We would much rather work for God than believe in Him. Do I really believe that God will do in me what I cannot do? The degree of hopelessness I have for others comes from never realizing that God has done anything for me. Is my own personal experience such a wonderful realization of God's power and might that I can never have a sense of hopelessness for anyone else I see? Has any spiritual work been accomplished in me at all?This is a quote from my devotions this morning by Oswald Chambers. The last few weeks of my life seem to be revolving around this subject. I have had some pretty serious issues going on in my life and then on top of those, others have come to me wanting help and sometimes prayer for the things going on in their lives. If I offer them help---I would just be working for God. But if I offer them prayer--I am offering them the power of God.
One look in their eyes and you often see hopelessness shinning bright and clear. This world presents situations that seem to present only one final solution--failure. Husbands asking for a divorce, wives looking at the men they had married thinking that they have made huge mistakes--no hope, right?
I was also brought to Matthew chapter four this morning--the passage where Jesus faces Satan in the dessert after 40 days of fasting. Circumstance had been arranged so that Jesus would face Satan at the greatest weakness of his flesh. His flesh was dying. Most of us would have probably already died.
He faced Satan, responded to Satan, not with the words of this world but with the words of life from heaven. How could He do that? Because He knew God. He had seen and heard God.
He saw the evidence of God in the workings of his own hands.
Have I experienced this in my own life?
Have I seen His hand in the miraculous touching my life?
Have I had seemingly helpless situations turned around because of the power of prayer?
I have. I have seen incredible things happen lately. They are fresh in my mind and heart.
So ,when a sister tells me that there is no hope--I tell her...... that is a lie.
My God...... is a God of the impossible.
He laughs in the face of Satan and all his schemes.
So I ask you this---- Do you believe God can handle everything happening in your life?
When was the last time you recognized the working of the mighty hand of God in your life?
If it has been a while, could it possibly be because you having been trying to handle things yourself?
Are you ready to step to the plate and go to war in the Spirit?
Can you by faith help another fight a "hopeless battle"?
Are you standing in sinking sand?
Or, are you standing on the rock... ever ready by the prompting of the Spirit, to go to battle. That is our job. We are warriors. What do warriors do?
They are trained to fight and then they fight.
Will you let Satan put a leash on your neck and pull you around?
Or will you "having done all to stand"--stand?
Let's let God use these temples to fight our enemy. Could it be possible that when we resist the devil and he has to flee--- we might also experience what Jesus did?
Matthew 4: 10-11
"Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: "Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him."
Have you had angels attend you lately----------if not, could it possibly be because you are still fighting the battle on your own? Give the battle back to the Lord --pick up the sword of the Spirit--the word of God. And then together let's proclaim the victory of the LORD!
This battle belongs to the LORD!