Often times I find myself being pressed on every side. I know it’s the work of the enemy. There are times I find myself becoming discouraged. However, the Holy Spirit is often right there with me to remind me that Christ is with me, and that I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.
There are days when I feel like just giving up, but that little mustard-seed size faith that is deep down inside of me, won’t let me. I keep on pressing despite the circumstances of life. I would be lying if I said that at times, I don’t become tired. I’ve learned to repeat some of my favorite scriptures. I’ve also learned to think back and remember all the wonderful times that GOD spared my life and brought me through every single trap that the enemy laid for me.
When we are going through the difficulties of life, it is important that we trust God. It is important that we hold on to Him through Jesus Christ, His Word and the Holy Spirit as our guide. The enemy comes in like a flood as he tries to kill, steal, destroy, distract and derail us from what God is calling us to. Often times we tend to give in and give up to soon. We listen to the lies that the enemy is whispering to us, “You can’t make it.” ,”You don’t have any money.”, “Are you sure that was God speaking to you.”
Often times the enemy can also use the voices of others. This is something I often notice. It can be a family member, friend, co-worker or even a naysayer. If we are not careful, we allow some of these same people to talk us right out of our God-given blessings. That’s why it is important that we stay anchored to our Master and Savior Jesus Christ.
I often do a lot of thinking, especially about life. When I look back at my life and all that I went through and still going through, often times I wonder if I am not cursed. Then I realized that is exactly what the enemy wants me to believe. For if I believe it, then it will come to pass. So as a man thinketh, so is he/she (Prov 23:7). Whomever God has blessed, no man can curse. So I started asking God what was really going on. I realized that what had been happening to me, was definitely not of the natural realm. There was something else clearly in operation.
I really started praying heavily and speaking to God regarding this. That is until He lead me to a sermon by Pastor John Lomacang entitled, Breaking the Chains. In this sermon Pastor Lomacang talks about the part in the bible where Satan asks God to sift the Apostle Peter like wheat. Just like he asked God to sift Peter, he also asks God to sift us as believers. Many of us are being sifted by the enemy.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22: 31-32 (NIV)
When you are a part of the body of Christ, Satan can’t just touch you. He has to ask God for permission. If the Lord is allowing us to be sifted there must be a reason. There is something or somethings that He is trying to purge from our lives, or maybe we are simply being tested as Job to show that we are equipped for the battle. Just like Peter was restored after the enemy had sifted him and Job was restored after the enemy was allowed to test him. We too shall be restored in due season, if we faint not.
When the going gets though, what are you going to do? Are you going to give in by compromising? Are you going to run, or are you going to stand strong with the Almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ? Repeat this prayer below.
Thank you Lord for sending Your Son to die for me. I pray Father and asked to continually be protected as I cover myself in the Blood of Jesus daily. Give me the strength that I need when I feel like I can’t go on. Most importantly, Lord help me to remember Your past victories in my life. Amen.
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