WITH JESUS, IT IS NEVER AS BAD AS IT SEEMS

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WHEN YOU TRUST IN JESUS, IT IS NEVER AS BAD AS IT SEEMS

The word of our Father, the Bible, is such a wonderful picture of His love. It has kept theologians busy for centuries, unraveling its secrets slowly, layer by layer, as man is able to grasp and fathom. Indeed, many scholars have experienced such ‘eureka’ moments and echoed the words of Paul,

“As you read over what I have written to you, you’ll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God’s Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order.” Ephesians 3:4-5 [MSG]

Yet, the truth of our Father’s love is in no way lost nor diluted even if we look at it simply, take it literally, and not dwell into the signs and symbols. Indeed, Paul was right to say that,

“The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board.” Ephesians 3:6 [MSG]

Rich or poor, schooled or no, as long as we believe in His love and therefore, Jesus’ redeeming work, we have the same access to our Father, to His care, to His protection and His provision, because He loves us all with the same unfathomable intensity. So let us take scripture literally today and see how when things look bad, they are never as bad as they look, because Jesus is always working behind the scenes for our good. Remember beloved,

“…all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Psalms 90 starts a chain of Psalms that show us just what happens when troubles come. It follows this pattern;

‘problem-promise-praise-promise-praise-praise-praise-praise-praise’ till Psalm 100.

And if we follow this pattern literally, we notice that the problem only needs to be brought to our Father’s attention once, and He is quick to come, quick to aid, quick to assure, quick to solve and stays with us till we ride out the storm completely. And once He is done, we shall be filled with praise, praise and more praise.

In Psalm 90, Moses was faced with a problem, and He brought it to the Lord.

“Return, O Lord!
How long?
And have compassion on Your servants.
Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.” Psalm 90:13-16

We have all been there, haven’t we? Sometimes our problems overtake us and consume our imagination to such a point that it is all we see. Like clouds blocking out the sun, our problems distract us from seeing our Father and He becomes to us, far away, distant, not having a cat in hell’s chance of reaching us in time to save us.

But immediately, in Psalm 91, our Father says,

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16

Beloved, just like the sun is still shining behind the clouds, our Father is still listening. His vision is not obscured. He sees perfectly, hears every cry and He has promised that not only will He be with us, He will deliver us and satisfy us with long life and His salvation. And these are not mere words, because in Psalm 92, it is said,

“O Lord, how great are Your works!
Your thoughts are very deep.
A senseless man does not know,
Nor does a fool understand this.
When the wicked spring up like grass,
And when all the workers of iniquity flourish,
It is that they may be destroyed forever.” Psalm 92:5-7

How quick is His deliverance; and how thorough. And when the flood comes back again, like we know it always will,

“The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
The floods have lifted up their voice;
The floods lift up their waves.
The Lord on high is mightier
Than the noise of many waters,
Than the mighty waves of the sea.” Psalm 93:3-4

Our Father is indeed higher and mightier than any of the waves that come, and so too is His deliverance.

“But the Lord has been my defense,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
He has brought on them their own iniquity,
And shall cut them off in their own wickedness;
The Lord our God shall cut them off.” Psalm 94:22-23

But you are sitting there thinking, all this is sheer literary coincidence. Well beloved, Jesus is just relishing the chance to show you just how real He is. Now when was the last time you felt like this?

“But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.” Matthew 14:24

What do you think He is doing right at that moment?

“He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23

Who do you think He is praying for; Himself?

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

He is praying for you, you who believe in Him and put your trust in Him, just as He always is. Yet, when your boat is in trouble, what does He do?

“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.” Matthew 14:25

And just like the disciples, do you recognize Him?

“And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.” Matthew 14:26

It is so true, isn’t it? We do not recognize deliverance till it is over. Just like what we spoke about in the message Look Carefully, This Is Exactly What You Need, we are expecting deliverance to come in some other way and form and we miss it when it comes. Yet, does Jesus turn around in disappointment and walk away?

“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”” Matthew 14:27

Yet, we still are slow to believe, aren’t we? And we say rather silly things like,

“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Matthew 14:28

And even though He plays along,

“So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”” Matthew 14:29-30

But does He turn and rebuke us?

“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” Matthew 14:31-32

He lifts us up and gets into the same boat with us, thus sorting out our problems.

When the storm started, where was Jesus? When we cry out, what was He doing? Beloved, don’t you see, He is always thinking of you and interceding for you, and when you cry out, He comes quickly. Even if He was on a mountain top, He will reach you with plenty of time to spare. So no matter how bleak your situation may seem, even if it seems like it has been dead four days, Jesus will raise you and your situation just like He raised Lazarus.

Beloved child of God, though the world conspires to distract you from our Father’s love, and deprive you of the peace that the experience of His love brings; though others

“…meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day,” Genesis 50:20

Always remember that our Father has promised,

“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” Jeremiah 29:11 [AMPC]

Beloved, remember,

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” Psalm 92:12-15

Though His word can be deep, His truths are simple, and accessible to all. Because paramount of all His truths is this; He is your Father and He loves you.

And if you have just known the love of our Father, and would like to come under His care, His love and His protection, then respond to Him right now saying,

“Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for being in control of my life even before I was formed. Surely I would not have been able to reach this point if not for You calling out to me. Surely I would not have been able to be here right now if not for your protection and provision. Father, though I never knew You, Your love still sent Jesus to the cross to die for my sins, that by His death, I die to sin, by His blood shed, I receive full remission of sins, and by His rising, I rise to a new life in Christ. Father, I know that no matter how bleak my circumstances get, You are always in my boat with me, sorting out my problems for me, even the problems I create. So Father I rest in Your love for me for I know that You will make all things well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved child of God, spend time with our Father in His word and you will realize that nothing is ever as bad as it seems, for it is all under His control.

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