Jordan For Jesus #028 "Well Done (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-10-02 12:46:10
By placing the trials you face into God's hands, rather than taking them into your own hands, you allow God to take care of them knowing that the outcome is that God has already won the battle because He has overcome the world.
Therefore, we can praise, rejoice, and shout for joy because we walk in victory being on the winning team in Christ Jesus.
"A righteous person may have many troubles but it is the Lord that delivers that person from them all." (Psalm 34:19) This is what it means to have unshakable faith and trust in the Lord.
When you take your trials to God, in prayer, and allow God to deal with them, rather than relying on yourself to take care of them by attempting to take care of them yourself, God will always come through for you in His timing. God will always have your back if you choose to do what is right before Him obediently because He is faithful.
God always answers prayer. Maybe not when you want Him to, but when He says it is the right time to answer. Only God is wise, and only God knows just when the right time is. God is never silent in the face of injustice, but He genuinely and honestly rewards those who do what is right, before Him, with justice because that is who He is. He is a just God.
Prayer is not that God will hear us but that we will hear God. The power of prayer is not in the one who prays but in the one who answers the prayer. I have walked through many trials, in my life, where I honestly and genuinely had to trust and rely on God with unshakable faith by obediently doing what is right before Him.
When I took my trials to Him, in prayer, rather than taking them into my own hands and dealing with them myself, God was always faithful to answer my prayers and come through with justice in His timing. The indescribable, most high God is more than good and is more than worthy as well as deserving of our praise and so much more than we can ever even begin to give Him.
God allowed the trials I experienced, in my life, for Him and His glory. He is my treasure and my reward. I would gladly go through them again for Him because it is all for God and all about God, not about me.
In Christ, we are victorious because He is surpassing superseding victory! It's not the prayer or the one who prays that really matters, but it's the God who answers that truly matters the most.
As Christ-followers, we exist to make a big deal out of God not out of ourselves. Whether we are rewarded, in the end, for the trials we face, in this life, or not is not what is most significant. Knowing and believing that God is faithful despite it all is what is most significant.
We do not deserve a reward. Honestly, we ultimately deserve hell, but our good and merciful God proved that He loved us too much and that we were worth the death of His one and only Son Jesus Christ. We should be more than humbled as well as completely and totally honored for the privilege, given to us by God, to share in the sufferings of Christ because we are in good company with Him when we do experience and encounter trials in this life. We should see trials as a blessing given to us by God because they are always windows and doors of opportunity that God uses to shape us and our hearts to become more like Him and His heart.
Trials do not define us, but God uses them to refine us. God is the one who defines us defending us faithfully. Don't defend yourself or let others defend you. It is always best when, in the end, God defends you. Nothing can surpass or beat Him! No competition, undefeated God always successfully wins. Trials are not a bad thing or something to be ashamed of because they always prove whether your faith is truly genuine or not.
When you walk through the trials you face obediently by trusting in the Lord, keeping your eyes always on Him by staying focused on Him, showing God's love to those who choose to wrong you as well as forgiving them, sharing Jesus with others, showing Christ as well as the fruit of Christ to others including those who wrong you and remaining at peace through it all by delighting yourself in the Lord which means placing your joy only in Christ, God will reward you.
God will reward you with spiritual rewards. Not earthly rewards. Rewards that are eternal that will stand forever throughout all eternity and beyond. We should walk through trials, in life, with a loving, forgiving, Christ-like attitude, praying for others more than ourselves, without taking revenge.
Always leave revenge for God to take because it is His place to take revenge and not ours. I have been through numerous difficult trials in my life. Because I was faithful to obey the Lord and do what is right before Him by honoring what He says in His word, the Bible, God answered my prayers when I prayed to Him.
Not only did the Lord answer my prayers, but He also rewarded me with justice in the face of those satan used to harm me. God told me that He has seen my heart, and He is proud of me.
These are not my words but they are God's words. This is not anything that I have done but it is everything that God has done all by Himself. It was God's choice to speak into my life and to answer my prayers when I prayed to Him. He didn't have to, but He chose to.
There was no power in my prayer to God, but power was displayed when God heard my prayer and answered. When we humble ourselves before the Lord, He is faithful to lift us up. Humility comes before honor. Isn't it incredible how the Lord takes what satan uses for harm and turns it around for our good and more importantly His good and glory as well.
My omnipresent God, in heaven, is faithful, and He loves His children. God does not show favoritism, but He does choose the one who does what He says is right. "Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right." (Acts 10:35-36)
Let this be a word of encouragement to anyone facing a trial right now. Keep your head up! Walk humbly, in obedience, before the Lord, doing what He says is right before Him by honoring what He says in His word, the Bible, and He will see you through just as He did for me. Rejoice in the Lord with abundant unceasing joy because the outcome is the battle is already won!
"Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right." (Acts 10:35-36)
"A righteous person may have many troubles but it is the Lord that delivers that person from them all." (Psalm 34:19)
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." (Genesis 50:20)
"Light shines on the Godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right." (Psalm 97:11)
"For the word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all He does." (Psalm 33:4)
"She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future!" (Proverbs 31:25)
"Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord." (Romans 12:19)
"God pays no attention to what others say about you. He makes up His own mind." (Romans 2:10-11, The Message)
"Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart." (Proverbs 17:3)
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant!" (Matthew 25:23)
"The Lord protects and defends me; I trust in Him. He gives me help and my heart leaps for joy. I praise Him with joyful songs." (Psalm 28:7)
"He made their hearts, so He understands everything they do." (Psalm 33:16)
"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." (James 5:16)
"I want to know Christ--yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death," (Philippians 3:10)
“If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you. When that happens, remember this: Servants don’t get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they will do what you tell them. They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don’t know the One who sent me. If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. Hate me, hate my Father—it’s all the same. If I hadn’t done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn’t be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both me and my Father. Interesting—they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, ‘They hated me for no good reason.’ When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes—the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father—he will confirm everything about me. You, too, from your side must give your confirming evidence, since you are in this with me from the start.” (John 15:18-27, MSG)
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." (James 4:17)
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The infant finishes his bottle and smiles contentedly up at his mother. A trickle of milk courses down from the corner of his mouth. It’s a sweet scene because that’s what babies do. They are born with immature digestive systems and no teeth. Mother’s milk or formula are necessary for the child to survive and thrive. As they grow, their teeth begin to come in, their digestive abilities mature, and they can tolerate solid food.
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