Dear friend, are you feeling fearful because of the large number of enemies who are around you? Do you feel discouraged because of the shouts of the enemy just like the loud threats of Goliath? But these enemies are not at all a match for our Lord and His heavenly hosts. They are barking like stray dogs against a lion. Our Lord is the Lion of Judah and no dog can come near Him. So when we are with Him, the enemy would not touch us. Our Lord is today asking us to look at Him and be encouraged rather than looking at our enemies and become terrified. We know that human beings are not our enemies, but they are often used against us by the enemy of our souls who is our real foe. So let us not be afraid of people, but pray for them that they might not be used by the enemy against us. Circumstances are often used by the enemy against us. There are discouraging and fearful circumstances which act as hindrances. The enemy complicates our situations which are often difficult for us to handle. He tries to chain us to difficult and intimidating situations, but we need to break these bonds by faith. The enemy uses difficulties of some sort to slow us down and keep us away from the presence of the Lord. He will try to make us too busy to come to the Lord in prayer and meditation of His Word. He might bind us to painful life situations and make us too busy to be available for the Lord. But our love for the Lord must make us take a stand for the Lord and His presence. We must win over the hindering circumstances and come out victorious by faith for which the Lord will give us strength. He gives us His Spirit to aid us and His Word to show us the way to victory. So we should show the tenacity to stand strong for the Lord in all situations and circumstances and follow Him relentlessly. He challenges us today to dare to be bold and put our faith in Him in spite of all the enemies who are around us.Psalms 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. Thought for Today The eyes of faith which see the Lord in His power will not be afraid or discouraged because of situations complicated by the enemy.
Fear takes a flight! Verse for Today: Sunday, December 11, 2011 Psalms 3:6 – I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. Fear comes to us when we see the fierce enemy and hear his saber rattling and become controlled by the consequences of his power. The sight and sound of the enemy will work hard in our hearts to send shock waves to our brains and out comes fear, anxiety and discouragement. These enemies are always around us and they try to negatively influence through our thoughts. In such instances, we might blurt our fearful words which do not have any fragrance of faith in it. We sometimes speak as if the Lord and His armies are not around us. But if we look with the eyes of faith, we will see how God is working for us. There might be tens of thousands of discouraging and fearful realities around us, but they cannot in any way make our situations hopeless because our Lord is working for us. It is at such times that we need to pronounce our fearlessness to the situations around us and rebuke negative thoughts in the name of the Lord. When the enemy hears the name of the Lord, he would run away because he cannot withstand the pressures of the powerful name of Jesus. But we must remember that the enemy is a shameful foe who has no hesitation to keep coming back to try to terrify us. He knows that the only thing he can do is to try to send discourage to us to take away our confidence. He might lure us into focusing on the consequences of his power in our imagination. He might make us bewildered by blinding our eyes and shaking our faith. But the enemy knows that if we look to the Lord in faith and call upon His name, he will have to disappear. We are safe in the hands of the Lord and that we need to look unto Him for encouragement and fearlessness. Thus we can keep moving forward with the Lord even through the garrison of the enemy without getting hurt.
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