Friday, July 11, 2014

Look to Him

You're struggling. You feel like you couldn't possibly be more overwhelmed than you are right now. You are a son or daughter of the one true King. Yet, Satan, your enemy, is attacking you at every angle possible. He throws lies at you about your faith and whispers thoughts into your mind such as, "Why are you even doing this?" "Isn't it time you drop this whole faith thing and just give up?" But let me tell you something. Don't ever give up. In those moments, where you feel like the breath has been knocked out of you, or you feel like he has just kicked you right in the stomach. You put on the belt of truth, (Ephesians 6) and you say, " I am a child of God and you can't lay a hand on me. My heavenly Father has defeated you over death and He will defeat you now in this very moment. After feeling that strong truth in your heart and mind, turn around and run and leap into God's arms. He will then comfort you. But the devil wants to keep you wrapped up in the chaos. He is the father of lies and wants to hide you from the truth. During the chaos, he wants to keep you as far away from God as possible; he wants you to believe that there isn't a way out. One of the lies he has thrown at me this week is the idea, "Stop, don't pick up your bible. It will just leave you more overwhelmed." No! God's word brings peace and guidance. I reached the point today that I picked up all the things that God uses to speak to me, His word, my commentary, a devotional book by Charles Stanley, and my Sunday School study guide. I went into a room where I knew I wouldn't be bothered and left my phone on the other side of the house. (I know... it is crazy hearing that someone actually left their phone for more than five minutes, but friends, your time with God is more important than Twitter or Instagram.) So, like I was saying I found a place where I would have absolutely no distraction and had some father/daughter time with my Savior. And that is the best decision you can make today- to just take however long you need to in order for God to speak to you. I promise if you do you will find comfort. He will give you strength to get through whatever you are facing. We live in a evil, fallen world that throws all sorts of things to get us off the path of walking wisely with our Savior, but God will guide you in this life and you will find rest and joy in Him.   It is possible for you to live a victorious life filled with pure happiness, but you can only do that by looking to Him. A verse that I came over today that really gave me some truth and guidance was found in 1 Corinthians 13:7. Chapter 13 talks about true love. Verse 6 &7 reads, Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. After reading that, I broke the words down in a way that I could see the idea better.
  1. God's love will always protect you. Whatever battle or trial you are going through in your spiritual walk with God, he will protect you.
  2. God's love gives you truth. All the lies that Satan is throwing at you can be destroyed if we look to God. He will breathe truth into your heart and give you peace.
  3. Once we hear God's truth, we find hope in the fact that we aren't facing the storms of life alone because God loves us always.
  4. And then, once we know we are protected, have God's truth in our hearts, and see the hope that He gives us, we find the strength to persevere in order to overcome what we are going through.
 Perhaps you feel extremely lost and overwhelmed and don't know of the love I speak of, but you want to know God and find that love. So that, you don't have to live in this world alone any more. Maybe you want to make the decision right now to ask Jesus into your heart and be free from the hurt of this world. If so, I want to direct you in the plan and purpose God has for your life that starts with receiving His free gift of salvation.