In following the call of faith on our lives, there come times when we wake up and realize we are smack dab in the middle of a dry spell - a famine in a desert. We don't lack physical food - but. rather, in these dry times, there is a scarcity of hope that God will bring His promises to truth.
During these times, it is imperative that we turn my focus upwards to Him - no matter how difficult it may be. That desperate feeling must turn our focus upwards, or we will surely perish. God wants to remove from us anything that will interfere with His will for our lives. Oh, how often we fight the removal of these things! When these testings and trials come, we have two choices of reactions:
We can maintain my focus on Christ and have confidence in His work in our lives.
we can focus on the dry spell and the desert - and suffer the resulting consequences of fear and disobedience.
Abraham was promised a son, but he began focusing on the lack of a son.
We must hang on to every promise God has given us!!! When we don't, we know from experience that our faithlessness has disastrous consequences, just as those suffered by Abraham.
Choose to live by faith in Him!
Through that and that alone, we can survive any desert!
Keeping this focus is no easy task.
A spiritual battle will always be brewing.
We live in a world that always seeks more, bigger, better, faster..... Yes, a person remaining in faith alone is bombarded from every side. Even when we have been able to keep our goals in focus, it is hard to stand our ground and not be knocked off our feet by the flood of life around us.
So, how do we keep ourselves focused on God as we go through this roller coaster called life?
If we keep in His Word, we will continually discover His unfailing and unchanging promises. When the rough times hit, we will have something to hang onto that will never change. His Word remains firm no matter what is going on around us.
Shaky faith will cause us to be shaky in every aspect.
We will doubt everything that is of Him....most especially His love and His promises to us. Oh, how satan loves to plant those seeds of insecurity in our heart! How he loves it when we focus on anything that will take my trust off of God's plan to deliver us. If I look away from the rock solid Promises and even glance at the storm threatening to sweep us away, our grasp weakens....
and we begin to fall.
On the other hand, as long as we keep my eyes on Him and His praises, we can only feel the storm raging around us, but not be carried away by it.
As we call out to Him to save use, He will hear and He will respond. He has given us only two requirements for this:
1) living a righteous life and
2) being effective in our prayers.
When we are burdened to see His hand in our situation, He sees our motives as pure and not as manipulation to get Him to get us out of a jam.
Our prayers need to be specific - actually naming our needs. If we get to a point of not even knowing how to pray, we can cling to the promise that the Holy Spirit is interceding for us.
So, in our present storms, we seek You, Father, as never before. We come to You as though our lives depend on Your deliverance - because it does! Establish our faith as we trust You alone in these storms!!! We believe that where we are right now in our lives is exactly where You want us to be, and we trust You to overcome any obstacles in the way or Your plan for our lives. We know, and praise You, that You can turn even these storms into powerful blessings! We know that You are reshaping us, not ruining us, and in so doing, you are increasing our value for Your service!
In Jesus' Name we pray,
Please check your own life and your present struggles, and give them over to His Promises! I'd love to hear from you and how His Promises have rescued You! Also, email any prayer requests and I'll pass them on to the PowerPraise Prayer Team!
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