When it comes to the Body of Christ, Satan has only one plan, and that’s to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He wants to take away everything we have, leaving us destitute and hopeless: to hinder or destroy our relationship with God; to stop us from fulfilling His will; and to minimize the power and authority He’s given us to spread the gospel message. Thankfully, God also has a plan for us. Just as He provided a protective covering for the Israelites, He’s done the same for you and me. We’re covered and protected by the blood of Jesus, and no matter what comes against us, God will see to it that it doesn’t touch, harm or defeat us. It’s His will for us to prosper in every area of life—spirit, soul and body (3 John 2). If you are diligent to stay faithful and obedient to Him and His Word, He will always make sure His promises manifest in your life so you are blessed, prosperous, and kept safe from the attacks of the enemy.
Much of our lives is spent focusing on our needs and how we’re going to take care of them—whether it’s for our family or ourselves. Even if we don’t talk about it all the time, it’s always in the back of our minds. But the truth is, in much the same way God delivered the children of Israel and provided for them, He has already made provision for us and our families today. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us and give us a life filled with hope, blessing, and prosperity. Jesus died to redeem us from the curse of sin so we could live in abundance (John 10:10). He became our atonement! And just as God expected the Israelites to celebrate their freedom by worshipping Him and remembering His faithfulness, and bringing offerings to Him, He desires the same from you and me.
Where is God when I need Him? I’m sure that, like me, at some point in your life you’ve asked yourself that question. Even though you know the Bible says He will never leave or forsake us, you found yourself in a position where it seemed God was nowhere to be found—that He did not make His presence known or felt. At times like that we can be made to feel very much alone, hopeless and helpless. The truth is, no matter how difficult the circumstance or situation, God promised He will never leave you alone. He is always with you, whether you sense His presence or not. Stay in faith and never take your eyes off God. He always has His eyes on you!
It can be easy to become so distracted and discouraged by what is wrong in our lives, and how bad things seem to be, that we fail to look at how good God is and the good things He is doing for us. That’s why it’s important for us to remember that, despite whatever bad that’s taking place in our lives, He has promised us a bright future. We can still have hope because God loves us and He always keeps His Word to us. That’s the promise He made in Jeremiah 29:11, New Living Translation, when He said, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” When Jesus died for us, He overpowered helplessness and hopelessness. Never forget that. Especially this month, as we celebrate His death, burial and Resurrection.
Jesus acknowledged His purpose and assignment when He said, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46). As a son or daughter of God, you have the same purpose. You are responsible to be a light in the world that is filled with darkness. To do that, you must make sure you’re in the right position—that you steer clear of people, places, activities, and things that do not reflect God’s image. If you’re experiencing darkness in your life because you have disconnected from God, reposition yourself. Get reconnected to the One who gives you the power and ability to shine His light in darkness, so you will be a true reflection of Him to others.
Ever notice when you see birds flying together, they’re usually synchronized? They’re all going in the same pattern and direction. The same is true for most people who “flock” together. Whatever they do, they do together—whether good or bad. It can be hard to disconnect from the people you’re closest to, but if what they’re doing is bad, it’s not good to be part of it. Don’t be presumptuous regarding the company you keep. Strong Christians can become weak and lose their good testimony by keeping bad company.
God has called you to live a righteous and holy life—to be His example in the earth. But He knows it’s not the easiest thing to do. That’s why He reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Your negative thoughts can lead to having the wrong perspective about yourself and your purpose. Because you are a child of God, you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). That means you think the same thoughts as Jesus. Think His thoughts, and you will always reflect the same godly image as Jesus.
You need only read 1 John 2:15-16 to see why the ways of the world are not recommended for the believer: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” The ungodliness of the world has nothing good to offer you as a believer. Your model for how to live is Jesus Christ. And your guidebook for how to be blessed, prosperous and successful, is His Word. Embrace it!