You Will Still Be Victorious

The obstacle in front of you does not necessarily mean that God isn’t with you. When God wanted to set His people free from the grips of Pharoah, He hardened Pharoah’s heart to show His great power over the God’s of Egypt, using the very plagues that mirrored the God’s they served.

Each plague represented when Pharoah said “no” to Moses’ demands. Each “no” represented a more demanding situation for the children of Israel. But it was God who hardened His heart. God was definitely going to set His people free. He had already declared it and sent Moses to get the job done.

But to look at it with natural eyes, you would think that God couldn’t possibly have sent Moses since Pharoah kept refusing. It would seem that God was not with them nor desiring to deliver them.

We see this happen again when the children of Israel are preparing to go to battle and take their promised land. God tells Moses to have them attack King Sihon of Heshbon, who had refused to let them pass through his land while they journeyed in the wilderness. In Deuteronomy 2:30, Moses says this, “But King Sihon of Heshbon refused to allow us to pass through because the Lord your God made Sihon stubborn and defiant so he could help you defeat him, as he has now done.

God again hardened the heart of an enemy He wanted to be defeated. That news should be a massive place of hope for us. Most people would think that if God told them to go battle something, it would be easy. They believe if God told them, the doors will fling open, and no battle is necessary. A battle doesn’t represent God’s absence. In fact, it could represent the exact opposite.

If you are following the leading of the Holy Spirit, and you feel you must enter the battle, then yes, God will give you the victory. However, you may still have to battle. God can’t lose a fight. And sometimes He hardens your enemies’ hearts against the plan of God in your life. If He does this, it is because He plans to destroy that enemy in your life completely. He allows their cup of iniquity to fill so that you can utterly destroy the works of the enemy in your life once and for all and take new territory.

Don’t be discouraged. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Eph 3:10) If God is for you, then who can be against you? (Romans 8:31) If you must fight, then fight. God will surely give you the victory!

Jaime Luce

 

What The World Needs Now

An old song says, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” The question is how to get it. In the book of Romans chapter 5 verse 5, Paul says, “And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”

If the Holy Spirit fills us with love, then what the world needs more of is the Holy Spirit. We desperately need Him. We can’t know how to love without Him. It isn’t enough to know about Him. It isn’t enough to visit with Him. We must be filled with Him. We must allow ourselves to be emersed and overwhelmed with God’s Holy Spirit. And by that intimate experience, we can more fully understand the difference between our carnal love and His perfect love. 

Real love, Godly love, makes one feel safe and secure, casting all fear from His presence. Once the fear is gone, then peace is free to reign. If we struggle with peace, we are struggling with love. If we are struggling with love, we are living with fear. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. 

I don’t know about you, but I need Him. I need Him to think straight. I need Him to clear the clutter of my mind. I need Him to lead me in the way I should go. I need Him to comfort and calm me. I need Him to encourage and strengthen me. I need Him to teach and instruct me in the ways of God that lead to life instead of aimlessly walking the paths that lead to destruction. I need His love filling me so that I know how to love.

Folks, we need the Holy Spirit. Can I encourage you to recognize and cherish the gift we have been given and spend time being filled by His Spirit today? He alone can meet our hearts’ deepest needs, and He is available right now. Why wait another moment. Invite Him in to make the difference and fill you with His much-needed perfect love. Allow His love to cast out all fear and bring you the comfort of His matchless peace. He’s just a prayer away.

Jaime Luce