Every problem has an expiration date - Declare Psalms 112 for bankruptcy or serious financial woes
There are many going through hardships and facing problems from every direction. Many ask the question, 'Why am I going through all this?' We often go through problems but recognise that they pull out of us the hidden potential we didn't realise was within us. We go through problems and testing, but these experiences can help to strengthen us, and allow us to help others.
Oftentimes, we don't even remember God and His goodness until we are going through times of great difficulty. Many going through difficulty are giving up, and some are even committing suicide. Regardless of how big your problem may seem, recognise that every problem has an expiration date.
Your date can be today!
When you are going through problems, always focus on the problems from which the Lord has already delivered you. They are no longer problems, but victories. Remember the goodness and grace of God who brought you through those problems. If He has delivered you from the problems before, he will do it again.
Focus on victory
Many times, the problems we go through are based on our purpose, our assignment and the vow(s) we have made. Sometimes, people become comfortable and don't remember where they are coming from and God is trying to get our attention. Just remember, when going through the problems, don't focus on the problem, instead focus on the victory. When we focus on the problem, the mountain becomes greater.
There is always a solution within the problems, and sometimes that solution is what will allow you to become greater. Speak to your problems daily. Speak positive words and outcomes. For example, thank God for the victory you anticipate. Always find scriptural basis to deal with the problem. So if it is a sickness you are facing, then declare Isaiah 53: 5.
If you are going through bankruptcy or serious financial woes, then declare Psalms 112.
If a door has been closed to you and you don't know how to proceed, then declare Isaiah 43: 16.
Make and spend time with God and tell Him about the problems. Problems are a sign that God wants to get your attention. We are often too busy trying to do everything to survive, when God says we should seek Him first.
Maintaining a relationship with God is the key to success. Most countries and organisations are now failing. They have nothing new to download or to offer because they are spiritually bankrupt.
Many times we pray for promotion and blessing, but God wants depth. There are too many people in this world that have height without depth and that's why there is a great falling.
Remember as II Corinthians 4: 16-18 reminds us:
16 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
Better must come
All we are going through is temporary. Our mind is being renewed and our inner man is being strengthened. Many times, people say they can't live without another pay cheque; but they must remember that God is their first source, and God can allow you to live without a pay cheque and live better than before.
Problems are the gates for change. Job only realised who his true friends were in his time of great adversity. He was going through the problems, not because he was cursed, but because God was proving who was around him and who was with him.
One of people's biggest fears in life is to lose things - your job, friends, family, status and position. Sometimes, you don't even know who you really are until you lose something or someone close to you.
Remember, an eagle does not learn how to fly until the mother stirs up the nest, and even forces it out. The unjust servant did not know how good a negotiator and sales person he was until the boss planned to fire him. Sometimes, a person never knows who their Boaz or Ruth is until they get kicked out or hurt in a relationship.
Don't commit suicide in the midst of the problem, it doesn't solve the problem. You are using a permanent action for a temporary problem. Walk through it, you will come out! Greater is always ahead of you.
- Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.