Today we are celebrating the greatest gift to mankind! The birth of our Messiah, our King! So, quit complaining and “confessing” things that do not exist. We need to embrace Paul’s attitude:
The Lord has filled me with joy . . . I’ve learned to be content in whatever situation I’m in. I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little. I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:10-13)
I admit there were times when I read those words but could never fully understand what Paul was saying. But, due to my circumstances, it finally makes sense! I have discovered that it IS possible to live a peaceful, tranquil life, even while being surrounded by circumstances that are anything but pleasant. One man put it this way: “I have learned to cooperate with the inevitable.”
I don’t know that I agree with calling it “inevitable,” but rather, as Woody Allen stated, “I hate reality but it’s still the best place to get a good steak.” I may not appreciate reality, but I am not going to “confess” something that is not true. No, I fully expect and anticipate what my Father’s Word declares will be performed in my life. However, I will not be downcast and curse my situation until my Lord’s healing manifests! Like Paul, “I have learned to be content in whatever situation I’m in.” And so can you!
It is such a relief, a joy, if you will, to embrace Grace! Think about it, the Grace my Father has given us truly is Amazing and Sufficient! Yep, even when life doesn’t make sense!
Look, there is no way we can control our universe. But we can determine our attitude toward it! We can accept reality as it is and maintain an attitude of worship. If our desire is to truly perform our Father’s desire, then how could we argue about anything we experience? Rotten weather, unpleasant neighbors, immature and difficult co-workers, physical handicaps, politicians who are working against us — all of it and more, must be accepted as God’s will for the time. No, we may not like it, but we can still maintain an attitude of joy and a spirit of Worship!
Father, there is no way I can complain in light of the wonderful gift of Your Son, born to give life and victory! Please continue your work in my life today as I celebrate the incarnation and all it entails. Amen!
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