Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What the Heck is Going On?

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6
There are times in our lives when we wonder, “What the heck is God doing?” When we have served and dedicated our lives to the work of the Kingdom and all hell breaks loose in our lives. During these times, we have to learn how to get to a place of peace and contentment to make it through the tough times until things get better. This sounds simple, but actually living it out can be very difficult. Especially when everything in our lives looks contrary to the promises of God that we have been holding onto. Well, I’m going to share some things I learned on my journey through the desert places- the place of humbling.

  1. Stay Close to the Father- It can be easy to let your prayer life and devotional time slip due to stress and frustration. But, keep pushing to incorporate and set aside time to be in the presence of God, through praise, worship, devotions and prayer. Don't worry about consistency, just do it when you can. The more you set aside some time, the more consistent you will become.
  2. Be real with your emotions- Trying to stuff your emotions and acting like all is well, when in reality it’s not, will cause a moment in time when all of the emotions you have been trying to control will come to the surface, and watch out! No telling what can happen and who can be your unintended target. Allow yourself  to acknowledge them, be with them for a moment and allow the Holy Spirit to heal them.
  3. Find someone to tell the whole truth to- A lot of times when we’re going through we have what I call our cover story- What we tell to people, but the truth is very different. There has to be at least one person you trust enough to tell the whole truth to. Hopefully this is a person of God and has wisdom. They can help to illuminate some truths that you maybe couldn’t see and help you to navigate through the sea of emotions and issues.
  4. Speak God’s truth continuously over your situation- Speak God’s life giving scripture as affirmations over your life. Stop focusing on worst case scenarios and begin to say and think best case scenarios. Allow the good that can come out of your situation to be your mantra. What I found, was the more I did this, the more great things began to materialize in my life. I began to see the miracles of the everyday and see things from a different perspective.
    We will face challenging situations as long we're on this earth, but it’s how we face them that will determine how bearable they will be. Keep believing in God and have a moment by moment reliance on the Spirit of God. This will increase your dependence and faith in God. Hold on and know this too will pass and you will learn What the heck is going on!?!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Don't Sweat the Small Things

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; (Romans 5:3 NIV)

Life is constantly throwing us mountain top experiences, curve balls, and valley dwelling. These situations can cause great transformation within and without. As we live a life in the Spirit we allow the greatest good to be manifested. I'm not saying everything will end with the happy ending you expected, but through the situation you will become a better you from what the situation was here to teach you. It's all about perspective. When you head in a difficult situation knowing that the result is going to be for your good, it helps you to have a more positive outlook.

The is a miracle waiting for you right now, whether you are on the mountaintop or in the valley. Have faith knowing God is for you and this is only temporary. So, head up and chest out as you walk in confidence knowing God Got You! Don't allow the small things to trip you up, breeze through them with ease and know they are preparing you for the more challenging situations.

Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad