Life Should be Good

Life Should be Good

by | 19, Sep 2012 | JSMI Newsletters

Have you ever had anyone ask you, “How’s life treating you today?” If someone asked you that today, what would your answer be?

This past week I went to the store to pick up some supplies and while waiting in line to pay, I overheard the cashier ask the person in front of me that question, “How’s life treating you today?” Well, you should have heard all the negative things that came out of the person’s mouth. And when he got through, the cashier took up where he left off.

I thought to myself, “How sad” and then, secondly, I thought, “This is sermon material!” (I should advise you that what you say in my presence could end up in a sermon!)

A lot of people today are, for the most part, not enjoying life—they’re just existing. That might be okay for the world, but it shouldn’t be okay for the child of God!

Don’t get me wrong, life can be very challenging. But, how good or how bad your life is has everything to do with what I call THE P.R. FACTOR.

It’s a new phrase—I just invented it, however, the principle has been around for a long, long time. In fact, in just a moment, I’ll show you how the Psalmist David and the Apostle Paul applied this principle in their lives.

But first, what is THE P.R. FACTOR? It’s how you PERCEIVE and REACT! In other words, life is good or bad depending on how you perceive challenges and how you react to them.

What if the way you have been looking at your circumstances isn’t correct? What if you are being distracted and not seeing the greater truth? When you are going through a challenge, if your perspective is right, your reaction will be right.

When the armies of Israel saw Goliath they perceived him as being “too big to kill” and reacted in fear. But when David saw Him, he perceived, “he’s too big to miss” and he reacted in faith and confidence that God would enable him to defeat him (see 1 Samuel 17).

When the Apostle Paul faced his challenges, he perceived them as a “light affliction which is but for a moment” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Now that’s how we need to be today. You might be thinking, “But how did Paul get to the place where he could go through beatings, imprisonment, shipwreck and more yet call it a ‘light affliction’?” I would say, A LOT OF TIME WITH GOD!

The only way to develop a godly perspective is to spend time with God.

I once heard someone say: “Life should come with a warning label—Do not attempt by yourself!” I think that’s really why so many people today are living unhappy lives—they’re attempting to do it by themselves.

Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived tells us:

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil (Proverbs 3:5-7, The MESSAGE)!

We should all do what Solomon advises—RUN TO GOD!

I’ve said for over 43 years, “The greatest revelation you’ll ever receive is this: GOD IS SMARTER THAN YOU!” There are just some things that come our way that we’re just not smart enough to figure out. But one thing is sure—HE ALWAYS KNOWS WHAT TO DO!

When you run to God and gain His perspective, He will always lead you to a better place. God never intended for our lives to be miserable. That’s not the life that Jesus came to give us.

Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 to those who are miserable and weary:

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly (The MESSAGE).

It sounds to me like Jesus is telling us that when we face challenges, we just need to spend more time with Him.

When it seems as though everything around you is caving in on you, run to God and not from Him! How much better and more satisfying would your life be if you would allow God to shape your perspective?

It’s not about how many times a month you go to church or how many times in a month you read a chapter from the Bible—that’s part of it, but it’s really about how much personal time you actually spend with Him.

I know for a fact that my life would not be what it is today if I had not made a commitment 43 years ago to spend quality time with Him on a consistent basis.

If you are going to live above all the chaos that is taking place in this world today, then it will be because you keep company with Him.

The Psalmist wrote that if you will “sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in El Shaddai’s shadow . . . His huge outstretched arms protect you—under them you’re perfectly safe…no harm will ever graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance . . . evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door” (see Psalm 91, The MESSAGE).

That sounds as though God is telling us that as long as we keep company with Him, then life will be good! That’s not to say there won’t be any challenges, but it is saying that none of them will defeat us. When challenges arise, Isaiah 54:17 tells us that the weapons formed against us will not prosper.

Refuse to allow all the negative things that are happening around you, distract you. Keep your eyes on Jesus and stay in fellowship with Him. Allow Him to form your perspective and empower your response.

As I travel and speak around the world, I meet so many people who are missing out on the good life God desires for them . . . they suffer from a wrong perspective. But, I am also greatly encouraged by testimony after testimony this ministry receives from people whose lives have been changed by the power of God.

That is why I am so passionate about studying and teaching God’s Word. In fact, my new book, The Favor of God, is packed with such deep revelation that people who read it will begin to see themselves, God, and life from a godly perspective like never before.

Every meeting I speak at, every television broadcast that airs, and every faith- building resource we produce, is helping people change their perspectives and see things the way God sees them. For many people, it’s the first time their eyes have been opened to truth.

Make the decision now to spend more time with God. Run to Him and allow Him to shape the way you see your family, career, ministry. . . life. When challenges come your way, the right perspective will always cause you to react in faith.

Know that our entire worldwide ministry team is praying for and standing with you!

In Him,
Jerry Savelle
Jerry Savelle

P.S. My new book, The Favor of God, is now available! Get your copy today at www.jsmiaustralia.org. You can order your copy today! Understanding the favor of God will change your life. It did mine!

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