The enemy has always had his servants that he raises up to oppress God’s children. Today we see much oppression against both Israel and the Church. Satan seeks to steal, kill, and destroy wherever he gets a foothold and is able to do so. Yet God has His promises for both Israel and His Church.
Having a willing spirit is not enough to face the darkness and evil in this world. No matter how determined we are to stand against evil, it is not enough. We must learn to know our own flesh and see it for what it is. Once we do, we will never again trust it.
As a young child, my parents had my sisters and I memorize Genesis 4:7 to teach us the important lesson of mastery over sin. They would remind us of this verse when we were tempted to fall into the sins that children often give into: sibling tiffs, selfishness in wanting our own way, and talking back to our parents, just to name a few.
If you are in a season of waiting, a time of trial, or are feeling stuck in a certain place in life, I encourage you to look to the example that Joseph left for us and marvel at God’s provision and goodness.
In the beginning God said...and there was. In the end, also, it is God Who “says.” It is God Who has the final say.
No one must seek out trials and tribulations. As Christians, they will surely find us. It is important to remember, however, that a Believer is never left to face such things alone. “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Insofar as clothing conceals our deformities and by decoration can impart some degree of magnificence, it is to mankind a signal aspect of our sublunary existence. Likewise, the soul receives its own covering: that of the body. So we find that all observations are made from within; howsoever altruistic one may be, the center of one’s life is never from the perspective of another (Proverbs 14:10).
Without our ever being capable of possessing consummate enlightenment, the daily guidance of the Holy Ghost ensures we remain in the way of spiritual light even when called to tread paths dark to our comprehension or cold to our heart (John 16:13).
Too often we are slow to see when God answers prayers for ourselves or for others. Sometimes, this causes us to spend less time in prayer or to stop having faith that God answers prayer.