The scripture says that everyday is a good day because God made it, but what about when adverse circumstances hits you in your face? Does it make the day bad? No, the day is still good, but God can turn it around for you.
The other day, my sister and I had planned to visit a new coffee shop, thinking walk up was open. I had to work that day so we planned to meet there. For her, she would have to get on the bus with her pass she got for thirty dollar less. The transportation department had a special for the spring months and I will tell you, this is a blessing.
When we had arrived, we had found out that the Walk Up was temporarily closed. I was fumed. How could they do that to us? I don't live in that town and the only time, I could visit was when I worked at a school in that area. Yet I saw nothing about it being closed. No Facebook post telling me they were closed. Assuming that the lockdown didn't affect the Walk Up, I didn't even checked. Walk Up at other places like Rally's were open so why not? The temporary closure told me that the manager favored drivers over pedestrians. She even told me, it wouldn't be fair for the driver if they served us. It's not fair on pedestrians!
We tried to make the best of the day. Grateful that she got there using a pass and not a ten dollar trip ticket (worth ten rides), we walked to Dollar General for my sister had never been there then bought a soda that day. Later, I realized how glad I was when I found out my finances wasn't as much as I thought it was. God kept me from spending money on coffee.
God made up for it the next day. My sister had left over money from what a friend gave her and we had planned on going to Black Bear. We expected to dine outside because of the lockdowns, but to my surprise, we could dine inside! The waiting experience was different but not bad. They would text us when they had a table for us. Since I thought we would have to wait awhile, I went to use the lady's room. A sign on the door simply stated that because of lockdown one person only in the restroom. Holding my breath, I went in to check. No one inside. I thanked God.
When I came back, they had a table ready for us! How about that waiting? And I had almost forgotten my water bottle until a waitress bought it to me! The meal itself was good. I love sweet potato fries dipped in ranch dressing.
There is a sing that goes like this: count your many blessings and name one one by one. If you ever had a bad experience like I did, rejoice. God is still in the blessing business. He had turned my mourning into dancing by the time I spent with my sister and giving us good service at Black Bear. Keep your eyes open for those blessings and don't focus so much on the bad. Although I would have loved to try their drinks, I might not have liked it and it would have been a waste. I love Starbucks because I'm used to them but because of their connection to the Illuminati, I boycotted them. I could make my own at home and save money. They have copy cat recipes online. Here is one I use:
"Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishments on the people..." Psalms 149:6-8a
After Paul told the Ephesians to have the full armor of God on, he told to pray for saints. Prayer is a weapon of defense, and when we pray in the spirit, the enemy has no idea what we are praying because he is carnal.(fleshly) All weapons of this warfare he knows everything about. He knows how guns, swords, arrows, etc works because they are weapons of this world and he is the god of this world or the god of this age. He is not the Most High God as he wanted to be so he doesn't know everything.
The scripture above calls for the Christian warrior to declare God's high praise. The enemy hates it when we praise God in middle of a bad circumstance. He expects us to complain to God about it, but God told us to tell our mountains to move, not ask God to move our mountains. "Why God is this happening to me?" "Lord, they won't leave me alone!" Those are complaints. It's okay to cry out to Him, but He wants our praise too. "Oh God, You are an awesome God! There is none like you! Oh God, you move mountains!" Psalms is full of praise of God. Even David declared God's high praise in the midst of his circumstances, but he also cried out. There are tons of scripture to quote from The scripture also calls for Christian warriors to declare his word. (The two-edged sword.) The two-edged sword is a weapon of offense. Jesus quoted scripture each time the devil tempted to him. A friend once told me that since Satan is the god of the air, you should use scripture to combat him just as Jesus did and he won! A note of warning, if you don't know, the enemy will take scripture our of context for his advantage, but Paul told Timothy that if we are trained right, we could rightly divide the word of truth. If you would like more on this subject comment below.
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He trains my hands for war and my fingers for Battle."
There is a song by Phil Wickman I like called the Battle Belongs. (I will post the link below). The song talks about fighting on our knees. What is that called? Prayer. In David's day (when he wrote this Psalms), David fought as a warrior. He fought many battles, but he gave God credit for preparing him for war.
God prepares us for war, but not in the same way as David. Our battle is spiritual. "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds." Two "p" words comes to my mind when I read that and we could use our hands for that: prayer and praise. When we get on our knees, we use our hands to pray. We could also use our hands to praise. Have you seen in a service when people sing God's praises that they lift up hands? They also lift up holy hands to pray for people in authority. We need to do that. If we could see into the spiritual realm, you could see demonic forces at work. That's why our weapons are not carnal. It would defeat the purpose if we use weapons of this world. Paul wrote "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood..." (Ephesians 612) It is a spiritual battle.
So get on your hands and knees and pray. Pray in the spirit too. Use the language that God has given you because when you do, the devil in no way can use what you pray against you. He's clueless! Praise confounds him too! He wants us to look at our circumstances and think it's hopeless. So far he has succeeded with some but not all. Keep your eyes on Jesus then you won't drown in it. If we praise God IN everything, God will do amazing things for you.
One final note and so very important: Unity. This has been on my heart because the devil wants to sow discord. Scripture says that a house divided can not stand. In order to stand strong as one, we need to put aside our differences and see ourselves as one as Jesus is one with the Father.
Scriptures in the old testament pointed to Jesus as the Messiah and the Jews knew it. The problem was they had a wrong understanding what the Messiah was. They believed that the Messiah would free them from Roman control and that he would be their early king.
The disciples believed it too. Yet three times Jesus said how he would die and rise again. At any time he did not say, he would conquer the Romans for them and sit on an earthly throne yet the disciples didn't get it.
James and John had big heads. They imagined reigning with Jesus that they wanted to sit next to him in his glory. All they could think about was themselves! Even in one gospel account, their mother had the same request for these two disciples. They did not get it.
Jesus understood and put them to the test. "Can you drink from the same cup and partake in the same baptism I will partake from?" Do you think they understood what that meant?
When they answered Jesus that they could, he sadly informed them they will, but he said it was not for him to decide who will sit next to him. And here is where he put them in their place. He told them that those who wants to be leader must be a servant and he closes with, "for the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve." Jesus didn't deny his kingship to them, but stated that his kind of kingdom is not of this world as oppose to the gentiles who wants to rule over their citizens.
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