As I ponder the verbal and non verbal storms that sometimes find their way into relationships in our homes, businesses and even our churches and then acknowledge the messes they sometimes create I begin asking God to teach me what He wants us to learn. In the quiet time set aside to pray and then to listen I sense His still small voice whispering……
Challenges and difficulties are a gift…..They are like a mirror for us to look at and see for ourselves what we believe in our hearts about GOD, about ourselves and about others God has allowed to be a part of our journey of living out our Faith and trusting Him……Our countenance reveals….Are we looking to God or to Man or to ourselves? Do we see Victory or do we see Defeat?
If the image looking back at us resembles pride, hurt, anger, resentment, bitterness or defeat then may we be reminded that victory is not as sweet without the work of fighting a good fight and persevering through the temptation to give up, to give in to anger or frustration, to try to control, overpower or manipulate, to shut down and say to oneself I don’t care or to to perhaps pull into ones protective cocoon and retreat or possibly even to believe the enemies lies that we are worthless or not capable and to give up Hope of living confidently and Victoriously in Christ….
Our Conflicts and our attitudes towards the resolution of them reveal the wrestling within of the fight we are all in….the war that we think is with human flesh in relationships we are all intertwined and involved in but in reality is so much more than that…..
As you ponder these thoughts may our God lead you into His Word, may your heart desire and then obediently be led to find the answers to becoming Victorious in living in a way that honors and Glorifies Him, may His still small voice speak in whispers that only you can understand and may He give you the strength to fight the good fight persevering in Faith carrying out His plan for you in the circumstances and relationships and location you are in….In Jesus name I pray for those that read these words I penned for him…Amen
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Submit yourselves then, to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
1 Timothy 6:11-12
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue Righteousness, Godliness, Faith, Love, Endurance and Gentleness. Fight the good fight of the Faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
2 Timothy 2:24-25
And the Lord’s Servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Be JOYFUL in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.