Daily Devotional | It’s Not So Bad….

Psalm 119:71 NKJV
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.”
 
 
When God takes you into a time of affliction, remember that this was the method the Father used to teach His Son obedience, resulting in reverent submission to the purpose of God.
 
Christ continually focused on the fact that His Father was in control of ALL that entered His life. And if His Father had allowed suffering to touch His life, His response would be immediate obedience to accept the suffering and grow deeper in obedience through it.
 
The Father’s presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but the infinite love permitted for the blessings of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. Whatever comes to him comes from the Savior, who surrounds him with His presence. Nothing can touch him except by the Lord’s permission. All our sufferings and sorrows, all our temptations and trials, all our sadness and griefs, all our persecutions and privations, in short, all things work together for our good. All experiences and circumstances are God’s work whereby good is brought to us.
 
When God reveals His will it can require real hardship in the life of the one who is following after Christ. It will often include much pain, especially at the front end of the assignment….There’s a cost to following after Christ that’s real and often painful.
 
What is your response when problems arise in your life? Do you panic? Do you turn to other sources other than God? Are you aware that God is using your problems for a higher purpose other than what you are able to grasp? Proverbs 3:5 tells us, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
 
Here are five ways God uses us:
 
(1) God uses problems to direct you– Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to
change.
 
(2) God uses problems to inspect you– People are like tea bags…if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into boiling hot water!
 
(3) God uses problems to correct you– Some lessons we learn only through pain. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned.
 
(4) God uses problems to protect you– A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious.
 
(5) God uses problems to perfect you– Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort.
Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity.
 
Our Father’s desire is to take us from a cognitive (head) knowledge of His Word and give us an experiential (heart) knowledge. 
 
Through pain & suffering we grow to experience and testify:
 
The Lord is my Shepherd (I know He is) and I shall not want. – Psalms 23:1
 
(I know that) The battle is the Lord’s. – 1 Samuel 17:47
 
And the peace of God, which passes earthly understanding will guard your hearts And mind in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7
 
(I know that) you thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good. – Genesis 50:20
 
(I am convinced that) ALL things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His name. – Romans 8:28
 
(And I know that) Now, we are the children of God. – 1 John 3:2
 
(And my experience is that) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to clean us up from all unrighteousness. – 2 Cor. 5:17
 
(And that we can survive if we) Cast ALL our cares on Him because He cares for us. –1 Peter 5:7.
 
(And remember that) God acts in behalf of those who wait for Him. – Isaiah 64:4
 
God is at work in your life – even when you do not recognize it or understand it.
But it’s much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him. So rejoice and smile! In Jesus name. Amen.
 
Scripture of the day: And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;  and perseverance, character; and character, hope. ~ Romans 5:3-4
 
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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2 Responses to Daily Devotional | It’s Not So Bad….

  1. tasleem muhammad says:

    This is awesome….I can read it over and over again everyday…let’s continue to pray and understand that God is in control of everything!!

  2. Pete says:

    Thank you Lord! After all, it not so bad. Direct me always with your word, that no sin will rule over me. Amen.

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