Consider God, Trust in the Lord, and Flourish!
I thank God that He ALWAYS causes us to TRIUMPH in Christ! The shed blood of Jesus has already declared our victory in Him! Believing His Word secures our freedom!
There may be those reading this who right now are facing pressures where there does not appear to be a simple solution. The circumstances may be such that you are tempted to try something that seems like it might be a solution. Maybe you are considering handing in your resignation. Maybe you are considering taking out a second mortgage. Maybe you are considering declaring bankruptcy. Maybe you are considering ending your marriage. Maybe you are considering becoming distant with your children, who seem to not want to obey you. If this is speaking to your situation, read on!
Many times, we will be tempted to try a carnal, flesh-driven solution to rid ourselves of the challenges we face. However, only the hand of God secures true victory!
Read Jeremiah 17:5-9 [Amplified Version] very carefully:
Thus says the Lord: Cursed [with great evil] is the strong man who trusts in and relies on frail man, making weak [human] flesh his arm, and whose mind and heart turn aside from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub or a person naked and destitute in the desert; and he shall not see any good come, but shall dwell in the parched places in the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.
Pressures are designed to weaken you and divert your attention and devotion from your position of faith in the Word of God. When you use the arm of flesh as a solution your attention will be diverted from God and you will fail! Jesus told us in Mark 4:19 that when the cares of the world enter in, they will choke the Word and cause it to become unfruitful. Jeremiah 17:5 tells us that the person who relies upon the arm of flesh will turn aside his heart and mind from the Lord. When you turn aside to rely on the arm of flesh, YOU WON'T EVEN SEE WHEN GOOD COMES! God can be sending you the answer, and you will miss it because your heart and mind will not be looking in the direction of the God-sent solution.
What, then, are you to do when the pressure is on?
First -- Make an irreversible decision to believe in, trust in, and rely on the Lord your God. You must never deviate from that decision. The Lord promises to completely satisfy and more than sustain the one who places his or her hope and confidence in Him. His Word assures us that even if the pressure is so severe that it is like a drought that lasts an entire year, the believer does not have to fear or dread. The Lord will work in your life to cause you to not even feel the heat! What's more, the leaves on your tree will remain green! The Lord will cause you to flourish with fruit even in the midst of a drought. Hallelujah! When you maintain steadfast faith and confidence in the Lord, YOU WILL SEE WHEN GOOD COMES!
Second - Get the Word in you. Remember Psalm 1. The one who meditates day and night in the Word of God, "shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:3. Now is the time to be more faithful to the Word of God than to the circumstances, the so-called friends, the news reports, and the nay Sayers that are speaking to you.
Third - BELIEVE AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SAID. John 7:38 says, "He that believeth on me, AS THE SCRIPTURE HATH SAID, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." The next verse tells us that Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit: "But this spake he of the Holy Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive…." John 7:39. You see, the one who meditates day and night on the Word of God will be like a tree planted by the rivers of living water. Yet, as you meditate day and night in the Word of God, it is important that you receive and believe on Jesus, who is The Word of God (John 1:1,14), just the way He is revealed in the Scripture. You must believe that God will do exactly what the Word says, exactly how the Word says. When you do, the Holy Spirit will gush forth in your spirit like rivers of living water. He will operate in, on, and through you to cause the Word on which you are meditating to become your living experience. He will lead you, guide you, and remove hindrances, burdens, and yokes! Just think of the rapids, like those found in the Colorado River. Now, that's just one river. Try multiplying those rapids by 10,000! Well, the scripture says rivers (plural), not river (singular)! What can stand against the power of that force? The Holy Spirit will move to cause things to change and manifest in your life as you believe the Word on which you meditate just as the Scripture says.
This means that it is not enough to generally "believe God." It is not enough to know about God. It is not enough for you to live your life the way you want to and then ask God to bless your life. It means that you cannot treat aspects of God's Word as if they are unrealistic. You cannot have the mindset that although the Word declares that we are healed by the stripes of Jesus, it is unrealistic to expect God to heal you completely of cancer, arthritis, diabetes, fibro myalgia, lupus, AIDS, etc. You cannot maintain the mindset that it is unrealistic for you to live completely debt free. You cannot maintain the mindset that you are unable to hear from God. When you harbor such thoughts and entertain such reservations, you absolutely quench and dwindle the flow of the rivers of living water out of your belly. Instead of living waters, you will plant your tree in parched places.
Don't let that posture of unbelief find a place to lodge in you! No! Believe on Jesus JUST AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SAID, and allow the Spirit of Truth/the Holy Spirit/the rivers of living water, to fully flow, working with the Word of God to bring that Word into manifestation!
Fourth- Refuse to fear! A major type of fear is that somehow you are going to lose everything. That type of fear causes people to react out of their flesh. You must exercise faith in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to take care of you no matter what! You and your seed will not beg for bread! You will live and not die! You are not going down, you are coming up!
Fifth - Expect the Lord to guide you! As you reject every negative voice and embrace the voice of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, you will discern the true voice of God! The Word of God enables you to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit. Take time daily to hear God's written Word speak to your heart. You can hear with the ears of your spirit the recorded voice of the Holy Spirit as you read the Word of God. As you read the Word of God, you will recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit and that voice will guide you. The Word of God promises, "And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left." Isaiah 30:21.
No matter how pressed you may be feeling right now, I encourage you to read and re-read this article. Read the scriptures referenced. Meditate on them. Reject any thing that opposes the Word of God. Exercise faith in the Word of God just as the scripture says, and allow the full power of the Holy Spirit to operate in your situation. When you do that, you won't even feel the heat. You won't feel the pressure. You will not cease to produce good things! Things will turn around right in the very midst of the circumstances! The doctors will be amazed! Your employer will be amazed! The nay Sayers will be amazed! God will cause you to triumph! Hallelujah!
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