This life can be hard sometimes. We cry out to the Lord and plead to take us out of it. “Is it time?” “Why am I here?” “Nothing seems to be going right.” “People make me tired.” The list continues.
& even though at times, the dark areas of life is all we can see, there are other times where life seemed a little brighter too.
The highs and the lows of life are no exception to the Body of Christ. I emphasize on this because often times when a person becomes a new believer in Jesus Christ, they assume that because God is in their life in a new way that things will be easy peasy. Yet in actuality, because we have this life with Christ we should be more aware of the battlefield around us everyday. Life isn’t just what we see. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16, MEV)
We need to understand that once we are ‘agreeing’ if you will, to becoming a child of God we are entering a new life. A new atmosphere. The Born Again life and heart change does not mean it ends here, but it means we are training for God’s will and the coming kingdom. This is huge!
‘— while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.’(II Corinthians 4:18, NKJV)
God makes everything beautiful in His time.
‘No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, and He will not permit you to be tempted above what you can endure, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.’(1 Corinthians 10:13, MEV)
We are not perfect, and even when this is a fact, we should not allow that to define who we are.
Do not allow your mistakes to hinder your relationship with God. Repent and move forward.
If you are going through something, God must think you can endure it. He also instructs us, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Sometimes, the enemy will try their best to prevent you from praying. Why?- because they know it can move mountains.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil’s schemes, (Ephesians 6:11), because although God has created all, including the earth, (Genesis 1:1), we are in enemy territory.
Yup, you heard me right.
‘whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.’(II Corinthians 4:4, NKJV)
(Take a look at: John 12:31, Ephesians 2:2 as well)
The god of this age is Satan, & he wants us to go down with him.
These truths we are touching on today are hidden to those who are perishing. The evil one has blinded them to deception.
I have one question for you, why are we limiting ourselves? Really, think on this.
More times than we should, we put an all powerful, all knowing, supernatural, omnipresent God in a box.
Not only do we do this to Him, but we also do this to even ourselves.
Where does your identity lay?
Do not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2).
‘We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— ‘(II Corinthians 4:8-9, NKJV)
Do you not see what God has done for us? Jesus has overcome the world.
His Spirit dwells within our very being!
(see: II Corinthians 4:10, I Corinthians 3:16, I Corinthians 6:19, 2 Timothy 1:14)*
Hell may be destined for our enemies, but we are destined to life.