How can you find the strength, when you are alone? How do you stand up for yourself, God, or your family, when you stand as one against the situation? I am inspired by those, (and you know who you are) who let me peek into their worlds and see the battle they are fighting. This post is for you! Here are some tips, some encouragement and a different perspective on standing alone.
- The devil, or men/women will try to intimidate you with fear or an overwhelming situation. “And when the servant of the man of God (Elisha) was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how (What) shall we do?” 2 Kings 6: 15. The servant was shaking in his boots! For good reason. They were surrounded, and it was just the two of them out there against all of the “host” of Syria. The world will tell you, “You’re alone! I have you surrounded and you’re not strong enough to overcome all of this.” It’s a lie. Because it never was our individual strength that could move mountains. It’s God’s. When you believe that, no one can pin you down for long. Click these for more encouragement. Phil. 4:13, Eph. 3:16, Jeremiah 32:17 & 27.
- Never Give Up the High-Ground. “And he (Elisha) answered, Fear not: for they that [be] with us [are] more than they that [be] with them.” vs. 16. Can you imagine the servant balking at Elisha? But what did he tell him? Fear not, because I have heard from God. Right. God already told Elisha the score. As long as you stay in fellowship with God, you have the high-ground. Fellowship is the key because God sees things going on that we don’t see. Imagine if Elisha would’ve agreed with his servant and started quaking with fear too. “[It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” Psalms 118:8. God is the only one who can comfort your heart in the situation.
- Guard Your Heart. The devil aims, with fear, for your heart– your weakest spot– through family situations, your past mistakes, or your emotions. He even quotes the Bible to prove his twisted doctrine. Paul said, “…we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” 2 Cor. 4:1-2. They went to God and performed their ministry in the sight of God. God is the highest Judge of all. So guard your heart against these tactics. “Keep (guard, protect) thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 By guarding your heart, (see how in a recent past post) and fellowshipping with God you will maintain the high-ground.
- Let God Show You the Real Score. “And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:18. Does that give you goose-bumps? It does me. Why allow fear a foothold when we have a MIGHTY GOD? Do you think that God is any less able today? Elisha was an OLD Testament prophet! He was still waiting for the promise of the Messiah. We have a Messiah! We have a savior! God has not left us wanting anything. We have a measure of Christ within each of us. Yes, there are times when it looks like the healing won’t happen, or it looks like the protection won’t be there, or it looks like the guidance God gave wasn’t what you thought, or that the people don’t agree with your leadership, but you stay strong on that high-ground. You be the one who shall not be moved from believing in God. David shouted with fist in the air, “…for WHO [is] this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Sam. 17:26 and Paul, a mountain mover said, “…If God [be] for us, WHO [can be] against us?”
- TAKE Your Stand WITH God. “And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:19. Notice God smote the men according to the word of Elisha. This is a partnership with God. God needs you to do your part. “We then, [as] workers together [with him], beseech [you] also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” 2 Cor. 6:1. Believing is an action word. We believe God’s word with our actions. Have you ever heard that saying, “Watch what I say, not what I do.” That is complete nonsense! Does that work for your kids? Not hardly! They watch what you do. Actions speak louder than words and walk into a room before a man. If someone tells me they have faith, then they act out on their fear, it gives me pause. Instead take the next step with God. Believe Him. Not in your own paltry strength, but in His ability and willingness to help you.
When you are down, or discouraged or feel unworthy in any way, know that the devil is attacking your heart. It’s a trick! God edifies, builds you up, frees the bonds of slavery, forgives, forgets, loves to the highest degree!
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. NAY, (NO WAY) in ALL these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
GOD BLESS YOU VICTOR! I’m praying for you today!
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