The enemy is constantly at work. What I find helpful everyday is when having my morning prayer time, to declare God's goodness and His Holy Word over myself before the day really begins. Before I walk out of the door of my apartment, Christ renews my spirit through prayer. I know who I am in Christ. I know what He has called me to do. I know I am greatly loved by Him, He has a great, prosperous plan for my life, and just as His word says... Those who trust him will not be disappointed. The enemy can try and attack, but as I'm sure we've all heard (and it's so true), the battle is won in prayer! The best way to defeat the enemy and begin our day confident in God is to get alone with him before it even starts. We have to know who we are in Christ and our confidence must come from him before even facing a mountain. If not, when trials, struggles, and storms come, we will falter right from the start.
One verse that has been brining me comfort lately is the last few lines of Isaiah 49:23 "... Then you will know I am the Lord. Anyone who trusts in me will not be disappointed." The Message version claims, "No one who hopes in me ever regrets it." I can't ever recall a time in my life where I have trusted God and regretted it! I can say there's times I haven't trusted God completely and have regretted it.
One thing that makes it so hard to trust God sometimes is that I think I can just do better on my own. Not that I think I am better than God, but there's circumstances I look at and say to myself, "I can carry that load." It usually always ends up being too much for me; no matter how small or big. Last night at our church's prayer service, Pastor discussed how we tend to think we can be our own savior. We think we can do everything for ourselves. Then in our college Chapel earlier that day, one of our leaders talked about how Christ is enough. Getting the idea? We cannot be our own savior. We cannot be our own healer. We cannot be our own redeemer and meet our own every need. Even the needs of others are too great sometimes for us to meet on our own! Without God, there is never enough. He is all-suffient; he is enough. With him, there will be enough. Our strength, time, resources, capabilities, and much more all run out. And when there's nothing left of us, God will still be enough because he is enough.
The biggest lesson I am learning right now is that I don't know what the future holds. I don't like uncertainty. I have problems with my security and the future. My answer is to control whatever I can because trusting other people to do it might cause something to go wrong. And there's the fault. I think I can make it all happen on my own and that way it'll all go perfect. Reality: I am not enough.
Trusting man with my future is detrimental, as well as trusting myself. Only is Jesus Christ enough. A mountain to high or a storm to rough? He is enough. Can't see how to get out or don't know what's ahead? He is enough. We may not know the answer to everything, but if we truly put our trust in God we will not be disappointed. All his ways are good and he only desires to make our lives prosperous and fulfilling; that fulfillment only comes from him though. He will be enough for you and enough for me. Look at your circumstances, even if it seems impossible, and declare "He is enough."
The Lord answers, "Can a woman forget the baby she nurses?
Can she feel no kindness for the child to which she gave birth?
Even if she could forget her children,
I will not forget you.
See, I have written your name on my hand.
Jerusalem, I always think about your walls.
❤ Ariel Christine