“The Lord is good, a strong hold in a day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” Nahum 1:7
Who or what do you put your trust in? Is it in your relationships, your job, or maybe it’s your money. If your trust is not in God, for all these things are temporal. The Lord is good. We serve a merciful , gentle, and faithful God. He is our refuge, a present help in a time of trouble. He know those who trust him. God knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations (2 Peter 2:9). He is a refuge for the oppressed in a time of trouble (Psalms 9:9) Just trust him, believe him and hope in him.
But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. Numbers 14:24
Caleb and Joshua were the only two out of twelve spies who came back with a good report of the Canaan. They saw giants just like the others, but they believed what God had said that this was their land and they could do in and possess it. God called Caleb his servant and that he had another spirit meaning he had a different attitude. He had an attitude that he believed what God had promised and was ready to pursue it.
What kind of spirit do you have? Is your spirit like the ten spies who did not believe that God would give them the land? All they could see was the obstacles that they had to face. When something is difficult, it’s so much easier to take down. The ten spies complained about the giants in how tall they were and how the buildings were tall and fortified. It was easy to think of all the negative. But Caleb had a different attitude. He was with them and saw the same things, but he came back with a different mindset. He believed that they could take the land because God was with them. What are you facing today? Is it sickness, family problems, unemployment, or even financial problems? Have a Caleb spirit. Believed that God is with you and He will help you conqueror whatever problem you’re facing. He has already made the way, but he’s waiting on you to walk through it. Just think. The Israelites were at the brink of possessing their land, but they could not believe that God was with them. God had been with them all the time from Egypt up till now. God has been with you all the time.
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. Psalms 62:1-2
Just like a child that go through growth spurts, the godly will go through them also. Growth spurts are not always a comfortable feeling and may cause us extreme pain. When adversity come in our lives, it helps us to grow in our confidence in the Lord. The solution that will help ease the pain is by patiently waiting on our God for our deliverance. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalms 30:5)
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21
What possessions in this life do we hold close to our heart? Is it our house or maybe our car? Or maybe its some jewelry or even money? The worldly things of this life will not last forever because it will rust, mold or stolen from us. These tangible things that we treasure, we cannot take with us when we die. There was a story told that a man died and when he got to heaven’s gate, the angel questioned him as to why he was carrying a bag with him. The man pull out of his bag a gold bar thinking he would impress the angel. But the angel shook his head asking why would he bring pavement with him. That is why we have set our affections on things that are above, and not on things of this earth. (Colossians 3:5) The treasures that we should hold close to our heart is a life in Christ. We store up our treasures by living a godly life, by applying the Word of God to our lives and having intimate communication with God with our prayers. Then our treasures will last for eternity.
The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:14
Moses and the Israelites were at the Red Sea and Pharoah’s army were behind them. They had nowhere to go. God had order their steps to go this route because they were not mentally prepared to fight other nations to get to the Promised Land. Even now they were very afraid and started complaining to Moses that it was better for them to be slaves of the Egyptians then to die in the wilderness. One thing they did do right is they begin to cry out to God. God allows “Red Sea” trials in our lives to teach us how to depend on Him. Too many times we want to depend on our own might and our own knowledge to fix adverse situations in our lives, but we usually make a mess of it. God wants to teach us how to obey Him and how to follow His lead. This is the time not to become fearful in adversity, but be still and see His deliverance. How do we be still, by keeping our focus on Him and holding our peace. He will fight for us. The battle is not ours, but the Lord’s.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
In the book of Galatians chapter six, Paul writes about sowing and reaping. It is so important to sow good seeds so that we can benefit a great harvest in our reaping. Just like a farmer when he goes out and tills the soil preparing to sow his seeds, he make sure he plants plenty of seeds into the ground. Why? Because he is expecting a great abundance when it comes time for harvest. One thing a farmer realizes that when he plants corn seeds, he does not expect to receive beans for his harvest. What kind of seeds are we sowing in our lives today? So why do we think when we sow seeds of bitterness, hatred, strife, anger, unforgiveness, or envy do we expect to receive a harvest of good in return? What we sow is what we will reap. That’s why we are admonished not to sow seeds of our flesh. It’s so important to sow seeds of love, joy, peace, forgiveness and compassion. Because when we sow these spiritual seeds, we will reap them in return. We must not get tired of doing the right things even though we may not see the results of our actions immediately. Don’t stop and don’t give up. Continue in what is right because in due season we shall reap abundantly!
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
What the people of God needs now is love sweet love….Love is a very important attribute in our walk. Why? Because God is love. It started with Him in John 3:16, “For God so loved theworld” which is his creation. Even though his creation sinned and disobeyed, He found a way to reconciled us back to Him because of His great love for us. He looked beyond all of our faults and He saw our needs. Love is an action word. We ought to follow God’s example in showing our love to each other than just saying mere words. For how can we say we love God whom we never seen, but we hate our brother whom we see every day. For if anyone loves God, they must love their brother too. This is a commandment from God. (1 John 4:20)
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