“I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:9-10
Did you know that Jesus is at the right hand side of the Father interceding for every child of faith? (Romans 8:34)
When I looked at the two flowers in this vase it expressed to me one standing firm and the other caving into defeat. The bloom on the right looked as if it’s head and countenance were looking down, while the one on the left was opened up looking towards heaven and in full bloom. This contrast reminds me of how a Christian faces testings and trials. And I believe it has everything to do with how we see God. We either believe in His “Word” and “Goodness” or we doubt.
When Eve accepted Satan’s accusation against God, she questioned His Goodness. In essence, she believed God was withholding something good from her, although she lacked nothing. After biting into the bait, she also had doubts about herself and relationship with God, so she hid from the TRUTH.
Whenever I get overwhelmed with doubts and fears, due to my circumstance, the devil is close by blaming God; convincing me God is withholding His protection and love. The enemy’s arsenal is bringing up my past sins and failures; giving reason to why I am currently suffering or not receiving answers to my prayers.
He is always quick first to blame God then condemn me. (1 Peter 5:8)
So what is my protector and shield? It is my faith in His Word. (Ephesians 6:16)
Yesterday I met with an onslaught of accusations and images of failures. But then, I remembered to take my burden to the Lord, and humbly asked Him for encouragement. He gave it, not by anyone or anything, but by His Word. When I glanced at my Apple watch, the verse of the day appeared- Romans 8:28. I needed to be reminded of His promise; that the adversity in my life was allowed to strengthen my faith and give me victory not defeat.
When Jesus was being tempted by the devil. Jesus did not go into a dissertation or a debate. He simply quoted what God’s Word says. So if we want to resist the devil and move forward in the things of God, we have a choice. We can either pay attention to what the enemy has to say or what God has to say. But if we don’t know God’s Word, then we are left to wield our own sword, which is no match when it comes to winning spiritual battles. (Ephesians 6:12)
The answer to perseverance in faith is having an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, whereby, we come in eye-contact with the Word by seeking His face.
Jesus said, we are to do nothing less than to abide in His Word and Love.
Want to know how to abide in His Word and walk with confidence in Jesus Christ?