I want to talk to you today about God’s ability to give you a miracle of safety, a miracle of peace of mind, a miracle of power to overcome today’s pressures, and a miracle of wisdom to sort out life’s confusions. It all starts with taking responsibility for your life. You win or lose in your attitude. Your attitude is your disposition or your frame of mind. The apostle Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:16, “Keep a close watch on all you do and think. Stay true to what is right and God will bless you and use you to help others” (TLB). Paul is talking about personal accountability. Personal accountability has a lot to do with your attitude. Paul is sending out a “wake-up call.” I believe this is the year for miracles, especially for the tough times ahead. Paul writes in Philippians 2:12, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (KJV). The words “work out” mean “to accomplish a purpose, perform, do something, give careful attention to your personal life,” such as getting out of debt, getting good control over your health, and committing yourself to make saving your life and family a top priority.
Hebrews 5:7… “Yet while Christ was here on earth he pleaded with God, praying with tears and agony of soul to the only one who would save him from premature death. And God heard his prayers because of his strong desire to obey God at all times” (TLB). Have you a strong desire to obey God at all times? If you have, then break off all desires that are not God’s plan for your life. Resist temptation and persevere against sin. When your attitude is low your achievements are low.
Psalm 112 is a great example on taking responsibility for your life. This psalm stands as a handbook for blessed living in hard and perilous times. If you can take ahold of what this Psalm is saying, miracles of blessings await you. This psalm teaches how to work out your own salvation. It is the Christian’s combat formula for end-time sanity and survival. There are nine promises listed in groups of three. These only work when we take responsibility.
I. Psalm 112:1… “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments” (KJV). The person that God blesses is the person who delights in the Word of God. This man made it a top priority to understand what God is saying. He built into his life the rules of conduct that God laid down. He is devoted to God; his emotions show it. The word “delighteth” is an emotional word: “Lord, Your Word so blessed me; give me another word so that I can add that to my personal life too.” The Lord wants us to get acquainted with the workings of His government. With delighting in the Word comes three promises…
a) Verse 2… The promise of mighty children… “His children shall be honored everywhere, for good men’s sons have a special heritage” (TLB). A lot of emphasis is put on the young people today. There are more good young people in society than bad ones. When parents are not strong in the Word, the devil will attack the children. Paul teaches in Ephesians 6:1-4 that fathers are to get their wisdom for raising children from the Lord.
b) Verse 3… The promise of a good-paying job… “He himself shall be wealthy, and his good deeds will never be forgotten” (TLB). It’s not God’s will for the devil to bring one financial crisis after another. If you are working harder and you are falling further behind, God wants to change all of that for you. If you really love the Word of God, He promises wealth shall be in your house, including the fruit of the Spirit. If you truly love the Word, the fruits of the devil will not be in your house.
c) Verse 4… The promise of peace of mind and of good understanding in times of crisis… “Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous” (KJV). God has wisdom for all those who delight in the Word. James 1:5 says, “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it” (TLB). You can’t beat that!
II. Psalm 112:5… “A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion” (KJV). When you are upright and compassionate and show favor to others who need help, God gives you three more promises. Often, in times of someone else’s trials, we are anything but righteous and compassionate. The word “upright” means “level-headed and straightforward; righteous.” The word “lendeth” refers to intertwining your life with the person in need. This is more than giving funds; it is giving counsel, teaching, and showing. The three promises are…
a) Verse 6… The promise of not being shaken when troubles oppress you. “Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance” (KJV). The Spirit is protecting your reputation and your testimony. The Word of God gives you stability in your tests, and people will see that stability. People want to see how God takes care of the righteous.
b) Verse 7… The promise that when your children grow up and leave home you will not fear bad news. Or when your spouse goes to work or to shop you know God takes care of them and you. That’s priceless care.
c) Verse 8… The promise of protection in spiritual warfare. “Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes” (NIV). The devil feeds on people’s fears. When we get to heaven we will see just how weak the devil is, but we also need to see it today. The devil was defeated by the blood of Jesus on the cross and we need to tell him so.
III. Psalm 112:9… “He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour” (KJV). When we give to help meet the needs, God gives three more promises. People need to be taught how to give. There is power in giving… deliverance power. Ecclesiastes 11:1 teaches, “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”
a) Verse 9… The promise that you will not lose out spiritually. “His righteousness endureth for ever” (KJV). Giving strengthens your righteousness. Because you gave, you are able to endure.
b) Verse 9… The promise of influence, promotion, honor, and authority. “His horn shall be exalted with honour” (KJV). Jesus said in John 12:26, “If any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” The devil wants to attack your influence. He wants to disgrace you. God says, “No way.” Because you love the Lord and His word, God honors you.
c) Verse 10… The promise of seeing the secret plans of the devil collapse before your eyes. “The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing” (NIV). The desires of the devil upon your life will come to nothing. His plans collapse, but your plans remain solid. Psalm 118:17 teaches that the devil has designs to destroy you, but David said, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord” (KJV). Paul exhorted us to work out our own salvation. Get a winning attitude, and God will give you miracles–miracles of provision, safety, wisdom, and power to overcome.
Pastor George Belobaba
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