‘And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.’ – Romans 8:28 AMP
We are called to a life of meaning, purpose, and service in God’s kingdom, but there is a common problem; we are to fulfill this purpose in a fallen world where there is evil and unrighteousness. In the depth of our hearts, we really wish we could have a smooth ride through earth to heaven and never encounter any difficulties – but that’s a dream that might never come to pass! Life throws many things our way – and most of them are unwanted. We go from solving one problem to encountering the next one waiting just around the corner.
We need to continually remind ourselves that the world (the worldly system) in which we all live was designed by the devil – and that’s why he is called the god of this world (See 2 Corinthians 4:4). Every day you get up from your bed, there are a few things I’d like you to remember; The devil is a formidable and very crafty enemy, but he doesn’t even come close to the power and wisdom of Christ and if we keep walking in the light, we will always have the victory over the enemy and his schemes.
When Things Go Crazy
‘We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed.’ – 2 Corinthians 4:8,9 AMP
Have you ever made exceptionally good plans for yourself or loved ones, believing the best and knowing the plan will be successful, only to have it shattered before your very eyes? Have you been deceived by the secular media (made to believe that there is no devil out there), and if you make very good plans you will succeed in life?
Well, unknown and untold by the noisy secular media, so many people become prey to the hidden works of the devil and his minions, causing strange and unexpected problems and there often seems to be no way out. Many marriages don’t go as planned, start-up businesses fail again and again, families lose their homes to natural disasters, and people lose their loved ones to death – either through disease or accidents, and the list goes on and on.
While these things happen both to believers and unbelievers, Christ has promised His people in His word that no matter what the devil does, His power and wisdom is able to turn it around for good!
‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’ – Jeremiah 29:11 AMP.
Three Keys to Mastering Situations and Circumstances
When troubles come and things don’t go as planned, you must learn how to activate God’s power to transform our troubles into triumphs. Christ has not left us without help in this world, He Himself said we will have many troubles but to cheer up because we can find peace and security in Him, as He has conquered the world (See John 16:33). You have to be wise in God and understand that the devil and the things he throws your way are not powerful enough to stop Christ’s plan and purposes for your life.
However, there are three things you must consciously put to practice in order to activate God’s power that causes bad situations to turn around for your good.
- Loving God
‘And keep yourselves in the love of God.’ – Jude 1:21 AMP
When crazy stuff happens to you, it is important that you keep reminding yourself of God’s love for you. Remember that if Christ died for your sins and gave you His Holy Spirit to bring you into a closer fellowship with Him, then there is nothing that He cannot do for you. Keep serving Him, and keep loving Him the same way you would have if there were no difficult situations in your life.
Loving God in the midst of trouble confuses the enemy – whose primary aim is to steal your faith and make you lose confidence in God. Loving God deprives him of discovering more ways he could use to discourage you – it wears him out. Loving God and acting as such draws the presence of the Holy Spirit and makes Him wrap His arms around you. Loving God keeps the spirit of fear far from you, knowing that love repels fear (1 John 4:17-18).
‘Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you.’ – Jeremiah 29:12 AMP
God is delighted – and the devil terrified and hindered – when a Christian prays. Prayer gets God involved in your situation and makes ways where there was none at all, and destroys the network of darkness around your life. There is a saying that a prayerless Christian is a powerless one, and I have discovered it to be true! The sooner you learn to commit whatever you’re having issues with – whether your work, academics or business, marriage/family – to God in prayer, the sooner you’ll experience God’s transformational power.
Keep your eyes on God’s word and His power, get into your prayer room – and if you don’t have one – find a place you can go to get on your knees and talk to God in prayer. Consistent prayer will shake and rearrange the situations you’re dealing with and bring God’s power to move things in your favor. Don’t give the enemy room to discourage you when things go crazy, God’s faithfulness to His word gets Him committed to answering the prayers of His people (See Matthew 6:6).
‘Rejoice always and delight in your faith. In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.’ – 1 Thessalonians 5:16,18 AMP
If loving God and prayer make the devil confused, then praising God and thanking Him – even in the deepest trouble – makes the devil run mad. Your praise and thanksgiving is the quickest way to knock out the enemy’s manipulations from your life because he cannot withstand the praises of the saints. Your praises draw God’s power and presence into your life and environment, it provokes the favor of God and keeps you steps ahead of the devil’s schemes (See Psalm 89:14-17, Acts 2:47)
The devil has gotten Paul and Silas imprisoned for doing absolutely nothing wrong. They were stripped of their clothes and beaten severely on their backs. I could almost imagine their bodies swollen and bleeding from the harsh treatment they had received. But these two believers were wise in God, and they began to pray and to sing praises right in the midst of their pain. In response to their faith, God’s power and presence shook the prison, caused an earthquake, and sets all the prisoners free! (See Acts 16:25,26)
It was the same jailer that locked them up in the prison cell that ended up treating their wounds and providing food for them (See Acts 16:23-34). Their enemies suddenly favored them – including the magistrates who ordered their arrest (See Acts 16:22,35). What the devil meant for evil was converted to good because of the power of praise.
God has a plan
‘…To do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined [before the creation of the world] to occur [and so without knowing it, they served Your own purpose].’ – Acts 4:28 AMP
God’s plan for each of His children remains unchanged, even though the enemy tries to destroy it, but when you apply these three keys – in any situation at all – the enemy will always lose out. You are called according to God’s plan and purpose, your destiny is designed by God and nothing and no one – except you – can stop what God wants to do with your life. You are destined to touch lives for God’s glory, to restore joy and life to the lifeless, to deliver people from the lies and deceptions of the wicked one, to heal the sick and to bring heaven’s hope to the hopeless.
Arise and take up your destiny, resolve to keep walking in the light of Christ, love God without restraint and serve Him – through serving His interests and serving people. He is the only wise God (See 1 Timothy 1:17) and He knows just what to do to help you reach the goals He has prepared for you. Don’t hold back, and refuse to be intimidated and distracted by the tricky enemy. Let your heart be fully convinced that God causes all things to work out for your good!