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How to Make Lemonade – part 2

“If life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” is a quote used by many people in our society, including those who shut God out of their lives. When most people use this quote, it means, “Make the best of a bad situation, be creative, stay positive and try hard.” It is good advice, as far as it goes, but it falls far short of solving our most important problems.

Here’s an interesting verse from the Proverbs: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” Proverbs 17:22 (NIV). God knows a cheerful heart can make us feel better when we are sick. This is why placebos (fake drugs used in drug testing studies) often have some effect, but they ultimately don’t cure disease. God knows we need Him. Spiritually speaking, the world has only placebos. God has the only cure. He offers the cure freely to all. Jesus said, “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” Luke 11:13 (NLT). The world stubbornly may resist the Holy Spirit, but God loves the world: “Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another” John 1:16 (GNT).

So, how can we make lemonade? Here are three clear verses that you can put into practice to make your life sweeter no matter how sour your present circumstances may be.

  • Sing praise and give thanks: “Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” Ephesians 5:18-20 (NLT).
  • The Word of God is meant to root us in God’s love: “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness” Colossians 2:7 (NLT).
  • Positive thinking is good—this is how God says to do it: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you” Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT).

Let the Holy Spirit fill our hearts and God’s sweetness will overflow in our lives and to others causing joyful praise and thanksgiving to God in any circumstance.

How to make lemonade – part 1

You’ve probably heard the expression, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” What that means to me as a Christian is that God’s grace in Christ is greater than any problems we may face. Whether you can have joy in spite of sour circumstances, whether you are able to share sweetness in the midst of suffering depends on your perspective. If our focus is on this world, we have no sure hope. “I will lift my eyes unto the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord who made Heaven and earth. “God is the Father who is full of mercy and all comfort. He comforts us every time we have trouble, so when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NCV). When times are as unprecedented as they are now, looking to our Lord and laying hold of His good promises makes life sweeter!  So are you looking at lemons or making lemonade?

God Our Rock!

Coronavirus is here: What do we do now?
The situation is changing rapidly, and leaders and experts are scrambling to give guidance to help protect people and slow the spread of the disease. Change can cause us to feel insecure, disoriented and fearful. We need to hold onto the assurance that we have a Heavenly Father who is with us in all situations. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32 (NIV). He has cared for us and promises that He always will: “For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?” Psalm 18:31 (NKJV)

Let the Word to Work in Your Heart:

  • What are some unchangeable attributes of God?
  • Consider how these attributes like His love, power, wisdom, compassion and any other that you can think are a rock to you in a changing and unstable world.