Living and obeying the Lord God's principles isn't without its tests and challenges. But you must consistently focus on His Word; for His Word is your foundation for living. There are challenges in my life, but remember what my brother in the Kingdom once stated: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. My question to you is this: Do you think you have an excuse for disobeying the Lord God's Word while you are in the midst of a trial or temptation? No, of course not! You always have a choice. You can go through that trial or temptation trusting in His Word or you can crumble under the trial or succumb to the temptation.
By the way, never allow money or material things to be the sustainer of your existence. Believe me when I say, they will definitely let you down in every way. That brings to mind what ambassador Paul wrote in his letter to Timothy. Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. This is one of the passages in the Lord God's Constitution that encourages you to stay in His Word, our only true foundation. For without embracing His Word, your intention (whether they be good or evil) is subject to failure every time. When you embrace His Word and make it part of you, He will give you the gift of the Holy Spirit. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. Did you notice that the Lord Jesus said that He would stay with you forever? The Lord Jesus made it very clear that He is the Spirit of Truth and that He will be in you and be with you. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
Do you remember the recent incident in the parking lot that I shared with you in the last article? Well, it was the Governor (Holy Spirit) that sustained me. Not my own power. I humbled my will to His Will. Do you remember what the Lord Jesus said to His disciples before He went back to His Father? But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Controlling your emotional behavior is part of that power. It is called self control, a fruit of the Holy Spirit. But you have to love Him and obey His Word. The way to the Father is by obeying His Son. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” That is why I don't allow things to upset me. My wife Arlene used to say that I have no emotion. Now she knows the reason. I trust in His Word. When you trust in His Word, you won't allow situations and things of this world to have a priority in you life. For you will know who has the key to life and death. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.
So, as citizens of the Kingdom, prepare to be attacked. No matter what it seems to be about, no matter whom it comes from, no matter what it may "look like"; it is really testing your faith and asking if you know who you are and what you are made of. Your only response should show that your are full of God's Word and guided by the Holy Spirit. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Matthew 6:33 I Corinthians 10:12-13 I Timothy 6:6-9 John 14:15
John 14:17 Acts 1:8 John 14:1-4 John 11:25 Revelation 22:13
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