Let Judah Go Up First
Don’t allow your situation and circumstances taint your perspective of God.
It is not totally correct to assume or think that it is only when things are well that you are in the will of God. However, it is the one who carries something precious that becomes a target of the enemy (Devil).
It is a progressive work, you go through trials, develop patience, then you discover you lack something (wisdom) and you ask of God and He gives you in abundance. Trials come to develop things in us and they point things lacking within us which we can develop in Christ Jesus.
The will of God has a starting point and that starting point is in the presence of God. And you cannot access the presence of God without thanksgiving and praise.
Psa 100:4 (MSG)
You don’t access God’s presence with the pressure and desperation of your pressure (circumstance)! Through your praise, you access His presence. The mark that you are sited in His presence is your praise. When you are in a state of anxiety you are not able to communicate and receive (instructions) from God. It is not what you say to God that changes your situation but it is what God says to you that brings the answer that triggers the change you need.
Joseph was in detention, the key He needed was tied to the door that God opened (being a counsellor to the oppressed around him), this door would come to you as opportunity, and you must pay attention to what God is initiating from within you.
Romans 14:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
All these 3 things are modes of exchange:
Righteousness is the exchange for condemnation and guilt
Peace is the exchange for anxiety and worry.
Joy is the exchange for weakness.
When you have been praying about something for a while and you begin to experience peace, you should believe this and act accordingly else you are operating in unbelief. If you spirit is triumphant, everything around you (body and soul) will eventually align accordingly. Quite paying attention to your situation and circumstances, start paying attention to your spirit. What flows to your life is responding to your spirit, your spirit is as a magnet.
When you are going through a trial, your wilderness is like an isolated environment. What you need to do in the wilderness is to begin to dig your way out that God will manifest Himself therein. What you go through helps you dig a highway for God to lead you and others in similar situations into a place of breakthrough. You achieve this via your praise to God. Every time you praise God, He inhabits your presence. As God is coming in, He creates a highway that triggers a traffic in your direction. As you praise God, God travels towards your direction along with every good thing for you. And then through the process, the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.
Praise is not just singing, it is the acknowledgement of God for whom He is. When God shows up, you worship Him automatically. When you praise God you attract victory, when you murmur, you attract contrary spirits.
Thanksgiving and praise is your search engine. The moment you engage thanksgiving, possibilities begin to align in your direction.
Generated light and illuminated light. Jesus is the light of the world, meaning He is the source of light. There is a light that Jesus generates that becomes our light.
Also, there is a reflected light which the eye sees. We as believers generate the light that is generated from our source, Jesus.
In the inferred light in Matt 6:22, the question is how pure is the source of the light that you reflect.
Beware! Never be intimidated by the testimony of another. There is room enough for everyone.
The right action is your step of faith in praise and thanksgiving!
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