excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional
“The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
“This verse covers life during times of great stress, pressure, and turmoil. It is not speaking of a time of unparalleled peace, prosperity, and plenty. It is a promise that shows us how to survive in a climate of international tension, economic upheaval, and spiritual change. This word from the Lord tells us that persecution of the Christians will result in greater knowledge (‘they shall know their God’), greater strength (‘they shall be strong’), and greater miracles (‘they shall carry out great exploits’). The more difficult the days, the greater God’s power will be demonstrated. You and I should be encouraged knowing that the Lord is fortifying us for the future. We are not only going to survive, we have been promised that miracles will accompany our Christian witness.
In times of great opposition to the Church of the living God, the world becomes a combat zone between God and satan. Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. (Rom. 5:20) The greater the darkness, the greater the light. Right in the midst of the devil’s revival of occultism and mystic religions, the Holy Ghost is being poured out in copious measure.
The Church of Jesus Christ is not getting weaker and weaker as the end of time approaches; it is getting stronger and stronger. We believers are going out in a blaze of glory. We will know the Lord intimately, have a prevailing strength, and do notable feats and miracles in His name! Our future prospect is victory all the way!
Throughout my life, when things began to look hopeless, I would question the Lord…”Are You angry with me? Am I being punished? Did you ever love me? Why is this happening? When are You going to show up and fix this?”
But after going through a whole array of emotions and strategies, I would land on my knees, submitting everything to Him.
All cried out I’d say, “I don’t understand…but I love You Daddy… What ever Your will is, ok…that’s my will too. Just show me what You want me to do, and I’ll do it.”
You see it was only then, that things would begin to make sense.
His peace and comfort would envelop me, and once nothing else mattered except my relationship with Him, I would see the miracle start happen.
Does God give us more than we can handle? YES, because He loves us, and it is only THEN that we are putty in His hands…no resistance, no rebellion, no demands, no ultimatums, no manipulations, no tantrums…at that point we are just humble and submissive…at that point we are teachable.
Looking back across the last 20 years, I can honestly say I am grateful for every hardship, every betrayal, every devastating blow that blindsided me, because once life knocked me to my knees, it is there I prayed.
I’m so grateful for every single time that I was left with a hopeless situation, where there were no solutions in the natural, because it was then that I got a front row seat to witness a miracle. And with each and every crazy miracle that I’ve seen, the Lord has built my faith into a strong-tower. He’s gradually grown my dependence upon Him, until now I follow Him with a child like faith.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
God never said it was going to be easy, He just said it would be worth it. We were born into a war…a war that has been heating up here, in the last inning. It’s a chess game if you will, and we have been chosen to battle for the Kingdom of God.
Let me ask you this, what is it to be DRAWN?
Well, let’s look at the definition…
1. to produce (a picture, work of art, or diagram) by making lines and marks, especially with a pen or pencil, on a paper.
“He drew a map.”
2. pull or drag something (such as a vehicle) so as to cause it to follow behind.
3. the act of selecting names, typically by extracting them from a group of names to match competitors in a game or tournament.
In His perfect foreknowledge He chose you, before the world began…now He’s making you into a warrior, for His purposes…a work of art. It may be painful, but He’s fashioning you into a champion.
It’s not suppose to be easy, or comfortable…just ask any Olympic Athlete who’s won the gold.
I want to thank you for stopping by today. My heart goes out to each and every person who is struggling, and so I’ve included a prayer just for you, here at the bottom…
Dear Heavenly Father,
As I lift Your children up to You right now, I ask that You scatter every demonic strategy that comes against them in the name of Jesus Christ. I ask Father that You would close every door that has been opened to the demonic, knowingly or unknowingly, and seal it closed with the blood of Jesus. Father I ask that You would deploy Your warrior angels from the windows of Heaven, to encamp around them, and protect them from any efforts of our enemy satan, or his emissaries. Father I break any curses or spells that have been spoken against Your children in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, for it is written…”Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) And I ask You Lord to fill them with Your Holy Spirit, for “where Your light shines, no darkness can overcome it.” (1 John 1:5)
I thank You for doing this, as I pray all these things in the name of Jesus, Amen.
BTW, every thing we lift up to the Lord, is made far more effective when we have FIRST forgiven every person who has ever done anything to harm us, or our loved ones…and when we then ask the Lord to forgive us. I know it may seem fake to say that we forgive someone, when in hearts we don’t feel the forgiveness is genuine. However when we do so in obedience to the Lord, and then ask that it will take root in our spirit, our obedience is highly favored, and brings our prayers to a supernatural level of effectiveness.
PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS:
Dear Father God, I thank You for all the many ways You choose to bless me. Thank You for Your mercy, grace and abundant love. I confess that there is anger and resentment in my heart, and I ask You to deliver me from it. As a matter of my will, I forgive every person who has ever hurt me, harmed me, or spoken against me, and I ask that You would cause that forgiveness to take root in my spirit. As I do this and forgive all those who have sinned against me, I ask that You forgive every sin I’ve committed, knowingly or unknowingly. Please wash me clean in the blood of Christ and put my sin as far as the east is from the west. I thank You for doing this, as I will no longer allow the enemy to harass me with the past, because I choose to forgive myself, and receive the full blessings of Your forgiveness. I ask You to teach me to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, as You have instructed me to do. (2 Cor. 10:5)
I pray all these things, in the mighty name of our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ, Amen.