A Two Way Street

       Are you going through some difficult times, hard to bear, hard to explain, and you desire strongly, to give up? Please Don’t! The kingdom of hell has released so many depressive and oppressive spirits that make people believe they are unloved and worthless no matter their station in life. This means this onslaught is not limited to a particular class, gender, creed or race.  For many children of God, when faced with certain difficulties of life, we wonder if God is aware of the things we are going through. And if He is aware, why would He let us go through so much pain. Questions like these and many more plague our minds, and if we do not arrest such thoughts through God’s Word, they have the power to push us from our firm stand with the Lord. We may feel we are all alone and words are not enough to help. The truth is, the right words and the right heart are of great help to pull us through because it’s a two way street. Giving our lives to the Lord or the Lord taking hold of our lives does not translate to mean we would have a problem and stress free life. On the contrary, the fact that we said ‘yes’ to this life means we would go through some turbulent times. But He has promised that we would not be burnt, overwhelmed or destroyed by them. These situations emphasize that the Lord is with us, and His might is in us to deliver us: “Give us aid against the foe, for human help is worthless. With God we will perform valiantly; He will trample our foes” (Psalm 60:11-12). Trusting in human wisdom or strength is worthless and will not help us eventually. 
       As a child of God, we must learn to be absolutely confident and reliant on the Word of God, trusting Him not to leave nor forsake us. Why? Because He said so! “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to (His) design and purpose” (Romans 8:28, AMP). This means as a child of God, we must have absolute trust in Jesus Christ, knowing that everything that happens to us, either by our decision or the decision of others is not by mistake but all designed to fit a particular pattern for our good. This Scripture is meant to comfort and encourage us to stand and remain standing in Jesus Christ, no matter what the enemy throws at us. When the enemy comes with all manner of lies that we are unloved, worthless and useless, we are to remember this Scripture and not lose faith, because it has been permitted by the Lord and we will overcome! Sadly, if we lose sight of this fact, a sinking and a drowning are inevitable as we saw with Peter. However, as wonderful as the Scripture is, it is not meant for everyone! 
       There are two conditions that must be met. Firstly, do you love Him? It is not enough to mouth you love Him, your actions show if you truly love Him or not: “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). You cannot claim to love God and you disobey His commands. Loving God and remaining in His love is to turn our backs on the allures of the world as Moses, Joseph, David and many more did: “But he considered reproach for the sake of the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since his attention was on the reward” (Hebrews 11:26). Your heart must be completely His. Secondly, we must be one of the ‘called’. Not just a call to give our lives to Him or a call to ministry, but a call to be His regular companion (Mark 3:14), a call to come up the mountain and sit at His feet to learn of Him, just as the disciples did (Matthew 5:1-2). Only when these two conditions are fulfilled in you can the Scripture apply to you. 
       Finally, beloved, this is not the time to play games with our faith, these are dangerous times because the battle is for our minds.  Jesus Christ is not far from us as the enemy will want us to believe because of what is happening around us; rather it is the people that are far from Him. Beloved, no matter what you are going through, don’t despair but be strongly assured that the Lord is with you like a Mighty Warrior: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9a) and “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you]” (John 16:33, AMP). Praise God! Open your heart and receive this, then respond in thanksgiving that you have received it: "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him" (1John 5:14-15). God bless you.


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