Tool #4 – List Your Blessings
Don’t Overlook the Blessings — For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17
It’s easy to get your spiritual eyes fixed so firmly on the problems in your life, you overlook the blessings completely! As a result, you end up suffering through situations that should have you rejoicing.
There have been times when I was facing great pressures. I stood in faith against them. I battled against them with the Word and in prayer.
What I didn’t realize was that during that time, when the problems seemed so great—the blessings were even greater. This ministry was growing faster, my new cancer support group was taking shape, I was connecting with and ministering to more people, than ever before! It was a breakthrough time…a time for rejoicing. But I didn’t know it because I was too busy thinking about the problems.
I had such “tunnel-vision”, all I could see was the pressure, and I suffered through some hard times when I should have been shouting the victory.
But God woke me up before it was over. He woke me up to the blessings and reminded me that problems are temporary, or subject to change, but God and His Word of victory are never subject to change!
So if you’ve been suffering through some hard times lately, wake up to the blessings around you. You’ll be much more effective in battling the problems if you’re giving God the glory for the solutions He has already provided. Take your eyes off the trouble and look around you. Then shout with joy!