The chose to allow Satan to darken their mind with futile and foolish pursuits and thinking (Romans 1:21-22).

 

However, once we are enlightened by God’s Truth, we are all ashamed of our sinful thoughts and behavior. We continually mourn that we grieved God, and contributed to Jesus’ suffering (Romans 6:21).

 

We spend our future, determined to give God our whole body, spirit and soul – our mind, will, strength and emotions (1 Peter 3:15). When we seek God’s Kingdom first, He provides us with everything we need on this earth (Matthew 6:33).

 

God gives us a way of escape from every temptation known to mankind (1 Corinthians 10:13). We enter His rest (Hebrews 4:1-11), and He leads us on level paths throughout our life (Psalm 27:11, 143:10). We can trust Him with our life and have faith in His faithfulness.

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us that You show Your salvation to every person who humbles him/herself enough to repent of their sins; and then shows their gratitude to You for all You do for all of us, as You keep us in Your righteous paths (Psalm 50:22-23). Thank You for providing our needs as we give You preeminence in our life, and we walk in Your ways (Psalm 128:1-5).

 

You give those who have clean hands and a pure heart, the blessing of ascending Your holy hill. You present those who seek Your face, with the reward of standing in Your very presence and receiving Your vindication (Psalm 24:3-6). You extend Your loving devotion to those who know You and who are upright in their heart (Psalm 36:10). Thank You for continually blessing those who honor You with our life (Psalm 115:13).

 

Thought for the Day:

Jesus has all power to deliver us from Satan’s snares and lies, and God is in control of the outcome of every human act ever done in this world; we can trust Him, because His boundless love is eternal.

– Matthew 28:18; Acts 2:36; Philippians 2:9-11; Ezekiel 29:4, 48:4

 

 

Like in the days of Noah, people tend to gravitate toward the route of least resistance (Matthew 24:37-39). They speed along their chosen path, virtually unhindered; and they truly believe that they are effective, accomplished, prosperous and moving up the ladder of success.

 

In truth, their life is meaningless, distracted, unfulfilled, myopic and unfaithful to their self, their family, their friends, and especially to Creator God. They commit sins that cause death to their body and soul (Romans 1:31).

 

They not only practice ungodly behavior as a way of life, but they teach others to do the same thing; and then, they applaud each other’s depravity, as if it were an achievement rather than the vice of earthly and eternal destruction that it truly is (Romans 1:32).

 

These people reap God’s wrath, because they mock and denounce God’s truth by their unholy living. God’s eternal power and divine nature is plain to them, they even view it in the earth around them, because God makes it easy to see (Romans 1:18-20).

 

Therefore, they are without excuse for their behavior. They know about God, but they do not glorify Him as God, or thank Him for His provision in their life (Psalm 20:7). The chose to allow Satan to darken their mind with futile and foolish pursuits and thinking (Romans 1:21-22).

 

However, once we are enlightened by God’s Truth, we are all ashamed of our sinful thoughts and behavior. We continually mourn that we grieved God, and contributed to Jesus’ suffering (Romans 6:21).

 

We spend our future, determined to give God our whole body, spirit and soul – our mind, will, strength and emotions (1 Peter 3:15). When we seek God’s Kingdom first, He provides us with everything we need on this earth (Matthew 6:33).

 

God gives us a way of escape from every temptation known to mankind (1 Corinthians 10:13). We enter His rest (Hebrews 4:1-11), and He leads us on level paths throughout our life (Psalm 27:11, 143:10). We can trust Him with our life and have faith in His faithfulness.

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us that You show Your salvation to every person who humbles him/herself enough to repent of their sins; and then shows their gratitude to You for all You do for all of us, as You keep us in Your righteous paths (Psalm 50:22-23). Thank You for providing our needs as we give You preeminence in our life, and we walk in Your ways (Psalm 128:1-5).

 

You give those who have clean hands and a pure heart, the blessing of ascending Your holy hill. You present those who seek Your face, with the reward of standing in Your very presence and receiving Your vindication (Psalm 24:3-6). You extend Your loving devotion to those who know You and who are upright in their heart (Psalm 36:10). Thank You for continually blessing those who honor You with our life (Psalm 115:13).

 

Thought for the Day:

Jesus has all power to deliver us from Satan’s snares and lies, and God is in control of the outcome of every human act ever done in this world; we can trust Him, because His boundless love is eternal.

– Matthew 28:18; Acts 2:36; Philippians 2:9-11; Ezekiel 29:4, 48:4

 

God Hears Our Cries

Too many people in today’s religious world condemn one another and themselves, because they are sick. They say, “God would heal you if you had enough faith.” That is unscriptural. The Bible tells us that we only need faith the size of a mustard seed (Luke 17:6).

 

When a church member found out that God totally took away the pain in my broken toe within 12 hours of the mishap, she said, “I wish I had that kind of faith.” That is the same thing people said when He took away my pain of 11 broken ribs from a car wreck.

 

I have to honestly say, IT WAS NOT MY FAITH. It was God’s inherent care for His children. Over the years of my life, I learned to exclusively trust God every single moment. He is always faithful, and that is why I trust in Him alone.

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When I broke my toe, I felt excruciating pain for about 11 hours. I could not sleep or get any relief. All the while I was surrendering my pain to our Daddy God. I finally fell asleep and woke up with no pain.

 

It has been over a week now, and though my toe warns me that it is broken when I stand or walk too much, or try to wear a shoe, I am pain free – no thanks to the amount of faith I have, but all thanks to the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Have you ever felt depression, agitation, and other negative emotions in your soul? We can totally surrender that emotional pain to the Lord as well.

 

When we hope in God, remember His goodness to us all of our life, and praise Him for the help of His presence in our life, He gives us a merry heart (Psalm 42:5-6, 11; 71:5, 14; Proverbs 17:22).

 

We will get discouraged in this world, if we do not trust and hope in Him. He often gives us wisdom to both reduce inflammation, which will reduce our pain, and to eat wholesome food rather than the chemically-laden foods that are so popular in our American culture.

 

We also draw from His courage and repeatedly thank and praise Him for strengthening our heart and emotions to endure whatever we will experience (Psalm 27:13-14). We heed His wisdom as we listen to His Spirit every moment of our day.

 

Prayer:

Father God, we rejoice because our Redeemer lives and He will return to earth to rule and reign for eternity. Our heart yearns within us for His swift return. We shall see Him with our own eyes and be just like Him (1 John 3:2). Even when we suffer pain and distress in our life, we keep our focus on You in the midst of it (Job 19:25-27).

 

No one who waits on and trusts in You alone shall be ashamed. You show us Your ways, teach us Your paths, and lead us into all truth as you bless us through both the good times and the bad. You are the God of our salvation now and throughout eternity. Our hope is only in You every moment of our day (Psalm 25:3-5).

 

Thought for the Day:

We wait patiently in hope for the Lord, because He is our help, shield, fortress and deliverer; our heart sings for joy in Him, and we trust His holy name; when our soul takes refuge under the shadow of His wings and we cry out to Him, He hears us.

– Psalm 33:20-21; Psalm 57:1-2