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For some time now we have been trying to sell our house. It has not been easy, it turned out the guy who built it cut a lot of corners and it has a lot of construction errors we did not know about. So when people have come to view the house they have left the viewings when they heard the name of the contractor even though they liked the house.

After the second viewing we got an offer on the house. It was way below the asking price, and we knew the creditors had agreed to us selling it of our own free will if we got the asking price. So we refused the first offer after I had sought the Lord. But I also heard the Lord say we where to accept the next offer that would come after the third viewing.

In my mind I was convinced we would get a good offer after the third viewing. At least an offer that would match the asking price, and perhaps above it. When the third viewing finished our real estate agent called us and said 1 person showed up. They liked the house, but when they heard the name of the contractor they left. At that time I thought to myself “ok God, you told me to accept the offer that would come now after the third viewing, where is it?”.

The day after the third viewing, at about 2 pm our real estate agent called to tell us the guy who had made the first offer had decided to increase it. His new offer for the house was still way below the asking price, but I had heard the Lord telling me in advance to accept the offer that would come after the third viewing. So even though it is way below the asking price, we accepted it.

So now we have finally sold the house. Well there is still one obstacle left. Our creditors who agreed to us selling it instead of a foreclosure agreed to it as long as we would make the asking price. They have the legal authority to stop this sale if they want to. So we are still praying for a safe completion of the sale.

If this goes through we will have decreased our debt by 50%. So we will still have to find a way to pay of the remaining 50% of our debt after the house is sold.

It would be easy to worry right now because we have no control over the creditors. And we have no idea how we are going to pay of the remaining 50%. We had prayed and hoped the sale of our house would cover the entire debt, and our wages are still garnished. And if that was not enough we had to use what little we have to pay the bills for the ministry, that leaves us with not much left for this month to live on. If this was one year ago I would have worried, panicked and been stressed out by now. Instead we have joy, peace and a sense of anticipation that something good is about to happen.

The Bible says the righteous shall live by faith (Rom 1:17). We become and remain righteous by choosing to trust and continue to trust that Jesus died for our sins. (Rom 3:22). So the Bible says in Rom 1:17 that we are to live our lives focused on this one important truth “Jesus died for my sins”.

When the bank threatens to foreclosure on your house, the doctor tells you that lump in your body is cancer and your spouse divorces you its easy to fall into despair, discouragement, worry and anxiety. When life throws you for a loop we are told the responsible thing is to worry. We are told its ok to be discouraged and depressed when you have received bad news about your health, a family member or a loved one. But the Bible does not agree with this. The Bible encourages us to change our focus when this happens.

It does not encourage us to deny reality. We are to accept reality, but we are not to focus on it. Cancer, foreclosure, sickness, death, the hardship of life is not to be the center of our attention when it strikes. The center of our attention is supposed to be Jesus dying for us on a cross, for our sins on a cross. But we have to choose what to focus on when life throws you for a loop. God will not make the choice for us, He will not force us to focus on the cross, we are the one who have to choose and to choose wisely. We are the one who have to choose to look to Jesus and Him dying for us in the midst of the storms of life.

The Bible is filled with promises of healing, provision, guidance, wisdom and protection. When you read Deut 28:1-13, Psalm23,  Psalm 91 you will soon understand that God is a good God. He wants to take care of us, and He is the kind of God that wants to surprise us with His love. He is the kind of parent that wants to chase us down with His blessings and there is nowhere we can hide from His love. (Psalm 23).

But all of these blessings and promises comes with one condition, a demand we have to meet. God is more then willing to give us all of these blessings, but He can only do so if we are righteous. He can only heal, provide for, protect and guide the righteous. The unrighteous are left to them self, they will never see His protection, healing, deliverance, and guidance.

Gods righteousness comes by living after the law of God. (Rom 8:4) If you are honest with yourself, you will have to admit you have failed at keeping the law of God. You have lied, hated, stolen things and worshiped idols. So the law of God testifies of your guilt and your unrighteousness. You do not deserve Gods promises, and you will never have access to them by your own will and what you can do. (Rom 3:10)

So it becomes obvious we have a problem. God wants to meet the needs of the righteous, He wants to bless them, heal them, provide for them, fight for them and protect them. (Deut 28:1-13). But if you are unrighteous you will be cursed by God.

There is only one solution to this, and the solution is the cross.

When Jesus died for your sins His death provides you with His rigtheousness, if and only if you choose to trust in what He has done for you.

You can become righteous, and remain righteous, if you trust and continue to trust in Jesus dying for your sins. You can know for sure that all your needs will be met, if you are righteous and choose to remain righteous. (Rom 1:17)

So the only solution when life throws you for a loop is to trust that Jesus died for your sins. That guarantees Gods help and Gods provision. Your choice to trust that Jesus died for your sins guarantees healing, provision, guidance and protection. All of the promises in Deut 28:1-13 will be yours. Not because of something you have done, but because of Jesus dying for you on a cross and your choice to trust in Jesus dying for you on a cross.

This is why we have joy and peace in the midst of this storm. We have no control over the creditors. We dont know for sure they will accept this sale of our house. We have no idea how we are going to pay of the rest of our debt. But we know we are righteous because we choose to trust that Jesus died for our sins. And we know the Lord delivers the righteous from their trials. (Psalm 34:19).

So we know that the Lord will give us a way to pay of the rest of our debt. We know He will make sure the sale goes through as planned. And He will give us the money we need for the ministry and in the process, He will give us the money we need to go into full time ministry.

Not because of something we have done, but because of what Jesus did. Because we choose to confront this situation with our trust in Jesus dying for us, for our sins. Because we choose to focus on the cross and nothing but the cross as the solution to all our needs.

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