One of the things that pose an obstacle to our faith is our past experiences.
You’ve seen it happen before. You’ve been through that hell before.
Now, when God tells you it could be different this time you find it hard to believe because you are haunted by past experiences.
God is always doing a new thing and it is in our own interest to key in to whatever He is doing and not stay prisoners of our past experiences.
Yes, we unavoidably learn from past experiences and they teach us wisdom. But we must never become too wise for God to handle.
When it comes to trusting God, we must let go of any thing that is a hindrance to our faith, including the fear of “it could happen again” in the negative sense of the that expression.
Now, be careful not to fall into the same ditch again, but be careful also not to miss your miracle because of that old ditch.
Get out of that rut you call “my experiences” and live again.
Are you living in captivity? Are you a captive to drugs, poverty, depression, disease…Do you feel like God has given up on you?
Does it seem like no deliverance is forth coming because you have considered and examined all the possibilities and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel?
Guess what? You’ve not considered all the possibilities yet. Someone is holding that trump card you need. I’ll tell you a story.
Israel is in captivity in Babylon. There seems to be no hope for them because God Himself has sent them away from the Promise Land.
Will they ever return home some day? Is there any hope of ever worshiping again from the Holy Temple?
All this while, God’s plan is in progress.
At the appointed time God stirs up the heart of a heathen king who then “orders” that the captives be released so they can go rebuild the temple and again offer up sacrifices to the God of heaven. Ezra the scribe and his brethren get to work as if in a dream.
So stop asking yourself how it’s going to happen. The ways of God are truly mysterious. You never can tell where the next miracle is coming from.
Only believe and refuse to quit.
One day Jesus saw a man who had been sitting near a pool for 38 years waiting for and expecting healing from God. Everybody knew about him and no one did try to help him out. Everybody seemed to think that somehow, there was nothing wrong in him being there. He had become a part of the natural décor of that environment; it had become normal to see him there year after year and decade after decade.
Then one day something different happened to him. Jesus showed up, gave him an instruction and his story changed. “Glory to God, a notable miracle has happened. Our God has done it again…” This should have been the reaction of the leaders of the church. They should have been happy to see another testimony pointing to the greatness of God. No! They had other priorities at heart.
“Why are you carrying your bed on the Sabbath? Why did that man heal you on the Sabbath?”
It is like that prostitute who goes to church feeling so depressed…more depressed than the state of her dress; but then all we can see is her short skirt and heavy make-up. We then fail to appreciate a notable miracle; the fact that someone like that has made up their mind to stop running away from God.
I like the response the man gave to the Pharisees when they desired to know why he was crying his bed on the Sabbath.
“He who made me well said to me, ‘take up your bed and walk (John 5:11).’
I don’t know who has been breathing down the back of your neck and giving you five reasons why you shouldn’t be doing what you are doing. “As long as you live in my house, it is unlawful for you to pray. You are a former drug-addict and I won’t let you see my daughter; you used to be a sex worker, I can’t attend your church; you got born into the wrong family, you can’t have a break in life…”
This is my encouragement to you. Look at them in the face and say…”He who saved me told me I could make it…He who rescued me from the pit said to me ‘you are fearfully and wonderfully made…’”
At the end of the day, it’s not about pleasing men; it’s about doing the will of God and making it to heaven.
I wish you a very blessed and joyous new year 2015.
May the Good Lord bless all your endeavors with success.
Where there was failure let there be success.
Where there was rejection let there be favor.
Where there was stagnation let there be speed.
Where there was delay let there be acceleration.
Where there were struggles let there be ease.
Let sickness turn to divine health.
Let pain turn to gain.
Let shame turn to fame.
You will surprise yourself this new year
In the mighty and miracle-working name of Jesus Christ.
I thank you Lord for being alive
I am thankful for lessons learned
I am thankful for battles won
I am thankful for traps escaped
I thank you for the faith to go on
When I carefully consider it all
I see your invisible hand at work
That wrought many a miracle
To bring me this far.
I will not weep for battles lost
Or whine for wounds incurred
I will sing praises to my God
Because He did see me through.
Though weather-beaten and woe-stricken
I look to the future full of hope
For He who has promised
Faithful is He
To bring me home save to Him.