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Face the Sun

Ephesians 4:31-32, “Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Be kind and loving to each other and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.”

The Los Angeles Zoo has faced many circumstances but perhaps one of the worst was a visit from Mrs. Bedlam. She was a senior who visited the zoo often. She decided that the animals were bored so, one day, she showed up with a bag of rubber balls. Unbeknownst to the staff she tossed the balls to all the animals. Some played with them while others ate them, like the bears and monkeys, who paid for it for days after. Some ignored the balls while the female lioness decided to bite down hard on it. But with her hard teeth the ball immediately exploded in her face with parts of it sticking to her canines causing much distress. When all was said and done and the lion was on the mend, the zoo came up with a slogan among the staff- ‘the zoo would be a great place to work, if you could just keep the people out’.

Crazy circumstances even with the best intentions can sometimes throw our life into chaos. You write a note but it's misunderstood. Someone makes a statement that causes more harm than good. You comment and can set others against you, or you keep your mouth shut and make others mad at you. You go to work, talk with your spouse, parent your children, spend time with friends or family, and with no warning, suddenly a roar of bad circumstances blows up in your face.

You could be serving Jesus, teaching scripture, trying to help, but like a lunge for your face, everything goes wrong. Maybe your circumstances have you on the receiving end of attacks, gossip, someone who simply wants to tear you down. How do you respond? How can you rise above your circumstances? What can you do when a Mrs. Bedlem shows up?

Did you know that the only bird to peck at an eagle is a crow? He rides on the eagles back pecking at its neck. The eagle doesn't respond or fight with the crow. It doesn't even bother wasting his time on the crow. Instead, the eagle simply opens its wings and begins to rise higher in the sky. The higher the flight, the harder it is for the crow to breathe. Eventually the crow falls free due to the lack of oxygen. It's time to stop wasting our time on the crows, simply take them to new heights and they will fade away.

Here's a few things you can keep in mind when a Mrs. Bedlem comes into your life.

- “Learn from the seeds; they don't die when you throw dirt on them, they grow.”- Mathsona Dhliways

- The larger the bricks your enemies throw at you the larger the palace you are going to build.

- When the world told the Caterpillar its life was over, the butterfly objected, “my life has just begun.”

- When people try to bury you, remind yourself you are a seed.

- Today's tears are tomorrow's garden.

Helen Keller once said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what the sunflowers do.”

What a beautiful concept, face the sun when in your dire circumstances. Better yet, face the Son when you're feeling chaos has blown up around you. He has promised to care for you and has the power to give you strength to rise above.

When you feel the crows pecking, soar to new heights.

- Keeping your focus on heaven will help you rise above your difficulties on earth.

- Living moment by moment depending on God's power will keep you steady in the storms.

- Rely on God's Providence, care and power as a Christian and child of God and allow God to transform you inside and out.

“Someone has rightfully observed that we’re all either in a situation, coming out of a situation, or headed into a situation. That’s life but let’s be victors and not victims. Your current circumstances should not dictate the level of your joy and peace. If you currently have pleasant circumstances, praise God for them. If you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, praise God for it too. Maybe, this will be the time and place for you to experience a miracle or find out just how strong you truly are.” - blog.strategicsecrets

Once you’re alive and breathing, you can rise above your circumstances. As the wise King Solomon so eloquently puts it, “As long as you are alive, there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” -Ecclesiastes 9:4

“Don’t Let Your Circumstances Steal Your Joy and Peace Today. God is Still on the Throne!” — Chance

Knowledge of God gained through Scripture is not identical with grace, but Peter says it is a means of grace. If we want to be made peaceful and powerful through divine grace, Peter says, it happens “in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” That knowledge is found in one place: Scripture. May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Peter 1:2) Let's continue our study with 2 Corinthians chapter 7

Study 7, 2 Corinthians chapter 7-

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