"Happy is the man that trusts always." Proverbs 28:14
The word ‘always’ has the same revealed power for a believer in Christ as the word ‘never’. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having sufficiency in all things; may abound to every good work.” II Corinthians 9:8. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5. What word causes this power to take over in our lives? It’s the word now. I now say that the Holy Spirit is my helper and I will not fear what people do (Hebrews 13:6).
When we accept God’s Word as a life-giving fact, transformation takes place. God’s Word becomes a life-style when it becomes solid in our belief system. “Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” Matthew 8:13. We go from looking for a breakthrough to calling ourselves a breakthrough. We stop living divided lives: one day victory, the next day moody, doubtful, attempting to talk and pray. We stop discussing with how difficult things are and believe that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
There are times when our emotions are met and, we think we are victorious, but other times we live like God is not real. Some believers call Christianity the act of waiting for God to do something miraculous or to help them out of a situation rather than stepping out in faith to do what He has planted in their hearts to do. This is emotional Christianity. Emotional Christianity is one day up and one day down. It causes people to lose their enthusiasm for life because of their effort to be victorious. Two examples of emotional Christianity is, “Boy, it’s tough to be a Christian” and “Well, God won’t put us through more than we can handle.” The truth is, He does and He will so we will grow in faith and discover the power of the Holy Spirit in us (Romans 8:9, Romans 8:37, Philippians 4:13).
It is written, “If you live in the Spirit, also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25. The moment we trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we begin living in the Spirit. We can now say, “When I leave this earth, I know I will go to heaven.” We say this with confidence and joy because this revelation is the beginning of a new life.
Walking in the Spirit is daily life. It is not just for an emotional church service, but it is the revelation to be filled with the Spirit for every day and every occasion. There is a shift from trying to trusting the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is our treasure in earthen vessels (our bodies), that the excellency of the power may be of God, not of us (II Corinthians 4:7). God is the source of joy and laughter for our lives. Our ability to laugh is in our thankfulness in attitude and word. Laughing realizes the joy of hope. When we realize the all powerful, all knowing, Creator of the universe lives in us, we cannot remain melancholy, sad, anxious or depressed. This is great news! It calls for a celebration every day. If we allow the Holy Spirit to be what we cannot be and do in us what we cannot do, He fills us with joy and peace. How can we remain controlled by emotional moods when the joy of Jesus Christ is in us and always available?
God’s joy and peace is our love of life. “…be filled with the Holy Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:18-19. Our delight in life should be speaking God’s Word. Affirming God’s Word in a personal, present-tense way keeps our focus on Him, calls forth what is in us and predicts our future.
Thank you Lord that You always hear me, You always have mercy on me, You always help me, You have turned my mourning (regrets) into dancing and You have put off my sackcloth (torment). The glory (results) of my life sing praises to God and they will not be silent. I thank you forever (Psalm 30:10-12)!