Today, our hearts are so occupied by worldly considerations that we are impatient to recognise the fact that there is an appointed time for everything. Assuming Jesus had been impatient when his brothers urged Him to show off in public before the appointed time, He may have been killed by His enemies who were looking for Him at all costs (John 7:3-8). The same thing happens to us today. When we are impatient, we tend to disregard the fact that there is a time for everything.
We all know that when it is time to start a race, everybody waits for the blast of the gun or the sound of the whistle – but in our daily lives, the opposite is the case. We try to move the hands of the clock forward by hook and crook. In order to beat the gun, we are prepared to steal, kill and destroy. If any person beats the gun, that person would be called back to begin afresh, while others are still waiting patiently for the sound of the gun. This is what we mean by the saying, “More haste, less speed”, meaning that if you are in a haste to achieve something, you are likely to make costly mistakes that would pull you back, if not down. In an attempt to beat God’s appointed time, we get ourselves entangled with conditions we are likely unable to meet, thus jeopardising our career and the promises of God in our lives. Therefore, wait patiently for the Lord because at God’s time, everything is beautiful!
You were once a tiny embryo in your mother’s womb. See what you have become today. If something big starts big, it calls for concern because everything big starts little. This teaches us to encourage little beginnings. If one’s faith must grow, it has to start in a weak form.
We are in a danger zone where everyone lies to his neighbour (Psalm 12:2). This is the kind of situation we find ourselves in the world today. This means that everything you hear or see must be examined in the light of God’s Word. What do I mean by examining things in the light of God’s Word? I mean, whatever you hear, always ask, ‘What does God – I mean, the Word of God say about the situation?’
Romans 14:23 – “…everything that does not come from faith is sin.” What are the things that do not come from faith?
– Whatever we hear that is not examined in the light of God’s Word does not come from faith.
– Whatever we see that is not examined in the light of God’s Word does not come from faith.
-Whatever we read that is not examined in the light of God’s Word does not come from faith.
Therefore, whatever you hear, whatever you see and whatever you read should be examined in the light of God’s Word!
Too often, we think that the primary requirement for serving God is the gift of spoken language, great talent, high qualifications or impressive academic credentials. Peter and the other disciples were ordinary fishermen from a backward and lowly part of the country. They were nobodies till Jesus called them.
This means there is hope for you – whether you are educated or not, whether you are a farmer or a professor. Stop talking about your limited education! Stop complaining that everyone in the family is poor! Stop repeating stories of those who failed you! Stop pointing your finger at the economy! Stop meditating on your flaws or weaknesses – and start loving Jesus. If you hope to accomplish anything good in the future, it will only be because of your love for Jesus. The main requirement for making a difference for Jesus is being in love with Him.
Faith is not a product of the reasoning faculties but of the recreated spirit. A believer does not have strength as long as he operates in the natural. There is more to life than meets the ordinary eyes. When we base our judgment on sense knowledge, we have not looked deep enough.
None of us is any match for satan as long as we stay in the natural. The more we would get into the natural, the more satan rises up and becomes bigger. On the contrary, the more we would get into faith, the more satan becomes smaller. Unless you decide to look at things from God’s point of view, you will be constantly defeated and overcome by satan.
There are two sides to life. First is the spiritual side and ultimate conclusion, where satan was defeated. Second is the natural side, in which people try to figure God out with their natural mind. Focusing on God puts everything else in its proper perspective!
Our failure to give Christ His proper place in our heart is actually responsible for the crises of our faith. The management of our heart and its thoughts is important, necessary and fundamental to our faith and holy living (Proverbs 4:23, Corinthians 3:1-2). If we give Christ His proper place in our heart, our confession would be guided by faith. We give Christ His proper place when our heart is disciplined to concentrate upon things in the Spirit. Christ has risen; therefore, let your heart also rise and seek the things that are above so that you may be comforted in your current circumstance.
What are you going through? Is it poverty? Let your heart rise and seek the things that are above. Is it sickness? Let your heart rise and seek the things that are above. Is it disappointment? Let your heart rise and seek the things that are above so that you may be comforted. When our confession comes from faith, our words become prophetic! David’s confession concerning the outcome of the battle turned out to be prophetic (1 Samuel 17:46). All what David said came to pass. The course of the battle went in the footprints of his confession. His confession gave him possession.
Mention any great Biblical character and you would see how much pain he had to endure to come to a new level in life. It is the principle of life that for everything, there is a purpose. I mean, nothing happens for nothing. Unless you understand this principle, you are bound to despair or murmur when things seem to go contrary to your expectation.
If Hannah had been impatient over her inability to bear a child as expected, she would have sought other shortcuts to achieve her desire and history would have been changed. Today, many have changed the history of their lives through their inability to see beyond their immediate situation.
Those who see beyond their immediate situations do not despair in the face of seeming disappointment. Have you received a sack letter? Remember, many successful men today once had the same experience and were moved to a higher level in life thereby. Is it lateness in marriage or a delay in bearing a child? Is it inability to get a job in spite of your efforts and qualifications? Is it poverty in spite of your hard work and goodwill? Think well, as a Christian and you would see the purpose of God in your situation. I mean, behind your situation lies God’s promises for your life.
“If you make an excuse for sin, your sin will not be excused. What is an excuse? An excuse is a reason whether genuine or fake, given to explain or defend your wrongdoing. Today, we blame our situation on others. Man always shifts his blame to someone else or to circumstances beyond his control. Many blame their situation on family background. Some would say, “I am poor because everyone in my family is poor”. If you make an excuse for being poor, your poverty cannot be excused.
“Remember, you are responsible for what you give your attention to, so it is unnecessary to blame your situation on anyone. In the same way, you are responsible for your own actions. Today, it is common for people to blame their failures on their family background whereas they attribute their success to their personal effort. If you attribute your success to your personal effort, you should also accept the blame for your failure. If you complain that you are poor because every member of your family is poor, remember, you are responsible for your poverty by your own actions or inactions, that is, by what you do or what you fail to do.
“For example, I found myself in a family background that irritated me in those early years of my life. I knew I would be blamed for what I gave my attention to. I knew I could change the situation, so I took a different direction in order to achieve a different solution by recognising that victory obtained through Christ was a past tense victory. I mean, it is victory assured. Rather than despair and blame my situation on family background, I began to be proud of my situation in order to feel Christ’s victory over me. I became content with my situation, knowing that my situation was redeemable through Christ and that, that redemption was a past tense redemption. I mean, redemption assured. Then I began to take God at His Word in order to have His way.
“Remember, no one is too good or too bad to qualify for His grace. Remember also that it was possible for me to have sat somewhere and begin to make excuses for my situation but I never did. Whatever I am today is a product of the conviction that victory through Christ is victory indeed. The rest is history.”
– Prophet T.B. Joshua