FAITH CAPSULE: God can deliver for a believing believer in
Psalm 3, 34
When trouble increase it becomes challenging trouble.
It is challenging trouble that will persist with an attempt to remain permanent in the life of one with challenging issues.
One that tolerates troubling challenge is giving self to become terminated in the journey of life.
Are you experiencing challenging trouble?
Challenging trouble will question one with faith in God for deliverance.
Challenging trouble does not respect any man not to have a place in their life.
Challenging trouble in one’s life can be the cause of decisions made on one’s behalf by parents or grandparents.
Challenging trouble that is present in one’s life can be rooted in the wrong decision by one’s self.
What is the root of your challenging trouble?
Challenging trouble can be in the form of affliction when it locates one’s life. However, with the encouraging word of God in Psalm 34:19, troubling challenging can be permanently terminated as it records, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
What is your stand in the Lord?
Are you walking right before God?
Challenging trouble is possible to have a place in anyone, regardless of one’s status in life. King David was identified as a man after God’s heart but could not escape from challenging trouble which increased in his life.
As regards David, Psalm 3:1-2 records, “Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.”
The Bible identifies the records of David’s way he came out of challenging (increasing) trouble, for our learning:
David acknowledged God
David acknowledged God for His awesomeness by stating, “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” (Psalm 3:3)
David gave himself to worship God instead of worrying over his trouble when he acknowledged God for what He has done and doing in his life.
David cried out to God alone.
Crying out to God will not elude from God, but will receive God’s attention for self-deliverance in time of Challenging trouble.
David testifies, “I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill.” (Psalm 3:4) Crying is not a sign of weakness but a way of getting God’s attention.
David’s testimony of His trust and hope
The Bible records his testimonies, “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.” (Psalm 3:5)
In a time of challenging trouble, David’s trust in God made him lay, his hope in God made him sleep.
Trusting God at the onset of challenging trouble but not having hope on God when challenging trouble persists can deny the testimony of deliverance. David had trust and hope in God.
Jeremiah 17:7 identifies, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.”
David’s faith, not fear delivered him
David’s faith rose while his fear sinks for him to overcome his challenging trouble.
David’s testimony of his deliverance from challenging trouble is for learning.
Prayer for today: Ask God to reverse what appears to be irreversible challenges in your life.
FAITH CAPSULE: Praising God is not entertainment to impress a
Praising God is placing God gloriously high.
One that is praising God continually is praising God to become raised before the presence of God.
Praising God is not entertainment to impress a man but a vehicle to enter and locate God for His presence. Psalm 100:4 recorded, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise…” There is nothing to be compared to entering God’s presence like praise worship which is sacrificing God diligently.
Praising God is not a display of talent before God, but a way of gaining a place in the presence of God. Psalm 22:3 buttressed, “But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.” Give self to praising God with understanding to gain His presence.
Praising God is the character of a man positioned in the right order before God. Psalm 50:23 records, “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.” Give God glory by living life of praising God for God’s glory over your life.
Praising God with self-consciousness is understanding and knowledge to come out of self to give praise to God.
Psalm 69:30 records, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” Giving self to praising God is seeking God diligently with the expectation to be raised by God. King David sought God diligently, his praising of God was evident before God when he was bringing the ark of God back to his city. Bible records David’s praise, “Then David danced[g] before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord…” (2 Samuel 6:14-16)
David’s manner of praise before God testifies his praiseful way of life before God.
God raised David, and He identified David over King Saul. God spoke through Samuel, “…The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” (1 Samuel 13:14) A man of heart praising God is a man of praising God just like King David.
Praising God is not only in singing to God but can be a time of declaration of God’s awesomeness for what He has done, what He is doing and what He will do. Continuous praising God is a demonstration of faith that God cannot be limited in what He can do in the life of one that seeks Him diligently.
David declared what he was doing with praising God, “I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So, shall I be saved from my enemies.” (2 Samuel 22:4) Whoever declares God for His awesomeness shall be decorated by God.
Prayer for today: Ask God for your life of praising Him
FAITH CAPSULE: Be steadfast to follow the word of God.
Giving self to steadfast in the things of God is not a self-satisfying engagement.
In this wicked world, one that is self-full cannot be possibly steadfast for God.
King David realized the importance and the need for one to be steadfast when he called on God in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Are you steadfast in your work for God?
Caleb and Joshua in their walk before God was steadfast, they wholly follow God.
Caleb and Joshua’s steadfastness before God was the reason not to align with their brethren’s negative confession against the promise of God over their life. God’s promise for the Israelites was to bring them all to the Promised Land with milk and honey.
The Israelites’ negative confession was against the promise of God, the lack of steadfastness before God.
Caleb and Joshua’s steadfastness before God was their positive confession that prompted God’s response, “My servant Caleb because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.” (Numbers 14:24) Without a doubt, ones that follow the commanding word of God wholly follow God fully.
Elisha followed God wholly the evidence of his steadfastness before God.
At the time of God’s calling of Elisha through Elijah, 1 Kings 19:20-21 records Elisha’s steadfastness,“…He left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, ‘Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.’ And he said to him, ‘Go back again, for what have I done to you?’ So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.”
Elisha was steadfast before God, he left all behind to empty materials in his life, not to become a victim of the distraction of God’s calling over his life.
One that cannot give self to God’s calling will not forgive himself or herself for not to become counted for the blessings to the glory of God.
Be steadfast to follow the word of God.
Jesus was passing by when He “…saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ So he left all, rose up, and followed Him. Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.” (Luke 5:27-29) Levi gave up all his possession to follow Jesus.
The Lord God is calling you!
Come out of self-satisfying to become steadfast before God.
God’s word is faithful to enable you in all your endeavors.
Prayer for today: Ask to wholly follow God all the days of your life.
FAITH CAPSULE: Are you giving thanks
to God with understanding?
Thanksgiving is an appreciation of God’s doing in one’s life.
Thanksgiving to God should not be limited to uttering words but living life, pleasing God for His goodness.
Giving thanks to God is not an act of thinking thanks but should be thanksgiving to God from one with mindful of God.
Thanksgiving with praising God is worshiping God.
Worshiping God is seeking God.
Giving thanks to God or praising God must be with understanding.
Psalm 47:7 admonishes all, “For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.”
With thanksgiving and praising God, worship God with the understanding that is reasonable and acceptable before God.
The Bible records how thanksgiving is the way to move forward and not become a victim of the wickedness of this world.
For example, Daniel, with his thanksgiving before God he escaped and not died by the evil agenda of wicked ones that placed him in the den of Lions. Daniel 6:10 records, “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” Daniel gave thanks to God to escape from the evil agenda over his life.
Thanksgiving before God gave Jonah an escape from sudden death. Jonah disobeyed God to ended in the belly of fish. The Bible records Jonah’s testimony, “But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” (Jonah 2:9) Jonah’s thanksgiving before God was his deliverance.
Are you giving thanks to God with understanding?
Thanksgiving before God demands consistency.
Giving thanks to God for all things will make all things work together for good, to the glory of God.
God that is jealous expects all to be giving thanks before Him.
Once, when Jesus healed ten lepers, only one returned to give thanks to Jesus for his healing. The response of Jesus to the only one testifies to the truth that God waits for all’s return for thanksgiving. The word records, “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:15-19)
Are you with the understanding of knowing to be returning to God for thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving before God should be rooted in the mind of man but not just in the head.
Prayer for today: Ask from God to fill you with understanding to
live life for His glory.
FAITH CAPSULE: There is no substitute for obeying the word of
The only way to obey the word of God is to be giving self to be hearing and doing the word of God.
So many hear the word but many are not able to listen and do the word of God.
So many quotes the word of God but not carry the word in the heart but on the head.
So many congregate in the name of God to hear the word but not to do the word of God.
So many hear the word of God but too occupied by the world, with no room to carry the word of God.
Are you a hearer of the word of God that constantly does the word of God?
The word of God admonishes, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror.” (James 1:22-23)
A disobedient to the word of God is like a car speeding in the dark with its headlights turned off. It will only take one moment for such disobedient to experience the consequence of painful consequences. How long would a driver continue to drive in the dark without the headlights on?
Are you hearing God’s word ignorantly?
Give self to the word of God to experience His unfailing direction.
Giving self to the word of God is giving God attention.
God is a jealous God who desires constant attention from His creation, Exodus 34:14, “For you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
Giving attention to God in His word is the evidence to hear and do His word, and to draw one to God as His. In the journey of life, without obedience in place, walking with the Lord shall not be possible.
Respond of Jesus to not walking in His word records, “Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. And it was told Him by some, who said, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You. But He answered and said to them, My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.” (Luke 8:19-21)
Do you desire to see Him when you look for Him just as His mother and brothers went to look for Him?
Are you one that is ignoring the word of God?
There is a need to look for Him by calling on Him and making way to Him through consistent obedience to His word.
There is no substitute for obeying the word of God.
Every believer needs to observe the word of God by hearing and doing the word of God.
Prayer for today: Ask from God, by confessing your desire to
live by His word for your deliverance and preservation.