Someone I don’t know posted a comment to this blog (faith + Hope + Love) basically telling me to give up on God’s promises and His words. Here is my reply.
This person wrote “The key I believe is to listen, not just with our ears, or see with our eyes, but rather listen to our lives” by which he means circumstances.
May I caution you (dear reader) to NOT pay attention to circumstances. People can control the circumstances around you, and if you listen to those people then you will end up doing what they want… which is for you to give up on God’s words. So my caution is this… don’t listen to circumstances. The bible is clear… we do not walk by SIGHT, we walk by FAITH.
We live by faith, not by sight – 2 Cor 5:7
If God has spoken, then that is the end of it.
Please hear my caution. If God speaks, then you must hold onto what He says, and don’t let your sight interfere.
If you won’t listen to my words, then listen to the countless stories of the bible, where God makes a promise and then it seems all of the world tries to prevent that thing from happening. Joseph’s brothers threw him in a pit and sold him to the Egyptians. If Joseph had looked at his circumstances in jail in Egypt then he may have chosen to believe God’s words won’t come to pass.
Let’s take another example… one day you might be married, and if things go badly for your marriage, will you stick to your promise and covenant and the blessings and promises of God over your marriage? Or will you pay attention to the circumstances and leave your marriage?
What if God gives you and your wife a promise? If things go badly – as they surely will – and the promise looks impossible, will you abandon your calling? Jesus Christ said it plainly, anyone who puts their hand to the plough and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God. It takes strength and courage and tenacity
Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62.
We have a high calling and it requires us to be faithful to what God said. The bible says His words never return to Him void. The bible says that He is unchanging, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I suppose the key question is… DID He speak? And what did He say? And if He did speak, you can be sure the enemy is mobilising his resources to ensure God’s words do not come to pass.
If one day He says something to you, hold onto it. And always remember… the bible is chock full of promises that apply to all believers. So if you think God has not spoken, you need to read your bible, because He has spoken through His Son Jesus Christ.
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15 – As For Me And My House We Will Serve the Lord
Neither I, nor my future wife, nor our kids will pay attention to circumstances. We will pay attention to what God has said.
This is indeed fulfilling. I am stuggling now for the upcoming CPA board exam and your blog really help me.
You see, there are a lot of times when I think God’s will is for me is not to become a CPA but then everytime I feel like giving up, GOD is making a way to have me realize that this is what He wants me to be.
This will be my 6th take, Mark. Yes, 6th. Its very hard for me, Im a working mom with two kids . but then I am so determined to pass it this OCt 2012. As Matthew 21:22 says: if you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer
BY FAITH you can do ALL THINGS through Jesus Christ Who strengthens you. May God bless you 🙂
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Great Word Mark! Thank you for this. Jordan, your response was AMAZING!
You are welcome Korsha 🙂
Very good word this morning Mark! Thank you for that. Jordan, your reply was AWESOME!!
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Hi Mark, Thank you for standing for and on the Truth! The Word says: “You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free”. Jesus’ own Words! And Jesus spoke of Himself, because He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no-one comes to the Father but through Him.
Only His Truth can convict us and change our hearts, and thank you that you put God’s Truth out there for all to see and take notice of.
Thank you for encouraging me Ursula 🙂
Very well said
I have read many of your blogs and never felt compelled to comment but here I go
I just want to encourage you with an amen
As for my self I have recommitted (or actually have really committed) my life to the lord about a year ago and I wanted to hear Gods voice and be in his will so bad that I use to use circumstance ( as in coincidence ) that it must be the lords will
Everything seemed to make sense therefore “it had to be the lords will ha was I wrong i realize now that God doesn’t make sense if you know what I mean ,I mean look at the stories in the bible ,look at the miracles that Jesus performed there nuts not ordinary coincidences do to circumstance just plain Godly ness at its finest I wish I had some scripture for my examples but I bet you can think of many if you know what I’m talkin about
I hope this makes sense and really do appreciate that God can work through somebody that I don’t even know for little old me
Praise to God forever and ever
God bless you brother, you’ve made the offer to God and I’m sure that He will take you up on your offer to be used. So now be prepared to be trained. Lots of training. And be prepared to be made into His image 🙂
God bless you!!
God had promised a Davidic king whose reign would never end.. to the Israelites who were living in exile with their temple destroyed, that promise seemed to be null and void. God not only delivered, but He gave them Someone greater than their wildest dreams.
Hi Leigh Anne… what a pity that they didn’t recognize Him, just as Isaiah said 😦
Yes, I thought about that after I hit enter. May we always recognize the fulfillment to God’s promises!
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