LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH 55:8(NLT)
""My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine."
10 WAYS OF GOD THAT WILL BE A BLESSING TO YOU .PART 1
NB: THE MANY WAYS OF GOD ARE TOO DEEP FOR THE HUMAN MIND TO COMPREHEND.IT IS INFINTE .ROMS 11:33"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"
1.Rejection - Rejection comes before acceptance . Jesus was rejected by His own people (the jews) but received by gentiles (unbelievers). So wherever you have being rejected , don't allow it to discourage you ,is a sign of your acceptance , once you pass through the school of rejection . Zech 8:13 (NLT)"Among the other nations, Judah and Israel became symbols of a cursed nation. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing. So don't be afraid. Be strong, and get on with rebuilding the Temple!"
2.Grief - Is one of the ways God uses in preparing us for the joy ahead . Why the grief ? It humbles our flesh and brings us into obedience to God's word .A man of sorrows is not hard for him to obey whatever God says . He becomes willing to obey because of the grief he is passing through. Heb 5:8(NLT)"Even though Jesus was God's Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered."
3.Disappointments - When God wants to teach us how to trust Him and have no confidence in man , He simply allows them to disappointment us as many times as we still choose to put our trust in man . Once we learn how to trust Him alone , He begins to do greater works through us and in us because we trust Him. Jer 17:5,6"This is what the Lord says:“ Cursed is the one who trusts in man,who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.6That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,in a salt land where no one lives.7“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose
confidence is in him."
4.Oppression- Nobody likes oppression. When God wants to train us in the act of praying and adoration of Him , He can allow it , just to keep us on our feet in prayer . Oppression has a way of destroying the spirit of slothfulness and laziness .Why? we are on our feet. why? we want it to end .Isaiah 14:3"And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,"
5.Long Silence -At times when God wants us to seek Him with all our heart and mind . He might just choose to remain silent. You don't hear His voice like you use too . His silence is like a message He sends
across to you , that He needs your attention .Jer 29:13(NIV)"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
6.Shame - God can also allow you to suffer shame when He wants to break you and mould you back up again .Jesus despised the shame He suffered in scripture because of what was ahead of Him. When we go through shame is simply a sign we bear the marks of our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ . If we go through the shame , get ready friend , we shall also go through the praise and fame . Zech 8:19b(NLT)" I will give glory and fame to my former exiles, wherever they have been mocked and shamed."
7.Reproach -God uses our reproach to fine - tune us, so we can become like Jesus. It is in our reproach we learn of His compassionate nature and mercy . you cannot show mercy or have compassion on others , except you have being shown. Lam 3:32"Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love."
8.Hostile Environment - He uses this environment to press out the "anointing" He has deposited in us out. The anointing helps us to survive in a hostile environment and at the same time bring light to them that are still in darkness . Isaiah 60:2(NLT)"Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the LORD rises and appears over you."
9.Joy in the midst of pain - It activates the anointing and brings down His presence into our situation for a testimony .Scripture says it shall "turn" meaning when He comes down , there is going to be a turning if we choose to remain joyful in the midst of the pain/shame. Luke 21:13"And it shall turn to you for a testimony." .John 15:11(NLT)"I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!"
10.Afflictions - He allows "afflictions" for many reasons . permit me to just name a few . 1. to humble us 2. to kill pride 3.to learn obedience 4.to grow more spiritually 5. to harden our faith 6.to live above sin. Isaiah 48:10(NLT)"I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering."
Jesus quote :
"Jesus replied, "You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will." John 13:7 (NLT)
Prayer : Father teach me your ways and help me to obey them in Jesus mighty name I pray , Amen.
you re blessed!