2 Corinthians 4:4-16
I had the privilege to speak in church a few weeks ago. I say privilege because any time I get to talk about Jesus it’s exciting. I love sharing the love and blessings He has poured out on me with others. Although, I have to step out of my comfort zone because I am not a public speaker; when the Lord lays something on my heart I feel like I’m going to burst and I push through the feelings of not wanting to talk in front of a group because I know it’s what He’s asking me to do. I choose to be obedient because He sufficiently broke me, which is a good thing, and all I want is to walk in obedience the rest of my days.
But, since the day after I spoke, January 25, 2017, to be exact I have been attacked, beaten down and targeted from all sides and every angle. I have been sick physically as well as many other issues. This has caused me to use my most proven battle tactic and a phrase I tell myself is the best thing to do during times of crisis, “Stop, Drop and PRAY!!!
Even though I have been seeking Him and trusting Him to work all these things out for good. I feel a bit overwhelmed. Just when I think I’ve got this down, I have to suffer through some more growing pains. Which is never pleasant. The enemy will sometimes come at us from a different front too. And then what, foreign territory. An attack we weren’t expecting and from out of nowhere. What do we do?
We praise God for teaching and instructing us and allowing us to grow in a new area. We tell the enemy of this world that although this is new territory for us, it is not new territory for our Father. We don’t allow the enemy of this world to gain ground in our lives and we keep our eyes on Jesus.
I was feeling perplexed which means 1. Filled with confusion or bewilderment; puzzled. 2. Full of complications or difficulty; involved.* adjective puzzled, confused, stumped, baffled, bewildered, mixed up, muddled, bemused, confounded, mystified, fazed, dumfounded, nonplussed, befuddled, flummoxed. Mentally uncertain addled, adulated, confounded, confused, muddle-headed, turbid.
Then I realized it was time to take a stand with a boldness of the Holy Spirit that the Lord has filled me with. Verse 8 in 1 Corinthians 4, tells me that even though I am perplexed I am not driven to despair. And that even though I am pressed on every side by troubles I will not be crushed. If you believe Gods word to be truth then you have to believe this, receive this and stand on this.
I am choosing to stand up, even though I have felt like sitting down. I am choosing to raise up my shield of faith. And through that act I will be protected from ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one, (see Ephesians 6). Even as I write this, my perplexed feeling is fading and a feeling of strength is rising up within me, because God has promised to give strength to the weak. Remember,…… we are fragile, God is not, we are weak, God is not, we are broken, God is not, we are lost, we are troubled, we are bruised and desperate, but God is not. Therefore, we have overcome all these things because we are made perfect in HIM.
I decided to share this because God deserves all glory!!! And just when the enemy thinks I’m getting defeated I will stand up and claim a victory for the Lord!!! Our eyes should not rest on our current troubles but on the promises of our Father and the certain victory that awaits.
Pray with me. Father God, Let your Holy Spirit fill us up to overflowing with a boldness, with a peace and with courage and strength. Let us feel Your presence settle on us and saturate us through and through. Even though we face difficulties in this life, use these circumstances to mold us into people you can use to bring you glory. Give us wisdom and discernment to know how to handle these situations and struggles in a way that is pleasing to you. Your word tells us, You did not make us with a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. Let us rest in and believe on those words as we face life’s problems. Let us place all our trust in You. In Jesus Precious Name We Pray, Amen.
Cindy Montgomery, New Beginnings Outreach Ministries, Women’s Ministry Leader