Be Encouraged!

Recently, I was reminded of Psalm 77 and some very important truths to help us in our every day lives.  I encourage you to read the entire Psalm keeping in mind the teaching of today.

How often have you asked yourself or heard a friend say “why hasn’t the Lord answered my prayer?” or “when is the Lord going to answer my prayer?” or “did the Lord even hear me when I called out to Him?”  I think we all have had these thoughts or even expressed them at one time or another.  Even though we may know better in our spirits we allow thoughts and questions, which are contrary to the Word, to take up time and space in our souls!  That is why we are taught to “cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Psalm 77 was written by Asaph who was a well-known musician and worship leader of the time.  Yes, we all have questions and doubts at times, even leaders.  But the way to rise above them is to make the decision to move out in faith and trust God and His ways! Please look at verses 1-4 and 11-12 in this Psalm.

Vs. 1-4 “I cried out to God with my voice – to God with my voice; and He gave ear to me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord. My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing. My soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed.  You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.”

Remember, it is always important to take especial notice when we see scripture repeated.  God is showing us, through Asaph’s psalm, the answer to these questions and how to have victory in times of trouble. This is what Asaph did ~ does it sound familiar to you?

A)   He was very troubled and was seeking God for answers

B)    He allowed the thoughts of his troubles to consume him

C)   His soul (mind, will, emotions) refused to be comforted!

D)    Then he began complaining ~ to complain he had to speak

Asaph was troubled and prayed to God for answers. However, instead of trusting God and casting his cares and leaving them with Him; he continued to think on his problems and cried out all day and into the night! He became consumed with the thoughts of the problems and his soul (mind, will and emotions) refused to be comforted.  He wouldn’t allow Holy Spirit to comfort him and he became so upset that he can’t sleep or speak!  Do you see the progression here?  These same things happen to us when we allow our souls to rule our spirits!!  Selah!!

Now look in verses 11-12 “I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work and talk of your deeds.” 

God’s Word is so awesome and it never changes!!  Asaph finally stopped having a pity party and began remembering who God was and what He had done.

A)   He remembered what God had done for him and Israel

B)   Twice it is written, he remembered God’s wonders (important)

C)   He began meditating and thinking on the goodness of God instead of the problems

D)  He  began speaking and praising God for His greatness and stopped speaking the problems

When trouble comes our way and it most likely will! We are to pray, give God our concerns and leave them with Him!!  Leave them with him, don’t take them back and he will perfect them… “God perfects those things which concern us.”  Praise God for His goodness and remember how blessed you are!

I encourage you today to put these truths into operation in your life and watch how God answers and moves on your behalf! Make a point to practice allowing your spirit to be in control of your soul. By doing so you will always turn to God, trusting Him to take care of you and all will be well with your soul! Remember, you are spirit first, you have a soul (mind, will and emotions) and you live in a body!  As born again, spirit beings we have a direct access to the throne of Grace 24/7! Hallelujah!

Thank you Father God for loving us so much that you always hear us when we pray and You continually give us direction and guidance in all that we do! I pray that this word gives life to all who read it and they walk in victory  Amen!

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