And the angel said unto them, "Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all people."
War! All around us we are hearing of unrest, wars and rumours of wars. Yet, for every single one of us, especially Christians, there is a war that we face on a daily basis - the war in our flesh.
We know the commandments, we know right from wrong yet, knowing the right thing and doing the right are sadly two different things. Even when we want to do what is right, the most natural, and sometimes annoying thing, is to do the wrong thing. Romans 7:14-25 very nicely describes this battle that we face every day. When we become Christians, we are freed from the power and guilt of sin and from its consequences. Here's the problem - once we are dwelling in this mortal body, there will be a battle between the flesh and the spirit until the day we die. Our spirit knows what should be done but our flesh seems "hell-bent" - pardon the expression - on doing the opposite of what the spirit knows to be right. Yes, it can be and is frustrating. You want to please God because you love Him and are grateful to Him for what He has done and is doing for you. But the flesh seems to keep messing things up; seems to keep sabotaging your efforts to live right and holy before God and man.
So, what do you do? Give in, give up? Live this saved life as if you're not saved? NO! Romans 7:25 gives the answer - Jesus! This is certainly one of those times when we acknowledge that we can't, but God can. We don't want to but God wants to. We are NOT able but God is more than able. You see, this Christian walk was never for us to walk alone. We are supposed to lean heavily on God and allow Him to do the work in us. It's called sanctification and it's a process that takes time. Bit by bit, God takes all the nasty things out of us as we put our trust and confidence in Him. We can't and many times don't want to, but God is more than able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). I'm learning more and more to just give it all to Him. I'm so accustomed doing it on my own or rather having my own way but I'm realising that God's way will always be the best way. It is also a way that leads to peace and who does not want peace in their life?
So, all I'm saying is give it to God today. You don't have to do it on your own, you are not supposed to, God does not expect you to. And watch the miracles that will take place in your life. But do not forget to give God the glory, because you can't do it without Him!
There is nothing or no one greater, higher, stronger than God. We cannot outdo Him or outsmart Him. We will never prevail against Him! So why bother to try?!!! God can and will use whoever or whatever He will to get the job done. It always pays to be on God's side and to have Him on your side. You will never lose.
In Judges chapter 4, the children of Israel once again sinned against God and found themselves in bondage to a Canaanite king, Jabin. They cried out to God in the midst of their oppression and God answered through Deborah, a judge of Israel. She summoned Barak and commanded him to take ten thousand men from Naphtali and Zebulun and to go fight against king Jabin's army. Sisera, the captain of this Canaanite army was proud of his army because they were equipped with nine hundred iron chariots. They were far more advanced certainly than the Israelite army who were not so equipped. And yet the Israelites defeated them.
So, imagine, Sisera used the best that he had and yet even with this advantage he could not win against God! In fact God used a very tiny thing in comparison to destroy him . . . a tent peg! When he realized that his army was being defeated, he fled on foot and entered the tent of a woman, seeking refuge. This woman was Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, whose clan was supposed to be friendly with king Jabin. However, this same woman, while he slept, drove a tent peg through his temple and killed him. How ironic is that? God used a woman, not a man or even a soldier to destroy him. He didn't use sophisticated weaponry either, but a tent peg! Anything in God's hands, no matter how small or insignificant, is a mighty weapon. Once God is behind it, it will get the job done.
With these thoughts in mind, how can we doubt our God's ability to succeed? How can we doubt His ability to see us through, to get us successfully through any situation. God did miracles then and He's performing miracles now. God won battles then and He is winning battles now!
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