When we look around us and we see that we are facing troubles and trials above and beyond that which we are capable of handling because of our human weaknesses and frailties, that is the time that we must muster all of our faith and courage and trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and minds. God has a reason for every trouble that He allows satan to bring into our lives. Sometimes it is to bring us closer to Him, to increase our faith in Him and to teach us that we can never live independently from Him. Sometimes, it is discipline for bad decisions we have made either in our speech and/or in our actions. Either way, our response should be the same as the people of Judah here in this passage. When the circumstances and situations say there is no hope, we must turn to our Hope. The times that we don’t “feel” like praying, praising and singing are the very times that we need to pray, praise and sing the loudest. This lets us, satan and the world know that we have placed our faith in the one and only true Living God and that we know He will deliver us. Our part in the battle is to be obedient and praise the Lord, He will win the battles for us. Fighting with satan is a battle that we can’t win, but we serve a Lord who can’t lose. So, when satan comes against us, we need to stand, sing, shout and watch as Jesus wins the complete victory.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
8 The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. — Psalm 138:8 NLT
Do you ever have those days when you feel like you have never accomplished anything significant in your life? Most of us have had days when we wondered why we were even here on earth now. But God had a plan for us before the earth was created and He still has a plan for us today. God has never made a mistake and it wasn’t a mistake when He chose us. Even if we mess up over and over, as long as we sincerely repent, it is God that devised the plan and it is God that will carry out the plan. So, wherever we are right now, either God led us here or He allowed the circumstances that brought us here. So, look up, focus on Jesus and expect God to do something wonderful in our lives today. He knows when a hair falls from our heads, so you can be sure He is interested in everything we do. So, let’s take His outstretched hand and walk with Him today.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.. — 1 Peter 1:22-25 NIV
Having received Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are being puriifed by His grace and His love. He has placed His Spirit within us to teach us to love others as He loves us. This change will not come overnight, but it will come if we practice listening to and following the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us and to teach us all truth. As we obey that voice of truth that is within us, we will learn to appreciate the love that Jesus has for us and we will reciprocate by showing that love to others. At first, it may just be words that we speak, but as we allow the Holy Spirit to be a bigger part of our life, we will find that we really do love and care for others. With humility and patience, that love will evolve into something similar, but not nearly as great as the love that Jesus shows to us. As John the Baptist said about Jesus “He must increase, I must decrease”. so, it must be true in our lives as well. We must think of ourselves less and less and of Jesus and others more and more. The flesh perishes and decreases while the Spirit is imperishable and increases. This is the Word that was preached to us and is alive and living in us. Everything will perish except the Word of Jesus, it will stand forever. Just as Jesus was determined to go to the cross knowing that glory awaited Him on the other side, we need to be firm in our stand regardless of the personal cost knowing the hope that we have to spend an eternity with Him in His glory.
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. — Luke 9:51 NIV