Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
The Lord will comfort us in the most difficult moments of our lives. He does this to strengthen and sustain us for the journey. He does it to develop compassion within us for those who are also suffering so that the same comfort we have received from the Lord, we will pour out upon them.
Many times when we are going through something hard we can feel overwhelmed. But we must remember where our strength comes from. It is the Lord who sustains us and His grace is sufficient for all things. He has given His word to sustain us and transform us. He is faithful 100 percent of the time.
Too many times we allow the discouragement of the enemy to creep into our hearts and minds. But we must recognize it for what it is and where it comes from. God is faithful. Today if you are suffering or going through a difficult time simply draw near to the Lord. Allow Him to minister to your heart and strengthen you for the journey. He has created you with destiny and purpose. By His mighty power and grace He will bring all things to pass.
For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.
Isaiah 33:22 NIV
Jesus is our Savior and our King. We have nothing to fear. There are many who live in fear today because the world is becoming a more dangerous and darker place. But it is in the midst of great darkness that the Lord is raising a mighty army. He is raising a company of people who shall be filled with His love, grace, and mercy and who shall operate in the power and might of the Holy Spirit.
One of the great weapons and tactics of the enemy is to try to paralyze us by fear, discouragement, and doubt. He will do all he can to get our eyes off of Jesus and onto our circumstances or the challenge we are facing. We see this in the life of Peter as he was walking on the water. When his eyes were focused on the Lord he walked without fear and did the impossible in walking on the water, but when his eyes were on the storm and the waves he began to sink. But even when he began to sink the Lord reached down His hand and pulled Peter out from the water.
Today we have nothing to fear. No matter your challenge or circumstances always remember that the Lord uses all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. I have learned this in my own life as I have faced different challenges. In the midst of the challenge I felt very discouraged and very alone. But through it I learned that the Lord was taking me to a deeper place and was teaching me to trust Him in all things.
His concern for us more than anything else is our character and maturity. He desires that we walk in maturity and that we walk by faith in His word. One of the greatest distinctions between a immature and mature believer is that an immature believer will rely on their feelings and will be moved by their feelings and emotions. A mature believer will not be swayed by their emotions or feelings but will simply hold fast to the faith they have in Jesus Christ.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5
We live in a world that is filled with darkness and deception. But the thing about light is that even the very smallest of all lights when placed in a room that is void of light brings much light to that place. God has a plan and design with all things. He always uses what the enemy has meant for wickedness for the goodness of His people and the glory of His name.
The Lord is the ultimate chess player because He sees the entire board and knows all things. He does not need to think because He already knows. The enemy is blinded by his pride and he fails to understand that he is under God’s control. The enemy is only allowed to do what the Lord allows him to do. I often think of the enemy as a mouse in a maze. He thinks he is in control but he is only allowed to go where God allows him to go.
We who are in Christ have nothing to fear. We have absolutely nothing to fear. The Lord is fully in control and even though we may face persecution and even end up losing our lives we can know in our hearts that the Lord will empower us for all things. He allows us to go through various challenges and trials to prepare our hearts for all that we are called to. The enemy may try to overwhelm us with fear but there is nothing to fear.
In these last days the glory of the Lord shall shine brightly through His last day bride. He has been preparing a mighty army in the shadows of people who have diligently and faithfully prepared their hearts. Many who have been challenged in many ways have often felt like why does everybody else have such and easy journey while my journey is filled with challenges at every turn.
The truth is that those who are chosen to do great things on the earth for the Lord must go through an extensive and deep preparation process. Hold fast to your faith and trust in the Lord and know that He is doing a mighty work in your heart. You have been chosen to glorify His name and when you stand before Him one day He shall wrap His arms around you, kiss your face, and say well done my child. This will make all the pain and trials disappear. God bless you on your journey with the Lord.
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. John 14:23-24
The Lord holds His word very important. It is the very word from His mouth written by men. When the word of God was written, men wrote the word under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came upon them and as they were led, they wrote. The word of God is infallible and it is the standard by which all things must be measured. We cannot base our judgements of things based on our fleshly senses. Everything we do and everything we are involved in must be measured against the standard of God’s word.
When we study the Old Testament we see that blessings and cursings were based on the ability of the nation of Israel to honor God’s word. If we desire the blessing of the Lord upon our lives we must be people of His word. This does not meant that we earn our salvation or our right standing is based upon our works. But if we desire the Lord to bless the works of our hands, than we better do things according to His word. He will never bless anything that is outside His word. He has given us His word and He expects us to live by it.
Some will claim that it is impossible to live according to God’s word. God is not asking perfection, He is simply asking us to open our hearts. It is the Holy Spirit who will empower us to follow God’s word and walk in obedience. Our part to play in this is to spend time reading God’s word and meditating upon His word. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. Our minds are only renewed by God’s word. Our journey with Jesus should be one of learning to rest in all that He has done for us and in His love. Too many Christians struggle today because they are simply just ignorant of God’s word.
I promise you that if you will simply begin to read the word of God daily and meditate upon it, you will be changed. It is important to be balanced each day in your reading of the Old and New Testament. When we simply read the Old Testament our hearts will naturally gravitate towards the old covenant. When we only read the New Testament we miss out on he richness that the Old Testament holds. Be balanced in your reading and meditation of God’s word. -David Campbell Jr.-