“To remove warfare from a spiritual life is to render it unspiritual. Life in the spirit is a suffering way, filled with watching and laboring, burdened by weariness and trial, punctuated by heartbreak and conflict. It is a life utterly outpoured for the kingdom of God and lived in complete disregard for one’s personal happiness.” Watchman Nee. Beloved, afflictions, private and personal struggles are embedded within our Christian experience. The season you are in is a time for foundation examination, maturity, and spiritual development.
So here is my question to us, do we have personal or private struggles? Are you facing afflictions? What is that secret anguish keeping you up awake at night? Or you might be the one who says, ‘I have no troubles at all;’ and if that is you, praise God for you, however, recall what Jesus says, “In this world, you will have many trials and tribulations, but be of good cheer because I the Lord have overcome the world for you.” I am here to encourage and to let you know God’s love is steadfast. The Scripture says, “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to Your promise to your servant. Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for Your law-word is my delight.” Read Psalm 119:76-77 (ESV). Hey, in the midst of your struggles, let God’s Word be your delight.
Scripture says, “The Lord is able to keep you from falling and present you blameless before His glory.” Read Jude 1:24 (NIV). Beloved, as you go through that pain or affliction, God’s hand is and will be upon you to keep you steady. I also want to encourage and let you see what the Bible says, “And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.” Read Zechariah 2:5 (ESV). Beloved, God is your protector and security in the midst of the anguish of your soul, and He alone has the power to cleanse and make whole.
Listen to how Asaph prayed, and I will encourage you to read the entire Psalm 73. Asaph prayed, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” “…But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” Read Psalm 73:26,28 (ESV).
Watch this, Asaph understood and came to this one conclusion, “God is more than enough.” And it is my prayer for us when we go through personal struggles and afflictions; that God is as close and a breath away, therefore, He will stretch out His hand and stop us from drowning in Christ Name.
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