by Kenneth Copeland
Have you ever come up against some problem and you didn’t know where to find help? Maybe you’ve made mistakes and bad decisions, and now you’re in way over your head. Or perhaps you were going through life doing all you knew to do and from nowhere, a problem seemed to jump you from behind. Or possibly you’re just so frustrated and confused about the state of current events that you don’t even know what to do. That’s when you have to know how to approach God, and approaching Him starts with setting our faith on Jesus.
Set Your Faith On Jesus
If we set our faith on Jesus, we won’t faint when the world around us gets darker. We won’t be wearied by all the problems it’s throwing at us. We’ll tap into the wisdom of our heavenly Father and find out everything we need to know about how to finish running our race.
“But Brother Copeland,” you might say, “I’ve made some major mistakes in my life. I’ve gotten so far off course I can’t even figure out what race I’m supposed to be running.”
Then don’t try to figure it out. Just act on James 1:5-6. It says: “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. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.”
According to those verses, even if the problems you’re facing are problems you created yourself, God won’t “upbraid” or find fault with you when you ask Him to help you solve them. He won’t punish you by withholding the answers you need.
You could be sprawled on the floor of a jail cell, locked up because of a crime you committed, and if you repented and asked God for wisdom He’d immediately start helping you. In spite of all the mess you made to get there, He’d start telling you how to handle the situation, how to give Him glory in it, and how to get out of there.
God is for you, not against you! You can ask Him for anything you need. Just be sure to ask in faith.
Forgive Anyone Who’s Wronged You
Jesus said in Mark 11, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them…. And when ye stand praying, forgive…” (verses 24-25). So when you pray for wisdom for how to handle a situation or what to do with a problem, believe the wisdom you need is yours the instant you pray for it. Say out loud, “God promised me His wisdom and I receive it now. From this point on, I declare it’s mine. I say I have it, and I’ll keep saying it no matter how I feel or how much pressure the devil puts on me to say something else.”
Then, finish up your prayer by forgiving anyone who’s wronged you. That’s vital. If you don’t forgive, your faith won’t work, because faith works by love (Galatians 5:6), and love forgives.
This is how we as believers were born to live!
We weren’t created to worry about all the bad news in the world and let problems consume our focus. We were created to walk in God’s wisdom and love, and tell people the good news about Jesus. What He’s doing is the real story these days. So stay focused on Him. Wake up every morning expecting Him to say things to you that you’ve never heard before. Spend time with Him in the Word, expecting Him to show you things you’ve never seen before.
Jesus will give you the answer to every problem. No matter what happens in this complicated world, you can approach God with any problem, and He will answer you.
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