“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” 2 Timothy 1:12-14 KJV
Hang in there! God is in control and He says it is time. This week I feel God is reminding us to trust Him.
Dear Heavenly Father – please continue to pour out your grace upon us, within us, and show it through us! Thank you for caring about the little things in our life as well as the big things. Help us cling to your plans as you make the way for us. Lead us. You alone are to be glorified! Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
We started the week, trusting that God is near us and guiding us. Yesterday, we discussed trusting God when he speaks to us. Today, I saw a post on the internet that I feel leads us down the lines of keeping our trust in God and in that trust finding rest, refreshing and endurance.
The post, was posed by a family member of mine, who apparently doesn’t like the current president of the United States of America. My flesh is tired of her constant negativity in all her posts (including her political posts). It is exhausting to watch or read her railing against everything. And today’s posts was a darkened image of the president and the bottom said to vote for his opponent and over the image was this: “I am tired of it. I am tired of the lies. I am tired of the issues. I am tired of the division and hate. I am so very tired.”
My first thought was I am tired of your posts too – go take a nap. BUT, woe is me! God instantly corrected me and brought me to my knees in prayer. First to repent of my fleshly curse and I rebuked it! This is my family member and I want life for her, I want peace for her, I want her awake – to wake up to God and His grace and salvation! Oh Lord, forgive me and save her! In the name of Jesus!
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” Romans 13:11 KJV
Dear Heavenly Father, please wake her up! I lift her to you – her salvation is in your hands! In Jesus name, Amen!
I also am tired. But I must guard myself from the temptation to take a nap of fall asleep. But we are in the heat of battle – in the midst of war. This is not a good time or place for slumber.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 KJV
We are to be battling in prayer against spiritual wickedness in high places. Here in the USA that means praying for the current president as well as praying for the outcome of the election. All over the earth we are to be praying for the leaders. Praying against the corruption, the theft of religious freedoms, the death and the destruction of people!
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 KJV
And unfortunately the thief often corrupts the leadership. Time to pray for life – abundant life!
The negative post says it is tired of the lies. Oh me too. But instead of speaking about which candidate has told more lies – let us talk about overcoming and not letting lies wear us down! We have authority over lies in prayer – we have authority to shine light – we have authority to pray the truth is revealed!
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44 KJV
Yes, both candidates have lied and both have accomplished the will of the devil. There is not good versus evil in the USA election. There is only prayer and voting as God tells us to vote (we discussed hearing from God yesterday). God places rulers in their place.
“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” Daniel 2:21 KJV
We cannot overcome the exhaustion of this fight by railing against the internet on social media, or by trolling other people’s posts, or by fighting people who are just as out of control as you are. Only God is in control. And we battle NOT against people – love them, share peace with them and teach them joy, because they are lost, tired and scared. And pick up the fight and the battle on your knees in prayer.
The enemy has been given dominion on earth – he is the ‘prince of the power of the air’ and ‘works in the sons of disobedience’ (Ephesians 2:2). But he is still subject to God in relation to what he can and cannot do to those who are the children of God. Are you a child of God?
“I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.” John 14:30-31 ESV
Jesus, The Son of God, our example to follow as we learn to be children of God – shows us here that being obedient children to God the Father prohibits the enemy’s claim on us. We are saved and protected by God.
So, like in the book of Job, the enemy goes to God and asks: can I try them, can I afflict them, can I touch them? IT ALL PASSES THROUGH GOD’S Authority. Why? So God can prune us, grow us, shape us –
So God can be glorified. This election looks hopeless – BUT it is in the absence of hope in what is seen, that faith (the essence of things unseen and hoped for) grows. And in the growth of faith, comes glory to God!
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” Ephesians 3:20 NKJV
So, while in this war, the enemy tries to wear us out – we may grow tired. You all know I have, I have posted it before when I am tired and studied to refresh myself. Let us remember to pray to Him who is able to keep what we have committed to Him (2 Tim. 1:12). Pray to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!!! If it isn’t yet exceedingly abundantly, then He isn’t done yet – keep praying!!! It is all according to His power transferred to us, working in us – powerful authority over the enemy!
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 NKJV
And if you think you have been hurt – climb back into God’s will and see the truth! God is still in control!
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20 NKJV
Nothing happens that surprises God – He already knows and has made a way and He has permitted it! He is still in control – for those of us who are in a relationship with Him.
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