But You long to meet me in my struggles. And I’m sorry for how often I ask you to take them away so that I can continue to ignore You.
Praise and strength go hand in hand. When you give God praise, He gives you strength. When you thank God in advance for the answer, that’s what keeps you encouraged.
Remember, you’re not going to stay strong in faith by complaining. Complaining drains you of strength and energy. You’re not going to stay determined if you’re talking about how bad it is. No, switch over into praise. “Business may be slow, but Lord, I want to thank You that You prosper me even in a desert.” “The people coming against me may be powerful, but Lord, I want to thank You that You are all-powerful.” Praise will keep you moving forward!
So often we think, “I’ll give God praise after the problem turns around.” But if you don’t learn this principle to thank God in advance, you won’t have the strength you need to wait for the promise. Every morning when you wake up, start the day by saying, “Father, thank You that my dreams are coming to pass. Thank You that this problem is turning around. Thank You that You are bigger than this obstacle.” Keep praising Him and keep receiving His strength so you can boldly embrace the victory He has for you!
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Joyce Meyer. Trusting God Day by Day
“…all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16, NIV)
Did you know that God has already written out the story of your life? He’s written out plans for your good, plans to prosper you, plans for peace. That doesn’t mean that you won’t go through negative situations. It means that God will use everything you go through to move you forward toward that good plan.
When things happen that we don’t understand, it’s easy to think, “Why did this happen? Why did this friend betray me? Why did this company lay me off? Why didn’t I get that promotion?” But, you can’t let the things you don’t understand keep you stuck on the same page in the story of your life. You have to decide to turn the page so that you can see the victory waiting for you in the next chapter.
If you are facing a difficulty today, know that God’s plan is to turn it around and use it for your good. The story of your life isn’t over! Keep moving forward, keep believing, keep hoping, keep forgiving because your days are written out for go
Don’t say on one hand, “I love God” and then don’t do His commandments and have the attitudes that He demands. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Hypocrisy and a double-life will find one ultimately Godless and friendless. If you’ve split yourself in two, let God glue you back together before it’s too late.
"The greatest pursuit of a worship leader isn’t seeking what’s new. It’s never losing the wonder of what God has already done."
“ But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.
Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God (via godforeveryoureign)