Thursday, November 6, 2008

Give Satan Fits!

I heard someone mention yesterday about how hurt they were with the election outcome. "But I prayed and prayed and prayed about this presidential election. I've prayed diligently for the last few weeks....more than I ever have in my life!" she said. She was confused as to why God didn't come through with a last minute miracle and change the outcome. Most Christians prayed for this presidential election and this country more than they ever have before, but we should make it a priority to do that every day; not just before an election. But rest assured, God knew the outcome long ago and it didn't catch him off guard.

It is easy to say, "don't worry". But to actually do that requires experience with God. Do you have that?

Romans 5:2-4 says, "Through Him also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God. Moreover let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance develops maturity of character. And character produces joyful and confident hope."

That's why it is so important to continue to have faith and trust in God in the very midst of the mess that occurs in our everyday lives and in our world. It is important to resist the temptation to throw up our hands and give up or quit when the going gets tough or when it keeps on getting rougher over a long period of time. It is in those trying times that the Lord is building in us the patience, endurance, and character that will eventually produce the habit of joyful and confident hope.

If you and I hang in there and refuse to give up, sooner or later we will be more than Satan can handle and will give him fits! When that happens, we will have reached spiritual maturity.


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Anonymous said...

Because the power of Jesus Christ keeps me sober each and everyday...I credit God's miracle in my life to at least one "satan fit" everyday!! Praise God! Satan just can't win this one...
Andy's Mom