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Sunday, November 19, 2006

A Force To Reckon With

There is a false feeling of insecurity that easily comes upon us. Depending upon our situation, and granted, each ones is different, sometimes what is directly in front of us is hard to see around. The rent that is due, the child that is sick, the car that needs repair, the people we love turning against us...everyone has their own battle.

The reason it is a false feeling is because in truth, to those of us who are believers, those of us who have not only accepted Christ as our savior but have invited Him into our hearts, our home and our life, we are never facing these battles alone. Never. Because Christ lives within us, He faces each and every battle that we face. Another encouraging little tidbit that we may sometimes forget, Christ doesn't go anywhere alone. Nope. He's always accompanied by God, the Father, and by the Holy Spirit, and because He are we.

You can choose to go through things alone, and some may enjoy the pity party for awhile because, let's face it, we all grovel in a pity party now and then, whether it be private or public. But pity parties will not get us anywhere, they won't aid us or further us in what we need to get done. Attending someone else's pity party will not help them either, but praying for them and sharing the Truth with them will.

When we choose to acknowledge Christ within us and understand, even a fraction, of what that means, we must stand (or kneel) in awe of all that amazing power that stands with us in all we face. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. What weapon can defeat not only me, but God, the author of all creation, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit? None. How can I be worried, how can I doubt the outcome, how can I not trust that I shall be righteously victorious when I not only stand, but live, breathe and belong in the midst of the Holy Trinity?

As I was standing in praise this morning at church, my heart felt heavy with a few of the battles I'm going through right now. This honestly is not the norm for me, praising God is, without fail, how I renew my mind and refresh my spirit. It's where I learned that there are actual tears of joy. But as I stood this morning, my heart wasn't praising. It was then that I felt a warmth come over me, and a voice I've come to know personally telling me clearly "I, whom you praise, live within you. All things that come against you come against me." I stopped, dropped my head and began to cry. How can I ever forget that I never battle anything alone when Christ lives within me, when God covers me and the Holy Spirit directs my every foot step? I am never alone, and I never face my problems alone.

I encourage you to revel in the knowledge, the understanding, the awesome reality that Christ actually lives within you, the reality that God the Father, the creator of all things, holds you in the palm of His hand, and the reality that His very Spirit, the ultimate Comforter and bearer of Truth will guide you in the way you should go.

God bless each and every one of you that take the time out of your lives to read my thoughts here. I give thanks for each of you.

Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength. *When you are joyful in the Lord, you are at your strongest*

Isaiah 43:1-3 Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
For I am the Lord thy god, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior... *Because we are His, we have NOTHING to fear*