Today, I want to give you practical and encouraging advice as you face the start of a new day. "GET OUT OF BED AND BE FAITHFUL!" Right now I am sure that many of you are thinking that is pretty lame advice, especially in light of all that you are facing. I am not trying to be flippant or clever. This simple advice is not a magical phrase to make your problems go away. But what I want to share with you today is a simple, yet profound, formula for success in your life.
We need to know that without God NOTHING is possible. Yes, we can do much in our own strength, but eventually we will fail. If it is to have meaning, if it is to last, it has to be from God. God is our answer. He is our hope, and He is the one who will help us see victory in every area of our life. As John 15:5 says, "Without me, you can do nothing." Even though it is God who does all things, true Biblical faith still requires action on our part. Our faith in God to do all things DEMANDS our active participation. If you truly believe something, you will demonstrate that belief in your daily life. So let's break down this advice I've shared with you into two parts.
First, is to get out of bed. That may sound pretty basic, but if you want to see victory in your life you need to first get out of bed. You would be shocked at the number of people who handle their problems in life by simply staying in bed! They take the "ostrich burying his head in the sand" approach and don't even get out of bed on those difficult days. Listen, life is never going to change, your problems are not going to magically go away by hiding under your covers. The fact is things will only get worse. Life is not going to get better, your problems are not going to get solved until you get out of bed and take control over your life. As elementary as this may seem, the first step to seeing victory in your life is to GET OUT OF BED!
Second, the second part of this advice is to be faithful. In I Corinthians 4:1-2 we read, “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. (2) Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” The natural question is, faithful to what? Be faithful to God. In our lives each day, there are many things over which we have no control. The one thing that we can control is our faithfulness to God. Please don't just gloss over this. This is more critical than you will ever completely understand in this life. The one thing we can each do, the one thing God asks us to do, is to be faithful. GOD HONORS THE FAITHFULNESS OF HIS CHILDREN!
God never expects us to do things we can't do, only those things we can. God has called each of us to serve Him in different ways. As you get out of bed and make your way through the day, all God asks is that you are faithful. We are to be faithful to honor God by living for Him, faithful to obey His Word in the choices we make, faithful in being His ambassador to those we meet, and faithful to serve Him as He has called each of us to serve. The Bible over and over lets us see the faithfulness of God. In our own lives we can look back and see the faithfulness of God. As followers of Christ, we are called to be faithful..
I want to encourage you today that no matter what you may be facing as this year begins, God has not left you, He is with you each step of the way. The same God that helped you FIVE years ago, the same God that helped you TWO years ago, the same God that helped you last year, the same God that helped you last month, is the very same God who will help you now! His promise is true that He will never leave you nor forsake you. So take comfort today that God is there with you.
There is no need in your life that is too great or too small for God. Also never forget that God is never too late or too early, but that His timing is perfect. We always have our plan for God to answer our prayers, but God has His own plan to answer our prayers. He loves us and cares about us so much and knows what is best for our life. When God answers His way, He gets the glory. So let me leave you today with this simple but powerful advice, “GET OUT OF BED AND BE FAITHFUL! “
In His Amazing Grace,
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