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by beatrice ofwona
8/16/2011 / Christian Living
God is willing and available to explain our circumstances to us if we are willing to listen to Him. One such example in Scripture can be seen in Job 42 when the Lord finally appears and ministers to Job. We can see a conversation going on here. It is awesome to imagine that this great God, this omniscient presence, this Mighty one, is willing to listen to us. He is not averse to intellectually engaging us; in Isaiah 1:18 He invites us further, "Come now, let us reason together", says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool". Through Christ, our God is willing to listen to what is in our hearts and also forgive us our sins.
Whatever you are going through and are wondering how to get out of it, remember God is not the problem, you are the problem because you have failed to bring it to Him or if you have, then you have failed to hear His answer. To get out of your bewilderment you have to know how to talk to Him. But most importantly, you must learn to listen to what He has to say about your situation because He may say Yes! No! or Wait! Paul, a man who could really pray, took his thorn in the flesh to the Lord-three times! Twice God was quiet but finally He answered Him, 'My grace is sufficient" and Paul learnt to live with his condition. You too must learn the times and know what to do, but you must be ready for God's answer.
The Scriptures tell us that God's people perish due to lack of knowledge. In our ignorance we may incur God's wrath but this need not be the case if we engage in the Word and know what God is all about and how to access His blessings. The last word in the old Testament is 'curse' and it would indeed be a sad day if our dealings with God ended in a similar manner.
Job remained stable in the Lord despite all that he went through. His friends forecasted what he was going through as much as they could and gave their various predictions concerning his case but his faith remained in the Lord. This is the God you too should engage; the one who asks you, to come to Him, through Christ, with your heavy burdens and He will give you rest. This is God and you should know Him. If you go through the wilderness with Him, He will give you a testimony. No matter what you are going through, one of these days, He will come through for you because that is just who He is: faithful.
God has a plan for your life and His objectives and purpose concerning you must come to pass. The devil is the liar who comes to kill, to steal and to divert God's purpose for your life. But you must remain upright and steadfast in the Lord and avoid sin which could make you lose your inheritance. Remember David could have built the Lord's temple but his sin with Bathsheba stood in the way and this priviledge was granted his son, Solomon.
God is pulling us from the crowds and separating us from the rest for His name's sake. When He wants to use you, He must process you; break you down and mould you until you satisfy His specifications. He is the author and finisher of your faith and therefore knows what is best for you. He breaks us up and cuts us down to size for His glory. God wants us to come to Him and repent our sins so that we are presented holy before Him. He wants to see us broken and contrite so that He may use us. This brokenness is what God admired in David. God knows the heart of man and how deceitful it can be, He is the observer of our thoughts and motives. In the book of Job, after God had ministered to Job, he turned to his enemy the devil and embarrassed him by blessing Job.
The enemy is the accuser of the brethren. In this courtroom, God is the judge, the devil the prosecutor and we are the accused; but thanks to God for Jesus Christ who steps in as our advocate and shows evidence of what happened at Calvary. Holding up His wounded hands he interjects. "Daddy', look at me. Nails through my hands, thirty nine stripes on my back; a spear to my side as blood and water gushed out; a crown of thorns that dented my head. Daddy all for their sins!" And as the devil sees this, he flees from the courtroom
And the Father remembers that He who the Son has sets free, is free indeed! And the case is annulled.
Let Christ speak for you because the battle is really not yours. Romans 5:1 says, 'Therefore since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ'. 8:1 of the same book further assures you, 'Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus'. Let God deal with your circumstances but only access Him through Jesus Christ.
Bless those who curse you and pray for those who pursue or use you. Forgive those that hurt you because you are of the Lord. He has placed His special mark on you through the Holy Spirit and will therefore accord you a special protection. If you have hurt some people, then ask for forgiveness and stand blameless before the Lord. Ephesians 1:3 says 'For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight' When you accepted the Gospel of Christ, you became His adopted son through Jesus Christ. For you to access Him, your life must exemplify this. Job in 42:10 prayed for his friends who had misled him with their lack of faith; this was an act of forgiveness and we learn that after this, God blessed him twice as much as before.
God knows why you are where you are. Maybe you have not released some people with your forgiveness; you are holding onto a grudge which has now become a part of you. God knows your address and when you forgive, His mercies shall follow you all the days of your life; wherever you are. The journey of salvation is about forgiveness and you must constantly do this. God will restore you but you must do your part.
Like Job, people will come to celebrate with you when you are restored. When you were in the wilderness they avoided you but they will now come to see the testimony that God has given you. They may have left you out of their gatherings because you were single or because you had been down for so long that they did not know how to behave around you anymore. But when God restores you, you will see them flocking around you; embrace them for they knew not what they were doing. There is a time for everything, and there will be a time for you to rest from the calamities and adversities that you have gone through. You will not die in your pain. God will provide a way out for you. And this time round you will be stronger.
But when He blesses you, do not forget to serve and thank Him. Do not become too busy for Him. Remember His mercies and remember the wilderness that He has pulled you from. Remember the disease He has healed you from, or the husband He has now given you and covered your shame. Remember the child He has blessed you with after many years of childlessness or the debts He has removed from your life and restored your sanity. Remember the tears you shed at His feet. Remember His mercies and serve Him wholeheartedly and He will bless you much more. Because Deuteronomy 28 tells us that blessings are conditional and that curses follow disobedience.
God is accessible; you just need to know how.
May these words (sermons), from various men and women of God be a blessing to all.
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