Friday, 10 April 2015

Stop, never again - Part 6


The enemy is too great


1 John 4:4 “But you belong to God, my children, and have defeated the false prophets, because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world.” GNB

John 10:10 “The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life---life in all its fullness.” GNB

Romans 8:38-39
“38  For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, 39  neither the world above nor the world below---there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.” GNB

I am too old

Isaiah 46:4 “And I'll keep on carrying you when you're old. I'll be there, bearing you when you're old and gray. I've done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you.” MSG

You might want to tell God that you are too old for what He has called you to do. Did you know that Moses spent 40 years as a shepherd and another 40 years with the Israelites in the desert? He was an old man by the time that they came to the promised land. Moses could not use the excuse of, “I am too old to do this Lord”, as God gave him the strength to do it.

I am feeling defeated

2 Corinthians 2:14 “I am grateful that God always makes it possible for Christ to lead us to victory. God also helps us spread the knowledge about Christ everywhere, and this knowledge is like the smell of perfume.” CEV

Psalm 136:17 “Our God defeated mighty kings. God's love never fails.” GNB

Psalm 27:6 “God holds me head and shoulders above all who try to pull me down. I'm headed for his place to offer anthems that will raise the roof! Already I'm singing God-songs; I'm making music to GOD.” MSG

Are there people trying to pull you down? There is only One who can help you and hold you up! We need to bring our troubles to God and trust Him to hold us up as He is the only One who can protect us.

John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.” GNB

There are times when we do not walk in His light and so the darkness can hurt us. But for as long as we walk in Him and in His glorious light then nothing can harm us. You might have lost a few battles, but take courage in knowing that God has already won the war!

I am lacking wisdom

1 Corinthians 1:27, 30
“27 God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful. 30  But God has brought you into union with Christ Jesus, and God has made Christ to be our wisdom. By him we are put right with God; we become God's holy people and are set free.” GNB

James 1:5 “But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.” GNB

God wants to give you wisdom, the question is - “Do you want it?” We need not only to desire godly wisdom, but also to use it when He gives it to us. Otherwise our situation cannot change.

Proverbs 3:5-7
“5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. 6  Remember the LORD in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. 7  Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the LORD and refuse to do wrong.” GNB

How easy it is to forget that we do not know everything. God knows and if we trust Him, He will help us through the difficult times. We need to stay humble before God and to trust his judgement instead of our own – especially when we do not understand why God wants us to do something. Do not let “why” stop you, trust God and follow Him!

I am too frail / sick to do it

Isaiah 53:5 “But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him--our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed.” MSG

Matthew 8:17 “He fulfilled Isaiah's well-known sermon: He took our illnesses, He carried our diseases.” MSG