What to Do When Nothing Seems To Be Working

what to do when nothing seems to be working

When nothing seems to work, you need Jesus to show you your loose connection. It isn’t that the bible doesn’t work. God’s word works! We must realize that if there is something wrong, it is not with God or his word; it may be us.

When you are seeking God, and you are believing faithfully and trying to apply Gods word to a situation, and nothing seems to work, here are some checkpoints to help you find your loose connection.

check your own lifeFirst; Check Up On Your Own Life

When I face adversity, the first thing I do is to turn Gods great search light on in my heart to check up on my own life. I want to find out if I have overlooked anything that needs to be made right. Jesus said, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive them, that your father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:25).

If I have any envy, strife, jealousy, wrath, or anything against anyone, I want to know it. I say. “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my anxieties” (psalm 139:23).

I know that if I do not close up every gap, Satan would have an opportunity to enter in. He has no place unless we give him that place. The bible says, “Nor give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27).

The patriarch job had a hedge about him. The devil had to admit the truth to God in saying, “Have you not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side?” (job 1:10). A hedge is a wall that the devil cannot get through. But we find out God permitted satan to trespass the hedge because job allowed fear to come into his life. There was a gap. He said, “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me” (job 3:25). Fear opened the door for satan to come in and try to destroy him in the way that we see written in the book of Job.

Check your own life. You have a hedge about you. Over you is the blood of Jesus Christ. Around you encamp the angels f the lord. The Lord goes before you. Goodness and mercy are following you all the days of your life. Underneath are the everlasting arms.

That hedge about you can be broken by an unforgiving spirit, jealousy, envy, strife, stinginess, covetousness, lasciviousness, evil desire, immorality, lust or unforgiven sin. Many times the hedge is broken down because of unresolved anger. “Be angry, and do not sin” : do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26).

If Gods word is not working for you, check up on your own life first. Examine yourself (1 corinthians 11:31)

“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Roman 12:18). Forgive your wife, forgive your children. Ask them to forgive you. The word says, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Keep strife out of your life. God will not work for you while you live in open rebellion against his word.

Second, Check Up On Your Promises

If you do not have some definite promise from the word of God that has been whispered to your heart and which you have embraced; if you don not have any real, definite, pointed promise that God has quickened to you in your present situation, then you have a loose connection.

Get into Gods word. Meditate on the scriptures until God speaks to your heart. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)

You cannot have faith for something unless you have a promise from Gods word. Check your promise book!

If you are believing for healing, check up on your healing scriptures. “Who himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

Whatever you are believing for, check your promises! God’s word will never change! It will never fail!

I have a missionary friend in mexico who picked up a hitchhiker one day and began to talk with him about the Lord. The hitchhiker pulled a gun, pointed it at him, and told him to pull pff onto a country road. This convict planned to take the car and everything in it and leave my friend in a deserted place.

My friend turned to this fellow and said, “You cannot do this to me. I have mor epower that you have. ‘Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.”

The convict said, “Drive”

My friend kept driving, feeling the gun jabbing in his side. But he said, “You cannot do this to me. The bible says that I have all power over the devil, who is making you do this. You cannot do this to me.”

The convict made him drive down a deserted road and stop. Then he got out of the car.

My friend persisted. “You cannot do this to me! I have Jesus in me. In the name of Jesus, you cannot do this to me.”

The convict directed him into a field and told him to take off his clothes. There stood my friend in his underwear…. Gods man of unwavering faith and power!

It really looked as though it was not working and everything had failed.

As the convict walked away to the car, my friend lifted his voice one time and shouted, “In the name of Jesus you cannot do this I command you in Jesus name to come back! satan, you are defeated in Jesus name!”

In just a few moments, the convict came back, handed him his clothes, and said, “Hombre, I like you!”

There is power in the name of Jesus! It may look as though the enemy is stripping you down to nothing, but if you will check on your promises and put your whole confidence in the word of God, you will have the victory.

When once you get the word of God settled in you, there will be no sickness, no poverty, no disease, no defeat, and no calamities, because the word of God is forever settled in you!

You must settle it.

The word of God will lift you into a higher realm of faith. “Sp then faith comes by hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17)

Check up on your promises. Find out what God says. See if he has told you the truth. See if he still says what you think he says.

Did you put your confidence in his word in the beginning? Did you have faith in Jesus before you were going through this valley? Gods word will not change.

Remind God and remind yourself of what God sys.

Quit mumbling, murmuring, moaning, groaning, grumbling, and complaining. Check your promises!

confession of faithThird, Check up on Your confession of Faith

Jesus said, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23)

You will never rise any higher than your confession, you will never sink any lower than your confession.

A lot of people have the idea that if they can just take God’s word in an emergency and quote it, it will work. It will not!

You will have whatever you say or whatsoever you have been saying continually. You cannot just talk any way you want to all the time and then suddenly quote God’s word and expect a miracle. It doesn’t work that way.

You must train yourself to continually speak and believe God’s word and live it out daily.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)

Check up on your words. Usually when you are having a problem, It is because you are not saying what God says about the situation. Instead, you are speculating, surmising, reasoning and looking at the circumstances instead of God’s word. The word of God says we are to be “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity  to the obedience of Christ” (2 corinthians 10:5).

If there are all kinds of contrary thoughts in your mind, as long as you refuse to say those thoughts, they will die stillborn. Once you speak them, you give them life! Replace negative thoughts with God’s thoughts – the bible.

Meditate on God’s word, say what God says about your situation.

Before you ever get out of bed in the morning, pray in the Holy Spirit. Confess what God’s word says about you. Know who you are in Christ. Pray the following prayers:

“….that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe according to the working of his mighty power which he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And he put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:17-23)

“…… that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen  (Ephesians 3:17-21)

Fourth, check up on the arena in which you are fighting

If the devil ever gets you in the arena of reasoning and looking at your symptoms, he will defeat you every time. Stay in the arena of faith and you will win every time.

Check up on the arena in which you are fighting. Are you trying to battle satan in the arena of reason? Are you trying to intellectualize your problem? Are you battling symptoms and trying to reason why? stop! Get into the realm of faith. Say this: “it does not matter what the situation looks like. It may look like these circumstances many never change, but Jesus said in Matthew 21:22, ‘And all these things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Quote his word) Believe God!

companions and fellowshipFifth, check up on your companions and fellowship

Are you in constant fellowship with people of faith? If you associate with people who cannot support you in faith, you may find yourself struggling to hold on to your promise.

You will become like the individuals with whom you associate. “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Fellowship with men and women of faith. Of course, open your heart to all people and share the love of Jesus, but where you counsel and fellowship and when you listen and are exhorted, be sure you have chosen those who are established in the word of God and in faith.

Your ears are not garbage cans! Mark 4:24 says, “Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study} you give { to the truth you hear} will be the measure {of virtue and knowledge}  that comes back to you – and more {besides} will be given to you who hear”

Do not agree with unbelief and doubt. Do not counsel with people who bring reproach upon the word of God.

Take your stand! Do what is right. Do not compromise Gods word. If somebody says something to you that will bring you down, answer with the word of God

The apostle Paul reminds us to find our fellowship with the people of God; “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16). Check up on your companions and fellowship.

Sixth, Check up on yourself to see if you are obeying the scriptures

Many people live very worldly lives. They disregard the commandments of God. When they try to appropriate Gods promises, they fail.

The bible says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6)

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

You must know who you are in Christ so you can resist the schemes of the enemy.

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing  his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” ( James 1:22 – 25).

You must do the word of God. It will not do you any good unless you obey the word. Jesus told this story about the men who built a house, one on a rock, the other on the sand: “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matthew 7:24-27)

The one house stood because that man was a doer of the word. When the Lord says, “Do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26), you must obey. When the Lord says, “And be kind to on another” (Ephesians 4:32), you must obey, when the lord says to “forgive” (Luke 6:37), you must forgive.

James 4:7 tells us, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Make certain you are submitting all of your life to God.

As peter did, obey Jesus when he speaks to your heart and say, “Nevertheless at your word I will….” (Luke 5:5), even when it doesn’t all make sense to you

your praise lifeSeventh, check up on your praise life

Are you showing your faith by praising God before you see the answer. The word of God tells us: “I will bless the lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in your mouth.”

Check to see if you are praising Gpd as of you already had your answer. If you will act like you have it, talk like you have it, praise God like you have it, you will have it!

Let me remind you of what I said previously. Jesus praised God that Lazarus was raised from the dead before he ever raised him. He stood before that grave and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. [ I thank you that you have already raised him as far as I am concerned] (John 11:41)

Somebody said, “I would be afraid to say that, Lazarus might not come out!” certainly he would not come out with that attitude of doubt!

Joshua and the children of Israel shouted triumphantly before the walls fell down (Joshua 6:5)

Read Also: Why Submission Is The Key to a Successful Marriage For Women

Abraham praised God before he ever saw isaac (Romans 4:17). If you will do the checking, you will find where there has been a loose connection. With a minor adjustment, you will be on the road again.

Gods word never fails

Man of faith, the Lord Jesus will never fail you. Put your unwavering confidence in him. You will have victory every time

By John Osteen

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