Saturday, 28 March 2015

You have His Favour you Know....

Are you like me and sometimes pray fervently for God's favour?  Do you seek Him and plead with Him for His favour?  We have it already you know...

That penny dropped for me a while back when I was praying for God's favour and I realized that as a child of the Living God I ALREADY HAVE HIS FAVOUR!!!

So my prayers started changing.  I would thank the Lord for His favour and in faith know that His favour is present in any situation I am dealing with.  It certainly changes your prayer life and how you view what is going on in your life.  Now, even when things don't look good, or things don't seem to be going in a way that you want, you can rest KNOWING you HAVE His favour and He is in control and things are going to pan out as God wants them to.  And you know that ALL things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and who seek to put Him first (Romans 8 v 28).

Let me tell you what happened with us that reinforced this awesome truth in my life.  Nothing major.  Just one of those quirky events that really just magnify the truth.

So, we had this awesome fridge/freezer.  But the house we bought came with an equally awesome fridge/freezer and our one wouldn't fit any way.  So we decided to sell our fridge.  We advertised it and because its quite an expensive fridge, it took a while for a buyer to happen along.  But, as life goes, our buyer arrived, paid for the fridge and excitedly went off with it.  Two days later he phoned with a really bad attitude and he demanded his money back and he had a technician come out and see the fridge and its broken and the technician told him to get rid of it etc etc etc.

Well, legally, we did not have to give him his money back but my husband said, "look, its not a problem, just bring it back and we will refund you."  But I must say, during the course of the day, waiting for him to arrive, my blood was boiling.  I knew that fridge was working, I knew it was good.  He however, lived very far away and may have damaged it during transport, or unloading it etc!  And his attitude!  That made me see red!

So he arrived!  And guess what!  There were scratches on it that were not there before, and a dent!  I was angry.  I asked him how much we should deduct for the damage and he argued it had been there already.  But seriously, you could see it was new damage.  I had a bit of an unchristian verbal match with him and he told us to keep our money and that it would burn all our other money!  NOW I WAS LIVID!  How dare this man curse us and our money?!  Who did he think he was returning our fridge worse for wear?  However, my husband said "Tracy, give the man his money!  We are better than this!"  He helped him unload it, I gave his money back and I turned and walked away!  I WAS FURIOUS!  I was angry because I knew our fridge worked before he left, I was angry at his attitude, but I was most angry that he was treating us like we were ripping him off!

We then contacted the supplier of the fridge.  We wanted to know if it was salvageable.  The fridge was lonnnnng out of guarantee but they were messing us around due to their own issues with technicians messing them around etc so they in turn, WITHOUT EVEN SEEING our fridge told my husband they would swap it with a BRAND NEW exact same fridge, just BRAND NEW!  You know, 7 years newer!!!! Get my drift?  Favour!!!!!

A week later the supplier dropped off a brand new fridge/freezer.  We re-advertised it and sold it for double what we sold our older fridge for.  Not only that, it sold in 2 days where our older fridge took 5 months to sell.  Do you see that favour?  Not only did we have God's favour in this thing, a curse without cause will not alight!  (Prov 26v2).  God blessed our money!!! Despite that previous buyer's words!

For me, this event highlighted God's favour, the truth of His word, and the truth that He will always look out for His children.  Had that man phoned and told us about the problem we would have worked with him and our supplier and HE would have ended up with a brand new fridge for a fraction of its cost.  But, God used what someone else meant for our harm, He used for our good (Gen 50v22).

I hope this encourages you to pray differently.  Oh and of course I had to repent of my various moments of anger too (she says hiding her head in shame).  Do you see that?  Despite MY BAD attitude, God extended His favour!  I am so grateful!

Have a great week ahead
God bless

With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom. This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.

#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I feel the Lord taught me in this situation that I always have His favour.  I am a child of God and I don't have to beg Him for His favour.  I have to rest in faith, that I already have it!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Ready to Give up?

I can relate.  I get to a point where I am so over it already.  I AM DONE!  And then I read God's word.  He always has a timely word for us doesn't He?

I read these 2 scriptures this week that remind me that God is in control and even if humanly, things seem to be at an end, God is far from done:

Isaiah 43 v 18-19:  (18) Do not [earnestly] remember the former things;  neither consider the things of old.  (19) Behold, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

And this scripture:

Romans 4 v 18:  [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, so [numberless] shall your descendants be.  

Use this same scripture and fill in what it is you feel you have no human hope for, for example:

For Wendy, human reason for hope being gone, hope in faith that she should be a content and happy wife and mother, as she had been promised, so numberless shall your joyful moments be.

Now you try it....

How does that boost your faith?

I hope I encouraged you this week to hold fast in faith to what the Lord has promised you.  He is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He won't do what He says He will do.  (Numbers 23v19)

God bless

With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom. This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.

#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

The thing I learned with regards to wisdom here, is that the scriptures, all of it, Old and New Testament, is written for each and everyone of us.  Someone once said to me that Psalms was relevant to David.  Um yes, but so is it relevant to us.  EVERY WORD!  Every Word in scripture is for our growth, to convict us, to convince us, to show God's love for us!  It is our user manual on how to live every day with every issue.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Highs and Lows...

The highs and lows of a roller coaster are fun, intense, adventurous, and scary in that "I think I might die but this is great fun" kind of way...

Not so much the highs and lows of emotions.  Especially when it feels like your life is out of control and unlike the roller coaster, its often not over in a few minutes with the promise of more fun....

I find, lately, my emotions are ALL OVER the place!  And it is FREAKING me out!  I am angry on one hand because it seems there is no good reason for this roller-coaster ride, and I DID NOT ask for it, and on the other hand I am very sad!  And this sadness also seems to be for no reason.

Sure, there are things going on in my life.  Sure, there are challenges.  Yes, I am experiencing some tough stuff.  But none of these things warrants the range of, or depth of my emotions.  If I were a professional (and believe me, I am not) I may say I am suffering from mild (and most unwelcome) depression!!!

Hmmm...  You know, if I dig deep and try to figure out what my emotions are all about, its almost as if I am going through the emotions of a loss.  Anger, sadness, frustration, that light at the end of the tunnel... seems.... too far away some days.  So weird, and so unwanted....

Am I the only one?

What I DO know is this....
  • With God, all things are possible (Matt 19v26: Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible")
  • His word heals, restores (Jer 30v17(a): But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds)
  • He is the only and ultimate and complete solution to any problem (Psalm 33v4: For the word of the Lord is faithful and true, He is faithful in all He does)
  • Spending time in His word and His presence, ALWAYS brings change, good change...(Romans 10v17: So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ)
  • God is faithful and true and stands by His word (Numbers 23v19: God is not a man that He should lie.  He is not human, so He does not change His mind.  Has He ever spoken and failed to act?  Has He ever promised and not carried it through?)

So I am spending more time in the word.  And I am leaning into Him!  I am seeing change.  Not so much in my emotions but more in the fact that I am turning to the Lord and His way, His word, sooner.  He is the ultimate solution to all my problems and yours.  

I am not writing this for sympathy.  I am writing this knowing that somewhere out there, someone is feeling the same way I do right now and I want to encourage you, THERE IS light at the end of the tunnel.  God's light WILL ALWAYS dispel the darkness.  The only way to make the darkness recede is to fill it with light, God's light.  One candle, one match, one blimp of light chases away the darkness.  Darkness must and will flee from the light.  

Let God be your light!  His light does not go out, nor does His light run low on power.  His is the One True Light! 

God bless

PS:  David suffered depression when he was on the run from Saul and I believe his way of dealing with his depression was to worship the Lord and trust Him for his salvation physically and mentally.  I found this for myself too when I feel down and low.  Remember that scripture:  Psalm 43v5:  Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God.  This is my medicine for the depression in my life... maybe in yours?

With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom. This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.

#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

The wisdom in the above post for me is to spend time in God's word, NO MATTER HOW YOU FEEL.  And I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that God's word has changed and will continue to change me.  I also know I am human, and fully fallable.  It humbles me that God's mercies are new every morning.  It tells me He knows we have daily struggles.  It is HIS wisdom I seek.  Not the worlds....


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