Getting caught up in our victories, our achievements, our abilities – sets us up for capture by the enemy. Sometimes the snares and traps that we fall in to are our own doing!
The enemy knows our tendency to love ourselves and when we ascribe glory to ourselves, he is smart enough to goad us on until, inevitably, we become proud/haughty/boastful. The Word of God reminds us that what was once a blessing can become a curse.
Moab was great — undisturbed — but arrogance has caused the Lord to bring hardship. Bethel was Israel’s pride, but the Lord made Bethel their shame. We must be careful to give God all glory, praise and honor for what we accomplish. And we must be careful to do all for the sake of His glory — lest we become caught in our own traps and snares — captured by the enemy’s lure.
I do pray that God will help us to understand what it means that we are nothing without Him! Help us to see our nothingness — while understanding the greatness and the ability that we have in Him. Make us mindful of who is worthy! Make us mindful of who the heart belongs to. Give us hearts that are willing to be humble — so that we might receive the exaltation He has for us in His own time.
Do you know/remember that song? Trouble Don’t Last Always??That is one of my FAVORITES!!
“Weeping may endure for a night. Keep the faith. It will be alright. Trouble don’t last always!”
There have been times in the midst of difficulty that this song reminded me quickly of God’s truth to His children … only He allows trouble … and only He will bring me out. Did you get that?? He WILL bring me out.
It is not an easy thing to go through trials. In fact – some of the things that we have to face on this earth can cause even the most faithful person to lose heart. As an heir with Christ, however, we are assured that though our troubles may be many and various – we ARE victorious.
The enemy would love for us to fall for the mind game he plays with us – that God has forgotten us; that God is not aware of our struggles; that God is manipulating us and enjoying watching us suffer. But we know that this is not the way of our God and King! It is His will that His children — those who love Him; those who He has called; those who He has justified; those who have received the gift of salvation — live abundant lives. Not lives free of trouble — but lives in which the trouble brings about change, victory and His perfect will.
This thing that you are facing — the Lord might have put you in the middle of it! He won’t give you more than you can bear even though it might seem like you can’t take anymore. He has not forgotten you. He knows you and loves you. He will restore your life if you will only trust, believe, and obey.
Of course … I’ve got another favorite song. Victory by Brenda Waters.
“I don’t know how God’s gonna do it. I don’t know when He’s gonna fix it. I only know, God’s gonna make a way for me. I know He’s gonna do it. Victory!”
I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I’m a child of God. I’m a branch of the One True Vine; a conduit of blessing to the world. I’m free from the law of sin and death. I’m accepted by Christ and am a joint heir with Him. I am a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. I am God’s workmanship, created for good works. I am complete. I am holy and beloved. I am loved and cherished.
The craziness swirling around us right now can trick us into believing that we are victims – losers – without hope. But the Word of God tells me that this is not so. When I am careful to set my mind on His kingdom each day my heart will want to give and not receive; to serve and not rule over; to forgive and not avenge. I will see the world and all its happenings as my Father in Heaven sees them and not as a person separated from His Spirit.
My feet are surely on this earth – but my mind is the mind of Christ and it must be my aim to help make this earth more like heaven. Both my outward life and practical pursuits and my inward life and spiritual focus will reflect the image of The One True God.
It is my given role to practice the presence of God every single day no matter what!
Many people in America are being victimized right now – abuse, injustice, false accusations, and violence – but as a believer in Christ we are assured that we will overcome and that these sufferings will be glorifying to our Lord dependent upon how we endure and how we choose to walk after being mistreated. How do you adjust your attitude? By setting your mind on things above – including your identity according to the Lord your God! Instead of dwelling in the ‘what you see’ – choose to have a mind that dwells on our true lives which are hidden with God in Christ Jesus.
God has never misled us telling us that we’d walk on a bed of roses in this world — in fact He was quite clear in John 16 that we would have many and various trials; but just as Christ overcame by renewing His mind with the truths of the Father — So Can We! 2 Timothy 2:3-4 tell us that we are to “Suffer hardship … as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” and reminds us that “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.”
It’s alright to feel hurt and even to demand that the offender see what they have done to you. But at the end of the day none of us will ever get the justice we want from men – it will only come from God. If you don’t believe me have a conversation with a family whose offender was executed on death row and they’ll tell you that they expected to feel vindicated, but it did not happen.
I encourage you to give God your hurt and lean into His truths about you and you will walk victoriously! and when God gives the victory it cannot – will not – be taken away from you! His plans for you include victory – His way.
How hard it is to stand fast in faith when the circumstances swirling around you press hard to prove to you that there is no hope? It seems that no one understands your plight. And worse, it seems that those who understand your plight, don’t care enough to bear under the weight with you. Living in this world can move you to lose heart – were it not for The One in whom our hope lies.
Difficulty is not only this virus that we ALL or facing. When you or someone you love is sick, and there is no human cure for the disease. When sadness and hopelessness overtakes your mind in depressive thoughts. When financial burdens seem insurmountable. When a besetting sin seems to gain more and more control over you day by day. When you have followed the voice of God, yet see only hardship. When those who say they love you disappoint you. All of us have faced one of these moments – or perhaps you are in one of these moments right now!
Know this – God really is a faithful God. It is hard for us to fathom sometimes that He is faithful – or even that He is good when things seem to go so very wrong. But remember that God is the God of all things – he brings both the wonderful and the dreadful.
The great theologians say create and allow are two very different terms. God certainly does not create moral evil – that comes through the willful rejection of His will by His created beings, namely us! But, whatever you are going through – know that as a child of God (one that is obedient to His will and believes upon His son Jesus, who is the Christ) it is all for the glory of God! All of it!
Psalm 34:19 is our comfort: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
No matter what, my friend, you are not desolate because The Almighty One has not forsaken you.
As for me, God is my hope. He is my only hope! More than that, I am faithful to believe that He is faithful to complete what He has started and he is faithful to accomplish His word. So – don’t fret – pray! Stand Firm! See the Salvation of the Lord! Be faithful to Believe that He Will Deliver You!
As for me and this COVID-19 … I am contented with any trouble it may bring. Why? Because I have no doubt at all that all of the troubles I ever face make me more patient – a patience that proves that I am strong; a patience that gives me hope. True hope that just cannot and will not disappoint! My Father has poured out His love to fill my heart through the Holy Spirit he gave me.
Now, don’t get me wrong! I have felt some sadness, and have even become upset a few times … but I’ve had the good sense to wait on the help of my Father. I’ve had the good sense to praise Him in advance because I know He will heal and deliver! I know He will!
He has commanded me to be strong and brave …. AND not to be afraid. He’s with me!!
I will be strong and courageous and act as He leads me to act. I will not be afraid or discouraged, for He is with me!! He never fails, neither does He forsake me.
Yes! I am happy with the troubles I am having right now. He takes care of me! He notices me and I know I’m important to Him. He Gives Me Strength!!
Praying that our hearts will remain in praise and Thanksgiving!! No fear. No doubt. He is just way more than enough!!
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39