Jesus is our solid Rock, our place of refuge in the midst of a storm!
Written by: Skip Barland
December 1, 2012
Whatever you may be facing today, however difficult or impossible your situation may appear to be, know this that there is a God in heaven who knows all your ways and He is intimately acquainted with your every step, and with every need or problem that you have.
So the question is often asked by many, if that be true, then why does God allow such awful things to happen in this world, often to innocent and helpless people; and if He does know my situation, then how come I always feel so alone?
Well the answer to these questions can be found in our Operations Manual (the Bible), which is God’s book of instructions that He has provided us to answer so many of these sorts of questions. The Bible is also our roadmap, showing us the way home, in how God has provided forgiveness and reconciliation to every individual, through the propitious sacrifice and shed blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
To begin often our problems come, not to defeat us, but they come to teach us to trust in God and in His word.
We are not to worry or fret over life’s difficulties, but rather we must learn to seek first the Kingdom of Heaven; and then to trust by faith that the God of creation knows where I am..
25 “So I (Jesus) tell you, don’t worry about the food or drink you need to live, or about the clothes you need for your body. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes.
26 Look at the birds in the air. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. And you know that you are worth much more than the birds. 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? Look at how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon with his riches was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers.
30 God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire. So you can be even more sure that God will clothe you.
Don’t have so little faith!31 Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. 33 Seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness (meaning God’s way of doing things), and then all your other needs will be met as well.
With God everything is about covenant relationship, where we first recognize His sovereignty as our Creator and God, and then by faith we come to Him, based on our covenant relationship and the promises He has given us in His Word. .
But you may be saying I have prayed many times, but so often I feel as if I’m praying under a brass ceiling, where God seems as though He’s a million miles away!
That’s where the faith comes in, where we recognize from all the many examples and stories that are given in God’s Word that God is never very far away and that He is even closer to you than your next breathe; and is ever sensitive to the call of His children in their times of need.
The Bible not only says that He is mindful of all our troubles, but it says that He keeps a record of every tear we shed, and even keeps each one stored in a bottle.
You are mindful of all my ways (all my troubles); and You have even kept my tears in a bottle, and everyone has been recorded in your book
Being a Christian is NOT about having a bunch of knowledge and knowing all the doctrines of the faith; all of that is good, but knowledge alone, without experience, just won’t cut it in a pinch, when we are under pressure and are being attacked on every side!
It’s having the knowledge of the word stored in our hearts, after having meditated on it day and night; and then having the experience of past trials and tribulations in our life, where God has come through for us, and we have experienced his healing or provision in our time of need. It is this experience that gives us perseverance and longsuffering in our time of need.
Life is hard and there is no question about that, and bad things do happen to good people.
In fact, your being a Christian will probably mean that your life will be even that much harder, because the enemy of our soul (the Devil) has put a target on each of our backs the moment we gave our life to Jesus!
The fact is we are in a war, and from the moment you were enlisted into God’s army you are then enrolled in His basic training camp, where we learn the ways of heaven; and how to use the tools of the Holy Spirit in order to lay hold of His promises and apply them to our life.
This is not going to be an easy trip by any means; but God is faithful; and we learn that this is true through our experiences of having been tested in the fires of life!
Below is an article that was written by Kenneth Hagin that I believe will be helpful in shining a little light on our path.
It deals with some of the laws of heaven that are so very different from the natural laws of this earthly realm that we are so familiar with.
If we are to be used by God and if we are to make progress as His children, as His occupational force in the earth, then we are going to have first repent of our earthly ways, meaning we are going to have to change the way that we think, and allow the Holy Spirit to rewrite the code, or rather the programming, that we have learned from the world.
God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not ours; for as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are God’s ways and God’s thoughts higher than ours; and since He is God and we are not, then we are the ones who are going to have to change!
Does that make sense? Well then keep reading and learn the power that resides in our tongue, that the Bible says has the power to do good or evil, or cause life or death!
Have Faith in God
By Kenneth E. Hagin
“For verily I [Jesus] say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain (representing any obstacle placed in our path by the enemy, the Devil), Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says.” (Mark 11:23)
Several years ago, I was hemorrhaging from my body. I had serious pain symptoms. It was almost intolerable. The devil was giving me mental visions of cancer. I didn’t have any kind of inspiration, and all the feelings I had were negative.
Now I learned the multiplication table many years ago. It still works. Three time three is still nine. I don’t ever stop to think, Will that work? Do you suppose three times three is still nine? Do you suppose the multiplication table will work today?
I can’t get it to work for me. I see it working for others, but it won’t work for me. No, if multiplication doesn’t work for you, it’s because you don’t know the principle well enough.
I said to myself as I was lying in bed, “I learned what faith is. I learned Mark 11:23, which says, ‘Whosoever shall say and not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith.'”
So I just started saying, “According to the Word of God, I’m healed.” In the face of pain, in the face of the most alarming symptoms, I said this. Every symptom began to abate almost immediately. And within two or three days, every symptom was gone.
I say and do not doubt in my heart. I believe that those things that I say shall come to pass. Every day, I say, “According to the Word of God, I am healed!”
Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin.