For generations, the nation of Israel rebelled against God. Eventually, He withdrew His protection and allowed the Babylonians to carry them into exile. The people quickly lost hearts. When they complained that God was no longer concerned about their well-being, He sent a prophet, Isaiah, to assure them that He was still with them.
Isaiah 40:27-29 (NKJV)
Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Have you lost your heart? Do you feel as if God has forgotten you? Rest assured, when you are at the end of your rope, God is just getting started. Just as He delivered Israel from Babylon, the Almighty God will give you strength to endure your trials.
Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.
1 Peter 5: 6-7 (NKJV)
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
What is the key to living in God's presence? Humility, When we understand that we are powerless to face satan in our own strength, we begin to grasp the depth of our need for God. And if we are feeling overburdened, there is an excellent chance we are hanging on to responsibilities that aren't ours to bear They belong to God.
The Bible does not mention stress but has plenty to say about stressful situations. King David was someone who faced many trials. He fought wild animals, a giant, and a king as a young man. Later in life, his own son attempted to assassinate him. Although God did not remove the stressful situations from David's life He sustained David through them. The Scripture promises that God will do the same for us.
Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)
Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Our part in the matter is to trust God's promises and rely on His loving kindness. When satan attacks, pray Psalm 28:7
Psalm 28: 7 (NLT)
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
When things are going well, satan encourages us to trust in our own abilities rather than rely on God.
Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)
Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.
It is the oldest trick in the enemy's Playbook. He convinced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit by telling her it would open her eyes, and she would "be like God, knowing good and evil.
Genesis 3:5 (NKJV)
For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Our weaknesses may be different from Eve's, but the tactic is the same: satan appeals to our desires. For this reason, Paul warns us,
1 Corinthians 10:12-14 (NKJV)
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Jesus Christ offers victory and eternal reward for those who standfast in the face of every temptation that the enemy brings. You see, God does not preserve us from temptation; He preserves us in temptation and delivers us out of it.
James 1:12 (NKJV)
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Thank God, there is power in the blood of Jesus Christ to save and keep the one who desires to be kept! Through his grace and strength, we can overcome temptation.
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