“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
It’s been a rough week. And a very emotional one. And on weeks like this I sometimes wonder if I should continue doing this blog and running a Bible study. I worry that all the ‘issues’ that I have will allow me to be really used by God. From dealing with some very petty issues with people, my car being broken into, to work issues…yeah, my heart has been hurt-and I ended up lashing out. I have to be honest, I’m very ashamed of myself. It was something really petty and childish. And that is why is sit here and wonder…
I wonder if He is really going to use me when I so blatantly sinned against Him.
I wonder why anyone would really listen to anything I say when I can’t at times control my own actions…well-choose not to. 😦
I wonder if I’m ever going to get to that point that the petty stuff isn’t going to sting my heart anymore.
And Satan is loving every second of my wondering because it is keeping me from doing what God wants me to do. He wants me to forgive while Satan wants me to keep turning the situations over and over again in my head…Getting angrier as I do so. Satan wants me to plan more stupid petty things while God wants me to open my heart and mind to Him and allow Him to do only what He can do. Heal my heart and help me forgive.
But Satan works hard to keep that bump in the road…tripping me up. To do as John 10:10 says-‘to kill, steal and destroy.’ It is you and I he wants to do that to. Especially to our faith.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest mistakes Christians do is think that Satan and his demons aren’t real. That they don’t encourage us to hold onto that ‘slight’ that someone did to us. To hold off on forgiving others and asking for forgiveness from God. He’ll tell us that what that person did to us is wrong and they don’t deserve to be forgiven, that even God shouldn’t forgive them. He tells us that being in the Word, prayer and fellowship isn’t important, when my friend it is not just important, but it is VITAL.
Ephesians chapter 6 tells us that the one and only offensive piece of the Armor of God is the Sword of the Spirit-His Word. It is the one thing that can penetrate through and stop Satan and his demons. We need to be in His Word daily, to learn His Word, even if it is one piece of scripture at a time. And most importantly, we need to believe it and have FAITH in it.
I heard the following phrase while listening to a Lee Strobel book this morning ‘Faith is belief gone courageous.’ It’s not always easy to keep faith when we have issue after issue happening in our lives and to those we love. It really does take courage to keep our eyes on Him and know that He is working in the situation even though we can’t see it. It takes courage to truly believe that God IS who He says He is. It takes courage to believe that WE are who GOD says we are.
Friend, turn to God before turning to revenge. Learn from my mistake…or more clearly, my sin. The following scripture is so very beautiful to me, showing how loving God is. How He truly wants to sweep us up in His mighty arms and shower us with His unending and perfect love
“but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.” Nehemiah 1:9
I pray that your weekend is wonderful and safe. Be courageous in your faith my friend!
All my love and in His precious name, Jesus!