God Cares (4)
So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you- Luke 17:6
From our main Bible text (Luke 17:6), we see that if you refuse to do anything about the sycamine tree, it will always be there. Faith uproots the source of the problem, not the effect. The message of this verse is that unless you send your faith on an errand to do things for you, the benefits of redemption may not be obvious in your life. As a believer, you are to survive by the word of God and enjoy the riches of God's glory. No matter the external attack coming against you, there is a God in you; the Holy Ghost in you that will help you survive any environmental circumstance that seems overwhelming.
Psalm 119:71 says: It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The Psalmist here saw challenges as opportunities, not as problems. The disciples saw what they were going through as if God was not fair, but God is always fair. God is good, He is great, and He also cares. Do not use your circumstance, situation, or environment to mentally picture who you think God must be. Your circumstance or challenges are supposed to drive you to God; they are meant to make you love Him. The problems that the Psalmist encountered drove him to God. While some allow their problems to make them bitter towards God, the Psalmist said his own problems made him better. It is my prayer that in the face of life issues, may you be better, not bitter. God's expectation for you is to be fruitful, and may you be fruitful; may your life be productive.
There is a seed of greatness in every genuine born-again child of God. This seed of greatness is in you, not outside of you, and you are made to succeed and conquer. May the seed of greatness in you bear fruits. It is God's command that ye be fruitful. Why? It is because you did not choose Him; He chose you. I, therefore, admonish you not to live below the power that is inside of you. Beloved, find out what your potential is; there must be a self-discovery of the seed of greatness in you. Pressure brings out either the best or the worst of you. Do not let pressure bring out the worst of you. Quit listening to accusing voices. God did not call us into a life of struggles, and He can do amazing things for us
We all experience disappointments at one time or the other; the disciples were disappointed that Jesus was asleep while they were struggling with death on the stormy sea. Quit giving away your power because of fear and anxiety about your future and the uncertainty of life. Never allow frustration around your life; the fact that the situation is difficult means that something amazing is about to happen in your future.
When some are under attack, they say 'God has left me”. No, do not see issues that way. Rather, see it that you are very important to get the devil's attention. This is because no robber robs an empty house. It is only an insane man that throws a stone to a fruitless mango tree. If you are fruitful, the enemy will hate you so why care about that?
Do you remember the woman of Shunem who was blessed with a son through Elisha? When the child died, she laid him on the bed of Elisha. Her husband asked her what happened, but the woman replied she just wanted to see the man of God.
It is quite disheartening that there are times believers use their mouths to ruin what God has done. As a child of the Kingdom, you must be careful of what you say. Thoughts come to everybody; whether godly or evil and you may not be able to stop wrong thoughts from coming to you, but you must never express it. Kenyon said, “Thoughts may come, even thoughts may persist but thoughts that are not expressed die unborn.” All the same, beware not to allow any evil thought to linger in your heart. Why? It is because when the thought lingers for a long time, it may eventually find expression through your mouth.
Prayer: In the name of Jesus, I cast out and hold captive every negative thought of limitation. Let every demonic harassment and vexation of the enemies be stopped in Jesus Name.
Further Reading: Psalm 119:71; John 15:16
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Ezekiel 40:28-41:26; James 4:1-17; Psalm 118:19-29; Proverbs 28:3-5