It's About HIS Power Not Our Own

23 This is what the LORD says:

   “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
 or the strong boast of their strength
 or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
 that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,
 justice and righteousness on earth,
 for in these I delight,”
 declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24

There are times in life when we feel that all our strength is gone, our money is gone and truly we lack the wisdom to know what to do anymore.

The truth is that none of those things matter, what matters is that we know God, on a personal level, and because of that God brings us out of everything victoriously.

In Romans 8: 28 we read the following words:

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."

If we truly believe in the Lord, and have had our hearts circumcised by Him, we never have to worry over circumstances that surround us that are less then what we want them to be.

Anything that we depend on more then God is an idol. It doesn't matter whether it is our money, or brains or our strength of mind or body.

I know that a lot of us thought, "If I can study hard, work and get a good education, I will be set for life." So we did that, we worked hard, we did all the right things and then we still found that things happened to strip us of our money, and our livelihood and in some instances our health. If we were wise, we grew from these circumstances and realized that in the long run the only thing we could always depend on was GOD.

Once we come to know God, personally, then He takes us and starts to work out the rough edges.

I have studied gemology a little bit, as I once had an online jewelry business on Ebay. I learned that diamonds are the hardest natural substance. In mining diamonds first the actual diamonds must be separated from the rock that surrounds them. Crushing or milling the excavated material is the first step, but this is done in a precise, careful form so as not to damage the potential gems inside.

I believe God does the same with us, "His precious jewels." He first separates us from anything surrounding us that does not bring glory to Him. He allows circumstances to come into our life, as He did with Job, to bring out the best in us. But like He did with Job, He never allows circumstances to damage us to the point where we would not be of use to Him. Diamonds are separated, cut and polished to show off all of the beauty within the diamond. The same thing is done to us, and we are constantly being cleaned and polished to shine forth in glory when Christ comes back for us!

In my life, full of different sorts of losses, I have often questioned God as to "WHY?" Sometimes we cannot see the "why" immediately, but looking back on the situations we see that the very thing that so broke our hearts at the time, is now to our benefit.

When I saw both my father and mother die, literally in front of my eyes, on two separate occasions as a young girl, I was devastated. I couldn't imagine why God had allowed this. Now, I have so much compassion on others who lose loved ones unexpectedly. I know the pain that the death of a loved one causes, but I also know that, like the diamond, God never allowed the circumstances to completely destroy me. I also understand today that death is a graduation ceremony for the believer, and that knowledge helps me to help others who lose loved ones. I have found that someone who has been in their shoes and can tell them truthfully, " This too shall pass" more easily comforts people!

Life is not always a smooth path. The hard truth is that all of us, saved or not, will have mountain top experiences and we will have valley experiences. It's not what happens that defines us, but it's how we react to these circumstances.

If we call ourselves believers and then panic and wring our hands when "stuff" happens to us, we are not being good witnesses of the power God tells us about in the scripture in the beginning of this message. The world looks at us, and thinks, "Hmmn, if that's how God helps him or her, I will pass on God."

When I began my spiritual transformation in the Lord, which I am still in the midst of each day, God begin to tell me to watch how I appeared to others.  I felt the Lord wanted me to put a smile on my face, and stay clam with the knowledge that no matter how the situation looked, He would bring me through victoriously.

The bottom line is we either believe that He is who He says He is, or we don't believe. I like the quote by Stuart Chase that goes like this:

 “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.”

We can preach, teach and counsel until we are blue in the face, but some people will never believe. That is not our problem. The problem lies with free will, God has given each of us free will because He doesn't want to force us to love Him, and He wants us to love Him because we make the choice to do so. In doing so we then have to accept things that make no sense to us, with the knowledge that He is our loving Father, who never desires to hurt us!

Today, Beloved, can you open the door just a tiny bit wider to the possibility of God's supernatural ability to turn your situation around? Can you "Be still and know that I am God," as we are told in Psalm 46:10?

Yes, Satan will come around to us with thoughts of fear, and inadequacy again. That is the nature of Satan. If we can simply be still and realize that the following scripture applies in all situations, we can find peace in the midst of all turmoil.

"You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people." Genesis 50:20

Some of you are wringing your hands today, as you read this. You are faced with mounting pressures on all sides. You say, "God, I am not going to make it! I am weak and tired, I am broke and I don't have another plan to get out of this mess!" I believe God would say to you, "I am the God of the universe, delight yourself in Me and I can accomplish the very things you find impossible, climb up into My lap and I will comfort you!"

Father, we worry, we fret and wring our hands with anxiety over things coming on us and on the earth. We are mere humans that don't understand some of these things. Help us to keep seeking Your Face, and help us to put our trust in the fact that you are a miracle-working God and nothing is too tough for You! In Your Name the Name above all names we pray. Amen and Amen.

May God use this message today to strengthen you in battle, and comfort you with His presence. In His presence there is PEACE!

In His Love,

Pastor Cathie Miller

 

 


 

 

For We Know That Nothing...No Thing..  is impossible with God