Grace To Overcome

During prayer this morning, I was mulling over a lot of circumstances I was facing. I’m sure you can relate to what it feels like to be facing issues, especially the ones with no known answer in sight. It can be frustrating and very disconcerting to the emotions. What will happen? How will it all work out? Will I be OK through it? Why is it taking so long to be resolved? Why am I so weak in this? You know how the questions can bombard us.

The Holy Spirit is always present to give us grace in these trying times. How do I know? Because when it looks like I’m at the end of my rope and I literally feel like I have no where to turn, or I am facing a huge mountain of depression or disappointment (or WHATEVER) –somewhere inside me comes the strength to say “God help!” and He is there! (Psalm 91:15) His strength is made perfect in my weakness. (II Corinthians 12:9)

Sometimes, the negative emotions don’t leave right away. Why? The Holy Spirit showed me that Satan was trying to get me to dwell on: Why? What if? When? Where? How? My mind was racing to fill in all the gaps and I just didn’t have a clue. Frustrating to say the least. It’s OK to ask the Lord these questions-but when you don’t get an answer right away and you are feeling frustrated-this is not from the Holy Spirit. The scripture says that He will keep us in perfect peace when our mind is stayed on Him. (Isaiah 26:3) No peace is a very good indication that what we are experiencing is not God’s will for us.

Many times in the last year or so I have asked God questions and at times it seems like He has kept silent. Why would God not answer me? I would get really thrown by this. Maybe I didn’t hear from God? (was there sin in my life? unbelief?) Maybe He didn’t hear me? (No..the scripture says that the ears of the Lord are attentive to the prayer of the righteous-Psalm 34:15). Then why wasn’t God answering me? I want answers God and I want them right now!!!

God has been teaching me a lot through the “silent” times. (Hence, an answer to my dilemma!) He showed me that I wanted a certain answer from Him, MY answer, my solution to the problem. Isn’t it interesting that I should be asking the God of the Universe (who knows all and sees all and is all Wisdom) for the answer, but I really wanted to supply it myself? Now I have the mind of Christ and Christ has been made unto me Wisdom. But it’s His wisdom, not my figuring and reasoning without the Holy Spirit. I needed to simply trust Him. The grace to do also comes from Him. The Word says it is God both giving us the will and ability to do His good pleasure. (Phillipians 2:13).

I also wanted the answer in my timing. When God when? I wanted to know how the answer would come- How God How? Where God Where? What if?……

I had pretty much gotten the victory over the Why God Why? I knew that in the world I would have tribulation…. I knew that many were the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all. (Psalm 34:19) It was the other 4 I was struggling with. What if? When? Where? How? I wasn’t really receiving the part that Jesus continued to say: …be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

This morning as I was tempted to fret over some financial issues, searching for that assurance that everything would be OK–searching for a circumstantial piece of evidence to calm me, the Holy Spirit simply said to me: “You have my Word.”

Now, when someone is making an agreement with you and they say “I give you my word.”-you have an assurance that they mean what they say and you can rest on that. What they say will be done. If we trust the word of men to this extent, can we not trust our Heavenly Father even more? Men will let us down, but God will never let us down.

That is what the Lord was saying to me. I have His word. He promised to supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I really don’t have a care in the world, I cast them on Him! The fight of faith comes when we stand on what we know and not be moved by what we see or feel (what appears as natural evidence that is contrary to what His Word says.) The Lord has never failed me. I have a history with Him. He has proven Himself to be trustworthy over and over and over in my life.

I pray this encourages you as it did me. There is no situation that is beyond His grasp to give us the grace to overcome. And we need to encourage, admonish, and exhort one another to remember these things.