Life is a series of choices, and God lets us decide for ourselves on one of the most important choices of all–whether to focus on our problems, or on Him. Focusing on our problem weighs us down, and keeps us from seeing Him clearly. But even when we turn our eyes away from God, He's still waiting for us to acknowledge His presence. When we involve Jesus in our lives and let Him intervene on our behalf, we have perfect peace.
Some people turn to earthly sources to find the answers to their problems, but God's wisdom is infinite. When we shut out all distractions and study His Word, we discover that He's all around us. God is on our side, and He'll never leave us (Romans 8:31, Matthew 1:23). He's really all we need.
Life can be scary, but both the Old and New Testaments tell us time and time again not to be afraid (Psalm 27:1, Psalm 118:6, Hebrews 13:5). In ancient times when God's people encountered enemies who were more powerful, they didn't need to worry when they obeyed Him. David's small stature didn't matter at all when he went against Goliath in battle, because God was with him. Even when David made serious mistakes later in life, God didn't abandon him.
When Joseph was thrown into prison after his brothers sold him into slavery, God was with him even there. Joseph found favor with the warden and prospered after his release from prison, because of God's presence in his life (Genesis 39:21-23). Joshua was another example of how God promises to give us His presence permanently. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee(Joshua 1:5).
Have you ever come across those Christians who go around telling people that if they drink, smoke tobacco, curse, or commit any other sins that God is not going to accept them? What they fail to realize is that God doesn’t accept you because you’re acceptable; He accepts you because of the blood of Jesus! God accepts you with all the mess He knew you had going on before you became born again. It wasn’t like the things you were involved in were a secret to God! He accepted you with all of your issues. But He doesn’t leave you there. God has a plan to renovate you from all your issues, if you’ll just accept Him and stop worrying about what He’s going to do to you because of sin in your life.
Anybody—even preachers in the pulpit—who claims that God is not going to accept people because of their sin is imputing people’s sins to them. To impute means to hold against, or charge to their account. If you’re born again, God no longer charges your sins to your account (Romans 4:8, AMP). So, to tell people God doesn’t accept them because of their sin is to demean and devalue what Jesus has done. You’re saying that what He accomplished on the cross wasn’t enough—that sin is bigger than Christ’s sacrifice. Ladies and gentlemen, that is not true.
Some of you are probably thinking, “Brother Dollar, you’re making light of sin.” No, I’m not! You’re making light of what Jesus did! What I’m saying is that what Jesus did is bigger than sin! There’s no sin that can outdo what the blood flowing out of Jesus’ veins has done! “I hear what you’re saying Brother Dollar, but I still believe there are some sins we have to be held accountable for.” Are you kidding me? To be accountable for your sins means you’re going to have to pay the consequences for your sins. Do you know what those consequences are?
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Recently God said to me, “I want to show you how to operate the kingdom of God system as a human being. Your mind is the starting point—as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” If you don’t like your life or what has manifested in it, consider what you have been thinking about. We arewhat we think. Therefore, it is crucial for us to examine what we are considering the most in our lives especially when we are not getting results. There’s indeed a problem when our lives do not line up with the Word, and the problem is wrong thinking.
When we make the decision to consider the Word first and foremost, we must understand that it will require focus. It will also require a commitment to keep our attention on God’s promises despite what we see. The enemy will try to distract us and cause our minds to focus more on the problems. However, when we focus more on our problems than we do on the answers (from the Word) fear, doubt, and unbelief will take over our minds. As a result, we will remain where we are.
Many people would argue with me on that last point and say that thoughts of doubt, fear, and worry are normal. They would go as far as to say that it is simple human nature. I agree to a certain extent. However, we can train our thoughts to line up with the Word. Brother Kenneth Copeland taught me a valuable lesson when it comes to taking control of our thoughts. I have seen him take control of his thoughts many times. For instance, whenever he faces a challenge, and start thinking about the problem, he says, “No! I’m not going to think about that! Instead,I am going to consider what God’s Word says about it!” That’s huge. It demonstrates the fact that we can take authority over negative thoughts and cast them down by faith.
It doesn’t matter what the problem may be, the solution is found in the Word. For example, you may not have the money to pay a past due bill and doubt is bombarding your thoughts. Your mind is filled with questions such as, “How am I going to pay this? What am I going to do?” Instead of meditating on the problem, you can switch your focus to the Word and say, “No! I’m not going to allow these thoughts to take over my mind! God is my source and He has given me what I need to live a life that is pleasing to Him. I am abundantly supplied because God is my source!” When you think this way, the miracle of supernatural multiplication is put into motion the same as when Jesus blessed the small amount of food (several loaves of bread and a few fishes) to feed thousands of people.