Sunday, 23 February 2020

P Power of Positive Faith

God is Faithful

God is Faithful…

Do you believe that God keeps His promises? Do you have problems believing that?  Is it particularly hard to believe that when you have unanswered prayers?

These are questions that I know we all have struggled with at some point, but I am here to assure you that without a doubt, God keeps His promises.

I am sure you have had challenges in your life. If you haven’t, just wait.  No, I am not going to speak anything negative over your life, but just living will offer each of us some challenge at some point. Some reason to wonder if God cares enough about us that He will do something about whatever it is that maybe consuming us.

Over the last month or so, I have experienced one challenge after another.  I am not complaining and that’s probably why they haven’t overtaken me; nonetheless, I have had them.  My stress level has been very high.  Many days I have had to remind myself that I need to stop and take a break away from everything.  You see even with those who may be strong Believers, we can still become overcome with stress and anxiety.

I was thinking about all that has gone on in my life over the last couple of months and all of a sudden, I felt that God spoke to my heart,“ God is faithful.”  Those words were powerful and stuck with me. They stuck with me because things were about to turn from dark days to days of sunshine even as a tornado was about to pound upon this part of Texas.

The Word of God says, “All things work together for good to those who love God.” If we aren’t careful, those familiar verses can become ordinary; they can become just common sayings for Believers, but I want to caution against taking familiar passages for granted.  God is God and we can count on Him.  He has proved his faithfulness over and over again.  He was faithful from the time I was born, through relationship issues, self -doubt, mistakes, through my illness in 2011 and through too many other challenges I have faced in my life. He will be faithful to you too. His faithfulness isn’t just for someone special because to Him, we are all very special.

Whatever you go through, whether it is a super duper surprise or something that was coming for a while, nothing is a surprise, nor is it so huge that it will overtake Him. Things happen in our lives, good and bad, to help mature us.  Other times, things will happen to test us and at other times things happen to help us learn to trust God.

Romans 4:21says “and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.”  Romans 8:28 says “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”  These scriptures speak volumes to me.  They assure me that regardless of what I go through, God is in control and I don’t have to worry about one little thing. Besides, worry will do us no good.  Instead of worry; trust.  Trust that God will keep His promises to keep you in perfect peace; that He will sustain you through your darkest nights; that He will love you no matter what state you find yourself in; and that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Keep this in mind, you cannot trust God if you don’t know God. The only way you can know Him is to spend time with him just like you would as you try to get to know another person.  Get to know Him, because you cannot believe His promises if you don’t know what they are either.  He loves you and that’s a fact jack!

 

 

Columnist: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, PhD, MBAA, MA, BPS, is an Empowerment Advocate, personal life coach, motivational speaker & leadership expert. She knows that in order for anyone to experience success in their personal or professional lives, there must be a fundamental change in attitude. One cannot be or think negatively and expect positive results. In addition, she loves to interact where she can encourage, enable, empower and energize others.  She is a retired executive of more than 26 years with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She retired as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She is currently a Professor in the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. She is an author and talk show host. Her new book, When You're Happy With You focuses on helping others find value, build self confidence, self-esteem and confront issues that may be holding them back and is currently available online through Xulonpress.com/bookstore, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Her radio talk show “Living Happy Every Day with Dr. LaSharnda” can be heard on www.LATalkradio.com, channel 1.

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