“Have Things Gotten Worse Since You’ve Called On The Lord?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have Things Gotten Worse Since You’ve Called On The Lord?”

 

Does it seem as if your circumstances have escalated since you’ve called on the Lord or have been waiting on God? Often, because of our impatience and demanding immediate answers, people don’t recognize that The Lord is attempting to elevate your faith to another or more mature level as you’re waiting on God.

Many are continuing only to focus on their gloomy situation instead of giving Christ their undivided attention, turning things over to God, standing on His Word and then listening to the voice of The Holy Spirit. 

Sometimes things will even appear to get worse as you stand in faith but don’t let the opposite of what you’re believing The Lord for distract you away from faith in His Word.

It is possible that The Lord is trying to enlarge your testimony as you learn to prevail and pierce through the darkness surrounding you.  So, whatever the passing time period, realize it’s not a time to give up, break down or pass out.  IT’S YOUR HOUR TO BELIEVE HIM!

In Mark 5:21-43 we read the amazing account of two miraculous healings of Jesus while moving among the people.  A synagogue leader named Jairus came and  fell at the feet of Jesus, pleading for Him to come and heal his little daughter who was at the point of death.

As Jesus proceeded with Jairus and His disciples, another event occurred which caused an untimely and unfortunate delay on their journey.  While The Lord was being thronged by the masses of surrounding people, verses 25-34 informs us of the reason for the delay.

Another woman, who had been sick for 12 long years, pressed her frail body through the crowd and touched the hem of His clothes.  For she believed in her heart that if she could just touch the hem of His garment then she would be healed.  Jesus then stopped and made an inquiry, the disciples questioned Jesus, the woman slowly came forward and The Lord had a conversation with the woman of faith. 

While all of this was exciting and indeed miraculous, in the mind of Jairus, it presented further delays towards them proceeding to his home to cure his daughter.

So often, we just like Jairus, believe that “time is of the essence.”  It’s our belief that time is crucial and any delays, interruptions, hesitations or lingering on The Lord’s behalf will worsen our changes, circumstances or conditions.

Then Mark 5: 35-36 says, “While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.”

Now the thing that Jairus feared most now happened.  He received the fatal message of death of his child.  Jairus must have agonized as he entertained the notion that had not The Lord lingered, the life of his dying little daughter could have been spared.  But with her death now being a past event, all hope was abandoned as those from his home tenderly asked him, “Why trouble the Master any further?”

While they knew that Jesus had triumphed over demonic or unclean spirits and that, as a prophet sent by God, he had the power to heal incurable diseases while there remained life, they now believed that everything was hopeless since death had claimed the little girl’s life.

One of our greatest enemies of faith is “Human Reasoning.”  We are a people led by our senses, moved by our feelings and make decisions based upon our emotions.

It’s not that The Lord doesn’t want us to use our minds or have good common sense, it’s just that the mind is “the battlefield” which is constantly under the attack of Satan, the world and even our own flesh.

Christ wants us to “Have Faith and Believe Him” regardless of any adverse, negative or painful circumstances that we are encountering.

Jesus went on Jairus’ home, then despite the unbelief and scorn from others, He miraculously raised his little girl from death and presented her back to her parents.

Therefore, stand in faith, be encouraged, wait on The Lord with great expectation and He will graciously intervene in your life and affairs.

 

“Has Your Get Up And Go Got Up And Left?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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 Has Your Get Up And Go Got Up And Left?

God often requires that you trust Him without any outward or visible advance sign from Him.  Blessings only come from the heart of God as you trust in The Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding of things.  By putting God first, He promises to guide and direct your path because everything God does “hinges on F A I T H.”

Therefore, it’s important to understand that God will not bless what you are not willing to do.  Just having good intentions isn’t faith, but taking the initiative and going forward is.

Taking the initiative will always have productive or better results.  Initiative can be defined as one having the energy, drive, vitality, spunk, zip, life, or the spirit to get up and go forward to accomplish a goal.

Regardless if the initiative is spurned on out of the need for survival or if the motivation is derived from an inward desire to achieve, being assertive, aggressive, and stepping out in faith with perseverance will lead to better results over just sitting around where you are.

In 2nd Kings Chapter 7, we are given the brief dramatic story of four lepers who lived just outside the entry gate of the city of Samaria.  Their city was under siege by their enemy who had completely surrounded them and was preventing aid from coming in.

Famine, poverty, sickness, fear, disease, and depression had now taken over the city of God’s people.  While they were not permitted to mingle with the regular citizens, by living outside the city gates, these four lepers had hoped to obtain daily scraps of relief from those within.  But now due to the severity of the famine, they too were about to die from starvation.

2nd Kings 7:3 NLT says “There were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate and they said one to another, “Why should we sit here waiting to die?”

 

So by faith, they made their decision to arise and fearlessly walked directly towards the camp of the Syrians in hope of finding grace, but not knowing what to expect.

 

To their great surprise, they found the enemy camp totally deserted with not a man to be seen or heard.  It was later discovered that the attacking enemy abruptly fled in the darkness when The Lord had apparently and miraculously amplified the sound of the four lepers coming which they believed to be a greater attacking army with horses and chariots.  So, seized with great terror, they quickly fled, leaving all of their cattle, tents, money, garments, food, and other resources behind as thousands of them ran off into the pitch darkness of night.

So the lepers having discovered all of the riches left behind, instead of trying to keep it all for themselves, decided to report the good news to the officials and people in Samaria, which immediately ended their severe famine.

These four lepers would have died if they would’ve continued to sit around waiting for some supernatural sign to appear telling them to get up and go.

God blesses what you do, not what you sit around and just think about doing.  Just having good intentions won’t get you anywhere.  You must learn to make decisions and then move forward in faith.  It’s not enough to just pray for a job.   You must arise, go fill out applications, send out résumés , make telephone calls, and go on interviews if you want to work.

Laziness and indecisiveness are lethal to succeeding or obtaining the victory.  You cannot continue to wait for things to just happen to you.  Never let it be said that your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-left.

Fear, doubt, unbelief, or solely depending upon your own ability to “reason or sort things out” is a mistake.  Sometimes your greatest hindrance is “Yourself.”  Take the initiative, make the effort, remain prayerful, take the step of faith, and believe God to make things happen in your home, business, life, and church.

Then you too will experience the dynamics of The Holy Spirit as you stand on God’s Word and step out in faith, in the mighty name of The Lord Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Will The Real Believers Today, Please Stand Up?’

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Will The Real Believers Today, Please Stand Up?’

In a world filled with fake money, phony love, empty promises, folks hopping from one church to another and counterfeit believers, how can people come to know the real thing?

What does it take to stand up in a world that’s fallen down?  What characteristics is The Lord looking for in the lives of people that are called by His Name?  Whenever God is looking for a person to use, He examines their heart because your heart is the point of connection to Him.

Besides faith, The Lord is searching for surrender, submission, commitment and determination in the hearts and lives of those that will truly walk with Him and stand on His word.

Have you made the choice between eternal treasures or worldly pleasures?  Have you made the decision to stand up and be counted for God?

An excellent example of this can be found in the book of Daniel.  Daniel 1:8 informs us, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

The Babylonian food, it’s prior usage in idol worship and it unclean preparation did not conform to the Old Testament teachings.  So knowing that the food and wine were connected with idolatry, forbidden by The Law given to Moses, inconsistent with his principles, against his morals, perilous to his welfare and just plain wrong before God, Daniel purposed in his heart and made up his mind to discipline his body, stand up in faith and not defile himself.

True believers know that we are “in the world but not part of this worldly system.”  Daniel may have lived in Babylon, but he took special care to ensure that “the spirit of Babylon” would not take over or control his heart. 

Can the world look at you today and see the difference?  If a believer becomes so worldly, what good is their witness or testimony of God before the unbelievers?

Not willing to  have an attitude of open defiance and provoke harsh opposition, Daniel made a simple but humble request to the jail keeper in charge that he might be permitted for 10 days to eat certain mixed vegetables and drink water. Then be examined after their experiment to see if they appeared healthy and strong as if they had eaten their foods.  And God granted him special favor with the jailor.  Then at the conclusion of the trial period, they were even more healthier and stronger than expected.

When your response is shaped by God’s Word and Holy Spirit, you too will begin to experience the grace and favor of God in your midst when you make the decision to stand up in Christ.

Daniel stood out like an oasis in the desert.  Just like Moses, Daniel and his 3 friends chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.

It’s extremely vital for people to understand that those who will honor God under any situation, God in return will wonderfully honor them.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Do You Realize The Victory That You Have Been Given In Jesus?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Realize The Victory That You Have Been Given In Jesus?”

 

The other night was one of the rare moments in which I was able to sit down and turn on the television.  While searching for a program of interest, I accidentally came across a program called, “The Biggest Loser.”

This woman and her husband were undergoing various excruciating exercises, stressful workouts, physical ordeals and diets to reach weight loss goals as prescribed by the program host and medical physician.

While I was impressed by their successful accomplishments, I sensed The Holy Spirit of God remind me out of His Holy Word just who the “biggest loser” truly is. 

Through the cross and the resurrection of Jesus, the devil not only has been defeated but according to Ephesians 1:22 NTL says, “God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.”

Satan is a liar, the deceiver and is the “Biggest Loser” in the history of God’s creation and no one has been a greater loser than him.  As the fired ex-employee of Heaven we must recognize the devil’s limitations, his pronounced and sealed future and remember that “Through Christ we are more than conquerors.” (Romans 8:37)

Satan is the “biggest loser” every time a sinner comes to Christ.  For not only does that individual find rest for his / her soul in Jesus but as they begin to walk in the mighty power of God’s Divine Grace and Holy Spirit, they discover the authority they have been given and all of the spiritual blessings that are laid up for them through Christ.

Being a partaker of His Divine Nature, we are filled with the fullness of the grace and glory that’s in Him.  So whenever you feel weakness from the power of the enemy or your flesh, all we need to remember is that the “same power that raised Jesus from the grave now dwells within us, perceive His greatness and rejoice in Him.”

I’ve personally discovered that whenever I’m at your lowest moment, as a believer in Christ Jesus, I’m am still “on top of the devil.”

The universe is under God’s control and direction for the welfare of His people.  All the earthly kings and rulers; kingdoms and nations are under His control. Throughout history Christ has controlled all the wicked rulers of the earth and they have not been able to destroy that church which He redeemed with His own blood.

The angels in heaven are all under his control with reference to the church all the fallen angels, now demonic spirits, are under His control.  All the great powers of heaven, earth, and hell are made subject to Christ Jesus who is the Head and King and no weapon that is formed against it shall prosper.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Has The Lord Ever Given You A Stone Instead Of Bread?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Has The Lord Ever Given You A Stone Instead Of Bread?”

Have you ever earnestly prayed for something and later greatly regretted that you got it?  There are both biblical and modern day examples in which God eventually granted the persistent yet stubborn and imprudent prayers of his people of which they later lamented or mourned over, repented from or were very sorry about.

If hindsight has taught you anything, you should be anxious for nothing and be careful what you’re repeatedly asking from The Lord to give you.  Sometimes God grants to people what they foolishly, selfishly, lustfully and sinfully consistently want and cry out to Him for.

Such was the case of Israel as they began to repeatedly cry out to God for a king. Then in 1 Samuel 8:9 NASB, God gave The Prophet Samuel the following information and instructions, “Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.”

Israel wanted to be like the other nations and relentlessly pressed in on The Prophet Samuel to make God give them a king.  They wanted the pomp &  circumstance, the splendor of the marching army with proud colors and the parades that the other nations exhibited. 

Their pursuit demonstrated their ingratitude towards The Lord that had brought them to where they were and now they believed they were more capable of directing their own affairs from there.

So a tall, humble, handsome, intelligent looking and strong young man named Saul was chosen to be their new king.  But as the years passed and history records, he became evil, hateful, jealous, deceitful, enraged, greedy and deranged as he constantly disobeyed and turned his back on God.  God gave them exactly the type of king they requested but later they totally regretted that decision.

Have You Ever Prayed For Bread And Received A Stone Instead?   I’ve personally counseled women who’s hearts have been crushed from marrying men they requested from God.  Believing that they could change them into a more perfect husband, time only revealed that these women experienced bigger demons. 

There have been some men who believed that a certain business venture or career change was God’s best for them only to encounter a satanic entrapment, financial ruin and years of painful stress as they’ve later attempted to rebuild their lives.

Many couples have invested their financial savings into the hands of an investor only to later discover that he was unscrupulous, a wolf in sheep’s clothing and robbed them of their hard earned savings.

If you’ve made any mistakes in any of these areas, then learn that while experience has become a teacher, you don’t have to let it become your undertaker.  Ask The Lord for forgiveness and allow His Word to renew you and His Holy Spirit to heal, restore, rebuild and lead you onward.

We may not know what is actually the best for us, so be careful what you repeatedly ask of God.  Don’t become over anxious or too quick to jump into anything.  Make sure you’re listening to and following the leading of The Holy Spirit of God.  It’s no harm to seek some godly advice from a spirit filled pastor or even ask other Christians to pray with you before making certain decisions or choices.  

It’s no harm at all to even ask God for a “spiritual confirmation” before making some life changing major decisions.   Another good piece of information is to step back away from it for a brief period and get before The Lord in fasting and prayer, then take another look and see what God is saying to your heart.

Make sure it’s in His best interest because He really is concerned about you. Your welfare means so much to The Lord that He gave His life upon the cross because He always has your best interest in His Eternal Plan.

“Does Your Life Exemplify Faith In Christ Or Are You The Only Person That Knows About It?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Does Your Life Exemplify Faith In Christ Or Are You The Only Person That Knows About It?” 

The Bible stresses the importance of your life demonstrating faith towards God, other believers and even those outside the faith that you come in contact with.  So having faith in Christ should not only have a profound effect on you, but should impact the lives surrounding you as you journey through life. 

So, the main question is: Does your life exemplify faith in Christ or are you the only person that knows about it?” 

In Romans 1:8, The Apostle Paul in writing to the believers in Rome says, “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”

The Apostle Paul, in his salutation, begins to congratulate the believers in Rome for the notoriety of their faith.

During the New Testament times, Rome was the metropolis of the world.  People came from all over to buy, sell, and trade their commerce, experience its wicked culture, participate in its immoral entertainment or to be involved in its corrupt political system with its earthly power.

A large church had been established in Rome long before Paul had arrived there. Many turned away from lives filled with idolatry, adultery, and corruption to walking in obedience in Christ, and now their faith was being celebrated by the Apostle, even as he was imprisoned.

Their love for Jesus Christ and other believers, along with their testimonies towards unbelievers, their steadfastness in the face of persecution and their joy, even which Nero’s threats of death couldn’t quench, were spoken of throughout the world.

They were thankful for their salvation and deliverance from sin and they rejoiced in God’s wonderful grace that was being demonstrated towards them.

The main lesson for us today is that Paul commended those believers for their faith because faith is the basic virtue in the heart and life of a believer.  For without it, you cannot please God, but by faith, all things are possible to him that believes.  Do you have faith that God can see and is pleased with?

There are many today that testify or claim that they have faith or believe in God, but their actions and deeds clearly prove otherwise.  Many just go to church to fulfill a routine obligation or to perform an outward ritual, but there’s no life of faith.

Faith is not a mere possession or a trophy that you can just point to or sit on a shelf for its display.  Faith is having a heart for God and then allowing Christ to reveal Himself through your life towards everything and everyone you come in contact with.

Faith is being led by The Holy Spirit and doing godly deeds despite all adverse circumstances or evil forces that may attempt to oppose or even persecute you.

Can Christ be seen in your life through the deeds or the works you’re doing?  Is your life an example of the love of God?  What works are you doing towards others that demonstrate the indwelling life of Christ Jesus?

A famous historian declared that the Roman Empire fell, not because of the rise of another attacking foreign power, but due to the preaching of the Gospel and the love of Christ that was exemplified through the lives of the believers.

You too should be impacting and influencing your world for Christ, for in doing so, others will clearly see God touching lives through the love of Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Did You Know That Waiting On The Lord Always Reveals What’s Really In Your Heart?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Did You Know That Waiting On The Lord Always Reveals What’s Really In Your Heart?”

Saul was the king over the nation Israel. Their enemy, the Philistines, greatly outnumbered them, like the sand on the sea shore, with greater chariots and a multitude of horsemen.  When the people of Israel saw the strength of their enemy, great fear began to overwhelm them and many fled, leaving him exposed with only 600 men.

God had told The Prophet Samuel to inform King Saul to go wait inside the temple for 7 days, and then upon his arrival, he would offer a special sacrifice unto The Lord, which would give Israel God’s grace, favor and strength to subdue the enemy and win the battle.  But late upon the 7th day, Samuel hadn’t yet arrived and Saul grew tired of waiting because the people of Israel were fearful, complaining and even spoke of desertion.  He believed that a few more hours of delay might prove fatal to his plans, so he decided to act without the counsel and the assistance of God and took matters into His own hands.

So, King Saul intruded into the priestly office and performed activities only meant for a prophet and offered a burnt offering unto The Lord.  As soon as Saul had broken God’s commandment, The Prophet Samuel came, rebuking him.

1st Samuel 13: 11-12 NASB says,But Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the LORD.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.”

Many of our problems are gradual or progressive in nature.  They didn’t just appear or happen overnight but were a long time in developing and growing.  Why then do we expect an immediate resolve, solution or a quick fix? 

While none of us like waiting, its God’s method of teaching us endurance, building character, giving us new wisdom and insight, and causing us to mature in faith.  Waiting is the complete opposite of taking matters into your very own hands.  You must learn to make God’s Word your priority in life if you want to experience His mighty and gracious hand moving in your affairs.  And we can get into deep trouble when we don’t train ourselves to wait on The Lord.

Though his excuse seemed sufficient in his judgment, yet because Saul did not obey the word of God and wait for Samuel, his disobedience eventually led to his destruction.  Saul’s character was being tested and regardless of his motives, he should’ve remembered, honored and stood on God’s Word and not have taken steps on his own.

So, don’t jump to conclusions and rush ahead of The Lord.  Don’t bow to the pressures all around you and force doors to try to open yourself.  Listen to The Holy Spirit of God and allow Christ to lead you.  Stay connected with God, recognize His Will, rest in The Lord and faithfully stand on His promises as you’re waiting on Him.

“Are You Aware That God Does Some Of His Greatest Work In The Midst Of Your Darkest Hour?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills 

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Are You Aware That God Does Some Of His Greatest Work In The Midst Of Your Darkest Hour?”

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Darkness – To some it’s their natural way of life, and to many others, they thrive by living in it.  But wherever darkness is, LIGHT always has the capacity of overpowering its control and maintaining influence over it.  Therefore, LIGHT belongs in a special class of its own.

Light in the Bible is the emblem of knowledge, purity, and truth; as “darkness” is the emblem of ignorance, error, sin, evil, and wretchedness. Light’s illuminating power and potency is only derived from The Word of God and the power of The Holy Spirit through Christ Jesus.

Genesis 1: 2-3 says, “And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.”

Just as you start reading the Bible, you immediately come upon this TRUTH starting in Genesis, where God called into existence Light which had no previous existence in that place.  Additionally, it must be further noted that this appearance of light was not due to the mere development of nature.

From this starting scripture we learn that He not only IS, but that He has a commanding presence with undeniable authority and power.  “He speaks, and it is done; He commands, and it stands fast.”  Light was called forth and overpowered the darkness, all from the creative mandate from God.  And this was the beginning of A New Creation and this work of power and grace is exactly what’s done in the heart of a person who turns to Christ today.

This LIGHT, which IS CHRIST, is still so illuminating and powerful that the message preached by the apostles was not derived from man’s human reasoning, science, or from any traditions imparted from man.  It was received or inspired from the very same Holy Spirit that was in the beginning.

Well, the darkness back then is the very same darkness that wants to hover over you, your family, your finances, your business or careers, and your entire lives today.  But God is the God of your BREAKTHROUGH.  FOR HE STILL CAN WONDERFULLY SAVE, DELIVER, HEAL, PROVIDE FOR, STRENGTHEN, BLESS, AND GRANT VICTORY in the very midst of every hard time, adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition, satanic entrapment, and demonic activity all through the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

You can never face, encounter, or experience any situation that can be so dark in which Christ cannot shine forth in.  For HE IS our Bright and Morning Star, The King of Glory, The Alpha and The Omega, The First and The Last, The Beginning and The End, and HE IS the remedy, cure, and solution to anything that you’re facing.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“What Should You Do When “Goliath” Comes?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What Should You Do When “Goliath” Comes?”

I have a sign mounted on the wall in front of my desk that says, “Don’t tell God how big your mountain is; tell the mountain how big your God is!”  The sign is there to remind me that we all will face some giants, but what we need is to respond in faith when we’re confronted by them.

You may want to run away in fear, you may try to avoid them and act as if they’ll just go away.  But the giants won’t just go away; they must be confronted and dealt with.  And they can be overcome and defeated!    As you journey through life, battles are inevitable, so you must learn to depend on Christ, take God at His Word, and believe Him for your breakthrough and victory.

In 1st Samuel, Chapter 17, we read a story many of us remember as a child. While we’ve all heard of young, unafraid David and the confrontational Goliath, the Holy Spirit of God has a few things there to reveal, remind and encourage you.

Goliath” represents any damnable hard time, any adverse or abusive circumstance, any negative persecution or stressful situation,  any overwhelming financial crisis, any physical, mental, emotional or spiritually painful condition, any  unshakeable, destructive bad habit or sin, or any surrounding demonic activity or satanic entrapment. Your ‘Goliath’ will confront you, challenge you, oppose you, discourage you and will attempt to defeat you!

You must know that, no matter what ‘Goliath’ confronts you, the love from the cross, and the grace from Christ’s empty tomb is MORE than enough to encourage, sustain and persuade you! In trusting Christ and taking God at His Word  you will daily realize that The Holy Spirit in you will enable you to become a giant killerand that it’s time to TRUST GOD.

In 1st Samuel 17:26, David strongly asks, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

After considering God’s glorious promises and his recent experiences of divine assistance in killing the bear and the lion, David was determined that he would go into battle with the things that had always worked for him in the past. David knew that God, who had always come through in the past, was the very same God who would still come through in this new present situation.

Can you believe that very same Lord that has brought you through trials and challenges before will do it again?  The very same Lord that saved you is more than able to keep you, as you look to Him and stand on His Word.

Initially, David was criticized and even opposed by those he thought supported him. But he trusted God.  Often we too must learn that if God is all we have, He’s really all we need.  So, we must rise and go forward in faith in Jesus Christ and know we can trust him.

David walked into that valley into an impossible situation only because he knew   God had been faithful and would remain faithful.  God had never left him in his dark, dire, and impossible situations, and David believed God would not fail him in this situation either.  And he will not fail you!  If God be for you, who or what can be against you?

You may not see your giants physically fall the very instant you exercise faith in God.  But, don’t let that cause you to lose hope!  For you often cannot believe what the eyes of your flesh see.  But, you can always believe what the eyes of faith see because we walk by faith and not by sight.

So, even if it may look like you’re outgunned, outnumbered and in an impossible situation, remember that it looked that way for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  It looked that way for Daniel.  It looked that way for the disciples when the storm raged outside their ship.  It certainly looked that way for Jesus as he was lifted high upon that cross.  But God had the final “say-so” in each of these life-changing experiences.

If you want to see the giants in your life lying dead at your feet, you must do as David did.  He believed God was greater than any giant that he could ever face.  He believed that the same Lord that brought him through challenges in the past still reigned on high, and the same sources (prayer, faith, praise, The Word of God and The Holy Spirit) that he used under prior conditions, were always available, and would work under any new challenge!  And that’s still true for you today as you confront the Goliaths in your own life.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Where Do You Go From Here?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Where Do You Go From Here?”

Sometimes as you go through life, you may have to begin a brand new chapter in your journal by starting all over again.  Initially you may also be filled with questions, anxieties, or uncertainties after being overwhelmed by the things that have happened around you.  But then you’ll have to learn how to proceed from that place of unhappiness or devastation.

This may occur after experiencing the death of a loved one, after a divorce, a job layoff, the foreclosure of a cherished home full of precious memories, after being faced with a long-ranged road of recovery from an unforeseen sickness, an abusive situation, or an addiction of chemical dependency.  It may even come after a heart-wrenching decision to depart from a church you’ve been in for years and not being clear as to where you’re going next.

While God doesn’t promise to immediately unravel or resolve every one of our problems, He does instruct, encourage, and expect us to place our full confidence in Him, for He says in His Word that The Just Shall Live By Faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4)

The Prophet Habakkuk became perplexed and began to wonder, complain, and ask God questions regarding the things that were happening during his day.  Just like many today, he wanted to know:  “Why are the wicked prospering?    Why is God allowing such horrific and sinful crimes to go on?   Why does it seem as if God is silent during these evil times?  And why is God destroying the less evil nation of Judah by permitting a much more wicked nation, like Babylon, to conquer them?” 

Finally, in the very midst of all the confusion and difficulties, Habakkuk went up to the watchtower to get alone with God.  There, after praying, he learned to listen to God and hear His answers.  It was there that God revealed to him His ultimate plan for His people.

When a nation turns its face from God, its rebellion or sin will be judged.  So God revealed to the prophet that He was going to use Babylon to afflict Judah, but Babylon’s turn would then come and be blotted out.  But God, in His infinite wisdom and love, would remember His people and give to those that repented and sought His face a more glorious future.

The inspiration, insight, and revelation that Habakkuk received from The Lord was so great that he began to shout a special song of praise and place his total trust in God, despite what was yet occurring around him. (Read Habakkuk 3:17-19)

He realized that “today” is just a small part of God’s eternal plan and that “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His Purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

You too must come to realize that in the midst of every tribulation and in the darkness of every storm filled with misery, it’s through faith in Christ and standing firm on God’s promises that we will find ourselves being sustained, comforted, and strengthened by His Holy Spirit.  So, know that whatever you’re going through today, THIS TOO SHALL PASS!!!

Whenever you’re tossed, perplexed, and being overwhelmed by the circumstances around you, remember God’s precious promises to you that are in His Word.   For our hope is anchored in Christ. 

Observe, adhere to, and obey the answers given in His Word which are anointed and made alive through The Holy Spirit of God.  Then will you hear what Christ has to say to you in every situation.

Habakkuk learned and prophesied that those who wait to hear His Voice will not be disappointed.  Though the answer may seem as if it’s being deferred, it will come and be made abundantly clear as you wait on The Lord.

Just like a shipwrecked survivor will cling to a life preserver, we too must hold fast to God’s Living Promises, for He alone is Our Salvation, Security, Protector, and Deliverer.  Neither Christ nor His Word is confined, limited, or powerless to hard times, adverse circumstances, negative situations, painful conditions, or the demonic activity that surrounds us.

Then at the very end of our road, we shall find our great eternal reward through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.