Daily Devotion

Fighting an Uphill Battle
 
"They strengthened the disciples in these cities and encouraged the disciples to remain faithful. Paul and Barnabas told them, "We must suffer a lot to enter the kingdom of God."  Acts 14:22(GWT)
 
Shoutout Numbers and Founders yay!  LOL  Anyway, how are you?  I know I had a mini breakdown today.  Difficulties abound but because I know His Word I cannot doubt Him.  But its hard fighting something that seems unwinnable (impossible to win) lol.  But because there is nothing that is impossible for God, I know that I am in the wake of my breakthrough.  Change is a-coming!  I can feel it!
 
It is hard to persevere sometimes when you feel all alone outside of your comfort zone.  The devil has chosen you on his list of people to attack today and he's going hard on you!  He ramped up in his attacks, often taking you to the brink of breaking, like a good breeze would knock you down.  He wants you to fail because he HATES you, he wants you to be defeated so that he can gloat to God–look at the book of Job in the first 3 chapters if you don't believe me.  A very wise lady from my job and I were talking and she said something that makes this crystal clear:  why would the devil attack the wicked, those that are living outside of God's will?  He already has them doing what he wants so he can spend his extra energy attacking you!
 
Its at these hard times that you should build your team and share the weight with your teammates.  You already have three in your starting lineup: The Father, The Son our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit that are here with you everyday!  When troubles stretch you to the point of breaking, its time for you to go to other mature Christians and gain some perspective.  Vent to them, and allow them to reflect back to you with words of wisdom from God.  In Proverbs 19:20-21, the Lord tells us to seek wise counsel.  You will solve two things at once:  you get the relieve the pressure of carrying your burdens alone, and you receive the truth only to be found in God's word.  We are going to experience suffering in God's name, but we must not give up!  We must use the tools and resources God gave us through the Holy Spirit, His Word, and other members of His body.  Keep fighting until your victory is won–God knows I love that song!  Good night!
 
"so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this." 1 Thessalonians 3:3
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