Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; KJV
What a wonderful promise of God!
It has been a while since I have made a post to this blog. Sadly, I have allowed too many things to get in the way. It may be surprising to some, and come as a "well, duh" to others, but did you know preachers and pastors get overwhelmed by this world too? I want in no way to come across as poor me, but rather, as an encouragement to pray for your pastor and ministers. We need it daily; the same as we pray for you all daily. Many of us are bi-vocational, have families and struggle to find balance between all the things we are called on to do in this life. I have fallen victim to this as of late. Our text today is one of my favorites in helping me pull my head back up and start fighting again.
The more things, activities, groups, and goals you have in your life the easier it is to get overwhelmed. It would be easy for us to just sit at home and cocoon ourselves into our personal bubbles and just pretend the world doesn't exist. Or, at least we would like to think so. The reality is, even if you tried that, you would find that the same stress and troubles find their way in. Jesus spoke plainly when He said that in this world you will have troubles (John 16:33). Not to mention Scripture is plain that idleness has no good end (Pro.24:33-34). The problem, however, with getting to the other extreme and being overwhelmed is that it leaves us stressed and vulnerable. Scripture tells us plainly that our enemy seeks whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Satan, as a lion, doesn't go for the big, the strongest, and healthiest. He picks on the weak and wounded. Stress and feeling overwhelmed can lead to you being in this place. He comes only to steal, to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10). He, and his little cohorts, use every trick in the book. Lies, stress, blatant attacks, friends, family, doubts, and the list can go on and on. As of late, I feel as if I have been slammed with these things and I have allowed them to win. I find myself, and I don't believe I'm alone in it, reading less, studying less, and being available for those that need me less when I get stressed and overwhelmed. The world's weapons to pull us down and backwards are nearly endless. Our text, however, came to me just when I needed it. It has become, and always has been, in times like these a pep talk I give myself over and over through the day.
No doubt, the world and Satan finds and forms weapons abundantly. However, they may be formed against me, but they will not prosper. Doubts form in my mind and creep to my heart, but by faith and the grace of God, I will not listen. Fears may come, but I have been given the spirit of a sound mind and power (2 Tim. 1:7). God has indeed given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. We need only be reminded we are not alone in this world. We need to put on the whole armour of God and pray diligently that we can see Him in our lives. Satan is a liar and only knows that life. He can use our life against us, but we don't have to fall for it. May God bless us all to help one another, and may God bless us all to understand that Satan's weapons will not prosper against us. God will protect us! God will keep us! God will provide!