“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Maybe you have made a list of pros and cons when trying to make decisions or when planning a project. There have been times when I have counted up the things against me and have come away rather discouraged. Perhaps you have done the same.
But today I want to encourage you to make a list, even if it is just a list in your mind, of things in your plus column, things that are working for you, things that are in your favor.
We can start right at the top. God is for you, He is the biggest plus in the column that adds up the list in your favor. God wants you to succeed, to overcome, to endure, and even to prosper in spite of your afflictions.
We can also add in the mind of Christ, our Lord’s presence working in and through us manifested by the power of the Holy Spirit. We live, breathe, and exist in Him as the children of God. Jesus has made a covenant between God the Father and ourselves so that we are in a state of being right with God and having the favor of God through Jesus Christ
Right now you should be feeling much better about your plus column. But we have more, we have God’s holy angels watching over us, protecting us, strengthening us, and blessing us because we are the children of God. I feel like one of those TV infomercials, But wait! There is more!
We have God’s written Word to remind us of all these blessings, and to give us strength when we have doubts about God’s goodness or plan for us.
And one other thing we must consider, God has given each of us gifts. Your gift may be to encourage or as a prayer warrior. Maybe you have the ability to communicate God’s Word to others. Perhaps you are one of those people who can minister to others through your faith, or kindness, or your joy and hopefulness in spite of your difficulties. You may have gifts you have not even discovered yet.
We all have a list in the minus column of things that weigh against us, but never forget that plus column, it far outweighs everything else.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us never to forget that with You, there is much more that is for us than against us. Amen.
Do you have a long list of difficulties? Have you considered the longer list of pluses in your favor?
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. When things start getting him down, he remembers the things that lift him up.
Are you ready to celebrate? This is Wintley Phipps singing “Great Gettin’ Up Mornin'” a spiritual from long ago. I hope it blesses you today and you remember all that God has blesses us with. -Lisa