10 Words part 4
In the fourth post of our five part series we will look at two more words from Rob’s talk Surviving Hard Times.
Too many people get caught in the trap of saying yes to the wrong things and no to the right things. Or saying neither yes nor no to anything! We drift. We are aimless and directionless and so we just go along with the flow and end up in all kinds of backwaters and trouble.
Learn how to say no so that we are free to say yes. Grace helps us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, (Titus 2:12)
Covid restrictions has led many to a time of lonely disconnection. Don’t let this loneliness drive us into ungodly habits that will be hard to break. Learn to say no. Be powerful in saying no and then we will grow in God and not only survive but thrive!
If this a problem for you, do something about it today. Connect with someone you trust who can stand with you. Confess your sin to God so that he can forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Discover the power of saying no so that you can say yes and walk in freedom.
Declare out loud:
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. I will stand firm and not let myself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (based on Galatians 5:1)
In this time where the future is so uncertain one of the ways we can survive is to remember. Let’s hold on to the memories that have the power to make us feel alive. Cultivate them. Feed on them. Knowing that God is faithful, that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb 13:8)
It’s okay to grieve our losses. We can express our emotions to God about what was. At the same time we can treasure precious moments and be thankful.
We can revisit some of those precious times where we have seen God move. Talk over miracles we have seen – healings, deliverances and find that their power is still there even in the conversation.
Our memories hold treasures for future breakthroughs and revelations. They strengthen us in the present so that we can say – Lord, you have done it before, now doing it again! Provide! Heal. Save – Move!
Remember and at the same time rekindle the fire from battles previously won. We will see God do even more today and in the future then we have seen in all the days that have passed!
Declare out loud:
I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” (Psalm 77)