Don’t Underestimate The Power Of God

Don't Underestimate The Power Of God

Mark 6:45-56

In the world at present many individuals has at all times underestimated the ability of God. We underestimate the ability of God’s mighty power because our hearts are hardened He reveals Himself in a new way to make our belief run true. Therefore, don’t underestimate the ability of God’s power He can do greater than you think.

Now, God thought about you before you thought about Him. The almighty God says that He decided on how He will make use of you for His glory earlier than you come into the world. To underestimate is to guess that something is worth less or is smaller than it really is. God is all powerful, all knowing, all capable. There are no limits restricting God. Yet regardless of this, individuals tend to underestimate God’s limitless power by erroneous thinking and lack of faith. You cannot underestimate God’s energy to work out His functions in your life. Some people see God as severe, stern and cold, sitting on His throne, waiting for us to mess up so that He can rap our knuckles with a trial or tribulation. This isn’t the God of the bible. Notwithstanding, scripture unveils a powerful God who loves uprightness, also overflows with compassion, grace and love. God’s status is usually based on tradition and heresy, not the reality found in His word.

If you come to know God through scripture and have a relationship with Him like David, Paul and Martha, you begin to see that He is so much more than you understood, or were taught by assuming unbelievers. When you underestimate the ability of God’s power, your expectations and love for Him are too low. When you begin to see His true greatness, hope replaces resignation and rises. The enemy (Satan) is not more powerful than God, no matter how bad issues can appear at times. There is a battle raging for the souls of mankind, but God already has the declared victory. You should no longer be tricked that the enemy, who is formed by all powerful God, will outsmart God, even for a seconds in time. God’s side is the safe side. He empowers His people and helps them, no matter how desperate things may appear. You might know that God is able and powerful, however might query if He will select to make use of His mighty power in your behalf. I need to encourage you that the power of God is more superior, He is greatly involved in your life and He is always by your side.

Sometimes you underestimate His plans and direction for your life. God didn’t create you, then sit down in Heaven, ready to see what you’ll make out of life. God has given you intelligence and choices, but He will also help you with decisions when you ask. His plans for you are good. He wants you to live rich and satisfying life. John 10:10 says, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Because of Christ, each of us has purpose, destiny and hope of abundant life.

We underestimate Jesus desire to be with us. Some of us are so busy dutifully serving God that we don’t realize that He wants to be with us because of who we are more than for what we do. God is a spirit who wishes to disclose Himself, His secrets and techniques to those that serve Him. You shouldn’t settle to be servant when God wants to bring you into His inner circle. Be assured that God is reachable any time, as a result of this He neither sleep nor slumber. He always wants to be with you. He actually seeks to draw you to Himself because the power of God is incomparable.

We underestimate His creativity. When you are in a hard situation and don’t see a way out, you can become seriously discouraged and hopeless. The excellent news is that God isn’t bound by time and is all knowing, so He has your state of affairs discovered earlier than you notice you’re in it. Your prayers brings God to come into your state of affairs and to perform miracles in your life. His orchestration of situations and answers to your prayers can blow you away. It is wonderful that the God of creativity, originality, wisdom and ultimate power is the same God that beloved you adequate to come down to be with you on earth. Can God who longs to call you His friend be the same God that you struggle to believe, trust and worship.

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God wants to walk with you, talk with you and encourage you the same way He walk with Peter, Martha, Paul, John, David and the Lord Jesus etc. He loves you. He will always leave you in awe at His love and goodness. Expect great things from our great God. Therefore, don’t underestimate God’s mighty power due to His unconditional love towards you.

Think Carefully Before You Act

Think Carefully Before You Act

Ephesians 5:15

It is important to think through one’s courses of actions before acting. If you don’t think before you act, you may realize that you did not really want to do what you did. You ought to at all times think earlier than you act to stop unwanted consequences. Therefore, you must think carefully earlier you act so that you don’t become a victim of the devil.

The phrase careful describes the behaviour, data of a person, or someone who ensures that she or he makes sure to keep away from mishap, harm; cautious, potential danger and also that of somebody who pays close attention no matter what she or he is about to do or doing. However, being spontaneous can be fun sometimes, but there is a difference between spontaneity and impulsiveness. When you act without even considering the consequences, the potential danger or how it may affect or be perceived by others, you are being socially reckless. So, before you act, or before you speak words take time to analyze it properly so that you won’t hurt people around you. Impulsive acts, on the other hand, often lead to regrets, as the consequences catch the actor off guard.

For instance, consider a sudden invitation to attend a party at a friend’s house. I could impulsively decide to attend this party without asking any questions, such as who are the other guests? Will I be safe? What kind of drinks or food will be on offer? On the other hand, a careful deliberation of the invitation could help me to understand whether I really would like to attend this party or not. Thinking via this invitation helps me with the data I need so as to make an informed choice that I won’t regret later. You should think of the possible consequences of any move you are about to make. Also, you must avoid speaking words that is not good and make sure you always speak words that is correct to people around you.

Now, if you want to gist or see a movie when you should be studying your books or doing business, think about the failure that action will result in. When a boy is asking you to be his lover, think about the result of such relationship and how it can affect your future negatively, then make the decision to say no. Think carefully before you act or visit that dirty website in your phone. Think rigorously so that you simply don’t turn out to be a victim of Satan. Notwithstanding, as thinking human beings, It is much better to make way through the world as purposefully as possible. You will do less damage, to yourself and others, if you do. Because, not thinking earlier than you act might land you into trouble. You can, for example, be sued for negligence if you do not exercise reasonable caution when doing things. therefore, before you act think about the harm it will cause to people around you.

Let’s say you throw a large rock out of the window from fifth floor of your apartment. You did it without thinking of hurting anyone, but it hit someone and hurt them badly. You could be sued for negligence or charged with the crime of reckless endangerment. Even if you don’t end up in trouble, you’ll be able to wreck relationships by acting with out thinking.

For example, what if you believe something mean about a friend and say it to them without thinking? You could easily destroy your relationship with them simply because you did not think before you spoke. Have you ever done or said something before thinking about it? You can in all probability think about a dozen situations whenever you want you’d have thought concerning the penalties before taking action. It usually doesn’t end well to act first and think later. Moreover, before you speak think carefully so that you don’t harm people with your words.

As a child of God, you have the Holy Spirit to show you the difference between right and wrong. However, many of us often act before asking whether what we are about to do could have positive or negative effects. Considering the outcome of your actions can stop you from doing something you will later regret. God has given you everything you need to make wise choices. But it’s up to you to pause long enough to consider if what you are doing is right or wrong.

For example, many times we see Peter behaving in a manner that seemed to be impetuous. He was human and he made mistakes, often because of his impetuous nature. But he was also committed. He was prepared to jump in boots and to give everything of himself to whatever the matter or cause was that he was involved in. Here came a mob of people to arrest Jesus and take Him away to be tried and put to death. Peter was having none of that and even though the mob included soldiers and officers of the chief priests, all armed with weapons, Peter stood up to defend his teacher, Lord and friend, Jesus. Peter got hold of sword, brought it out and used it to harm those that would harm Jesus.

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He forgot the fact that they were outnumbered, outgunned in the weapons department and some of these were trained soldiers. He just struck out to defend his friend and hang the consequences. He was impetuous and committed. Therefore, failing to think twice carefully earlier than you act can hurt you in some ways. Additionally it is important to check your actions before you act and make it your lifestyle by speaking good words and always think carefully before you speak.

Dealing With Disappointment

Dealing With Disappointment

Habakkuk 3:19

A right response to disappointment begins with resisting the natural tendency towards bitterness. If someone else was involved in the situation, don’t be quick to judge his or her conduct. Therefore, dealing with disappointment is mandatory.  However, disappointment comes in all sizes. Any time your hope are not realized or your expectations or desires are not fulfilled, you feel disappointed.

Disappointment is the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations or hopes to manifest. In the world today many people feel disappointed and let down by their circumstances. But the way a person responds can make all the difference. Frustrations can be either an opportunity for spiritual growth or a destructive blow. Every day, people deal with disappointment. Depending on how big the disappointment is and how you deal with it, this feeling may disappear after a short while, or hang over your life for a long period of time. If not dealt with properly, disappointments can lead to depression, and eventually apathy. Every time you feel disappointed, it means there is an error in your framework of reality. You feel disappointed because you had an expectation and it was not met. It could be from not winning a competition that you trained heavily in. Or investing in a friendship, where the friend did not reciprocate your effort. Or putting yourself on the line for your job, but getting laid off as your boss did not appreciate you. Each time, you had an expectation that was not met, and when confronted with the truth, you became disappointed.

Disappointments are common to all of us and each one of us has our own coping mechanisms. It should be noted however that the grace of God is the greatest coping mechanism of all and how we respond to disappointments determine whether or not will experience his grace. Sometimes disappointment can’t be overcome, only endured. In moments like that it is important to remember that you have hope on your side. Hope in God’s love, hope for better days to come, the hope to try again. So when the storms of life come your way don’t let yourself be troubled, instead pick yourself up and remember with God there will always be hope. Whatever you may be going through remember to hope in the Lord.

One of the easiest way of dealing with disappointment is to deal with your emotions. When dealing with any difficult and unexpected life circumstances. You need to experience your emotional reaction to the event. It is important to let yourself feel so that you can figure out what the event means to you. Don’t be tempted to make any important decisions at this point or even to take action on your feelings. It may be a few hours or a few days before you reach a calmer state of mind; when you do, only then should you act. Because disappointments cause many undesirable emotions. They become harmful to you and people around unless you handle it properly.

Another easiest way to deal with disappointment is to review your expectations. When you take a good look at your expectations, you will be getting closer to a true understanding of the event. Perhaps your expectations were unrealistic. Perhaps they could be adjusted a little to cope with this new reality. Either way, now is the time to question whether these expectations actually serve you.

To deal with disappointment, you must put yourself in a better mental state. Whenever you experience disappointment, you are pulled down to a lower state of consciousness, where your thoughts are predominantly rooted in fear, sadness, grief, or apathy. There may be times when the feeling of disappointment is so overwhelming that it feels like the end of the world. Being trapped in such a state prevents you from thinking logically. Bring your consciousness up to a more neutral or positive level such as desire, neutrality, willingness, or reason, so that you are in a better position to react to your situation. Do whatever makes you feel better. Sometimes, simply spending time alone may be the best way to clear your mental clutter and regain personal energy. If taking a stroll along your neighborhood makes you feel relax, then get out of your house and enjoy the breeze outside.

To deal with disappointment, you must not blame others. Blame is a very common method people use to cope with the pain of disappointment. Some people blame God for disappointments they face in life. People who overcame their disappointments actually never blamed God. Some blame others, but worsens the situation most of the time. Don’t give room to the spirit of blame in your life.

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The first thing you need in other to deal with disappointment is to deal with your emotions. If disappointment has caused you not to review your expectations, you need to put yourself in a better mental state. And, you don’t need to blame others, knowing that God will help you succeed in life. Therefore, dealing with disappointment is very paramount in the journey of destiny.

Dealing With Discouragement

Dealing With Discouragement

1 Samuel 30:6

You can’t avoid challenges, but you can prevent them from discouraging you. Discouragement may sound harmless, but don’t underestimate its power. By keeping watch, you can avoid it’s deadly trap. Therefore, dealing with discouragement is non negotiable. Discouragement always wage war against our minds. No matter how much you achieve and the amount of progress you make, it tries to infiltrate your defenses.

Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God. However, as you progress in life, there could be times of difficulties, when you face serious challenges. But at such times, don’t give up. Even when everyone seems to be ignoring you and none is offering to help, in spite of all your appeals, refuse to be discouraged or gripe with it. The truth is, you are not being ignored. What is happening is that the Lord is training and teaching you to stand up, and stand strong. He is challenging and setting you up for your next level of glory.

If you linger in discouragement it can be costly. It’s sense of defeat and hopelessness saps one energy and vision. It can consume a lot of time. It can keep you from doing what you need to do because you don’t want to face it. And it can be contagious, weakening one’s faith. When you feel discouraged you want comfort, which is right to feel. But the comfort you often turn to are ways to avoid fear rather than ways to summon courage to face and overcome them. When this happens discouragement simply becomes sinful indulgence in unbelief, no different than indulging in lust or anger or other sins of unbelief. I want you to know that the challenges you face are bread for you; they are your opportunity to demonstrate your faith in the Lord, and prove His word. Therefore, refuse to become despondent.

From our anchor scripture, David’s response to the distress he was confronted with, after his family and those of his men were taken captive, should serve as an example of what our response should be in the face of discouragement. people react to discouragement in different ways. Some people do not mind going to any extreme when they are discouraged. At the point of discouragement, David’s men suddenly blamed the same leader who had been protecting them. They began to see their helper as the source of their loss. They began to speak against him and even planned to stone him to death. This shows the destructive power of discouragement.

Notwithstanding, discouragement sets in when you start to feel a sense of hopelessness about your future, when it seems like the troubling circumstances you are passing through won’t ever improve. But if you look beyond your circumstances to God, you will discover the real hope and better future that He promises you.

One of the simple ways in dealing with discouragement is prayer. God already knows how discouraged you feel, but He wants you to talk to Him about your feelings and listen on how His spirit guides you. Honestly pass your frustration to God and keep in mind that He cares about what you are passing through. Ask God to open your eyes spiritually so you will be able to see your circumstances from His perspective. Pray for deliverance from circumstances that aren’t God’s will, and perseverance to empower you to endure circumstances that are His will until you learn all you are supposed to learn from them. To deal with discouragement you need to spend time with someone who is not discouraged. Spending time in that person’s positive presence will naturally make you feel better.

To deal with discouragement, you must preserve in the face of opposition. One way to persevere in the face of opposition is to give a strong witness of your faith in God. That commits you so that you know others are watching you. If you will be bold for God, you know that His eyes is upon you in whatever response your enemies come back with.

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The first thing you need in other to deal with discouragement is to pray. If discouragement has caused you not to pray, you need to spend time with someone who is not discouraged. And, you need to persevere when opposition hits you, as it will, knowing that God watches over you. Therefore, dealing with discouragement is very important.

Dealing With Comparison

Dealing With Comparison

2 Corinthians 10:12

One of the greatest temptations facing the human race today is that of comparison. Making comparisons about everything has become part of life from childhood to old age. We compare family background, physical appearance, intelligence, character, abilities, endowments, life achievements etc. Therefore, dealing with comparison is very important in the journey of life.

Now, when you admonish yourself or others to stop comparing, you may actually be insulating yourself from reality. The problem is that you can’t stop comparing. Comparison is a fundamental part of being human, because it is how you acquaint yourself with reality. Comparison is the act of evaluating two or more things by determining the relevant characteristics of each thing to be compared, and then determining which characteristics of each are similar to the other, which are different, and to what degree. However, it has systematically turned life in general to a kind of competition. Even little children are known to tell lies in order to measure up on the comparison scale of their mates. Have you compared yourself to others and didn’t quite measure up? Have you ever thought that you are not as beautiful, handsome, smart, capable, charming, gifted or as godly as your friends? This kind of comparison makes it so easy to think that if you had more or knew more, you would be secure and happy. But as a matter of fact, people who have it all, even the most endowed individuals in the world, still struggle with feelings of insecurity. Notwithstanding, to abandon comparison is to abandon your understanding of God, and of yourself. What you need to do is train yourself on how to compare properly, not to cut yourself off from the necessity of comparison.

Many people today are anxious and agitated about life and this in turn affects the way they carry and comport themselves. The world we live in today is filled with negativism, misfortune, chaos, calamity, disaster, pressure, stress and the list is endless.  Whenever you compare yourself with others you pull God out of the picture and relegate His abilities. You literally tell God that He is insufficient for you. Remember God is a jealous God and hates comparison. God’s laws and instructions fundamentally helps you to see what you are and are not, what you should and shouldn’t be. They also help you to see how you measure up to others, so that you can either imitate them or do the opposite of them. This is not sin it is essential to growth, and health, as a child of God. Therefore, be contented with whatever you have or where ever you are today God is able to grant you all that your heart desires. Please do not pull God aside with comparison but bring him into the scene always by thanking Him for the level you are today and see him changing your level.  Comparisons will always make you ignore what you have and focus your attention on what you lack. It will push you to doubt God and yourself, convincing you to seek for solutions outside of God’s provision. By making comparisons, you will become convinced that something is missing in your life and that kicking against God’s commandment will make you be like God.

However, don’t compare yourself with others and think you are failing, just because they seem to have achieved more. The fact that someone else is succeeding doesn’t mean you are failing, so don’t let that distract you. Recognise that you have got your own track to run in, and you can only measure your progress by how much you are walking in the will of God for your life. God alone knows the purpose He called you to fulfill, so stay in your track and run your own race with your gaze firmly fixed on God. Don’t try to be someone else or outdo others; let your drive be to outdo yourself and your past, and as you do this, your life will be free of struggles and full of rest, progress, and success. Notwithstanding, leading your comparisons in the right direction away from envy, pride, covetousness, and self-pity, and toward Christlike imitation and the fear of God will turn you into a better person, parent, mentor and friend.

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There is always a blessing when you wait patiently for the lord; He might seem slow but He is never slow, He is taking you through a process to make you better and you shall get there. I encourage you today, to stop comparing yourself with other people, your friends might be ahead of you please do not fret about them but look up to God. Therefore, dealing with comparison is important in your journey with God.

God’s Perfect Timing

God's Perfect Timing

Psalm 135:14

To keep in steps with God’s perfect will, you must guide yourself in other not to jump ahead of Him. Although waiting on the Lord is not always easy, you can never go wrong by letting Him lead you according to His timing. Therefore, God’s perfect timing will work wonders in your life.

Sometimes, you tend to lose hope. You are on the verge of giving up. But, it is during these moments when God show you that He is a faithful God. God knows who and what is the best for you. You only need to learn how to trust God’s perfect timing in your waiting period. However, when you move ahead of Him, trouble awaits you, but if you trust His guidance, He will lead you into His will and help you to accomplish more than you had in mind. God’s timing is not only good; it is perfect. The Lord sees every aspect of your life, including your needs and desires. In His great wisdom, He knows what is good for you. His divine schedule for your life is always perfect and achieves His good purposes.

His timetable is far in essence better than yours. I understood from scriptures that God is more concerned with your character than your destination. Oftentimes, you get frustrated when you don’t get the things you want in your own time. Even when you don’t get the things you believe you deserve. God is not being slow in keeping his promise. Rather, the delay comes from his patience. God has a set time for everyone. He is the creator of life and time and owns the script to everyone’s life. The truth is that He not only knows your needs, but He also know when that need will be best appreciated or utilized. However, God is never late or slow concerning his promises towards you. If He has said or promised anything regarding your situation, then you should be of good cheers for it will be accomplished according to His Word. Time is the measured or measurable period during which an action, process or condition exists or continues. However perfect timing is the best, seamlessly and the right period for a thing to be accomplished. God’s ways or timing cannot be equated with men, as He is always on time, no matter the years, months or days that you think have gone by.

The truth is anything accomplished in God’s perfect time cannot come with regrets. In recent times, mostly amongst the youths, everyone is in a hurry and not willing to wait to inquire from God or the elderly for counsel in regards to vital decisions of life which is tied to timing. In waiting for God’s perfect time, it is important to be guided not to allow your friends talk you into accepting to do what is inappropriate or what you were not called to do. So many people have missed their divine calling through this. They have found themselves struggling in a particular job, country or even relationship because they want to be like others, and what they find themselves doing is not what they should be doing. You don’t have to engage in immoral acts just to wear the latest clothes, shoes and bags all in the name of fashion, or to look as expensive and classy as your friends. Hence, that which you desire today, will definitely be yours at the right time when you can handle and appreciate it better. It is my prayer that you will not be pressured into the wrong direction, but will maintain focus and be patient while God prepares His best for you.

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God gives you hope and dreams for certain things to happen in your life, but He doesn’t always allow you to see the exact timing of His plan. Although frustrating, not knowing the exact timing is often what keeps you in the program. There are times when you might give up if you know how long it will take, but when you accept God’s timing, you learn how to live in hope and enjoy your life while God is working on your problems. You know that God’s plan for your life is good, and when you entrust yourself to Him, you will experience total peace and happiness. God causes things to happen at the right time. Make up your mind that you won’t give up until you cross the finish line and are living in the radical, outrageous blessings of God. However, all things happen in God’s perfect timing.