Keys to Moving Forward in a Crisis

by Pastor Alton Trimble

Daily Word for Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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One of the most debilitating effects of a crisis is what I call the “shut down” syndrome. There is something about challenge that reaches crisis level that causes people to internalize to the point that many completely “shut down.”

Some can get into a kind of depression but whether or not one experiences depression the net effect is the same.

People stop their normal routine and suffer from a lack of forward momentum. The benefit of moving forward on a daily basis cannot be over emphasized.

If you are in a crisis that has caused you to shut down, what I am about to share with you is of great importance and can be the difference in your outcome.

Take note of these observations that will aid you in moving forward in a crisis:

1. Your crisis has not stopped your ability to create influence.

 Luke 2:52 – And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

• Confess this scripture as your reality daily.

2. Your crisis has not stopped your ability to inspire trust.

Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.

• To harvest trust, you must sow seeds of trust.

• You cannot give what you don’t have.

3. Your crisis cannot shut your window of opportunity.

Romans 8:31, 37 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

• Sometimes what seems to be down is actually the way up.

4. Your crisis cannot stop you from ridding yourself of needless weight.

Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

• Get ready to run the race God has set before you.

Dear friend, prepare yourself for running like you have never run before. God has great opportunities ahead of you so don’t you dare quit on God; He will never quit on you!

Meditate on these keys and incorporate them into your daily thoughts until they are a part of your thinking.

Prepare yourself for a wonderful ride with God!

God Provides Immunity to Life’s Poisons

by Pastor Alton Trimble

Daily Word for Monday, May 18, 2015

Immunity, Acts 28

I want you to take a moment and recall all the challenges that God has brought you through to date.

Every hurdle He has gotten you across, every failure He has enabled you to overcome. All the times you thought “this could be it for me” and yet it wasn’t because of Him. The losses you thought you wouldn’t survive. The disappointment you thought you would never get over. The life storms of all types He has brought you safely through.

Remember the times you said goodbye to family and friends just before the anesthesiologist put you under in preparation for surgery and then waking up in the recovery room to the voices of those same family members on the other side of surgery.

God brought you through!

Look at your scars now; some healed from surgery, some healed from accidents of various types but all healed. What an amazing God! Think about all the circumstances, beyond your control, that could have contributed to your demise but God didn’t allow them to.

On an occasion of a personal storm in my wife’s and my own life, I asked God to give me something that would aid her in moving beyond the medical situation she encountered early in our marriage. I found my answer in Acts chapters 27 and 28.

In Acts 28:1-6, Paul had an experience (after suffering greatly in Chapter 27) that was framed by these words God gave me for my wife. The words were, “In life, we are subject to the bite of the enemy but God gives us immunity to the poison.”

Paul was bitten by the viper but shook it off in the fire. I find that instructive as to how God would have us deal with challenges in our lives. We have to just shake them into the fire of the history we have with God in overcoming adversities.

Right now, take your present concerns to God and shake them off; adding another trophy on your shelf of God’s marvelous grace.

To Overcome: Just Believe

by Pastor Alton Trimble

Daily Word for Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Proverbs 4:23 [Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life].

Overcoming in any detail of our lives cannot be accomplished without believing. It is probably one of the most important variables determining outcome in all our pursuits.

What we believe determines what we think; what we think determines our action and how we respond to life’s issues determine what we will receive in life.

It all begins with belief. That’s why Proverbs warns us to guard or protect our heart for it determines the course of your life.

My friend, if your current life course is an unacceptable one, the correction needed is not external but internal.

Go to your Father now and ask Him, like David in Psalm 51:10, to create in you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you. When you do this, know that God is your comfort, relief, help and hope according to Psalm 91:1-16.

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