Verse for Today: Friday, January 17, 2014
Psalms 109:22 - For I am afflicted and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
Emotional infirmities spread like wild fire in our generation. It is far more devastating than physical illnesses, but still we mishandle it. We carry heavy loads in our souls and suffer intensely for years together which cause unexplainable damages to our bodies and minds. Often our highly unreasonable expectations cause frustrations which emerge into the realms of despair and despondency. Afflictions come often from our nearest and dearest through their willful or thoughtless acts. When they fail elsewhere, they take it on their dearest ones without realizing how much it hurts them. Thus relationships are ruptured and people plunge into distress and tension. It takes time for such wounds to heal. In such times of deep distress, it is easy to lose hope and fall into deepest gloom. But these are the ways the enemy of our souls fights to finish us. He uses our nearest and dearest to hurt and wound us. But instead of fighting these instruments the enemy uses against us, let us fight him with the armor of God. Let us defeat the enemy by wearing the whole armor of God so that our integrity will not be lost and our faith will not be weakened. Let’s courageously face our situation as we hand it over to Jesus to deal. We have the privilege to submit our situation to the Lord who already knows all about it. We must submit our despondency to Him and ask Him to fill us with His hope. When the enemy uses our dearest ones against us, let us recapture them by love and through patience. When we are gossiped about, envied upon, slandered, lied about, dragged into baseless controversies, threatened and intimidated, let us comfort ourselves with God’s promises. When our integrity is questioned, let us remember how the same happened to Jesus, Prophet Jeremiah and Apostle Paul. Their motives were distorted and questioned. Their ministries were devalued and despised. If this is your experiences today and you feel pain and sleeplessness, understand it as the tactics of the enemy to weaken you spiritually and take away your courage. Don’t let these attacks take your eyes off Jesus.
Dear friend, are you weak, weary and tearful because of the fierce emotional warfare the enemy has unleashed on you? Is the pain intense and unbearable? Are you tempted to quit or run away from your hurtful situation? But you cannot fight the enemy with fleshly tactics which will definitely fail. You need to take the whole armor of God and protect yourself in your entire walk and in your heart so that the enemy will not hurt you anymore. First of all, submit your loved ones who are used by the enemy to the powerful hands of the Lord. Let God open their eyes and hearts to see the reality of your situation. Allow God to lay hold of them and your situation and control it. Secondly hold firm to the promises God has given you and wait patiently for Him to see how He would work in your situation and make it bright again. When it hurts deeply, go to the Great Physician for His touch of healing. He will help you to shift your focus away from the enemy and the problems and look at the crucified and abused Christ who is your Savior. Ask His Spirit to fortify you with His power to deal with your tough situation. You will then know the peace that passes all understanding and enjoy the sweetness of the lovingkindness of God. You are encouraged to praise God for His total deliverance which He has promised you. He will wipe away your tears and strengthen your soul to keep holding on to Him to weather away the present storms in your life.
Psalms 34:18 – The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Thought for Today
There is no wound that His touch will not heal.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Come and touch me with Your nail-pierced hands to heal all my hurt. Amen!
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