An important word of encouragement.
Many times you may find yourself in a place of worry, doubt, and fear of the future. Fear of the unknown, wondering when or how the Lord will fulfill His promises. Be sure of this, the Lord never fails to do as He has declared or promised. He never fails to answer those who seek His face and heart.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
At times it seems that the walls are closing in. The darkness of uncertainty seems to envelop everything around you. What you have heard, known, and believed from the Lord seems like a distant memory. You may not be able to see the way out. But the Lord is always there. He always knows what is ahead and is guiding you even if you do not see it.
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law. Psalm 119:49-51
But all of this worry, fear, uncertainty, and doubt are not of the Lord. But it is from the enemy. It is all a device of wickedness from the devil and his minions. They long to destroy, distract, and derail any purpose the Lord has for you. They sneak and slither in when no one is looking. Unbeknownst to you, they seek to deceive, distract, and divert your course.
Do not listen, and do not follow them down the path they are so intent to lead. Do not doubt the Lord for one minute. He is in complete control. He will accomplish every promise, plan, and purpose for your life. No one nor anything will ever outsmart His infinite wisdom.
The LORD of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand, that I will break the Assyrian in my land, and on my mountains trample him underfoot; and his yoke shall depart from them, and his burden from their shoulder.”
This is the purpose that is purposed concerning the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back? Isaiah 14:24-27
You can put your hope and trust in the Lord who uses the attacks of the devil to strengthen, stretch, embolden, and enhance your abilities and talents. Those faculties that were given to you by the Lord to defeat the wiles of the devil. To trample his wicked mechanisms into the dirt.
The ironic part about the life, struggles, and journey of the follower of Jesus Christ is; that the longer you walk with the Lord, the harder and more furious the devil will attack. The more fierce the devil’s attack, the stronger and more determined you become to walk in the holiness and purity of the Lord. The more holy your walk the more you can function in the power of the Holy Spirit and you become more effective in following the will of God.
The more effectively you walk in the power of the Spirit the more souls will be saved by the boldness of your faith. The bolder you are in your faith the more plans of the devil will be devastated. What the devil thought was harmful to you was actually devastating to his kingdom and for your good and strengthening.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good. Genesis 50:20
The devil is the one who actually gets the short end of the stick. The more he tries to take down the true believer, the more he is a failure, and the more his kingdom is demolished by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the testimony of the Christian to transfer the lost soul from death to life.
Remember that God is always with you. He has been and is always doing and allowing things in your life for your good and growth in the Spirit of the Lord. These things needed to happen to fulfill His promises, plan, and purposes for you and in the lives of others.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:23
God could never give you what you were not ready to receive. He could never have allowed the great responsibility He intended for you to be put into your hands until He purged your imperfections.
He would never release you to the purpose He made for your life until you had completed your training. You could have never forged forward in the Spirit of the Lord until you had found the pearls of wisdom that only come from swimming through the ocean of afflictions.
For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1
So do not worry about what you can not see or understand. Do not fret about what is, was, or is to come. This is when faith comes into play. Faith that God is at work. Faith that He holds the future.
Faith that He who walked on the water can also calm it with a word. Faith in the God who with one word created the heavens and earth and with one word will put you in the place He has been preparing for you from the foundation of the world.
He will make a way where there seems to be no way. As a matter of fact, He has already made that way and has already decreed, declared, and established it in the heavens. Nothing can change or remove what He has inaugurated.
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise. Isaiah 43:19