Thank you for reading today. Our greatest desire is that you would be encouraged in the Lord! In my daily time with God today, the Holy Spirit spoke to me about trusting God in the difficulties of life. For many people right now is a real difficulty of life.  There is a great passage of Scripture in in the book of James to help us. 

James 1:2-8, My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; (various trials) (3) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (4) But let patience have her perfect (maturing) workthat ye may be perfect (mature) and entire, wanting nothing. (5)  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (6)  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  (7)  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  (8) A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

How Do You Respond When Bad Things Happen to You?

The word temptation means that God sends a test to show us something either good or bad about our heart. Some of life’s problems are permanent.  Some are just a temporary situation. When we live a life after the dictates of the flesh, our tests here will always seem greater in our life. Why?  Because we are out of fellowship with God.  When a person is out of fellowship with God they handle life like they want, instead of handling it the way God wants them to. So, what happens? 

Frustration, anger, fear, arguing, discouragement, depression, and anxiety. 

The result of this carnality, (selfish behavior) is always destruction.

Galatians 6:7-9, Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  (8)  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption(destruction) but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  (9)  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

 Focus on Being a Spirit Controlled Person

The key here is self-examination. Ask God each day if there is any sin in your life that is keeping you from having fellowship with God.  Do not do this hurriedly.  Wait on God to show you when you ask.  Don’t use the God forgive from all my sins!  Get specific about it!  Confess it to God and turn from it. 

Spend time with God every day in his Word after you are in fellowship with Him.  Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and show you His message for you today. Write it down.  Stop and mediate on His message for you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and control you today.  Then when something difficult or bad happens you can go directly to God and tell Him you want to turn this over to Him.  Ask Him what He wants you to thank Him and praise Him for.  How many times in a day does something happen and you explode, get angry, be negative or gripe and complain?

Be the Spirit controlled person God wants you to be at the point of spiritual impact.  Think about the lives you affect when you are out of fellowship with God. Think about the lives you can affect when you are controlled by the Spirit of God! Don’t be the double minded man, James 1:8, but be the Spirit controlled man, Ephesians 5:18!

Remember, be the vessel God can use today by asking the Holy Spirit to show you if you are living your life not dealing with your sin?  Are you living in the sin of allowing selfish carnal thinking or listening to rule your life and making you react or rationalize your sin? Be all you can be for Him today and have a powerful testimony of living a Spirit controlled yielded godly life that is serving and living with humility, joy and peace! We encourage you today to make Jesus Christ real in your life by humbly yielding to Him at the point of impact and living for Him, not the life of selfish carnal thinking and speaking. It is an important choice! Tell God you want to yield yourself to Him today and be a trusting, useful, and rewarded servant! Be the person who can help, not the person who always needs help! Rejoice in Him today!

We pray for many of you daily!  May we all humble ourselves before God and focus on having compassion on others!

With a heart to glorify God and serving the God of answers,

Dr. Terry L. Coomer
Director, Hope Biblical Counseling and Training