Monday, July 5, 2010
Are You Downcast?
"Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God;for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God (Psalm 43:5). "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (73:26). "For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning" (30:5).
Your heart may be crying out, "Oh God, let it be morning!" Keep hoping in Him until the day finally dawns. Even in the darkest night you can still experience His peace and rest, knowing that the joy of the morning is ahead.
This past week, I have been experiencing some intense spiritual warfare. When I have gone to bed at night, the enemy has attacked night after night, using my fears against me. I cry out "In the Name of Jesus, Go! Leave this house. We do not want you here! God, I want to feel your presence in my room. Send your mighty angels around this house to protect my children and I." Still feeling fear, I have slept with my Bible in my arms almost every night this week. My "sword" is ready to do battle if need be. I have never had anything like this happen. I feel that God is allowing me a glimpse of the spiritual battle going on around me so that I know how to do battle for my husband and children. I am now praying for my marriage, my husband and my children like never before. The enemy wants to devour them. God wants them to love and serve Him. I know how to pray and what to pray for them.
I have experienced joy through this. I am grateful for God's protection. I am grateful for God's power and strength. If it weren't for my LORD, I would have been slaughtered by the enemy long ago.
My admonition to you is this:
Resolve not to let your joy level be determined by the presence or absence of storms, but by the presence of God. choose to be joyful in Him today!