“”No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17
Surely, this opposition was forged to cause me to waver in my faith, doubt God, and stop writing in Jesus name. Glory, Hallelujah! To vindicate is to remove fault from someone. There was a time that I took on the feelings of others. For instance, if someone treated me badly, I felt that I must have done something to deserve such treatment. However, the blame game is just another weapon formed to distract, and ultimately destroy believers. The very thing that once caused my knees to buckle and heart to sink now just gives me a greater determination in the Lord. “Nothing can separate us from the love of God” Romans 8:38. Foolishness can’t, feelings cannot, disappointment tries but fails, danger is defeated as well; nothing can separate us from the love of God found exclusively in Christ Jesus.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38
Glory! This truth reinforces the fact that we as believers cannot be severed, cut off from God’s love, by any means. Because we are not separated from God’s love, we most assuredly, are not detached from His promises either. Sure, the enemy will use people, situations, and feelings to frustrate us, but the good news is that Satan only attempts to frustrate those that are frustrating him. Hallelujah, he must be livid with me because ridiculousness is coming out of the woodworks but thanks be unto to God His ever-present love is manifested despite the difficulties. There was a time when I would eat and sleep, as a dysfunctional means of coping with the opposition. Hallelujah, today I move mountains of challenges with praise on my lips and trust in my heart.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an ETERNAL glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Recently, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, namely, Fibromyalgia. If I ever felt as if I was wasting away, it is now. This new diagnosis is one of my many ailments that has tried but has not been allowed to overtake me by our gracious God. I’ve read 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 many times, in fact, I have it taped to my laptop. Somehow the detail about our ‘quandaries achieving for us’ never really jumped off the page until today. In line with the scripture, achieve denotes that our troubles, issues, inconveniences, attacks and battles are under our Sovereign Lords employ. As His children, these difficulties are being used to bless us, press us, mold us, and catapult us into our purpose in the Kingdom.
I recall Joseph stating, as he forgave his brothers for their callousness and jealousy towards him, that what was meant for evil God used for good (Genesis 50:20). Similarly, what the enemy busily tries to use to destroy me only makes me greater. As we humbly submit to God’s purposes, our battle scars are openings where the light of God shines through, thus leading others to Him. Opposition is A NECESSARY PAIN. If the Spirit leads you please donate any amount to the ministry God has called me to birth, Editing Destiny, where I use the arts coupled with biblical principles to facilitate healing, in Jesus name, to those that may otherwise not seek Him. You can safely and securely donate at paypal.me/Anecessarypain.
Thank you in advance!
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