The Blessings of God: Problems


It’s human nature to resist, recoil from, and resent problems on the journey of life.

But, what if I told you that resistance can be a blessing from God.   Every roadblock or tough situation is not always the devil or a result of sin in your life.

The fact is that smooth roads don’t typically encourage problem-solving.  In fact, in my experience, it’s been the “push-backs” on my path that have led to some of the most important revelations in my ever-increasing relationship with the Lord.

I’ve had plenty of times, over the years, that I’ve known smooth roads and mountain tops in my walk of faith.  My walk with the Lord, however, has prospered more at times that I’ve had to stop walking (or running).

Sometimes in desperation and not a little bit of murmuring, I’ve been forced to stop, look, and listen for the inner voice of the Lord.

It’s not the feeling of frustration and “why me” murmuring that is the problem.  It’s whether or not you put a (.) period, or a (,) at the end of your sentences.  Paul was honest like that.  At times he cried out in frustration, but he also finished the thought with (, But God…)

One of the most recent revealings of the Lord came with the words on a construction road sign.  It said, “Expect Delays.”

It had just been ‘dawning on me’ (another way of saying ‘receiving a revelation’) that this earth-life is an essential but tiny piece in the eternity puzzle.  Our lives on this side are like a classroom for spiritual growth.

Class rooms are places where we learn things, but an important part of the process of learning is making mistakes.  Seriously.  Most, if not all people, would not develop excellence without the errors.

If a person is passive about mistakes, then there are probably deeper issues.  I’ve never heard of anyone who aspired to win second place.

But, mistakes…not doing it perfect the first, second, or third time is an integral part of the learning process.  Giving up in self-criticism is not a healthy option.  Pushing forward, inquiring of the Lord for wisdom, is a very important part of the journey….(unless mediocrity is cool with you.)

The next step of the revelation were the words I read on the road sign, “Expect Delays.”  I felt it in my heart.  Those two words were encouragement from the Lord.  Delays are a part of the process.  God knows that and therefore is NOT criticising you.  You are the one slamming yourself.

One of the devil’s most effective weapons is the voice of self-accusation.  The Spirit of Jesus whispers words of courage in our hearts and minds.  He builds us up.  He doesn’t tear us down.  He comforts us.  He doesn’t criticise us.

Are you experiencing a “delay.”  Expect it.  It’s part of God’s excellent process where we are given the blessing of fresh revelation.

Time to stop, look, and listen.  Ask. Seek. Knock.

Gary

 

 

 

 

What Is Conviction? by Gary Ellis

God does convict of sin.  No question about it.  He’s always going to be convicting [which literally means convincing us] of His plan and purpose for our lives. 

When the devil points towards our actions that are less than the right, powerful way to live, it’s to discourage and convict us that we are pathetic and hopeless examples of sons and daughters of God.

When the Holy Spirit convicts [convinces] us about actions or words that are hypocritical to who we really are by New Birth, He says something like…

“You’re too awesome to be acting like that…or saying that!”

He’s always pointing us to our high calling in Christ Jesus!  He’s always pointing to our greatness! He’s always filling us with hope that we can act and speak rightly…powerfully…creatively!

Even after your words or actions are not on the par with your greatness in Christ, be encouraged that Jesus paid for it and is just waiting to show you how to fulfill His life in you as you move forward together!

This doesn’t minimize sin.  It maximizes His victory and yours in Him!!

Gary