Questions….


Questions, we all have them.

Many people think because I have been in ministry for over 25 years that I go through life without questions or without days when I say ‘God, what is going on?’

Let me be clear. I do not.

Just this past weekend, I had a conversation with Kelita about this very thing. We do have questions we ask. God says, ‘come and let us reason together.’ And some days I have to do just that. Some days I do not understand everything going on around me.

Some days I say, ‘okay God, I have done all I know to do, what am I missing here?’ Some days I must ask, ‘okay God, what now?’

I consider myself and Kelita, strong women of faith, still, we too have questions.

The difference then? We don’t allow doubt to come into our questions. In our own reasoning we do have questions, but we are not ruled by our reasoning, we are only ruled by God and His word.

I love the scripture that says, ‘iron sharpens iron’ and I am always reminded of Kelita when I think of it.

This scripture is found in Proverbs 27:17, the Amplified says it like this; As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens, and influences, another, through discussion.

When I am feeling spiritually dry, I don’t go to family and friends who will sympathize with me.

When I am angry or frustrated, I do NOT go to anyone who will sympathize with me or say ‘oh, I know how you feel, I wouldn’t like it if they treated me that way.’ I go to someone who will listen, keep it private, love me anyway and then tell me what the word of God says. I go to someone who will not allow me to get off track but will remind me of the truth and that truth is ONLY how God sees it.

Iron sharpens iron. At those times I do not need a sympathetic ear, I need the word of God. I need the truth! I do not need someone who will pity me, I need, only the truth.

Wow, I feel like I just got off on a major rabbit trail, but I am going to let that one rest where it is.

Back to questions, we all have them. And that’s okay. But, in the midst of the uncertainly, stay faithful to God and His word. Don’t allow the questions to rule you, go to the word of God and let it be the only thing that rules you…especially during times of uncertainty.

Another key, during those times is…thankfulness. Keeping a thankful heart will do wonders in your life.

You can’t be thankful without humility and without positive thinking.

I was having a conversation, via text, with someone this week. I kept trying to end it on a positive note. However, no matter how many times I tried to end with a positive sentence, they came back with something negative. Sometimes, you simply must walk away from conversations.

Don’t allow yourself to fall into a trap of negativity – don’t be fooled – it IS A TRAP. The devil knows if he can keep you in a negative trap, God cannot work on your behalf. For this reason, I try to find the good in everything and everyone.

Philippians 4:8 in the Amplified says; Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things, center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart.

If you will remember, the children of Israel did NOT enter into their promises because of their negative attitude, because of their complaining and murmuring…it is no different today. If you are continually negative and complaining and murmuring…you will NOT enter into your promises either, make no mistake about it.

I do not like to be around people who find the negative in everything. There is a reason for that! It is NOT OF GOD.

BELIEVERS, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things, center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart.

Are you a believer? Then this is what you should be thinking. GOOD reports are what you should be meditating on…not the negative.
We have talked lately about expectations. I know God is saying to get our expectations up. If we don’t, we will miss this season and what God has for us in it.

Did you realize if you are expecting the negative, that is what you will get? Oh yes, it works both ways.

A thankful heart and good expectations are vital in this season. This very morning, I had an alert about an upcoming withdrawal for our ministry. This monthly withdrawal used to make me cringe and pray…but not today. I looked at it and as I did, I saw something in my spirit.

I saw the disciples going to the lake, getting out the fish, taking the coin out of his mouth and paying their bill. I laughed and began to thank God that our bills were always paid early and in full. I thanked Him for every single time He had provided for us and this ministry and I told Him that I expected it would always be paid early and paid in full!

Oh, what a difference a thanksgiving and great expectations make in a person’s heart!

My friends, if He can find money in the mouth of a fish, AND HE DID, your problems are nothing to Him. Only believe.

We are in a season of great shaking, that is true. We are also in a season of great expectation, this too, is truth. It is up to you where you put your focus. You can focus on the shaking and miss His goodness, or you can focus on the great expectation of the mighty acts of your God and enter in.

As for me, questions and all, I am entering in. I will keep my mind and my heart AND my mouth, focused fully upon Him and His word. It is my prayer that you do the same.

Prayer for today: Father, we love you and we put our eyes, your ears, our heart and our words toward you, Lord. Help us think like you think, talk like you talk and walk like you walk, in all things. For this we give you praise, in Jesus name. Amen.

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