DON’T GIVE UP ON GOD! You may want to toss in the towel, but don’t do it yet.
I’m not a paragon of virtue, but I’m still standing! I’ve been criticized, gossiped about, bullied, slapped in the face, and passed over for positions that should have been mine. Fighting feelings of inadequacy & inferiority have well nigh brought me to the darkness of the unnerved, scared and frightful. I’ve prayed for help when God didn’t seem to be interested in listening.
There was a time when I fell on my face crying my eyes out. My heart ached with abject poverty, but I never gave up!
On April 6, 2017, the Syrians were hit with 39 missiles that they could not see; seemed they came out of nowhere. If we can call this a metaphor, this is how the evil one attacks us. Get this, and let it sink deep into your thinking: you are at WAR, even though you cannot see who or what is attacking you! It is a spiritual war! You will either conquer through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, or you will be conquered by that creature called Satan. You can’t physically see him, but you have, are and will be brooded over with uncanny temptations that you never saw coming. “Our fight is not against people on earth but against … the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.” Ephesians 6:12
1. You are tempted to just give up saying, “This is too big for me – it’s out of my league.”
2. You may say, “War? What war?”
3. Or, “I’m a lover, not a fighter.” Hahaha!
4. You may say, “Hey man, I can’t even solve the issues I can see, much less the ones I can’t.”
I’m going to guarantee you that someday – probably now – you will be hit up beside the head with some temptation or situation or event in your life that will literally knock you off your high-horse. It may be betrayal, money, sexual, physical, or it may be some thought or destructive idea that will literally turn your world upside down. You had better be prepared because you won’t even see it coming!
Your ONLY hope is in the blood sacrifice of Jesus the Son of God who is God in the flesh! By dropping your heart into His hands: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17 (kjv)
“The battles of spiritual warfare are intense when you decide to accept Jesus as your Savior. The enemy will attack from all angles, hoping to dissuade you from fully giving your heart & life to Jesus. He will use circumstances, events, people, things and even doubt in your mind to steal your heart back to his ways. The seeds that are sown in your heart will either take root on good soil, which is a heart fully surrendered to the Lord. Or, they will be sown in places where the word is snatched away from you until you fall away. These types of battles are fought in the world but involve the spiritual forces of darkness that exist in the invisible realm around you.”
“You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.”
Proverbs 3:25-26 (nlt)
“Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Andrea crouch wrote this song:
“I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
For if I’d never had a problem,
I wouldn’t know God could solve them,
I’d never know what faith in God could do.”