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Let God Speak to Your Situation

Life challenges are like a second nature to many of us. We are always looking for people who will help us out of troubles. That is natural and normal. However help from fellow men no matter how useful it can be, is limited. The psalmist says, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (NIV) Those Mountains used to be places where people had their idols. It can infer looking up to people in “high places” for help. Real help comes from God. He knows who to connect you with and when.

Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

God’s help comes at the right moment for those who trust him. John 5:1-8 tells us of a man who waited 38 years at a pool’s yard for the help of a man but never found it.

Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am tryin

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English: A collection of project designed by Niv and associates. עברית: אוסף פרויקטים שתוכננו על ידי אמנון ניב ושותפיו. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

g to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” (NIV)

Many of us live in such frustration and confusion daily, year after year. You can experience a change today. Let God speak to that situation and you will be fine. That was what happened in the beginning and it has always been so as we read in John 5:2-8. Jesus spoke to the situation of the man who was invalid for 38 years.

Gen. 1:1-4, says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (NIV)

The word of God changed horrible situations and health the sick. The word of God brought into existence the things that did not exist. It can do the same for you. You can only experience it when you decide to give God a chance in your life. Give him the opportunity to help you. This is the right time to you it.

God says in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (NIV). Do it now.

How to Overcome Mockery and Hindrances

Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem

Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 “Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.  I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.  But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. “What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?” I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.” Neh.2:17-20 (NIV)

The dread of mockery has bobbed the world of the contributions of many people all through the ages. The great inventions that we have today are products of courage, creativity and bravery. They are Victories against mockery.

There are people, who are always around to tell you that you are not good enough; they laugh at you when you start to do exercises, diet or promote safe driving habits that could save your life and that of others but the truth is that you can do anything whether it is stopping to smoke or achieving a record breaking feat; you should disregard people who belittle your efforts or attempt to derail you. They are cruel mockers and in most cases they have stopped people with their treacherous mockery. Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab made dangerous attempts to stop Nehemiah using mockery, hate and physical attacks.

“Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall. So he burned with anger. He became very upset. He made fun of the Jews. He spoke to his friends and the army of Samaria. He said, “What are those Jews trying to do? Can they make their city wall like new again? Will they offer sacrifices? Can they finish everything in a single day? The stones from their city wall and buildings are piled up like trash. And everything has been badly burned. Can they use those stones to rebuild everything again?” Tobiah from Ammon was at Sanballat’s side. He said, “What are they building? They’re putting up a stone wall. But suppose a fox climbs on top of it. Even that will break it down!” Neh.4:1-3 (NIRV)

Sometimes these people step up to take physical actions to stop you like they did to Nehemiah and the Israelites. But Sanballat and Tobiah heard that Jerusalem’s walls continued to be repaired. The Arabs and some people from Ammon heard the same thing. Some men from Ashdod heard about it too. They heard that the gaps in the wall were being filled in. So they burned with anger. All of them made evil plans to come and fight against Jerusalem. They wanted to stir up trouble against it.Neh.4:7-8 (NIRV).

What should be your attitude to these people, their bad words and manners? Pray, be courageous and keep focussed.

I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.” Neh.2:20 (NIRV)

I prayed to God. I said, “Our God, please listen to our prayer. Some people hate us. They’re making fun of us. So let others make fun of them. Let them be carried off like stolen goods. Let them be taken to another country as prisoners. Don’t hide your eyes from their guilt. Don’t forgive their sins. They have made fun of the builders.” So we rebuilt the wall. We repaired it until all of it was half as high as we wanted it to be. The people worked with all their heart.” “But we prayed to our God. We put guards on duty day and night to watch out for danger.” Neh.4:4-6, 9 (NIRV)

Nehemiah confronted them with his prayers, trust in God and confession. He prayed and continued his project. In the same way, you must:

  1. Let God be your source of strength and your recourse for help.
  2. Confess your faith and draw strength from the word of God.
  3. You must know that many other achievers had the same trials and overcame them.
  4. You must not surrender your initiatives. You are not responsible to them.
  5. Stay away from people who mock and undermine you, people who constantly trample on your self-esteem. They are horrible destroyers. It doesn’t matter who they are. God doesn’t want you to be treated that way.

How strong God is! He despises no one; there is nothing he doesn’t understand. He does not let sinners live on, and he always treats the poor with justice. He protects those who are righteous; he allows them to rule like kings and lets them be honored forever” Job 36:5-7 (GNT)

These are same people who will be first called when you succeed; they come around to enjoy the fruit of your labour. They will tell you “we know you are going to make it”. They are profuse liars whose words should not be regarded.

Don’t be trapped by cruel mockery and people who delight in them. You must be careful; there are times when people indulge in this evil without knowing exactly the harm they are doing. This does not reduce the danger it causes. You must learn to define your purpose and diligently pursue it.

How to Experience God’s Goodness

English: Scroll of the Psalms

English: Scroll of the Psalms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can’t experience God’s goodness living in doubt and unbelief. The scripture says in Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.” (AMP).  If you must taste anything, you must get a real contact with it and touch it with your tongue (a very vital part of your body). In this case, this scripture means we must believe and trust God to experience his goodness.

Psalm34:4-6 says “I went to the Lord for help. He answered me and rescued me from all my fears. All who look to him will be radiant.Their faces will never be covered with shame. Here is a poor man who called out. The Lord heard him and saved him from all his troubles. (NIV) Those who want to experience God’s goodness must learn to go to God for help. You do this by praying and telling God about what you need. You must look unto him with faith and trust, all the way. When you do, like this scripture says, you will never be put to shame. I have had many occasions where I had very serious issues to tackle and very serious decisions needed to be made; all I could really do was call on the Lord. One of such occasion was about a business issue; I prayed and trusted the Lord and he sent someone to me. The person did not know what I was going through and I never told him anything even till now but as we discussed he said things that helped me figure out what to do.

Matthew 11:28 says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (KJV).  You don’t need to suffer alone; let God help you. Take your trouble to him.  Psalm 37:4 says “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” (NLT)

Act in obedience. Naaman was in such a situation where he nearly missed God’s goodness but for his servant’s intervention.  Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.” 2 Kings 5:13-14 (NIV)

Keep this in mind always; Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever. Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever. The wicked will not rule the land of the godly, for then the godly might be tempted to do wrong.” Psalm 125:1-3.

 

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