I was so encouraged by Joel Osteen's sermon today. I try to never miss watching him on channel 4 at 7:30am on Sunday especially when I have struggles. Today his sermon spoke right to me.
NOT ACCEPTING THINGS AS PERMANENT
Philippians 2:13 God is constantly at work in those who believe.
We should not accept our circumstances as permanent but TEMPORARY. When we do not have faith that the Lord is going to change our situation for His Glory-we tie His hands and He tells the angels to stop working. They ask, "Why Lord?" He says because my child has stopped believing.
God promised the Israelites the Promise Land. He freed them from slavery and told them to take over the land. Moses sent in a few men to assess the situation and they came back with fear and doubt. Fear that they would be defeated and doubt that they would win possession of the Land. Consequently, they wandered around in the wilderness for 40 years.
2 Corinthians 4:17,18 These light afflictions are for a moment. Things that are seen are subject to change.
Do not form a stronghold by accepting sickness, bad marriage, not enough money....
Live with a ATTITUDE OF FAITH, be a BELIEVER not a doubter, believe that you are a VICTOR and not a victim.
It is never too late to start believing and to change your mind set. Regardless, whatever happens Christians are winners either way.
Friends, I am preaching to myself here. I have a boat load of things to think and worry about but I know God is in Control. My tears are of joy because with whatever happens, with the illness of my parents, it will be the Lord's Will and it will Glorify Him and demonstrate His compassion, mercy and unconditional love.
God Bless All of You for praying for my parents, both of them are very ill but I am comforted knowing my Heavenly Father is with me.