Last year I watched a teaching on the importance of meditating on the word of God day and night, and this absolutely changed my life! When life would throw certain things at me, I would be equipped with the word of God – and so in cases where I might end up weak, I am quick to call upon the word of God that brings forth strength.
Sometimes when I can’t pray, I listen, read, or I just think about the word of God, and this usually lifts me up. I think about a characteristic of God and how that is portrayed in the Bible. Today, I want to share a few examples of how I have done this in my life and how this helps me stay encouraged and never forget who God is.
- Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only. Luke 4:8
I think about God being God on His own. So I know that despite things not looking okay, He’s got me and He has the power to do that which no one can do. I tend to rely a lot on the nature of God as God even when I pray, because when I think about Him being God – my heart understands that I am turning to Him because I know who He is, and I believe that He can do that which I am praying for/about. And so I made and keep making the decision to worship Him and serve Him only because only He is God!
2. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
One of the things I fight with is fear, and I keep submitting it to God. Fear narrows our perspective about certain things and makes us want to look at things from a negative point of view. It is easy to turn to fear, when circumstances are not in our favor. But the Lord keeps reminding us not to be afraid – and when we reiterate His words we are able to shift our perspective and have the right state of mind – we become strong and courageous.
He will never leave nor forsake me – He is always right there with me! In 2019 I remember going through something and I cried out to God at night shouting “where are you God?” And the next day He answered me and showed me that He never left, He was right there, and that He cared! And so times when I find myself asking the same question – I remember that night and my prayer changes from where are you, to do it O’God, because I know that He is right there with me!
3. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided. Moses 14:21
Looking back at the miracles that God has done makes me know that He still performs miracles. This is something I do so much – and through this I am able to remind myself that “He did it before and so He will do it again!” He is not defined, or limited by things around us or how the world is set up, when God wants to do something, He does it! Praying with such a revelation helps us appreciate who we are praying to – because we know even if people have told us that it might not work out, because He is God, He can change everything in the blink of an eye.
4. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
God hears us when we call. I remember learning this verse when I was young and my understanding then was that I needed to ask and it would automatically be given to me. But nowadays when I study these verses I know that when I ask, I should stop when it is given to me, when I knock, I should keep on knocking until the door is opened. However, if what I am asking for is not meant for me, the Lord will show me how to ask for what is meant for me, if a door I am knocking at is one that is not meant to be opened for me – God will let me know and He will re-direct me to which door I need to knock on. The thing is in both scenarios – He will answer.
5. If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20
He knows everything! One of the things I know that makes us not do certain things sometimes, is that “God is going to see me, He is watching me” – and sometimes this helps us make the right decision at that very moment. Knowing that God knows everything and that He can do everything is life changing! Imagine He knows why things are happening in a certain way and like Romans 8:28 says all these are happening for our good. He knows why He hasn’t given us what we are praying for yet – and because He knows everything, He knows best!
Let us not get tired, let us keep praying, keep trusting, keep meditating on His promises day and night – and let us see God being God!
Happy pre-Friday and be blessed!