This past week has been a week of victory…over what appeared to be a week of defeat. You know…it’s amazing how Satan not only afflicts us…but also, it’s amazing how he uses these moments, to make us believe things that just aren’t true.
It seems like from there, we get all flustered and overwhelmed, by the lies that Satan is attempting to pound us with; that we find ourselves attempting to come out of these distressing moments, with our own weapons of war, rather than with the power of God by our side.
In Psalm 44:5-7, we read… “Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me. 7 But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.”
One thing I’ve always liked about King David; is that he always took God with him into battle. He knew that his sword alone was not powerful enough, to destroy his enemies…but he did come to see that when God’s power was in the sword; then there could be victory!
How many times, do we attempt to go into battle without God? Don’t we realize that this is not only dangerous; but that our own so-called power isn’t great enough to have victory over these difficult moments we face.
Through my own life, I have come to see that facing these battles alone, only places us in dangerous territory…where we become even more vulnerable to Satan and his ways. The only way we are going to be able to overcome these battles that rage within us; is when we allow God to go into battle with us; knowing that His power alone can save us from the enemy! Praise God!
Today, I would like to share a Bible verse with you…that probably most of us know. Even though it’s simple to memorize and remember at the same time, it holds so much hope…hope that can help us to press on…despite what we may be facing at the time…and this Bible verse is in Philippians 4:13…and we read…“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
How many times do we quickly recite a verse like this one…thinking we know it; but yet maybe we find out later; that we have memorized the verse and completely bypassed the meaning. This is one reason why I’d like to share some thoughts on Philippians 4:13 today.
When we stop and truly dissect this verse…we see a God who is showing us a limitless strength…a strength that can help us to accomplish anything that comes our way. Do we truly know what kind of strength God is offering us through this verse? It’s a strength that never wavers…a strength that’s never ending…and it’s definitely not like our own so-called strength.
As I think back…over the past few days…I see moments, when I felt as if I was going to collapse…due to pain, tiredness and a lot of work…but as I got up the other day…it was as if God was speaking to my spirit and saying… “Diane, you put a foot forward and keep pressing on and I will give you the strength you need;” so I got up from the daybed in the office and began to put a foot forward…and as I did, I could feel a powerful strength kick in. Even though I still felt tired and weighed down from the week…I was able to plow through it and do everything that needed to be accomplished…and that was only because I found out that I could do all things…because of God’s powerful strength…a strength that can definitely go into overdrive, when our strength is gone!
One thing I’ve learned over time…and that is to never give up…because this only delays the help that God longs to give us. God not only longs to hear our prayers; but He also wants to see hearts that relay another message…a message that says to Him… “Look God…I’m trying…could you give me a helping hand.”
It seems like the past few days, have been one struggle after another. I don’t know about you; but when the heart is hurting deeply, it can be difficult to even speak one word…let alone a prayer.
One thing I have come to see overtime; is that when we can’t speak through the hurt; that God will look deep within the heart and read the thoughts and hurtful feelings that have been etched within the wall of the heart. We must remember that God is not like any other…for He is a God who not only created us; but knows every part of our being.
In Psalm 34:18, we read… “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Throughout my life, I have truly experienced this verse, which has given me hope today, for the uncertain moments I’m walking through.
At a time, when we feel as if God has abandoned us; this actually becomes the time, when He is even closer to us…feeling every broken moment that we’re experiencing. Sometimes, the difficult moments we face, can make us feel so alone…in a world of our own; but let me encourage you today; that even though we feel this way…God is there, in that world with us and He’s placing His loving arms around us…holding us close and shielding us, from the storms that have attempted to take hold of us.
No matter what you’re facing right now, just know that God’s presence surrounds you and He will never take His eyes off of you…for He loves you…and if He didn’t want to love and care for you; then He would have never created you. Just know that God is there with you right now…reading the tablet of your heart…and He will save those, who are crushed in spirit!!
As I began my week, I wanted to reconstruct something on the website; but due to grocery shopping and other things; I thought that I would have to wait until next week. As I thought more, on what I could do, to get the ball rolling…God began to fill my thoughts with ideas, on how I could add a few things into my Monday; so I could do what I felt He was leading me to do…and I’m happy to say…I was ready to begin the project of reconstructing this page on the website, by Tuesday morning.
After getting my morning schedule done on Tuesday…and a few things prepped for dinner; I headed into the office and began the work that God had laid upon my heart to do. I don’t know why…but I stood amazed, as to how everything fell right into place like a puzzle…and in no time, the project had been completed.
As I’ve been thinking on this today…God began to lead me to a Bible verse in Psalm 128:1, which reads… “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.” Do we realize how uncomplicated life could be; if only we were willing to go in God’s direction, rather than our own? I could have allowed all this work to overwhelm me; but because I felt God’s leading in it all; I just knew that He would bring it together much easier, than what I could have ever imagine.
I have learned through a lot of pain and heartache; that the best route to take in life; is the route that leads me in God’s direction. When we choose to allow pride to get in the way; then we just may find; that there may be a serious fall…awaiting us down the road. If we would only long to please God, rather than ourselves; then I’m sure that we would always find ourselves walking in His ways.
One thing I’ve learned over time…and that is to remind myself that there is no use of trying to walk down a path, where I can’t even begin to know the way. Rather than finding ourselves along a broken path; maybe it’s time to lay our own thoughts…plans and ideas to the side and open ourselves completely up to God. One thing I know…especially from this week; is that God does know the right way…and once we are ready to follow His lead; then in the end, we will truly find His very best for our lives!