Propelling Over The Circumstances

Propelling Over The Circumstances
Gods’ love in us should flow like a fountain. It should be refreshing to those who come in contact with it. Praise will propel you over the circumstances. God’s love flows like a never-ending stream. Therefore, our love can do the same towards others (John 15:13). God’s love is cool and refreshing in that it calms the storms and brings peace to the believer (Psalm 107:29).
We really don’t have a choice whether to love or not. We are commanded to do so in (John 15:12) “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” Otherwise we walk in disobedience! New International Version
I like to compare the love walk to a stick shift car. As you shift from one gear to another, the car goes forward in a smooth transition and just as we shift into obedience to the love walk, which is commanded in Gods’ Word---our life runs smoothly.
If you find you are experiencing a problem in your love walk, just get on your knees and pray. Allow the waters of refreshing to bring newness to your love walk. Then get up and go on from there with a renewed vision of God’s love for you and for others.
We need to see people with eyes of liquid love; a look that melts the hardest heart, soothes the deepest pains and confirms the worth of life to everyone it comes in contact with. Seven times in the New Testament, Pilate said of Jesus, “I find no fault in him.” How can we find fault in Someone that is perfect and flawless?
Our love walk can be that way as we look at people the way Paul mentions in the love walk in First Corinthians 13. I know none of us are perfect in our love walk towards each other, but we certainly can let God continue to guide us on that path.
There is no “perfect love” except in Jesus. So, if we look at others as He looks at us, we will always be able to love. Even in Matthew 14:14, Jesus Jesus was moved with compassion on the multitudes in spite of their mistakes, sins and failures. Likewise we need to be this way with others. We should love everyone equally.
Because we are under construction, we can’t see what our lives will become yet, but we are in the kingdom building business with God. Our foundation is built on His Word.
These are some building blocks for us to think about:
Word I John 5:14-15 says “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” New International Version
Psalm 119:11, “Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee”. Establish Thy word to Thy servant, as that which produces reverence for Thee” New International Version
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. New International Version.”
Love John 15:15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” New International Version
I John 4:16-17 “And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us, God is love, and he one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world”. New International Version
Faith Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” New International Version
Prayer James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” New International Version
When you establish the Word in your heart, you will learn to walk out the perfect love of God’s precious promises. It is then that your prayer life will begin to be effective to the kingdom’s building process.
Actually, I believe it would be rather difficult to build any spiritual base or foundation without these four attributes being linked together. If one piece is missing, the foundation will not stand the test of time.
God’s Word is the blueprint for us in our building code. Without the Word we would not know how, where, when or what we are to do with our lives. The Word is the first ingredient in the beginning of the construction process of our lives. Each person in the body of Christ is a building block towards completion. We all fit in one way or another-but when we are in our proper place, we are complete in God.
Jesus is the cornerstone and the foundation will never crumble. The love of God perfected in us helps us to see other people as parts of the construction as God’s tools and links to being complete.
Without God’s love all the living pieces would want to be in the choicest spots of the building. Only Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone! Every other piece is placed around Him! Glory to God!
Our faith in Him is founded only by the fact that the believers have a measure of faith given to them. (Roman 12:3)
First Corinthians 2:5 states “That your faith should not rest on the wisdom of man,but in the power of God,: New International Version
Faith is the key factor in knowing how to trust God for direction in learning His will for us through His Word. It is also the foundation by which we can approach God and can expect an answer.
Faith-filled prayer based on God’s Word, is the only effective way of touching the ears of God. As we go before His throne in complete abandonment of our own ideas and seek only after God’s ideas, will we be effective in prayer.
These are just some more areas of being strong like an oak tree and if we apply them they will help us not to bend in adversity.
Have you ever seen what happens when someone puts his or her finger in a light socket or touches an electrical wire while standing in water? They get infused with electricity throughout their whole body. They get jolted out of their socks.
Some people need to be jolted out of their complacency or comfort zones. We don’t serve out of duty, it is out of delight that brings about obedience; not based on duty.
Comfort zones cause us to be like weeping willow trees, we bend every time something in our lives is not right. When the winds of adversity blow we have a tendency to bend rather than stand strong in the midst of the storm.
In our society everything is instant this and instant that. So, we want a quick response from God too. In some people’s lives “wait” is not their favorite word. They don’t like it because it requires responsibility on their part to lay aside their quick prayer and linger awhile in God’s presence.
When I first moved to California I found one of the hardest “waits” was in traffic. You know traffic is a good measuring stick for waiting on God.
How frustrated do you get when you have to wait for a long light or a long line at the bank or grocery store or gas pump? Then when it finally does clear up, the service is mediocre, the product is second best and you still go home dissatisfied. This is how it is when we rush our prayer time and don’t want to “wait” in God’s presence.
Many people today want to give up on their dreams and desires because it doesn''t happen the way they thought it should. It is not our timing but Gods timing that we need to be reminded of when we present our desires to Him. BUT, God works on a different timetable than we do. His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. Isaiah. 55:8, 9
It is my belief that we do not need to live any other way but victoriously. Although human, I believe we can possess abundant life (John 10:10).
Believers take heart, stand on the written, living word of God and you will overcome the adversities of life.
Too often in our complex society we fall prey to circumstances and situations that seem to try to pull us down and try to get us to bend in adversity. But as children of God, we have His precious promises to stand on. For example, Abraham believed God and found faith to stand (Romans 4:20). Another example is the positive way David proclaimed, “My heart is steadast, O God” Psalm 108:1 New International Version
Here it gives an illustration that David was super-glued to God. That is how we can be. So close to God that no one can separate us from Him.
Satan was defeated 2000 years ago when Christ died and rose again to give us liberty. We need to walk in that liberty. Jesus paid a great price for us to not bend in our adversity but to stand strong like the oak tree. He gave his life.
A very familiar passage of scripture to us that is sometimes over looked, and has a powerful impact on us in I John 4:4, where it says, “Greater is He that is in you, than He who is in the world.” New International Version
Such victory there is in knowing that we do not need to be defeated. Paul admonishes us to “Stand fast in the liberty (freedom) that Christ has made you free and be not in bondage ever again to defeat.” (Galatians 5:1).
Cords of love held Jesus to the cross, not nails. It was not weakness. It was power! We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Determine to be victorious---He is our Victory.
So when the storms of life begin to toss you to and fro, like the weeping willow tree, remember to water the roots of your life with God’s Word and become strong like an oak tree.
What do you do to continue to surrender? Keep your eyes on Jesus.