Encouragement

Posted on Monday, May 31, 2010 | By Kaye | In

I am beginning to think that the my family is truly a prized possession and I say this because as far as I can remember we have always been hounded by the enemy. We often get trials which tests our relationship with each other and I will say that the attempts are getting more desperate each time because with every single one God comes on the scene to protect and guide His children and even if the enemy bruises us, they never win. God is on our side, He raises a standard against all evil, He is declaring that we are His.
Sometimes I get to the point where I too am beginning to feel sucked in into that black pit of hopelessness and depression but then again He shakes me out of my senses and I just reject it- reject all the negative things that the devil tries to paint and pose as a real picture because it is in fact unreal. The Creator of heavens and earth is on our side and He already won our battles for us. There is rest and peace and victory, sure gloomy days come but they are not permanent, we get hurt feelings and all but there is healing always. The Lord has given us the power to overcome them by His name, we have that assurance. Victory is our inheritance, overcoming is our inheritance, all God's promises are ours to claim and keep, amen. We are heirs to all the things of Christ, even Christ Himself, for He gave Himself to us. The key here is to believe God, believe and trust in His promises and that He is God and He keeps His word.


But Man is really, truly vulnerable...we easily fall prey to our weaknesses but then again these 'falling down' experiences makes us realize even more that we need God, that our own righteousness are not enough, that we are foolish and fallible, that we are weaklings. Hopefully, these painful experiences will push us to call for help, desperation makes us seek God, see. I know that is a sad fact, but that is true, won't you agree? In times of need, in times of difficulty we cry out to the Lord- and that is the purpose sometimes why trials are permitted into our lives. Even then some people are too hardened up that God becomes the last option, sometimes He is not even in the options list. This is what has become of man today, their hearts have waxed cold...just like what the Bible said. However, despite this grim picture, there is hope so, do not be discouraged dear friend. All is not lost and God has a plan for you- that in His time and season you will bring forth fruit. You will become transformed in His likeness, until the time comes when God can be seen in you, amen. Now, isn't that worth all the fight? He is worth fighting for, the inheritance is worth fighting for.


As for me, I need more of God every single day and I am constantly desiring for a closer walk with my Saviour. I was just thanking the Lord Jesus that for every  new day He has created for us, the joy and gratefulness in my heart just spills over. Every time I think of Jesus a tear would find it's way in the corner of my eye because I just feel so priveleged to have the chance to know Him as I know Him and every treasure in the world fades into oblivion compared to who He is.
I was just woken up in my sleep a couple of nights ago because I suddenly felt the urge to pray, there was this heaviness in my heart that can only be relieved by prayer. I think the Spirit is groaning inside me and so I listened to a message preaching and then I prayed. The Lord made me realize that I was not praying enough...I got caught up with life and though spending time with Christ is always simmering at the back of my mind, so many things try to pre-occupy me such as school stuff and home life and oftentimes they succeed in taking residence in my mind. I didn't realize that my Lord wants to fellowship with me and I with Him. Now, I just want to give even more of me to Jesus and by His grace that will come to pass. That is not even to my credit, actually nothing is to my credit because the Lord is my righteousness, amen.


Let us not forget about our Maker, let us not tuck Jesus away in a corner. He is constantly desiring to fellowship with us, and for us to get to know Him better. Take courage warrior of Christ- fight on, march on and take comfort in the truth that God is in control of our lives, He is in control of every situation and that He will see us through...otherwise He would be reneging on his promises and that would not make Him God. So, truly there is not even space to accomodate such thought isn't there? that is what the enemy frustratingly tries to achieve. But to those whom He predestined- those He knew would accept Him and follow and serve Him, the Lord truly protects because his seed is in them. They are heirs to the kingdom, they are His Bride, amen and there is no way one of them will ever get taken or lost. Never. Praise the Lord Jesus for that.
Here is one chapter that truly resonate these thoughts:


KJV Romans 8

 1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
 10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
 12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
 18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
 19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
 20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
 21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
 22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
 23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
 24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
 25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
 26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
 27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
 30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
 31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
 33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
 34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
 36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.






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