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Have you ever felt so sick and tired of being sick and tired, that you just wanted to give up?  When one has been a Christian for a long time, the enemy of our souls knows a frontal attack will not work.  So, to discourage and defeat us the devil must become more creative in his ways to torment us.  For some the trials will be family relationships or financial situations.  For others it may be a combination of physical problems.  When the attack come from several directions at the same time it can be nearly impossible to withstand the pressure.

But this I know, I serve a God of the impossible.  In Matthew 19:26, it says, “With men it is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”  I serve a God of faithfulness, in Hebrews 13:5 it says, “I will never leave thee or forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper.”

His grace is sufficient for me and His strength is made perfect in weakness.(II Cor.12:9)  In II Cor.4:7-9, Paul tells us, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;  we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed.”

We serve an awesome God!  There is none like Him in the universe.  He is our rock, our high tower, our rear guard, our ever present help in time of trouble.  He is good  ALL THE TIME!  His love is everlasting and unconditional.  I often hold on to a quote by Corrie ten Boom while she was in a Nazi war camp.  “There is no pit so deep, that His love is not deeper still.”  When one thinks of what these people endured and still held to their faith,  our trials somehow don’t seem so big anymore.

The only way to prevent the devil from hounding us is to do nothing for Jesus.  As long as we just sit on a pew and sing a few songs, he doesn’t really mind.  As long as we don’t care for others or seek a deeper walk with God, he can concentrate on someone else.  But, when we are operating in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, ministering to the poor, praying for the sick, and worshipping our God with high praises; we can expect to come under attack.  In fact we must prepare for it by putting on the whole armor of God.

We all face seasons of our life when we feel overwhelmed with our temporal circumstances.  But, we know how to fight the good fight and in Ephesians 6:13b we are told, ‘…having done all, to stand.”  When we have done all we know to do in regards to the enemy’s attacks, then we must stand in simple faith, that God has it all in His control.

 

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