10/17/21 – Don’t Count Me Out Just Yet!

Scripture:

Micah 7:8 “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy. When I fall, I will arise. When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.”

Roman 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Hi everyone! It’s good to be with you all in spirit and purpose. I am thankful I have been blessed to be able to share my thoughts and study gems with all of you. God has enriched my life through this process. If you have received a blessing as well, please keep coming back and share my blog site with others. Today I would like to talk about the in between moments, the down times, the silent times when nothing seems to be happening.

Let’s pray! Father God, what a privilege it is to come before You, requesting Your power and saving grace – to save us from ourselves and the darkness of this sin filled world, to set us upon the path of righteousness and at last bring us into Your kingdom everlasting. Father, open our eyes, help up to grasp the language of heaven in what we discuss today. Lead us into truth and understanding. In the name of Jesus, Amen!

The scriptures for today’s blog are especially significant to me because I am being attacked quite ruthlessly right now. I have been struggling with one medical problem after another since this past January and find myself in a fragile place – a precarious state of mind. I am in constant pain and short on sleep, so these past months have been very difficult. I tell you this not to gain sympathy but to share a revelation I have been given in the past week. I am not alone in my struggles – in this in between time – and neither are you when life seems to be throwing you one curve ball after another.

Satan and his minions are ever watchful for us to stumble, to fall away from our fellowship with Jesus, to take a pause or show weakness. He is vigilant in his pursuit to destroy each of us and will attack us in our weakest moments. The Bible is riddled with stories similar to mine and most likely you can share one of your own. Elijah fell into a deep depression after praying fire down from heaven to consume his offering to the one true God. Joseph suffered his darkest hours in a dungeon after being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife. Paul talks about his depression when imprisoned for preaching the gospel. Job sat on a trash heap while bemoaning his loses. Satan swept in to take full advantage in each of these examples and he does the same to each of us. But, praise God, He never left them nor forsook them in their darkest hours and each of them came back from their affliction stronger in the Lord.

As was the case for each of these Bible warriors, we will have our fair share of trying times but we can’t count ourselves out – we can not think that all is lost. “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy. When I fall, I will arise. When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.” (Micah 7:8) During these trying times, Jesus is with us. His strength carries us through the rough times, through our weak moments, through our pain and suffering. It is times like these – the silent times, the down times – that Jesus uses to mold and shape us. It is times like these that draw us closer in our relationship with our Savior when we allow His handiwork in our behalf.

Pastor Dwight Nelson, New Perceptions TV, recently preached a series about Paul. His series helped me see the ever present Light shining through my suffering, gave me hope that, what I am going through, Jesus has allowed for a higher purpose that I am not – as of yet – able to see. I am down for construction and repairs but I am not down and out. It is during these “white spaces.” as Pastor Nelson calls them, that I am fitted for the high calling God has purposed for me. Am I happy that I am in constant pain and lacking sleep? No, but I am optimistic about the eventual outcome.

As with the afore mentioned Bible characters, it is my pray that, when plagued by worldly woes, we will turn more firmly to Jesus. We will trust Him at His Word and know that all things work together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) In our darkest times we need to cling to His promise, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

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