This morning, I was listening to one of my favorite pastors,Creflo Dollar. He was talking about how we ought to be watching what we are conscious of, the promise or our problems?
Well, it dawned on me that most of the time we find ourselves even gathering as friends and be complaining how much life is hard, how there aren’t job offers. How people are depressed. How some of our previous school mates are advancing in life, having babies, getting good job deals, how they are getting married, while we are stuck only in one place. No advance, no promotions, nothing.
This week in my country, a budget speech was made by minister of finance and it was a shock for most of us. Facebook was rampaged by complaints, people wanting to leave for other countries. I mean it was really depressing now that I am looking on hind sight. All we could talk about was how hope was dying for us in this country. Isn’t that toxic? Now as believers, how can we be shaken by such facts?
2 Peter 1, 4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Peter tells us that we have been given great promises that we might joy and busk in the nature of God. Not to be wondering and wallowing in problems that we see with our naked eye. When we partake in the problems or rather we set our minds on the problem we are setting ourselves to be entangled in the web of corrupt lusts. In this instance, I’m talking about bitter and hateful desires. We end up hating our country, our leaders. End up being envious towards people who are excelling in their fields. So focusing on the promises is the key to liberation and peace.
Philippians 4, 19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
This is one sure promise we must cling to no matter what the circumstances may display before us. Our needs, what needs,ALL needs shall be supplied by our Lord Jesus Christ. This is what we ought to hang to steadfastly on, to know and know in our hearts and minds that our needs shall be supplied. We should not be logical and start seeing how the current situation is, or else depression and dullness are inevitable. Faith is what we should walk by in this situation. Always believing no matter how the current economic status of your country may be.
Proverbs 1, 33: But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
See what I am talking about, when we hearken to the promises of God rather than the situation surrounding us, we live in peace. We live knowing that everything has been taken care of. We live with rested hearts. We live with sure hearts that God has really set us up for peace and not fear. Let’s not focus on our problems and troubles.
Isaiah 40: 29-31 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
It doesn’t matter whether you are in the prime of your life, when you focus on your problems, depression is inevitable. You could be aging so much but when you put your trust in God, you have the peace and strength that a 19 year old is supposed to have. This is seal that indeed, we should look upon the promise of God. Be like Abraham and walk not in doubt but always giving thanks unto God for our breakthrough even before it arrives. God will and has already fulfilled the promise. Stand still, shut your eyes to the current situation, I am not saying you should be undenial and neglect that you are struggling in the current moment, but be assertive in standing still in the promises of God.
Do not let any junk information make its dwelling place in your heart eventually causing you heartache.