As individuals we choose the environment in which we live, even if a negative environment was forced on us, we choose whether or not to stay there or to work hard to take ourselves out of there.
However with the right attitude you can thrive in whatever environment you live in.
Not all environments are initially our choosing, e.g Joseph in the Old Testament was sold into slavery by his brothers. He did not choose that environment but it was forced on him, however because he was faithful to God he thrived in the house where he was a slave. Even when he was falsely accused of something and put into prison, he thrived in that environment also:
Genesis 39: 2-5
2 And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3 And his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
4 And Joseph found favor in his sight, and he ministered unto him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
5 And it came to pass from the time that he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that Jehovah blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of Jehovah was upon all that he had, in the house and in the field
Verses 20 – 23
20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
21 But Jehovah was with Joseph, and showed kindness unto him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
23 The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand, because Jehovah was with him; and that which he did, Jehovah made it prosper
Having God in your life allows you to overcome whatever challenge this life throws at you, because when you are in a true relationship with God, you know that no matter what he is in control.
It is like being in your home with the warmth of the central heating on, sitting down in a comfortable chair reading a good book. You are not concerned about how cold it is outside because you are protected by the strength of the building.
Life is challenging and one minute you can be in a good environment and next minute your environment can change, but even when that happens, this is not a time to loose faith or become disillusioned with God because sometimes these things come to test our faith. Pushing through in these situations causes you to thrive in your environment.
Unfortunately too many people use their current environment as an excuse and a justification why they are not trusting God or why they are not doing the things they should be doing. However the only thing excuses do is take us out of God's will for our life.
If God can make Israel thrive in a negative environment e.g. When God was judging Egypt with the plagues but none of the plagues entered into Goshen where Israel was staying. Or if God can protect Daniel for a whole night in a pit with hungry lions, which is a very negative environment, then God will bring you through as well!
Your current environment is not your destiny, it is just a pits stop in the journey towards it!
God has placed all of his laws and principals in his word to show you and me how to live a victorious life and thrive within our environments and this is why we should study the word to show ourselves approved and rightly divide the word of truth. If we do not do this then we will struggle and struggle and then blame God saying “Why is God allowing this to happen to me?”
God has given us his living word so that we can deal with all aspects of our life, so lets not transform his living word to empty text on a page, simply because we cannot be bothered to study it and more importantly, apply it!
You may be in a place where you are struggling in your health or your finances or even both, but that is not the environment where you have to stay. You can change that environment by applying yourself and focuses on doing the right things.
It always amazes me when doing this Reliv business when speaking to Christian prospects, they tell you that they have really being praying for an answer to their health and their finances, then God somehow connects you to them. You share Reliv with them, which deals with their health and finances, then they say, “I've got to go and pray about it!” then you do not hear from them again and when you do see them again, they are still struggling.
Too many people treat God like a lottery ticket hoping their numbers will come up, so they can have a easy life. However even when God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the promised land, a land that was already inhabited by hostile people. He said to them “ Here is your land, now go and possess it!”
We have a part to play in our success, it is not all on God, so if we are not doing our part, we are limiting what God can do in our lives.
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