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Against All Odds, Trust In God!

Daniel 3:17: Our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. 

The phrase came to my dad as we discussed focusing on God during challenging situations. It is easy to allow challenges to cause us to panic, hide, complain/grumble, or freeze up in fear. However, God did not give us the spirit of fear but of power (God’s power and the Holy Spirit), love, and a sound mind ( the mind of Christ/ renewed mind through the word of God, 2 Timothy 1:7). I remember the phrase Evangelist R.W. Schambach used all the time: “You don’t have no problems, all you need is faith in God.” The phrase has stuck with me throughout the years. Also, Dr. Frederick K.C. Price would say‘ “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” Christ is in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27), to face any challenges we have in life! Hallelujah!

1 Thessalonians 5;16-18 The Passion Translation: 16 Let joy be your continual feast. 17 Make your life a prayer. 18 And in the midst of everything, be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.

The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). We have to feast on God’s word to remain in joy even in painful situations. Joseph was in prison and asked the other prisoners why they were sad in Genesis 40:6-7. Joseph knew God was with him, and he went from being in prison to ruling in the palace. Paul and Silas in Acts 16 were rejoicing while in prison in chains, and they were beaten. They sang praises to God, and then they did like the scripture: they prayed. Finally, the prison doors were opened, they were free, and the jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?” Jehoshaphat singers sang praises to God in 2 Chronicles 20, which confused the enemy. God delivered them.

After praising God and rejoicing in the truth of God’s word, pray. Philippians 4:6-7: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Prayer with thanksgiving get us through challenges. Once you ask God when your mind starts to think about it, begin to thank God. You can never go wrong praying the word of God. All of the promises of God are yes and Amen to the glory of the Father (2 Corinthians 1:20). 1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: He hears us if we ask anything according to his will. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. Example: God, I am asking you to heal my broken heart; according to Psalm 34:18, you are near to the brokenhearted and save the crushed in spirit. God, I thank you for healing me in Jesus’ name! Amen!

Faith works by love. Read 1 Corinthians 13 daily concerning love. Ask God to help you in the area of love. Each time you feel yourself complaining or getting anxious or upset, begin to thank God for the victory in the midst of the frustration, hurt, loneliness, anger, etc.

The Hebrew boys were thrown in the fiery furnace in Daniel 3:8-25 . They refused to bow down to any other gods. They said, “The God that we serve He will deliver us.” God delivered them out of the fire without a smell of smoke or clothes burnt. Refuse to compromise with the word of God. The devil will bring pressure on your mind, finances, health, and your emotions to get you to bow down and give in. Start declaring “The God that I serve will deliver me from depression, fear, anxiety, sadness, unforgiveness, anger”, or whatever you are going through. Start thanking God for the victory; it will help you when you are impatient. Hebrews 10:36 Amplified Version: 36 For you need patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.

God led me to a movie, “Remember the Goal” (watch on Tubi). The woman coach for the girl’s cross country team coaching methods was different from the former coach. Every other team seemed like they were winning because they were going at a fast pace. The coach told them don’t look at what everyone else is doing. Do what I ask you to do, and you will succeed. Watch the movie to find out what happened in the end— there are a lot of life lessons from this movie.

God will instruct us in a way that may not seem popular. You will get ridiculed by other people and even laughed at. However, when you do things God’s way, in the end, you win, not some of the time; God always causes us to triumph through Him in every situation. The key is acknowledging God in all our ways, and He will tell us which way to go. He is all-knowing. We must be open to what God tells us to do for Him to instruct us. Those that are willing and obedient eat the good of the land.

Against all odds, trust in God!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being the author and finisher of my faith. I run the race with patient endurance, not looking at others or my situation; I look to you. I repent for bowing to the circumstances. I submit to your will. Thank you, God; the race is not given to the swift or the strong but to those that endure to the end. I feast on your word daily to keep my joy and praise you. I pray daily, making my request known to you and thanking you for the victory while I await your direction. The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will keep and guide my heart through Christ Jesus. The God that I serve, He will deliver me! Thanks be to God, who always causes me to triumph through Christ Jesus! In Jesus’ name! Amen!

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