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Summary: The Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom and the adaptability to see our situations more from God’s evaluative perspective. Paul wrote, "I know how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every si

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How The Holy Spirit Helps Us Realize That Things Are Not as Bad as They Seem or as Successful as They Might Appear (Phil. 4:8-13)

Illustration:Faith understands that God intervenes in the natural course of events; on the other hand, if the natural course of events should happen to answer prayer--that which we call a coincidence--faith still believes God is present.

Brett Blair.

1. The Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom and the adaptability to see our situations more from God’s evaluative perspective. Paul wrote, "I know how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without any being in want. I can do everything God asks me to do the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power." (Phil. 4:12,13)

Rudyard Kipling once wrote, "Failure and success - treat them for what they are - imposters."

Ask the Lord to help you grow in realization that your situation is not as bad as you might think or as successful as it might appear.

2. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to overcome temptations to become discouraged by setbacks or to allow ourselves to grow proud during times of success. The Spirit of God transforms our thinking, emotions and perceptions to see how God can use setbacks for our best interests.

Similarly, the Holy Spirit gives us the grace to keep from becoming too self-sufficient, prideful or obsessed with achieving success.

Isaiah learned that both setbacks and successes are given to us through the sovereign power of God. Isaiah wrote, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8,9)

Ask the Lord to help you gain greater deliverance from the evils of selfish pride.

Trust God to lead you away from the temptations to allow yourself to grow discouraged, frustrated or weary in well doing.

3. The Holy Spirit helps us to avoid setting our expectations too low or too high. Paul wrote, "For the grace given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought (not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance), but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him." (Rom. 12:3)

Ask the Lord to help you set your personal, relational and ministry expectations according to the degree of grace God gives

4. The Holy Spirit helps you from over reacting to bad or good circumstances. Only the Spirit of God can give us the right sense of self-control when we run into adversity or prosperity.

Ask God to help you not over reacting to negative or positive conditions in your personal health, relationships or ministries.

5. The Holy Spirit teaches us that failures are never final and successes are never ending.

Ask the Lord to help you see your mistakes and victories less in the terms of the immediate and more in the light of eternity.

6. The Holy Spirit convicts us that many other people have been disqualified from leadership as a result of giving into feelings of defeat or gloating about their victories.

The Spirit reminds us of how Samson fell because he thought his series of victories would carry him through out his life.

The Holy Spirit makes us feel guilty when we are feeling sorry for ourselves, like Job, that we are tempted to miss out on the greater blessings that lie ahead of us.

Ask the Lord to help you to avoid being disqualified as a result of giving into feelings of defeat or over confidence.

7. The Holy Spirit impresses on us that we are not dependent on any circumstance, situation or outward condition for our happiness. Paul wrote, "God works ALL things together for good." (Rom. 8:28)

Ask the Lord to encourage you to rely less on outward conditions and more on God’s unchanging promises.

8. The Holy Spirit brings to our mind examples of people who have stumbled in their walk with God because they let mistakes or accomplishments go to their head.

The Spirit reminds us of Demas who let his love for this present world cause him to forsake Paul. (2 Tim. 4:10)

Similarly, the Spirit puts in our mind illustrations of people who became like Solomon and allowed his idol worshiping wives to turn his heart away from God. (2 Kings 11:4)

Ask the Lord to help remind you of people like Demas and Solomon when you are tempted to give into feelings of defeat or self-satisfaction.

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