Psalm 99:8… “Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions” (KJV). As the song of Moses, Psalm 99 is supposed to represent Israel’s toughest year. Prophetic messages are God’s way to warn us and alert us about things to come. There is a lot of fear in the land about the darkness that is coming. Saints, that darkness cannot not hide God’s light, nor will it put that light out (John 1:5). Prophets keep us well-informed, but we should never let their prophecies overtake our lives to the point that we let them put us under the bondage of fear. The devil would love that to happen. He will get you to doubt God’s Word in order to drive you to fear so that you will be obsessed with the dangers of our times. Many Christians are addicted to the feeling of fear. Fear dominates their thinking. Paul exhorts us in Philippians 4:6-8 as to what is supposed to dominate our thinking (whatever is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy). What is dominating your thoughts and is causing you to lose your peace? What is consuming your time with worry?
When Isaiah and Jeremiah alerted the people about hard times, they didn’t wait around watching for hard times to happen–they talked about God’s glory and mercy and loving-kindness (Isaiah 25:8-9, Jeremiah 30:17-22). Haggai 2:5 reads, “This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear” (NIV; see also vv. 6-9). What a great promise. When you were born again, God’s Spirit was there and remains with you today. Instead of fearing, trust God, who gave you salvation and eternal life. When Jesus saw the concern of God’s people about food, shelter, and clothing, He said in Matthew 6:8, “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (KJV). Note the words, “Your Father knoweth” (see also Matthew 6:32, Luke 12:30). Confess this promise out loud every day. When Jesus said, “Take no thought,” He was saying, “Don’t lose your focus.” Seek the Kingdom of God, and you will receive more than you need (Luke 12:31-32). “[Crave the Lord] as your soul’s first necessity” (2 Chronicles 15:2, AMP).
We can make any problem into a crisis that causes us to fear, or we can make it an opportunity to use our faith to reach out and touch lives with the gospel. Are you laying aside extra food? Then lay aside a little extra to help others. Develop resilience. Resilience means the ability to get through a crisis, to thrive after a trauma, and to get over trials and tribulations. Resilience may very well be the skill needed for the problem. Changes are everywhere. The Holy Spirit can give you the skills and wisdom to thrive in the face of stress. Resilience means we can be challenged and not break down. Solomon tells us that righteous people get up after they have been knocked down (Proverbs 24:16). Daniel 2:22 makes a good point: “He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him” (KJV). This is the positive mentality we should have.
Pastor George Belobaba
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