Thursday 7 May 2020

Devotional Tea 41: Being Made Perfect

Scripture: Romans 5:3-4 (GNT)
We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God's approval, and his approval creates hope. 
"We must learn to live with them [problems] until such time as God delivers us from them...Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting." 
(A. W. Tozer)
Nothing in our lives ever just happens. I might as well just repeat that (and really, I want to shout it out loud from the mountaintop) "NOTHING in our lives ever just happens." Nothing! Nothing!! Nothing!!! Again, I say, "Nothing!" And, it really does not matter what your "nothing" is. It did not happen "to" you. It happened "for" you. The one who has every hair on your head numbered [Luke 12:7] has every other detail of your life figured out. Nothing, I repeat, nothing escapes His attention. Nothing! If it got to you, it had to pass through Him. [Colossians 3:3] And, if He allowed it, there is a reason, there is a purpose, there is an intent. Stay tuned and keep praising. There is a miracle coming your way.

Herein is the absurdity of anxiety. If God has the hairs on my head figured out, what else could He have left uncatered for? The one with whom we have to deal with neither slumbers nor sleep. [Psalm 121:3-4] Why are you standing in His way? Why are you competing with Him? Why are you doubting Him? Why are you allowing the Devil to make mincemeat of you? Why are you delaying your miracle? Why are you prolonging your evil day? There is a God in Heaven. And, He is our God, not another's. He is on our side. He is for us not against us. And, I don't care what you think you might have done. Or, the reason, the devil might be beclouding your mind, is why you are where you presently are. (Which is just a big, fat, black and dirty lie, from the very pit of hell.)

He has said He will not LEAVE us nor FORSAKE us. Therefore we can say with all boldness, "The Lord is my Helper (Shepherd, Source, Caretaker, Shield, Defence). I will not fear what man shall do unto me." [Hebrews 13:5-6] He will not leave us: His manifest presence will be with us. We are not alone. We have a company. We have a company of He who holds all the resources of the Universe in His hands. Wow! And, not only is He there, He does not FORSAKE us: He associates with us. Not only do we have He who holds the resources of Heaven with us, but there is also more. He also makes the resources readily available to us. Hallelujah! So, He says "even before I call, He will answer." [Isaiah 65:24] Hallelujah! Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!!! What more do I want?

I Feel Like Running, Skipping

I feel like running, skipping
Praise the Lord!
For what He has done for me
He has set my spirit free.

I feel like running, skipping
Praise the Lord!
For what He has done for me.

Further Reading: Matthew 10:24-33; Luke 12:1-7; Colossians 3:1-11; Psalm 121, 18; Isaiah 65; Hebrews 5:5-11; Matthew 5:48.

Prayer: Lord, you are my Shepherd (Caretaker, Source, Defender, Shield, Strong Tower). My life rests only on you alone. So, even if/when I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff will protect me. [Psalm 23:4] Thank you, Lord, because I can ALWAYS count on you.

© 2020 Akin Akinbodunse

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