Hello once again and another big welcome to “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” It’s so good to be back with you today and I just want to thank God for already giving me a good start, to a new week!
I don’t know about you but I have noticed lately; that Satan seems to be working much harder on Christians these days. In my own life…it seems like if it’s not one thing…then it’s another. I keep reminding myself that this is good; because it’s a sign that I truly belong to Jesus…otherwise Satan probably wouldn’t give me the time of day. Even though we know what is taking place around us, it’s still not always easy to endure these moments of affliction that are brought about by evil.
One thing I’ve noticed in my own life; is that when one moment of affliction doesn’t bring me down…then a new one seems to take its place…and sometimes these new moments of affliction can be much worse; then the one before it.
Some people think that a person who faces a lot of affliction…is also a person who has sin in their life…or even may live with a lack of faith. In some instances, this can be true; but the thing I have come to see; is that these attacks are also a means of testing us, to see how devoted we are to Christ. Ask yourself this question…if I wasn’t truly devoted to Christ; then would Satan even give me the time of day? I don’t believe he would because if he already has your soul; then why would he waste his time, on trying to bring you further down; when he has you, where he already wants you to be.
I think that if we could just see a new side to these moments of affliction; then hope would remain. There is a Bible verse in 2 Corinthians 12:9, which reads… “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
I will never forget the first time that Jesus showed me this verse…and my first thought was… “Ok Jesus…how am I supposed to rejoice, when I’m in pain?” I’ll have to tell you…I just couldn’t figure out why I would even consider rejoicing through these hard times; but then Jesus quickly showed me that I had missed the end of that verse, which says…“that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Instantly, I began to see what Jesus was trying to convey to me. He wanted me to know that it wasn’t the pain that I would be rejoicing over; but rather, I would be rejoicing in the thought; that this would be the greatest opportunity, to experience the powerful hand of God, at work within my life.
You know…I think that sometimes, we just have life backwards. Instead of looking for the good that could keep hope alive within us; we tend to look at every symptom of the problem, which only brings us lower than when we first began.
I completely understand how difficult life can be; but I think that if we could just find the strength through Christ to focus on what is awaiting us down the road; then our minds wouldn’t be flooded with what is taking place, at this present time.
I hope that this time together has been of encouragement to you…just as it has me! My prayer today; is that we will keep holding onto God’s strength and never allow Satan to win these battles in our lives.
May God truly bless and keep you close to Him!
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