Tuesday, September 9

Going Places With God

Having a foothold on a long-term problem is something all of us would gladly embrace.

Stability is a welcome mat that everyone wants at the door of his or her heart and home. Stability provides security.

Being strong when no one is looking can be a challenge especially with unsteadiness in your finances, family, or health.

We develop character through the hands of trial and suffering and never in the ease and quiet of life. Only through an arm of tried experience can the soul be strengthened, perception corrected, prayer increased, and lives’ inspired to excel as Believers. 

Are you a character or do you have character? What we do in private eventually surfaces on a public level.

My husband was admitted to ICU where he stayed for nine days. It was a fight. God was so very good to us. The beauty behind the veil of a hospital curtain was the solid testimony to God’s grace in our own lives.

You have a platform in a trial. Our performance hinges on every individual’s perception of how good God is regardless of the circumstances that prevail or the outcome.

God was not on trial during our trial. He is the author and finisher of our faith and He alone knows the commencement and conclusion of each storm that enters our arena.

Storms will come. How else will we learn to lean on Him and remain fixed on our focus of serving Him?

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

The strength of your Christian character is not always about how much you can handle before you break; it is also about how much you can handle after you have broken.

Faith must be our foothold.

Do not use your yardstick of prayer success or failure to build confidence in whether God will answer your prayers or not. That kind of level will demean His ability, forfeit peace, and temporarily please your need to substantiate control.

God is still in control even when our lives are out of control.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

Focus on God’s love. It is a trustworthy foundation for lifting your spirit and building your confidence.

Regardless of what happens, God is with us and we can be full of joy. This is a correct perspective on the Believer's telescope of life.

According to the Bible, when life is tough, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“In everything give thanks" is not a request; it’s a command.

Billy Graham in Approaching Hoofbeats notes: “Grumbling and gratitude are, for the child of God, mutually exclusive. Be grateful and you won’t grumble.” So true!

Obtaining the peace of God

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6

There are 3-Ingredients necessary to obtaining the peace of God from the God of peace:
  1. Prayer
  2. Supplication
  3. Thanksgiving

“Be careful for nothing,” means “Stop Worrying.” Philippians 4:6-9 provides your systematic peace protocol.

Peace Protocol


Stop fretting! Imagine never worrying about anything. It seems impossible. We all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school, and life in general. Paul’s advice in Philippians is to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Pray more! Whenever you are anxious, stop and pray. Your faith will grow.

Pray More: This is described as supplication in the Bible - A mode of prayer peculiarly arising from your sense of need

Most of us are not willing to pray the price.

Faith must be an exercise in our God-given ability to uncover an element of His strength and power. Faith is like a muscle. The more you put it to use, the more you will develop your faith physique.

When we appropriate faith, it attracts the right kind of attention. We become irresistible magnets bonding the fear of ungodly men and women to the faith of godly men and women. The power of an exercised faith is unforgettable.

Be thankful

It is hard to be grateful when fear has you by the throat.

What begins with fear must conclude with tears and a heart full of gratitude. You will not find God’s peace in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. Real peace comes from knowing who is in control. Because God is in control, our citizenship in Christ’s Kingdom is sure, our destiny is set, and our victory over sin is certain.

“Peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

How we program our minds determines our actions. Our words and ways reflect what we think at our core level.

Philippians 4:6-9 provides our blueprint for peace. Those who choose to meditate on the things of God and to trust His Word (vs.8) find themselves at peace (vs.7) with the God of peace (vs.9). As Christians, we can choose to worry or we can choose to pray (vs.6).

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength.

From the Heart of Deborah Choma
Corporate Trainer | Conference Speaker

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