Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 ESV)
It has been a very busy month for us with a lot of changes and difficult news. In times such as these it can be very difficult to keep your eyes focused on Christ and not on your circumstances. The daily spiritual disciplines that I have incorporated into my life really kick into play as a platform of strength and stability in the midst of life’s chaos. God’s ways are always best.
But those disciplines didn’t just happen; the disciplines of prayer, Bible study, meeting with other believers, scripture memorization etc. I had to make room for them in my life. I had to be intentional with my time. I had to not be lazy about it, and I had to give myself grace for those days where it just didn’t happen despite my best plans and efforts.
The evil one is against us. He will use our weakest areas to attack, kill and destroy those who belong to Jesus. He wants to render us ineffective for God’s Kingdom. We must be aware of his schemes. God’s Word says that we are to rebuke him in the powerful name of Jesus as satan has no authority over us who are sealed by God’s Holy Spirit. Praise God that the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in this world!
Yet in the midst of the worst that life has to offer us, God is with us, Emmanuel.
He is our comfort, our protection, our shelter in the time of storm. His great promises are eternal and will not be shaken by this temporal life. His calling on our lives has an eternal purpose. His Word shows us what is coming, the chaos and destruction that will be allowed at the hands of the antichrist. Yet in the end, Jesus continues to be true and steady as our Savior and Lord. Satan is vanquished. Death is defeated. God wins! Hallelujah!
My husband and I will shortly be facing some mountains. Yet we go with God before us and behind us. We take courage as it is God’s call on our lives for this new season. There are many unknowns. There will be pain and suffering involved. We will be carrying a heavy burden (our backpacks) each step of the way. Yet this is what God has called us to do. He will be our strength and He will receive all the glory.
To God be the glory great things He hath done.
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.
Great things He hath done! Amen and Amen.
When you walk daily with Jesus, you are best equipped to handle whatever this life brings to you. He will show you the way. Follow Him. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to mold you and shape you into the likeness of Christ. God has more for you. Be encouraged. Praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Press on.