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Coming Out of Trouble

coming out of trouble

It is important to understand that God knows how to bring you out of trouble. There is nothing God doesn’t know how to handle. Psalms 34 outlines eight steps to follow to come out of trouble.

1. The first thing to do is pray.
Verse four begins, “I sought the Lord.” Your part is to pray and invite Him into your life.
2. You must trust God.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in Him” (Psalms 34:8). Put the whole balance of your life, your security, in the Lord. Rely on the character, strength and ability of God to deliver you. Fear and unbelief, which are a lack of trust in God, will hinder or stop you from receiving God’s help.
3. Fear the Lord.
This does not mean to be afraid of Him, but to give Him honor and respect. Take whatever you find in the Word, knowing it is true, and put it into your life. When God speaks, quickly make changes or adjustments.
4. Seek the Lord with all your heart.
Listen to the prompting of the inward witness. The counsel of God will deliver you out of trouble. God will protect you, keeping you safe from injury, harm and destruction. He will preserve you by instructing and teaching you, but you must make the effort to listen and learn. Trusting Him causes His mercy to surround you.
5. Don’t criticize and judge others.
Brother Copeland says there are two times to pray for a person—when he’s right and when he’s wrong. It is the Lord’s job, not ours, to “bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts” (I Corinthians 4:5). Your part is to “keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit” (Psalms 34:13).
6. Depart from evil.
Psalms 34:14 says, “Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Consider yourself dead to sin and alive unto God. When sin calls your name, don’t respond to it. When God calls your name, be quick to respond.
7. Determine to do good (verse 14).
You are to be like Jesus. Jesus of Nazareth went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). Be busy doing good, praying and ministering to others.
8. Seek peace.
Don’t be the one who brings discord, quarreling, fighting and strife. Instead, be the one who brings peace, calmness and harmony (verse 14).

Receiving God’s power and deliverance is not automatic. Your deliverance is controlled by how you see God, how you treat God, how you listen to Him and how you obey Him. You must come to a new place of faith and trust in God. You will never be able to fathom with your mind the counsel of the Lord. His wise counsel may even appear to us to be foolishness. But He is far smarter than we are. When you seek God, trust Him, hear His counsel and do what He tells you. He will bring you out of trouble.

 

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Bible Chapter of the Day-Psalm 64…Protection From Evildoers

PSALM 64

BIBLE CHAPTER OF THE DAY

Psalm 64

Protection from Evildoers

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

1 God, hear my voice when I complain. Protect my life from the terror of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the scheming of wicked people, from the mob of evildoers, 3 who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim bitter words like arrows, 4 shooting from concealed places at the innocent. They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid. 5 They encourage each other in an evil plan;[a][b] they talk about hiding traps and say, “Who will see them?”[c] 6 They devise crimes and say, “We have perfected a secret plan.” The inner man and the heart are mysterious.

7 But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly, they will be wounded. 8 They will be made to stumble; their own tongues work against them. All who see them will shake their heads. 9 Then everyone will fear and will tell about God’s work, for they will understand what He has done.

10 The righteous one rejoices in the Lord and takes refuge in Him; all those who are upright in heart will offer praise.

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Chapter of the Day-Psalm 37…Instruction in Wisdom

PSALM 37

CHAPTER OF THE DAY

Psalm 37

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 37

Instruction in Wisdom

Davidic.

1 Do[a] not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong. 2 For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants.

3 Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.[b] 4 Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.

5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, 6 making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday.

7 Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.

8 Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated—it can only bring harm. 9 For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land.[c]

10 A little while, and the wicked person will be no more; though you look for him, he will not be there. 11 But the humble will inherit the land[d] and will enjoy abundant prosperity.

12 The wicked person schemes against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him. 13 The Lord laughs at him because He sees that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the[e] bow to bring down the afflicted and needy and to slaughter those whose way is upright. 15 Their swords will enter their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.

16 The little that the righteous man has is better than the abundance of many wicked people. 17 For the arms[f] of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord supports the righteous.

18 The Lord watches over the blameless all their days, and their inheritance will last forever. 19 They will not be disgraced in times of adversity; they will be satisfied in days of hunger.

20 But the wicked will perish; the Lord’s enemies, like the glory of the pastures, will fade away— they will fade away like smoke.

21 The wicked man borrows and does not repay, but the righteous one is gracious and giving. 22 Those who are blessed by Him will inherit the land,[g] but those cursed by Him will be destroyed.

23 A man’s steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way. 24 Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord holds his hand.[h]

25 I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread. 26 He is always generous, always lending, and his children are a blessing.

27 Turn away from evil and do what is good, and dwell there[i] forever. 28 For the Lord loves justice and will not abandon His faithful ones. They are kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked will be destroyed. 29 The righteous will inherit the land[j] and dwell in it permanently.

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom; his tongue speaks what is just. 31 The instruction of his God is in his heart; his steps do not falter.

32 The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous and seeks to kill him; 33 the Lord will not leave him in the power of the wicked one or allow him to be condemned when he is judged.

34 Wait for the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land. You will watch when the wicked are destroyed.

35 I have seen a wicked, violent man well-rooted[k] like a flourishing native tree. 36 Then I passed by and[l] noticed he was gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found.

37 Watch the blameless and observe the upright, for the man of peace will have a future.[m] 38 But transgressors will all be eliminated; the future[n] of the wicked will be destroyed.

39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord, their refuge in a time of distress. 40 The Lord helps and delivers them; He will deliver them from the wicked and will save them because they take refuge in Him.

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How to Overcome Negative Thinking and Live with Hope

how to overcome negative thoughts

CHRISTIAN DEVOTIONS

 

Do you have hope for your future?  Or do you generally expect negative or disappointing things to happen?

I was taught to be negative when I  was growing up. I lived in an abusive atmosphere with negative people,  alcoholism, fear, ranting and raving… As a result, I developed an attitude that  it was better to expect nothing good than to expect it and be disappointed when  it didn’t happen.

I often wondered, What’s going to go wrong next?

It wasn’t until I was an adult that  I realized I was living with evil forebodings, which created a vague feeling  around me all the time that something bad was going to happen.

Then one day, God spoke to my heart  about this. He showed me that I was dreading that something bad was going to  happen, but He wanted me to expect good things to happen. Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)  tells us that God’s thoughts and plans for us are “for welfare and peace and  not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”

God wanted me to say, “Something  good is going to happen!”

The truth is, God doesn’t work in  us through negative attitudes full of self-pity, laziness, passivity or an  “everybody owes me” perspective. God works through faith! But before we can  have faith, we have to have hope.

I Became a Prisoner of Hope!

Hope is favorable and confident  expectation; it’s an expectant attitude that something good is going to happen  and things will work out, no matter what situation we’re facing.

Zechariah 9:12 (AMP) says, “Return  to the stronghold [of security and prosperity], you prisoners of hope; even today do I declare that I will restore  double your former prosperity to you.”

I like the phrase “prisoners of  hope.” Think about it… If you’re a prisoner, you have no choice about it – you can’t  be negative. And when times are tough or you’re dealing with disappointment,  hope will cause you to rise up in faith and say, “God, I praise You and I  believe You’re working on this situation and working in me. My faith, trust and  hope are in You!

Hope is determined and doesn’t give  up. God wants us to be locked up in hope, trusting that He can change what  needs to be changed, that we can do what He wants us to do, and that all things  are possible with God. If we will be steadfast in our hope, we can’t lose – we  have to be winners in life.

When God called me to ministry, it  didn’t happen overnight. There were many years of preparation and building up  what is now a worldwide ministry. During those years, I wanted to quit many  times. But my testimony is, I’m still here! And if you won’t give up, you’ll  have victory too.

Human nature is impatient, selfish  and wants things quickly. Why is it that although it takes us years to get into  our messes, we expect God to get us out of them in a few days?

In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that  we are going to have tribulation, trials, distress and frustration in this  world, but in spite of that, we can be of good cheer and take heart. Why?  Because He has overcome the world. And when we live in Him, we become  overcomers too!

That’s why Jesus died for us. He  came to save us from sin and death and to give us abundant life – now. And I’m determined to have  everything Jesus died to give me.

Make a decision to have everything Jesus died to give  you. You have to do it on purpose. Be determined to do what God wants you to do  and refuse to live with negative expectations. Ask God to help you live in hope  and declare by faith, “Something good is going to happen to me!”

 

Source:  joycemeyer.org


Expecting the Good that God Wants to Give You

expecting the good

Sometimes  when you’ve had a long series of disappointing things happen, you can get into  the very bad habit of just expecting more of what you’ve already had. You’ve  been through a lot of trouble and you’re simply waiting for more to come. I used  to be like that, but I’ve discovered it’s not how God wants us to live.

I  was abused by my father throughout my whole childhood and I married the first  guy who came along when I was still a teenager, and it seems he was a bigger  mess than I was. After being abused and abandoned by him, our marriage ended.  By the time I met Dave, I was negative and hopeless about everything, just  trying to make it through each day.

Because I had been hurt so much in my life, I was really  negative and expected the worst all of the time. Even after I had a strong  relationship with God, I still struggled with this for a while. Then one  morning, I was standing in the bathroom and I remember noticing this pressure,  this evil presence around me. It wasn’t new; I realized that I’d always felt it.  It made me think, “What bad thing is going to happen next?”

The Fear of “What If…

I asked God what this feeling was. He spoke to my heart that  it is “evil forebodings.” Later I found Proverbs 15:15, which says, “All the  days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and  forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of  circumstances]” (AMP).

“  God wants you to believe something good is going to happen to you.”

Once  I read that verse, I realized what it meant. It was the fear of something bad  happening when nothing was going wrong. Then I looked back and saw how it  affected me at different times in the past. For example, the night Dave asked  me to marry him, he said he needed to talk to me about something. I actually  thought he was going to break up with me because I just always expected the  negative. That’s exactly what Satan wants you to do. He wants you to expect  something bad and to become fearful of the “what ifs.”

Fear  is the opposite of faith and it takes faith to accept anything good in our  lives. When I was expecting something bad to happen, my expectation was from  the devil. If we are not careful, this expectation will open the door to  Satan’s evil plans for our lives by waiting for bad things. But when we expect  good things, we open the door to God’s plans. See Lamentations 3:25.

The Truth About God

God  is good. Everything He does is good and wonderful. Everything God gives and  offers is greater than what the devil offers, so shouldn’t our expectations  come from God? God wants to do something outrageously wonderful in your life  every moment of every day. But you have to be ready and expect it to happen.

Isaiah  30:18 (AMP) says it perfectly: “Therefore  the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to  you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show  loving-kindness to you…. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those  who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him….”

God  is looking and longing for someone who’s waiting for Him to be good to them.  God wants to be good to you, but you  have to be expecting Him to move in your life.

Today  is your day to start believing something good is going to happen to you! God is  working in your life right now, and when you get your breakthrough, it will be  the result of what God has been doing for a long time. Whether you see it or  feel it or not, keep praying and expecting because God is longing to be  gracious and good to you.

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