Are You Searching In A Wrong Place?
“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” Philippians 4:12
I struggled for a long time with a heart of discontent. Whenever I buy something, I would never be happy and satisfied with it thinking there might be something better than this. Fed up with this attitude of mine, I cried out to God to give me a content heart. The Lord started working in my heart and taught these things through the years.
Covetousness is a discontent with what we have and an intense desire for something else, something we believe will make us happy or satisfied. It may be a job, house, spouse, car, physical beauty, ornaments, etc. Bible clearly speaks about the sin of covetousness. We have a tendency to always look at others life. God never said it is wrong to have desires but it is wrong to crave for things belonging to others. Complaining or grumbling to God about the things others have, is like saying to God, “You have not given me good things like my neighbor have.” This attitude grieves the Holy Spirit. God’s plans for everyone are different. Do not compare or strive to live others life. A discontent heart demonstrates lack of faith on God.
Contentment is neither living a Complacent life – a feeling of being settled with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better, nor a Compromised life thinking we must not ask God for more but be satisfied with what we have. God knows our needs even before we ask Him and it is His will for us to be fruitful and prosperous. The Lord allows certain situations in our life just to teach us to fix our eyes on Him and find our contentment in Him alone. According to Philippians 4:12, true biblical contentment is a conviction that Christ’s power, purpose and provision is sufficient in all situations. It does not depend upon our circumstances or possessions but our soul can find rest and satisfaction only in Christ alone. A content heart is always joyful.
Dear ones, today I would like to ask this question, where are you trying to find your satisfaction? If it is in Christ, the result is joy and gratitude flowing at all times. If you are finding it somewhere else, then you are searching it in a wrong place!
— Shabna Nikhil
There Is A Giant To Deal With At Every Stage !!
“And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
Seven years back when I had accepted Christ, I was struggling with lot of problems. I was jobless, dominated and mocked by my relatives, longing for a Father’s love and support, waiting for marriage and dealing with many health issues. I was desperate to get the deliverance. I often pray to God, “Jesus, deliver me from all these problems, I will do your work with full strength.” In a span of 4 years, the Lord delivered me from all my problems and restored me well. I got a job in an area of my interest. My Dad came into contact with me who left us when I was 3 years old. My health issues slowly started to disappear and I got married to a godly person.
God answered all my prayers. But after sometime another set of problems arised. Today, when I was thinking about my 7 years journey in Christ, I felt God speaking to me in my spirit, “There is a giant at every stage. I have made my joy and peace available to you. It’s your choice to get access to them. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.”
Today, if anyone here feels like you can serve the Lord better once all your problems are solved, its never going to happen. We are continuously on test. Once we slay a giant at level 1, the other one is waiting at level 2. God never promised us a life without problems. But He has made available to us, all the time, His joy and peace and they are accessed only through Faith.
It’s not just about getting delivered, but more important is how is our attitude during the test? What are we learning? Are the people around us able to feel our peace? Has our faith improved than before?
— Shabna Nikhil
Is This Real Work For God?
Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Yesterday, while driving to a grocery store, I stopped at a signal. While I was waiting for the signal to turn green, my eyes fell on a person who is mowing grass on the sidewalk areas. He was doing it very carelessly, leaving half of the grass as it is with uneven levels. Watching him doing his job with such carelessness, made me feel bad inside. I was thinking “He is being paid for this and why is he not doing his job properly? How can he be such careless?” It is then God spoke to me, “This is how it looks when people doesn’t show faithfulness in the work I have assigned them.”
God has assigned a task for everyone of us who are born again in His Spirit, that is to “SPREAD THE GOSPEL AND MAKE DISCIPLES.” We may be already doing the work of God, serving in the church or in other ministries. But the question is, ‘Are we doing our job with integrity, excellence and faithfulness?’ Honestly, how much interest and passion are we paying towards our work? Sometimes we may begin with lots of zeal and passion but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things may creep in and water-down the fire we have for the kingdom of God.
Jeremiah 48:10 (NASB) – “Cursed is the one who does the LORD’s work negligently.” We are in the end times. The Lord’s coming is very near. Let us be sober minded and faithful to do with excellence in whatever work God has assigned to us.
Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”
— Shabna Nikhil
You Have Everything You Need
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
One fine morning, I was craving to eat Vada (a traditional south Indian dish). I went into kitchen, prepared Vada and enjoyed having it. At that moment, God spoke to me “Everything is available in your pantry required to make Vada, but it’s you who need to make use of the resources and prepare the dish. In spite of having all the provisions, if you have stayed lazy, you could not have enjoyed the dish”. Similarly, in your life, everything needed for your assignment is already provided through promises sealed in Christ. It is your responsibility to open the lock through the access of Faith to live a victorious life.
Dear ones, God’s all-sufficient resources are contained in His precious and magnificent promises sealed in Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:20 (AMP) says, “For as many as are the promises of God, in Christ they are [all answered] “Yes”. So through Him we say our “Amen” to the glory of God.”
God does not allow anything in your life without equipping you. The Holy Spirit is your powerhouse. You are not alone. Whatever you need, you have it in Christ. Don’t just sit in your place complaining about your situation or feel self pity. Rise up, believe and claim the promises sealed in Christ by faith. “For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.” Mark 11: 24 AMP.
Father, thank you for the provision through the death and resurrection of your son Jesus Christ. Yes, I believe that I have all I need in Christ and the victory is already achieved. For every promise you have made, they are “Yes” in Christ. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.
— Shabna Nikhil