The BLESSING in your BATTLE

Wait on the Lord;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Psalm 27:14 NKJV

We all love times of plenty, comfort, ease, and the proverbial smooth sailing on calm waters… But in reality, those seasons – enjoyable as they may be – don’t make for a very robust or reliable faith.

In fact, uninterrupted ease is death to a disciple… Just as our muscles atrophy without a certain amount of stretching and strain, so our faith fails to grow (and in fact melts away) without some tests and trials:

Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.

James 1:2-4, TLB

Thankfully, you and I probably have enough challenges to keep our faith stretching, nu? For those who are pressing through a hard season – or perhaps even feeling crushed by the weight of your difficulties and fierceness of your foes – take courage today as you realize:

  • God’s love is called “unfailing” for a reason. He’s never failed ANY of His children, and He’s not going to start with you:

The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.

Psalm 33:5 NIV

  • He is undaunted by your foes, He’s mighty to save, and at just the right moment, He will show His power in your area of need:

When the enemy comes in like a flood,

The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

Isaiah 59:19 NKJV

  • Your battle is evidence of His blessing. That may sound crazy, but the very attacks of the enemy prove that your faith is worthy of being opposed, and that your Father has given you gifts and a calling to make an impact for His Kingdom. So don’t be discouraged at the battle before you; remember the words of a wise old saint:

To be left unmolested by Satan is no evidence of blessing.

  • Never is your Father nearer than when you feel broken. His Spirit’s presence is drawn to humility (see Isaiah 57:15). He won’t allow these trials to take you down or destroy your faith – but He has appointed you for VICTORY over them, to BUILD your faith and INCREASE your confidence in His unfailing love:

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,

And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Psalm 34:18-19 NKJV

  • His power comes when our striving ends, when we’re ready to abandon all our self-efforts to figure it out, fight off our foes, make ourselves pure, and keep ourselves peaceful, protected, and provided for. We seldom see His supply until we’re convinced of our need, seldom see His mighty hand move until we’ve grown weary of doing it our own way. So bring Him your need, weakness, lack – He will show Himself mighty again:

He gives power to the weak,

And to those who have no might He increases strength.

Isaiah 40:29 NKJV

“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none;

Their tongues are parched with thirst.

But I the Lord will answer them;

I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

I will make rivers flow on barren heights,

And springs within the valleys.

I will turn the desert into pools of water,

And the parched ground into springs.”

Isaiah 41:17 NIV

Your Deliverer is coming, and He will be right on time… Your part is to praise Him, to lift your eyes above your circumstances and foes and bless your Father for His unfailing love. The more you celebrate His goodness and remember His faithfulness, the greater glory you bring Him – right here, right now, on the very battlefield before you.

And as you do, you receive the blessings in your battle: overcoming faith, unshakable confidence in His love, and the sweetness of His presence.  

May you remember, receive, and celebrate how greatly He loves you this week,

Pastor Matthew (Casey) Langston

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2017

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