Do you believe your circumstances or God?

The news is full of stories with fears and tragedy. Some people show themselves true to their flesh as they disappoint and hurt us. I’m not sure what battle you are currently fighting but the battle is real. Whether it is against other people’s opinions or the lack thereof or whether it is about the circumstances you are facing on the outside. The question I would like you to consider is: do you believe that the circumstance on the outside is greater than God on your inside?

We cannot do anything about what other people do and say, but we can prevent it from having any power over us by not giving it any ground in our minds. We cannot always change our circumstances on the outside, but we can choose how we are going to respond. It may looks like our country cannot see a brighter day as every news article reeks of fear and tactics of the enemy trying to make us lose our faith. People may continue to hurt and disappointment that go beyond our understanding. Break-through may seems like something of the past and no matter how many hours you spend on your news, they do not seem to crawl even an inch closer.

Are we going to allow fear and uncertainty to have a greater say than our faith in God? Are we choosing our circumstances to be greater than the good plans that God has for us? In Whom and what are we going to put our trust?

By his power he stilled the sea…Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand? (Job 26:14, ESV)

God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. (Job 37:5, ESV)

The God we serve can bless us in spite of our circumstances. He does not need a perfect setting for His plans to come to fulfilment. He just needs a drop of faith and He will reward it with a bucket of blessings.

The voices of fear on the outside have no ground against the power of God inside us. No attack by the enemy is a surprise to God. In fact, He saw it coming and He already provided the way out, but do we ask Him to show us or do we get so caught up in what we see, we forget about His work behind the scenes that never stops?

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26, ESV)

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? (Jeremiah 32:27, ESV)

Is your faith limited by what you see or do you call forth the things that are not as though they are?

Whatever the battle is that you are facing, know that it does not have the final say. God does. But do you believe it? Instead of listening to the voice of fear telling you that things will never get better, that you should leave, or that you should just give up; stop and ask God what it is that He wants for you. Instead of listening to that opinion that people has of you that is selling you so much shorter than who you are, turn to God and ask Him to show you your true identity that you have in Him as the apple of His eye?

I want to encourage you to look beyond the circumstances on the outside and trust God inside you. Let Him determine your thoughts, your mind set, and the motivation behind every decision you make. No opinion or circumstance has any ground against God who is writing the story of your life. And it is good and it is beautiful.

Maretha Retief

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