from everything that keeps us prisoners to the world
what do we choose?
God delivered us from the power of darkness
we are like pigs in miry clay
We stay where it is familiar,
where we are comfortable,
our faith is weak
we are children of the Living God
we do not obey His commands
or study His Word
we do not follow Christ
When we accepted His Son as our Savior,
His Spirit came to live in our hearts,
a helper to live with us forever
God provides protection and security
His lifeline of hope
prevents the path of depression and self-pity
from swallowing us
we look within ourselves for aid.
We think it is our resources
that will get us out of the mud
and onto solid ground.
The Bible tells us to walk in the way of Christ
so we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh
we travel paths of impatience, unkindness, unfaithfulness, disgust,
frustration, hatred, defensiveness, and much more
That which we repented from, turned away from, but have we?
“Watch therefore for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” – Matthew 24:42
“Therefore you (also) be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.” – Matthew 24: 44
Stand fast in the faith … secure in the gospel of Jesus Christ of which you have received … let your conduct, your actions be worthy of the gospel of Christ, whether seen or unseen
Be strong … be strengthened through the Holy Spirit, so we are able to bear up under whatever comes upon us … persevere… push on, not giving up … endure … strengthened by the power of the Lord in us to be patient and have patience
Don’t let the obstacles that you encounter as you walk with the Lord discourage you. Do not give up. The path will never be easy, but with the Holy Spirit, our ever-present helper, we can overcome any obstacle. We must remember to walk with Him, in His power, not ahead of Him. It is in His timing that what He wills will be accomplished. Do not give in to stress, but slow down, keeping your focus steady and sure on Him, and through Him the darkness we experience will turn to joy.
We must be prepared to do battle with everything and all that God has provided to us and for us.
Jesus defeated Satan.
“He (God) has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption, through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” -- Colossians 1:13-14
“…Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:10-11
His SWORD – His WORD
Without prayer, we are incomplete, unsure how to proceed.