LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF ROMANS 8:28 (NASV)
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
10 KEYS - IT HAS TO BE WORKING FOR YOUR GOOD ( Lifted from my ebook)
1. Faith - Faith grows better in adversity. When we put our faith in God to change the evil/challenge in our lives into a testimony, our faith is growing in that situation , though we might not see any changes initially , but listen , it is growing ,so keep watering with prayers and praises to Him. Now here is the key - When your faith has grown to match that need or demand it activates the power in Mark 11:23(NIV) "Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.". Psalm 18:44" As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me." the strangers (whatever is not of God in your life , anything not giving God glory) that is when they will hear and obey . Why? It is coming with authority ( strong believe) .Luke 10:19 (NIV)" I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you."
2. Patience - Roms 15:5 " Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:" He is a God of patience . If you are in a rush to get out , you will miss whatever He is trying to show and teach you in that situation you are facing .Patience says one thing -"we follow Him" .Besides you can't be different from your father .why? you have being wired to be like Him. Eph 5:1 (Amp)"Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]."
3.Fear of God - Ask Joseph and he will tell you his story from the book of Gen 41:52(NIV)" The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."..He learnt to fear God in the land of his pain .For thirteen years (13 years) he was thought the fear of God . David learnt the same thing , from the book of Psalm 119:71 (NIV)".It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees."..It is in your pain you learn the fear of God more . Jesus our master learnt obedience in His sufferings not in his victory . Heb 5:8 (NLT)"Even though Jesus was God's Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered."
4.Confidence - your confidence in God is growing in that situation , don't be deceived . It is growing ! Bible says in Prov 14:26"In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge." . There is this saying in my country " that the more you beat a child the more stubborn he gets" Now see it this way ..the more the problem persist , the more confident you become in Him , that it will change . Amen .Now the good news is this you shall be adequately compensated for all your shame and pain you went through for His name sake "Jesus" .Heb 10:35"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward."
5.Love - Is a powerful weapon that God uses to work for our good in the dark. It is in the dark you learn how to forgive those who hurt you . It is in the dark you learn how to do good to those that just hate you .It is in the dark you learn how not to hurt people . love protects and does not destroys .Matt 5:47(NLT)"If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that."
6.Joy - you never learn how to be joyful in victory , but in the dark . When things seems unpleasant , that is when your joy grows until it becomes fruitful (evident for all to see ) that it has to be God .Key- He comes when you are joyful , is a key to changing that situation .Is faith at work . Isaiah 64:5a "Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: "
7.Forgiveness - The grace to forgive comes in the dark . We all have been hurt at one point or the other ,by people close to us , family members ,friends , colleagues etc, but again we learn the act of forgiveness in our pain and trials . The more we seek Him for a change , He quickens in our spirit to forgive all who hurt us. I put it this way , the more we seek Him for a change , the softer our hardened heart becomes. Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT)"And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart."
8.Trust - your trust in God grows better in the dark , than in victory ,because then it is a battle of faith (yet to happen) .And God greatest desire is that we "TRUST HIM" . He understands when you battle with it . Jesus our Master cried on the cross too (Matt 27:46 ) but God was still with Him even in the dark. Listen here is the key - If God is with you, you will surely come out of it victorious . Believe it ! Isaiah 41:10 (Amp)"Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice."
9.Tithes and Offering - lol- Many believers don't believe in tithing or paying tithes to God . But hear this one - When things become tight , you learn how to tithe . Why? If nothing seems to be working anymore , in your search for a solution , you attempt it to see if truly it works (tithing and giving of offering) .These principles we learn in our dark situations in life . Heb 7:8(NIV)"In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living."
10.Prayer - The more the problem persists , the deeper and effective your prayer life gets . Why? you are eager to see results in your life . That was why Elijah when his servant said he did not see any rain , he did not give up in the "dark" rather he persisted the more in prayers and got his victory . 1 Kings 18:43 ,45 (Amp)"And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up and looked and said, There is nothing. Elijah said, Go again seven times." "45 In a little while, the heavens were black with wind-swept clouds, and there was a great rain. And Ahab went to Jezreel."
11. Spending time with Him - It is in the dark you "learn" to spend more time with Jesus . Why? you are in search for a solution. I share my testimony with you - I spend almost the whole day in His presence learning and getting deep insights into things .I only go out for little business, when I need to . I learnt spending hours with Him in the dark. I don't think I would have learnt it in victory. 2 Tim 2:15 (NLT)"Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth."
12. Sowing and Reaping -Psalm 126:5(Amp)" They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing."It is in the dark "our challenges of life " we learn how to sow in tears, pray deep prayers in tears , give what we love to keep to God in tears , study the word with deep intensity all in the dark until our joy comes in the morning . Psalm 30 :5 (NASB)" Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning."
Prayer : Father help me to know it is all working for my good , that I might sing for joy in the name of Jesus , Amen.
you will testify !Amen.