Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fear Presses Us To Despair

Scripture: 1 Kings 19:4
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”

Insights:  The next way in which Satan attacks us is in the area of disparity.  He tries to convince us there is absolutely no reason we ought to continue the fight of faith in Jesus.  Elijah got to such a point.  He is asking the Lord to take his life.  Often times when we have isolated ourselves from other believers, we are then attacked to such an extent we feel the world would better off without us.  These kind of thoughts are a lie Satan feeds us and we must resist this kind of influence in our lives.  There is never a good enough reason to give up.  The Bible tells us to not grow wearing in doing good.  Following after Jesus can be a wearisome pursuit, because of the intense spiritual battle.  We, however, must not give into this attitude or this despair.  How can we avoid such feelings or at least not fall pray to the lies of the enemy?  The answer is to not take the first step we spoke about yesterday.  We need not isolate ourselves from the body of Christ.  The more connected we are with the body, the more we are protected from such feelings of abandonment and despair.  Beloved, let Jesus be your all in all and let Him help you through the feelings of disparity.

1.  Are you feeling like giving up in despair?
2.  What lie is Satan telling you that is driving you to this disparity?

Prayer: Father, at times I feel as if there is no hope left.  I pray Your Spirit encourages my heart and helps me to understand there is always hope in Jesus.  Amen.

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