God didn’t save us to be defeated. God saved us to keep us. Believe that not only can you be kept by God–you will be kept by God.
- Jude 1:24 New King James Version– Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
If we don’t believe we can be kept by God, we will start taking on a mindset of defeat. Before you are defeated, your mindset must be defeated. The enemy defeats us with wrong thoughts. Consider the prodigal son. Before he left home, how did his thinking change? Why did he think his father’s house was not a place of fulfillment and blessing? Why do we think life without our Father God would be better?
The Lord is the only True and Living God.
- Jeremiah 10:10 New King James Version – But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.
Issues are temporary. No one in heaven has issues. But, while we are on earth we will have struggles, trials and temptations. Believers are not promised a free ride. Sometimes we will have issues that even cause suffering. Just because you are suffering doesn’t mean you don’t have faith. Consider the woman with an issue of blood.
- Mark 5:25 New King James Version – 25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
God uses people with issues. We all have issues, so we are all qualified. God wants willingness. He would rather have somebody less qualified and faithful, than someone who is very qualified and unfaithful. Pray to be faithful. In the “Faith Hall of Fame” in Hebrews 11, every person used had problems.
Consider Gideon. God called him a mighty man of valor while he was hiding like a coward. Why do we have trouble believing God, but we have no problem believing people?
- Moses had a stuttering problem when he was called to be the voice of God to deliver the Hebrews from bondage in Egypt.
- Paul was once Saul, who persecuted and killed Christians. After he met Jesus, he became an apostle and wrote most of the New Testament.
- Peter, the Apostle, was once hot-tempered and sometimes fearful. But through his relationship with Jesus, Peter walked on water, became the leader of the Church after Jesus returned to Heaven and even people were healed by Peter’s shadow.
Don’t try to maintain a reputation by hiding issues. Jesus made Himself of no reputation. God doesn’t condemn you for having issues. Jesus can bring healing and resolution to every problem you face. The Lord is not afraid of your dark times.
- 1 Kings 8:12 New King James Version -Then Solomon spoke: “The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud.
- 2 Chronicles 6:1 New King James Version – Then Solomon spoke: “The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud.
- Job 23:10 New King James Version – But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
Even though you have issues that doesn’t mean God can’t use you. Don’t use your issue as an excuse to turn away from God. God will turn your issue around if you stay faithful to God and continue to show the love of God to others.
- Job 42:10 New King James Version – And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
God gives grace to the humble and helps them.
- James 4:6 New King James Version – But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”