Knowing something and applying it are two different matters. It is possible to be an expert on manners and yet eat the wrong salad! It is possible to be an expert on the word of God and yet not apply that knowledge in your daily life. As our visions and expectations are great, so also must our faith be exceptional so as to receive uncommon accomplishments.
A sovereign God will never take second place in our lives. God is full of love and mercy to every sinner who repents. But in His holiness, God cannot and does not wink at our sin or treat it lightly. His terrible wrath against all unrepentant sinners, as seen especially in the fearful doctrine of eternal punishment in hell, should cause us to fear sinning because we fear God! Gratitude opens our eyes to all that God is doing around us. It helps us cultivate a heart that is satisfied and trusts God rather than complaining about our circumstances and groaning against Him. Growing closer to God and having a personal relationship with Him starts with an open heart ready to welcome in God’s loving spirit. Spending time with God should be a lifelong habit. If you are ready to find God again, ask yourself what commitment you are making today so that God and His Word will become a habit in your life? Identify the biggest distractions in your life and don’t allow them to get in the way of building up your relationship with God. He is ready to receive you with open arms.
Growing closer to God happens bit-by-bit, a little at a time each day. But before you load yourself up with tons of guilt and anxiety about why you have a hard time spending time with God regularly, I want to tell you that you’re not alone in this struggle. trials and troubles are prevalent in the world today, people of exceptional faith in God still thrives above all challenges and triumph exceedingly because they know their God and they call upon Him, and as they knew that He never fail, they act and speak in His name and they rely on their speech or their action in His name, and they receive their uncommon expectation. How big are your plans this year, and how wide is your vision. Believers need to join this group of “faith-filled” people who will do exploits this year. This can only be achieved through fervent and unrelenting prayer of faith. How can God’s people today acquire such powerful faith? God asks you to keep an eye on the ball. We are to “keep our eyes on God.” When life’s challenges start to overwhelm us, don’t turn your eyes off God. You need to develop an exceptional faith this year so as to witness all round uncommon exploits.
Whatever the human mind can conceive of and believe, it can accomplish. Others are not always capable of establishing the true identity. They see what they ‘want’ to see but beyond your mess, God sees the beauty He created and still thinks it’s perfect! Note that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
God has planned ways of living for all of us, but it is up to us to choose how. We all have had days (and perhaps even years) when life just doesn’t seem to go our way. It’s almost always mental, when there’s a road block in your way. When you place a kind of mental road block it becomes something to be afraid of. You may doubt that you can achieve the next goal or milestone, but it’s just your mind that is playing tricks on you. Don’t judge by the harvest you are harvesting every day, but by the seeds you are planting, and because you haven’t closed the deal today, it doesn’t mean you’re never going to. Don’t expect that people will bring happiness to your life. Bring in your own happiness, because some people are extremely good in snaffling back what they gave, when you’re no longer worthwhile for them. Believe life is worth living, and your conviction will help create the truth. Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle and try to love your life and live it without competing with the next person, so you can be the best person the world has ever had. Remember always that your character should be greater than your circumstances, and always make a total effort, even if the odds are against you because everything has elegance, but not everyone can see. Never forget that nothing happens unless you do it!
When a trial comes upon us, we
tend to think, “Why me? What have I done wrong?” We may have done
nothing wrong. Trials are necessary for growth. No matter what storm you face,
you need to know that God loves you. He has not abandoned you.
The purpose of trials is not to
make our life difficult and sad. God gives us tailor-made situations so that we
can see the sin which dwells within us – so that we can acknowledge the truth
and become happy and free. Trials reveal how we are by nature. We are able to
see, for example, that we place demands on others, or that we are unthankful or
impatient. But being able to see our own nature is God’s great grace. It is
light from heaven that makes things clear for us. In this way, we can partake
of divine nature in this specific situation. Trials should not surprise
us, or cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness. Rather, we should actually be glad
for them. God sends trials to strengthen our trust in him so that our faith
will not fail. Our trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self-confidence
and drive us to God.
When it seems as if God is far
away, remind yourself that He is near. Nearness is not a matter of geography.
God is everywhere. With any trial, you wonder why. You evaluate your actions,
your mistakes, your sins. You repent, fast and pray. You cry out to God with
more emotion than you knew you possessed. If you are normal, you have moments
of anger, perhaps even doubt. Here is where we can produce fruit or destroy it.
With God’s help, we must forcibly evict these carnal thoughts from our minds.
We cannot allow seeds of doubt to germinate, and if they do, they cannot be
allowed to grow. We must look forward and deal with the situation. No sane
person sits around, wishing he had a trial. That is absurd. No one is ecstatic
to find himself encompassed in pain. Only when you have faced your troubles and
started to fight can you begin to see even a glimmer of a positive result at
Count it all joy, my brothers,
when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your
faith produces steadfastness. Not only is there a cause for every problem, but
there are also solutions to most. God can show us how to resolve them without
compromising on what is right. We need to go to Him for those answers. God, who
gives us life and all the things that make life enjoyable, is not indifferent
to our sufferings. He has great plans for us in the future. He is moulding us
to become His children for all eternity. In order for that to happen, changes
must take place in our character. We have to become like Him. That process
includes trials and testing. With God help, we can place the outcome of the
trial in God’s hands and in confidence know that in some way good can come to
us if we stay true to His ways.
Thanksgiving is acknowledging the God behind your blessing, the God behind any good thing in your life (gift of life, joy, peace). To acknowledge means to admit, to recognize, to accept, to reply – to reply God that He is behind the blessings in your life, e.g you can talk, your legs and hands can move, God is behind it. It doesn’t matter whether your blessings are small or big, God is behind it.
How can you be thankful when your doctor says it’s cancer? How can you feel grateful when the one you love just walked out of your life? Or when you’ve been fired . . . or your dream has collapsed . . . or an economic tsunami has wiped out all you’ve worked for? Sometimes the words come from our heart, a true expression of profound gratitude. Sometimes it’s simply the right response, even if it doesn’t feel true. Honestly, I think most of us have had times when we felt like we had nothing to be thankful for. We know that’s not right, but it’s the reality. When we are in the midst of trials, God is fine tuning us to be stronger and bolder for Him. Giving thanks in all of our circumstances tells the world that our God is greater and stronger than anything it has to offer. Thanksgiving is recounting the past acts of God. There are times we need to look back in order not to forget the benefit of the LORD by going down memory lane and one of the reasons man doesn’t have gratitude in his heart is because man’s focus is on material things.
Giving thanks to God is easy when life is going great and everything seems to fall into place. Why is it so hard to give thanks when we are down? Instead of turning our focus during a crisis to God, we instead turn our focus on ourselves and how the world says we should react. When you think of mainstream media, the acceptable reactions to problems vary but are typically negative. When faced with a difficult situation, the world media trains us to believe our situation is hopeless and we should react out of a sense of fear. You might not be where you want to be but you are not where you used to be. You might not have what you desire but God has not given you what you deserve. No matter how we feel, no matter how dark things seem, there is always something to be thankful for. It is also giving thanks to God for many blessings which should not be limited to only good times but also bad times thereby giving us the opportunity to demonstrate our faith in God. We need to remember always that gratitude happens in quiet pauses and moments, not when you have a giant to-do list and you’re racing around. Thanksgiving brings perfection and perfection brings completeness. Anything you see in your life today is just the beginning, God has the ability to bring it to perfection. If you see any sign of the goodness of God in your life, begin to rejoice because it can only be better.
If we can achieve the ultimate state of self-mastery, we will more consistently have the personal power and peace of mind we need to get ahead, since we are not giving our time, energy, and power away to others; we are taking responsibility for ourselves and how much we can affect change in our lives. God uses uncharted territories to prepare us for new and great things. There is no growth to be found in the stagnant and mundane. Allow life’s newest “surprise” to stretch you to new limits in the best ways possible.
Those people who have the greatest success first needed to believe in what they have to offer the world. You need to trust that your unique contribution is worthwhile. You are the only one who can make it happen for you. Others can support and encourage you, but you have to find the energy within in order to step into the center of your own life and take charge. God puts dreams in our hearts and writes a destiny over our lives. And if we trust Him enough to take Him at His word, we will find ourselves on a journey toward the fulfillment of that dream. Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. One cannot get through life without pain. What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us and when you don’t understand the reason behind your struggle just know that God is preparing you. He’s developing your gifts, talents, and abilities. He’s broadening your understanding of how to navigate your way through life. We grow through adversity. We need not seek it out; we can all look back at moments when our lives were in utter chaos, desolation and despair. Growth comes when we respond to adversity by stretching just an edge beyond our talent and experience and through our struggles, God molds, shapes, and refines us. He gets us prepared to effectively fulfill our ultimate purpose in the earth because we all have weak spots and areas of inconsistency in our character. Just as God is preparing me, He is preparing you too. He’s perfecting the gifts in you. And in his timing, he will elevate you. In your struggles, God is preparing you for better. Be thankful for every experience and your latter will be greater. Always remember that life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.
I appreciate you for taking time out of your busy day to read my blog, especially when there are many blogs out there in the world to read.
When I first started this blog in 2011, I was super excited when I got 5 views in a week, and most of those were probably my closest friends, haha. Now, I am pleased to report that this blog has more than 18,700 views! Whenever I think about what to post here, I always come back to this idea that I should write the blog I want to read. I really appreciate the people who take the time to thank me for these blog posts. So when I tell you guys that I appreciate you reading my write ups, posts and even going further to drop a comment whether in form of contribution, advise, suggestion e.t.c, I mean every bit of it. you guys makes me feel on top of the world, they are times I just wanna see you face to face to express my gratitude, I’m very grateful to each and every one of you that stop by my page and blog to read it. God bless you plentifully. Thanking you is the least I can do to show this appreciation. I hope you’ll stop by more and drop a comment when you feel the need to. I say a very big thank you to everyone who also share the links of my articles, you guys usually melt my heart when you go that extra mile. I am very grateful. Thank you for taking time and visiting my blog always and for making 2015 a great year. Looking forward to see more of you in 2016.
Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted. Instead of focusing on all the bad, be thankful for all the good. Each day you have is a blessing from God. Enjoy Life.
Those among us who are truly happy will always have a great degree of respect and gratitude for the things that they have in their life. Because these people know at any moment what they have could be gone. Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for. Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.
We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. In this fast-paced society its easy to take things for granted. There are things that we use everyday to help us keep up with the rapid nature of everything that is around us. But instead of being grateful for all of the things that we do have, a larger part of society chooses to focus on the things that they don’t have or wish that they could have. Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.
The only way to sincerely be joyous in life is for a person to have a vast amount of gratitude for it. You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. Be thankful for everything in your life, from the positive to the negative, and be willing to express it outwardly. Make gratitude part of your daily routine. Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful!