Sometimes we try to figure things out - and then ask God for his wisdom.
Here's what I know: We should always ask God first (for wisdom; direction) and then try to find the guidance that we need.
As long as we rely upon our own human logic and our fleshly perception of life, we will find ourselves riding the wave of our circumstances.
But when we tap into the Holy Spirit, when we tap into the Holy Spirit, the way we look at things takes on a whole new perspective and we begin to walk in the authority and power that Jesus intends for you and for me.
We no longer are anxious and worried when the gates of hell rise up against us because we know that Jesus has given us the keys to the kingdom - or the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Do you ever feel "locked out" by life's circumstances because you don't have the master key to overcome?
Jesus knows how you feel. During his time on our planet he faced: The traditions of men (Matthew 15:1-3). Outward religion that left the heart desperately wicked (Matthew 15:10-20). Physical infirmities in others, a type of spiritual handicaps (Matthew 15:29-31). Physical hunger, a type of spiritual starvation and famine (Matthew 15:32-39).
Know this: As a Spirit filled Christian - you have the master key that can open any lock.
Jesus told the Apostle Peter not to worry about the gates of hell because He (Jesus) would give Peter the keys to the Kingdom (Matthew 16:17-19).
He (Jesus) would give Peter the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
So today, let's recognize Jesus as the Christ (the anointed one). Let's receive the master key (the anointing) to unlock any crisis in our lives.
And know this as well: The anointing does not promise to keep the gates of hell from coming against you, but it does prevent the gates of hell from prevailing against you.
Just a thought for a Wednesday.