I want to sensitize you for the actual fight that we are fighting. I want to shake you up: there is a devil who hates us profoundly!
Ok, we don’t live in Middle Ages anymore, many things have changed and our knowledge got extended. But you know what remained? The devil. The devil is still the same with his foul tricks and strategies just to destroy you! He is that devil who didn’t even shrink back from trying to tempt Jesus! Do you think he takes a break just because we had some "developments"? "Oh, human became wiser, I don’t have to even try to touch them", do you think he thinks that way? I tell you he laughs and rejoice at our blindness and weakness. In the Bible it’s written "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy." [John10:10].
But here is a good news for you: There is something else that also remained the same and that, that’s God! God in His faithfulness and love, God who never changes [Hebr13:8], God who – like its continuation of [John10:10] - "came that they may have life and have it abundantly."!!!
People! We need to wake up and search God! We need to stop letting the devil shove us around and corrupt us! "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."!!! [Jak4:7] And how do we do that? "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. [ff.]" [Jak4:8ff.].
Oh, now some of you certainly think "Whaaat? God wants us to be wretched, mourn, weep and gloom? Doesn’t He love us?" Hey! Put your eyes on the main point! "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he. will. exalt. you."!
No one can come and tell me that he/she didn’t cry the time when he/she repented their sins before God! Whoever realize and humble themselves before the Lord they experience indescribable deliverance, love, hope, perfection, grace and mercy from the Lord! These tears of repentance lead to something Greater than your laughter and joy and that’s the forgiveness and glory of God!
How can we draw nearer to God except in repentance and prayers? Many of us expect a "voice that suddenly appears out of nothing" and if that don't happen we get frustrated and give up searching for God’s voice. But you know it’s really simple to hear God’s voice. Take your Bible and study it with the Holy Spirit! They are there for that reason! Stop being lazy! A youth pastor once said in a big crowd that we only may read the Bible when we have a huuuuge appetite for that. And I thought "Wait a minute... what???" I don’t want to know how many people bought that lie... It’s sad to see how leader encourage people to live in their emotions. I don’t want to be controlled by my emotions! I want to control my emotions!
If you have to read something at school/uni/work do you throw that to the corner and don’t touch it until you eventually feel like it (what actually never happens lol I know that feeling)? No, you read it because you have to, right? Because if not then... you know what would happen. Just like that you cannot ignore the Bible! And just like that you are able to read the Bible even if you do not feel like it! But this scripture is not just a scripture, it is a holy one and full of life!
As I often say God = Word = Life = Light of the world [John1]! If you do not have the Word you do not have life in you! Then God is also far from you! Is this clear to you? You feel miserable? Seek in God’s word! You feel super great? Seek in God’s word!
This I prophesy to you: If you don’t study and internalize God’s word today, soon you will find yourself in a more miserable state. You will be confused, uncertainty will follow you, great depression will come and you will blame it all to God. But know this, that it’s your own credit. God has warned you but you didn’t want to listen. Nevertheless for those who know themselves to repentance (change!), even at that time God will have mercy on you because He is the everlasting love. But even though great difficulties will follow you...
I want to spare you that so much! And that’s why I’m begging you to equip yourselves this very day! Repent, go back to your first love Jesus Christ, take deep roots in His truth and learn to live with God every second!
Your father rules the world! You are His children and that makes you a prince and princess! Nobility has his pride, he/she doesn’t walk around the world afraid but self-confident with chin lifted up, he/she is the highest rank warrior! Stand up and become God's people worthy of the title!
We are not alone, we never were! God’s faithfulness and hope accompany us into the eternity! We just have to take it and give Him our everything!
Be encouraged and blessed!
May God’s love, faithfulness, power and courage, wisdom and revelation follow you!
In love and prayers,