My Feelings vs. God's Word
"But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you."
Isaiah 43:1-2 NLT
How have you been lately?
When asked that question, I immediately answer I'm well, thank you for asking. It has become a preset response I can give it in my sleep. Genuinely, I am well. But underneath I am struggling a bit, I am learning with each new step I take spiritual warfare is attached with it also.
Lately, It seems as if every time I get on land, the current of life pulls me back in the ocean.
Am I by myself? Does this not happen to you?
At times my feelings convince me that I'm the only one that feels like this, or I should have grown in this area already or don't tell anyone you feel like this that's going to pull people away from you, they're not going to listen or read what you have to say.
Then I'm reminded of 1 Peter 5:9 - "But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]" AMP
My Feelings Vs. Scripture Moment:
In this season of my life, I have found myself fighting more. Because I am a believer, I feel I should be stronger and able to handle a lot more now. Certain moments cause me to isolate myself. But Scripture affirms by telling me to resist the devil and do not waver in my faith because I do not suffer alone. If we do not fight our feelings with Scripture, isolation could be detrimental in our spiritual walk. Unhealthy isolation results in our growth being stagnant and not walking out our purpose.
( I pray that after you have read that you will be willing to share your struggles, and not isolate yourself because of them )
With each battle, I face the Holy Spirit empowers me and gives me strength. God's word tells us we fight not against flesh and blood but against evil rulers and evil spirits in heavenly places. ( Ephesians 6:12)
The Holy Spirit fights for me.
When the jaws of life are happening, and there is one attack after another, it becomes challenging to stay in the ring to fight. With every punch, prayer, jab, and tears, remember Isaiah 43:1-2.
In those scriptures, we know that God created the people of Israel; they were special to him. HE redeemed, called them by name, and protected Israel in times of trouble. In Numbers 23:19, it says God is not a man that he should lie. The same God that did it for the people of Israel will do the same for you.
We should take God at his word.
You may be in a season where you steadily attacked, and you feel weak, defeated, and may even contemplate giving up. I want to remind you that God created you, and you are important to God too. Do not fret.
"Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?"
Matthew 6:26 NLT
Our trials, attacks, everything we go through will cause us to drown or force us to grow stronger.
During the season you're in, rely on God's strength and not your own.
Relying on your strength will cause you to drown. Once you invite God to go with you, he will protect you. (NLT LA)
God's word tells us HE will never leave or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Do you BELIEVE?