You’re Not AloneMay 25, 2009
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 1 Peter 5:6-9
The Bible is filled with biographies of people who thought they were alone in their situation, but God stepped into the picture and reminded them that He is an ever-present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). He loves us so much that He wants to take care of our cares. Yes, there is an adversary, but we are not alone.
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours (James 5:17). He had just witnessed amazing miracles of God’s power, but when people rose up against him, he became afraid and ran for his life. Then he got depressed and thought he was all alone. Elijah’s struggle reveals something about the devil’s strategy against us (1 Kings 19). He wants to wear us down and get us in a place where our faith is flat-lined and we cave in.
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37
Swine flu, economic woes, emotional upsets, mid-life crises—God has an answer corresponding to every situation. Your problems are not bigger than God is (Matthew 19:26). He took care of Elijah and He will take care of you. Get your mind renewed in the Word and through fellowship with God and stay the course. You can believe the bad report and freak out, or maintain the good report, apply it to the bad report, and win!
If you are feeling despondent, remember there is a principle that he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25 NLT). Look out of the present moment of difficulty, look for a need, and minister to someone else. The world is watching and wants to see what we are made of. This is our finest hour.
God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
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