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devil tempting                                                     Fear is a lie from hell

One of the greatest weapons that the enemy uses against us is doubt.  The devil himself knows the truth that believers are victors and mighty warriors in the army of God.  He knows that God has a plan for us that cannot be stopped by anything or anyone.   That means not by our weaknesses, not by our rebellion, not by our past and certainly not by the enemy whose power was overcome by the cross of Jesus Christ!

The strength to walk in victory  comes with a realization that God’s power will always be enough.  If you can understand that his plan was made long before we were created and he foreknew the struggles that we would face, then you can trust that he can rescue you whatever your situation.  Our Savior knew of the plans that the enemy had to destroy us and he knew how to take us through to victory.  A painful trial or circumstance in our life has no power except that which you give it.   If God already had knowledge of what you would have to endure and gave his power to overcome all things, why would you ever allow your problem to make you anxious?  When you give in to fear, you are giving in to the lies from a defeated enemy!

You have to know who your God is.  You must seek for an understanding of his love that covers everything.  There is no bondage that can stand against the cross.  Jesus finished the work of salvation and he is alive and  intercedes for us every day.  Christ will always be sovereign over all that comes against us.  Everything in all of creation must submit to him!  Anything that he allows in your life is for a purpose and must conform to the plan that he has for your life.  Remember that God made us into his image from the dust.  He knows where you are and he knows your pain.  He created the 70 million trillion stars and calls them out by name each night.  There is no place you can go that can make him forget you.  The hairs of your head are numbered by him and he saw the length of your days on this earth before one of them came to be.  There is nothing in your life that is impossible for him.

feeling aloneIt is not always easy to trust when you are in a battle with the spiritual forces of evil that fill this earth.  The days are dismal and filled with more problems.  Financial difficulties are hitting everyone.  Who can think about the future when it is hard enough to get through a day?  Yet that position is right where you need to be.  Christ will see you through all things but he will take you through one day at a time, sometimes minute to minute.  You won’t be able to see  where he is taking you so you must trust him with all of your heart.  Jesus did not die to lose you now!  Beloved, you will never be destroyed by this lost and crumbling world for you will be taken above it by the Spirit of  Christ who lives in you.  You aren’t standing on the perishing earth, you are standing on the Promise which is Jesus Christ!

My friends, I want you to understand one very important truth.  It does not matter where you are, what problems you have or how low you have fallen.  If your hope is in the cross of Jesus, you will come through every battle as a conqueror.  The victory has already been won.  Never let the enemy or your painful situation convince you that God’s power is not enough.  It is more than enough.  The enemy of your soul knows this.  You need to know it also.  If you ever believe anything, believe this:  JESUS WILL NEVER FAIL YOU!

Dear Lord, I know the times are hard and people are struggling with the problems that this dark world brings.  I pray that you will open their eyes and affirm in their heart the truth that your power and love will take them through all things no matter how impossible it may seem.  Jesus, help them to know that you are the light which has conquered the darkness.  Let them know that whatever illness, bondage, marriage problem, financial issue or heartache they have, you always have a way to give them your peace.  You alone paid the price for our victory.  Jesus, I thank you for being all that we need.  Amen

                                                        Trusting God with the impossible!

                                                        

There is a real joy that comes with completely trusting in the truth of God’s word.  The problems of this world are too much for us to bear and unless our hope is grounded in the unfailing love of God there is no real peace.  It doesn’t matter what your socio-economic standing is, trouble finds us all.  The rain falls on the poor as well as the rich.  Sickness, disease and death have no barriers.  The only foundation that stands firm is for those who put their trust in Christ.  We read in 2 Peter 9 that the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and Psalm 32:10 says, “… the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him”.   The only strength that we have in this world comes from God.   God’s word says in Proverbs 28 that he who trusts in himself is a fool.

 

So what do we do when we find ourselves in a painful trial or struggle?  My friends, we should do what we read God’s people did in Scripture when they faced trouble.  In 2 Chronicles, King Jehoshaphat heard that armies were coming against his people from two sides.  The Israelites did not have the power on their own to stand up to these armies so they turned to their only strength as they stood trusting before the Lord.  King Jehoshaphat cried out to God saying ,“We have no power to fact this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you”. The Israelites were saved that day and their enemies were destroyed.

 

The greatest honor you can give to God is to trust him when all seems lost.  It was God who sent his only Son, Jesus, to come into this world and die for us so that we may have eternal life.  Jesus suffered for us knowing that he would be rejected by many.  Is there any greater love then that?  He has also promised to never leave us alone.  Many people are trying to carry the burdens of this life by themselves.  That was never God’s plan.  He knew there would be troubles in this world but he also knew that he would help us through them.  Jesus says in Matthew 11:29, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”.  To those who call on his name, he will lift you up and give you his peace that surpasses understanding. 

 

God already has his people praying for those who are hurting and who feel alone.  If you can trust him, God will send someone into your life to help you through your hopeless situation.  The most wonderful thing about this is that God offers his love to all.  It is his will that none should perish.  Jesus says in John 10:10  “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.

 

Jesus cares about everything that touches us in our lives.  He wants to give us a life of joy that that the thief cannot steal, kill and destroy.  In Deuteronomy,30:19, God tells the people, “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life.”  The choice is yours.

 

Receive the gift of a full life that God has for you now as you ask Christ to reveal himself and come into your heart. It will not only change your life, it will change your eternity!

 

 

 

Marianne Bernard

Marianne Bernard

I seek first the kingdom of Christ because everything else in this world is perishing. All that I have is from God who is always faithful. I have worked hard all my life and will continue as long as God lends me breath. The mistakes and bad judgments I made in my life all stemmed from me trying to work things out by myself. I have learned the hard way that the victory over all of my problems and the answers to all of my desires lie solely in my Savior, Jesus Christ. It is now my desire to share the words that God gives me to encourage and give hope to others who need the strength that only faith in Christ can give.

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